Solo show - Goswell Road, Paris, France.
Opening 15 October 2021. Exhibition 15 October - 6 November 2021.

“YWNWA - a solo show by Paris-based multi-disciplinary artist Cécile di Giovanni - an immersive game without rules.
The sculptural work ‘YWNWA Totem’ (2021), based on a mu ren zhuang which translated means “wooden man post”, stands as an ambient threat in the centre of the space. The works around it arm, protect, and modify our bodies. Inspired by real and fictional situations, Giovanni tries, not without irony, to reveal through the symbolic strength that these objects and materials induce, the power, the complexity, and the sides of the human mind when it is backed into its more extreme corners.
Childhood, its ruptures, nostalgia and innocence give way to the inevitable violence of things coming to an end..”

YWNWA logo, 2021.

There are experiences in life that leave an indelible mark on us, our vital wounds, shaping our relationship with the world, our personal narratives, our losses, and our limitations.
Similar to the Hero embarking on a journey across a mapped world, in our realities, we often feel trapped, as if we are destined to remain there indefinitely.
Perhaps one way to escape this sense of solitary confinement is to transform our experiences and share their stories.
How can we find our place on Earth? How can we break free from the promise of an old world where everything will be okay’? How do we reinvent ourselves in the face of the overwhelming possibilities when everything seems fragmented, exhausted, restricted, and immobilized?
After a personal and intimate emotional shock, I came to realize that my work became a means of reclaiming what had slipped through my fingers.
By thoroughly exploring the subjects I engage with, I can dissect my anxieties and impediments, thus demystifying them.
It’s my way, as a witness of a disillusioned generation, to forge a new form of language.
Through the various mediums I explore, I aim to provide an immersive and sensory adventure. By reconstructing a supernatural universe from the remnants of the culture in which I was raised, the audience delves into the diverse works of You Will Never Walk Alone, grappling with existential questions.
I invoke a fantastical and supernatural imagination by setting an apocalyptic atmosphere. Childhood, with its ruptures, nostalgia, and innocence, yields to the harsh reality of things coming to a halt.
Designed as a life-sized game, the exhibition at Goswell Road offers a physical experience of emotional exploration.
The unease stirred by some of the works, modern-day Pandora’s boxes containing buried violence, coexists with the playful ambiance of board games.
For instance, the ‘YWNWA Totem,’ a structure inspired by the traditional training mannequins of Shaolin fighters, exudes an apparent threat. Its form, reminiscent of certain torture devices, introduces an ambient sense of danger.
The overall scenography aims to replicate this game on a grand scale.
This fundamental element of play establishes a framework defined by rules and boundaries, where everything becomes possible.It is through play that everything can come to life, and the imaginary transcends reality.
Here, ‘Final Curtain,’ symbolizing the theater or magic, obscures what lies beyond, hidden and unknown to us.
It underscores the fusion of different realities. We explore the extended reality by reimagining everyday objects like sneakers and textiles, imbuing them with new meanings and purposes.

Reinventing one’s world is akin to extending the physical body into a new functional space, offering new abilities and possibilities, much like video games and role-playing.
Take ‘The End Coat,’ an almost sentient object that molds itself to the wearer, becoming the perfect armor, endowing the Hero with a super-body, a resilient shield forged from the weight of their existence and past trials.
This journey allows the necessary distance to comprehend the diverse pieces presented here.
Spectators are summoned by their emotions, their inner demons, and confronted with their most intimate fears.

It’s a complex adventure laden with profound emotional challenges where each person confronts their vulnerabilities and aspirations for power. Within this journey, all our life events solidify into who we are becoming, while the narrative of our inner transformations can serve as a catalyst for action in a world where the loss of our ideologies leaves us seemingly adrift.


Collaborators: Bankal & Decker (YWNWA Totem construction), Sophie Mill (YWNWA figurine totem 3D), Lucas Masini & Golgotha (graphic design & logo), Jerôme Valton (’Final toga’ screen printing t-shirts), Benjamin Roulet (figurine totem photographer), Agathe Mania (’the End coat’ designer), Paul Gounon (’Final curtain’ and ‘the End coat’ steel structures construction), Laura Thomassaint (YWNWA text).
A special huge thank to my super-heroes assistants on this project: Jordan Reclus, Morgane Vedrenne, Anna Vergnol-Slinckaert.