Mirame

  • Gianna Carrano
  • 2014
  • Inv. No. 249.15.01
  • Edition 30 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Persone

The story of Narcissus is rooted in Greek mythology, but it became largely popular thanks to Ovid’s rendition in the. Ovid writes that theyoung man, gifted with an incredible beauty from a very early age, could arouses o strong a passion in men and women that they were driven mad. Narcissus’s mother, the nymph Liriope, worried about his son’s future and asked Tiresias, a foreseer, for advice. Tiresias’s response was enigmatic: ‘He will live until hegets to know himself’. Narcissus could not love anyone; at the same time, however, he was eager to fall in love. One day, in a stream of water, he saw his image reflectingon the surface and fell in love with it. However, the image was unreachable, because it would distort every time Narcissus tried to get closer, and it would disappear as he tried to immerse his hands in the water. Narcissus started to despair so much that he died, making Tiresias’s prophecy come true. Once in Hades, he kept looking for his image in the water of the river Stiges. In Narciso entre mis aguas, the myth of Narcissus is seen as the continuous quest to find one’s own identity, hidden behind the ‘other self’ that reflects on the water. An identity that we are not allowed to know at first sight, but that can only be brought to light when wedig beneath the surface of appearances, in order to discover the real essence of our being. 
Gianna Carrano lives and works between Milan and Barcelona. She started her career as a photographer in 2009, when some of her shots were exhibited at the FuoriSalone in Milan. She also participated in Milano Photo Festival in both 2011 and 2013. At the same time, her works featured in BRERART and in collective shows staged at La Torre gallery, Fabbrica EOS and Spazio Kryptos Gallery. After showing in Milan, in 2014 she participated in the Fierad’Arte Contemporanea in San Sebastian. Gianna Carrano’s work is characterised by the intensity of black&white, the nudity of her subjects and the attention to light and dark. In 2015, her photography series Abriendo puertas was shown at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Barcelona. Besides working as a photographer, Gianna Carrano is also a journalist at the online magazine Coolmag. As such, she has published several books on great artists such as Aldo Mondino, Maurizio Cattelan and Mimmo Rotella, curating both text and images.