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The Great Business of Keeping Oneself Alive by Susanna Corniani

Casa de Costa is pleased to announce The Great Business of Keeping Oneself Alive, a solo photography exhibition by artist Susanna Corniani. The show is the second exhibition at Casa de Costa’s new gallery and studio at 11 Stone Street in historic Lower Manhattan.


The Great Business of Keeping Oneself Alive features over 20 new prints, including landscapes, still life and portraits. This exhibition is the first opportunity in the United States to see a diverse collection of finished work by the artist.


Corniani grew up in Mantova, Italy, encouraged by her parents in her exploration of art. Classically trained in drawing and painting since childhood, she later moved to the United States where she studied at the International Center of Photography. Her subjects reflect her classical art education and include ancient stone busts, ruinous landscapes and elegant floral still life. Themes of sexuality, maternity, death and decay – a full cycle of life – are at the core of her practice.


Corniani’s style belies this painterly education, too. “Susanna’s photographs never look like a direct representation. The color is always untrue or the grain creates a false texture,” said Josh McNey, Creative Director for the new Casa de Costa. “The images for this exhibition have soft lines, palpable texture and deep, muddled colors. The result is really dreamlike, dramatic imagery.”


Corniani splits her time between Europe and the United States. This is her first solo exhibition in the United States. She previously presented a solo exhibition in Italy, and her work has appeared in group shows in the US and Europe.


Susanna Corniani – The Great Business of Keeping Oneself Alive – June 23 – July 28, 2011


Opening Reception on Thursday, July 23, 2011, 6-10 PM at 11 Stone Street, 6th Floor 


Video Interview with Susanna Corniani


Selected Press:

Musee Magazine

Susanna Corniani

Kissing the Joy and Leaving It, 2010

Archival Pigment Print

16 x 20 in. (ed. 5)

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