What did your stay at Messen mean for your artistic work?
Messen for me it was not a simple residency in which to continue my work as an artist, but a great artistic experience as well as comparison of cultural growth, a process of experimentation, through the study of new forms of intervention related to the art, which are still reflected today in my search, but with new sources of inspiration.

What were the results?
One of the most important things in the artist life is the interact whit the others.
About this, during an important meeting in Messen I had the opportunity to talk with Unni Askeland with which I have made an important artistic project called EXIT 13 in the Gallery Gamle Oslo.

What, if it did, did your stay mean for you in your artistic work and development?
The isolation that I lived in messen meant to do a job of personal introspection, know myself more deeply as a person and as an artist; Messen meant to question my certainties about art and destroy the prejudices that had compared to the contemporary scene … meant to have a more broad view of things and understand that for me, art is life as well as life is art in everything that I do, regardless of the means that I use as painting, photography, video, performance, ect.
Messen meant to make a necessary step forward for me.

What did your stay do for your knowledge of Hardanger and Norway?
Certainly not enough to really know all of Norway but definitely need to enjoy the extraordinary beauty of one of the most beautiful fjords in the world.

How has the stay influenced your contact with other artists?
In an extraordinary way, I remember having created a family not only with the artists inside the house but also with people outside and that was very interesting because the house was the home of all of us and not only. The external influence has created important synergies between the guest artist then I think it is essential for a healthy stay in the residence.


Giovanni (Italy) stayed 2 months in Messen in 2014.