Silvia De Giorgi is an Italian artist (born 1992) who lives and works in London. She graduated from Camberwell College of Arts (London) in 2017 with an MA in Visual Arts and recently gained a master's degree in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Arts, London. She has recently been shortlisted for the Gilchrist-Fisher Award 2020.
Her work interrogates the narratives connecting people and landscapes through a self-reflective approach. Analogue photographic processes are employed in her practice to reveal experiential knowledge of the natural environment, its physical and social past. The sites explored in De Giorgi's photographs are found where the land is marked by traces of elemental forces such as eroded coastlines, or by the signs of human presence in the form of rock carvings and ancient monuments, scattered within the landscape. The chemicals and elements affecting geographical formations are reflected in the darkroom. The images that emerge from expired photographic papers emphasise visions and reminiscences of particular places, visited on walks and journeys. Subjected to a collage-like method, layers of personal and collective histories often become indistinguishable in the re-constructed scenes. By experimenting with various alternative photographic processes, De Giorgi creates pieces that investigate perceptions of landscape and the impermanence of the natural surrounding.