Giancarlo Scaglia

Stellar, 2015


The paintings in STELLAR address a tragic event that occurred on a deserted island off the coast of Peru.  On the island, the maximum-security prison housed political prisoners which acquired historical significance after a violent event.


The only remains of the massacre are the bullet holes in the walls of the cells. Today, the ruins sit proudly under the stars, rather irresistible in their decay.  This is what Giancarlo Scaglia’s paintings address, drawing a comparison between constellations and the massacre.  After a period of three years of in-situ investigation on El Frontón Island, what started out as a study of the natural landscape became a visual arts study of the passage of time on man’s actions in what could today be considered contemporary ruins.


Scaglia’s work questions modernist definitions of art and recontextualizes armed conflicts in Peru.  


Giancarlo Scaglia studied Visual Arts in Lima, a city in which he has grown as an artist. Scaglia’s work seeks to reinterpret a number of events of the armed conflicts that took place in the 1980s and 1990s in Peru. His interest in recontextualizing these events within the field of art led him to question the origin of all that is avant-garde and to ask himself what determines whether an action or gesture is art or not.

Recent exhibitions include: El Frontón and Stellar at the Corkin Gallery in Toronto (2015), Suan Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial (2015), the 10th Biennale of Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2015), ArteBA(U-TURN) at the Bendana Pinel Art Contemporain Gallery (2015), and Stellar at the Bendana Pinel Art Contemporarin Gallery (2015).