The Aquarium System / Gianmarco Rescigno

At the edge of chaos

An online exhibition curated by the Arts Management Master Course of IED – Istituto Europeo di Design di Firenze,

in collaboration with Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and Manifattura Tabacchi


The Aquarium System

Gianmarco Rescigno

For about two months, due to the lockdown imposed by the government to face the Covid-19 pandemic, I’ve found myself isolated yet still connected to others in a way I’ve never experienced before.
My “real” sociality had been replaced by a new “virtual” sociality, made up of classes, webinars, group assignment and drinks with friends through a webcam.
The faces of my friends, relatives, teachers and strangers started to outline in my mind a system of aquariums in which, from the isolation of my own sphere, I was trying to communicate; to keep alive the relationships in an unnatural and warped way.
A kaleidoscope effect that reflects images that are plausible but still unreal, that gives back just a glimpse of the fundamental connection with all that is outside of me and that defines my own identity.

Gianmarco Rescigno (original idea)
In collaboration with Niccolò Fioriti


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Gianmarco Rescigno

Gianmarco Rescigno, (Napoli, 1984), studied humanistic studies with a degree in Political Science. After having worked as an artisan between Italy and Mexico, he started to develop an interest in photographic storytelling and attended a three years course at Fondazione Studio Marangoni in Firenze.

He collaborates with national newspapers, institutions and organizations focusing on documenting social issues.