Giovanni Scotti

Giovanni Scotti

Cinnamon Heart – Peepshow



He was born in Naples (Italy) in 1978. He currently lives and works between Naples and Milan.


Fond of drawing from the childhood, he built an eclectic training interlude that brought him to take the catering school diploma at first, and then to enroll at Naples Academy of Fine Arts, where he graduated with honours in 2007. Versatility led him over the years to deepen and experiment with different means of expression, from painting to music, up to dedicate himself seriously to video making and photography. In 2008 he won a scholarship and the following year he got the Master in Photography & Visual Design at NABA in Milan.

He collaborated as a draftsman, illustrator and photographer in recording and publishing projects. Meanwhile, he took part in a number of residencies in Italy and abroad. Between 2014 and 2016 he was selected for the Festival Photissima “Time Out”, he exhibited at the Festival di Fotografia Europea of Reggio Emilia, and he was selected for the Imago Mundi Collection – Campania (Benetton).

His artistic research on post-truth and its implications led him, on 8 September 2016, to put on sale on Ebay one of his negatives at the price of 8,000,000 euros, attracting the attention of the national and international press. In 2017 the photobook La città del disincanto (“The City of Disillusion”) was presented at MADRE Contemporary Art Museum in Naples. In 2018 he took part in the Triennale #6 Photography and Architecture in Belgium, in collaboration with the Museum of Photography in Charleroi – Centre d’art contemporain de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, and he was selected as one of the authors of the Getxo International Image Festival first Open Call in Spain. In May 2019 “Cinnamon Heart: Classified” project was selected for Sustainable Art Projects Caught on Video, on the occasion of the conference EDRA50 Brooklyn – Sustainable Urban Environments at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.


He took part in 15° Edition of ArtVerona (October 2019) with a photographic-action titled Innobiliare Sud Ovest, first public intervention of a project in fieri, with the collaboration of the curator and the art historian Diego Mantoan and the writer Chiara Zocchi.