IAN ET JACQUES
IanetJacques, other than being the name with which we present ourselves to the world of art, conceals a whole world within itself, in which two kindred souls have managed to find their own common hiding place. We met five years ago due to a fortuitous event, coming in fact from two very different and very distant realities.
I was born and raised in Viareggio, Tuscany, in a very open-minded reality, in which even being a small seaside town, the gblt community seems to be well integrated, where I was able to live the years of my adolescence with tranquility being able to experiment freely my approach towards others and the world; on the other hand, instead, Giacomo grew up in a very closed reality, in southern Italy, where choosing to live as an openly homosexual individual and express yourself means having to end up very often in violent and repressive situations.
We've met in my city in the summer of 2014, and since then we've been always together. Being both art students, we found ourselves working on common themes, questioning about the place that gender identity occupies in our society, and why it seems so crucial fit into binary terms to be accepted by the rest of the people.
Within this world, a refined language has developed, which wants to distort significant and significance of the key elements of a closed and homophobic society, creating an iconography that refers to different eras and images, conceiving the body beyond social stereotypes commonly imposed and accepted.
The imagery that has been created within this context is inspired by the secret history of the objects, fabrics and clothes that today sleep to the bottom of large trunks, in attics and lost markets, which tell us how throughout history men and women who shared our own ideals related themselves to the extreme construction of the person and his gender performativity, especially in highly spectacular contexts like that of old Hollywood and entertainment society.
As Marlene Dietrich said - openly bisexual - Glamour is assurance. It is a kind of knowing that you are all right in every way, mentally and physically and in appearance, and that, whatever the occasion or the situation, you are equal to it.