Artist Anthony Dexter Giannelli took over Mata's Instagram for the month of August 2023! He concluded his takeover with a recorded online artist talk on Mata’s YouTube channel and interactive IG Stories Q&A on the weekend of September 1-3, 2023.
For Anthony's exhibition, he wanted to provide as little context as possible so that viewers would be able to experience the reality of his disability with limited outside influence. In his Instagram takeover, he compared the 3D environment he created with its real-world setting, and showed viewers how the alterations lent more accurate depictions of his past and present realities.
Anthony Dexter Giannelli is a visual artist who explores immobility, fluidity, trauma, and authenticity through works on paper often translated onto virtual planes. His practice reimagines a life-altering encounter with water and the aftermath by layering natural and found materials such as snake skin, achiote, gold and dried flowers upon drawn images. This layering of dynamic saturation and reflection over static human forms mimic the animation of a body with statue-like features, riling just below a pool of water’s rippling surface.
Although his main practice is mainly based in physical multimedia works, due to the constraints of his disability, both physically and in terms of legal restrictions, he explores new ways of presenting these physically made surfaces in virtual spaces.
Through his own practice and involvement in the group UKK Art Workers with Disabilities, Anthony works against ableist structures that control the lives of people with disabilities, and the prevailing culture of inaccessibility in the art world.