Biography

Joseph Pace (Filtranisme), was born Lombardy, Italy, in 1959, and grew up in Congo-Kinshasa. He spent much of his achievement packed career living and working Rome, Paris, Berlin, São Paulo and Tunis. He is central figure in the filtranisme movement. Not afraid to provoke, Pace taught Sociology of Knowledge and Art, and History of Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology, Sapienza First University of Rome, for twelve years (1996–2008). Former students say he tested many of his artworks in the classroom.

Pace’s work has been shown in major museums and institutions. His first major retrospective exhibition was held by the Museum of Art of the Parliament of São Paulo, Dinamismo vital e de força cosmica das emoçoes artisticas de Joseph Pace (April 1st – June 30, 2010). 

His work was the subject of a major sculpture exhibition organized by the Pantheon in Rome, Basilica di Santa Maria ad Martyres, Polo Museale del Lazio, Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Joseph Pace, Sacra Sacrorum (November 23, 2018 – January 13, 2019), which traveled to the National Historical Library of Agriculture, Ministry of Agriculture in Rome (March 1 – 29, 2019). An exhibition with his work is on view at the Castello of Copertino, Lecce, Polo Museale della Puglia, MiBAC, Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Libri d’artista. L’arte da leggere (November 26, 2019 – February 23, 2020). 

Others works, previously installed at the CRC in São Paulo, Venanzo Crocetti Museum in Rome, Italian Embassy in Brasilia, and Florence Biennale, were most recently on view at the Câmara Municipal of Itapevi, Emoções Cósmicas de Joseph Pace (January 26  – February 23, 2018), and Castello Normanno-Svevo,  Bari (May 25 – November 13, 2019).

Joseph Pace is widely known for his jewels artworks installed for the 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup at the Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo (June 13– September 30, 2014), and shown by the Boncompagni Ludovisi Decorative Arts Museum of the GNAM – National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome, Joseph Pace, L’Eva Futura (November 26, 2014 – February 13, 2015). 

Pace uses particular resources such vintage and jewelry industrial production’s residues, to create sculpture that defies categorization. Assembling this shimmering waste material, Pace draw connections between ethics, design, fashion, consumption and environment, creating a sort of research in the “industrial archeology” field applied to the decoration of the bodies of our times.

Pace’s use of these materials reflects his interest in reuse, transformation, and an intrinsic desire to connect the best Italian classic art tradition while transcending the limitations of place. His work can interrogate the history of hight fashion jewellery and draw connections between hedonism and consumption, but at the core is his unique formal language that distinguishes his practice.

Joseph Pace has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements, notably by the University of Konstanz, Sapienza University of Rome, Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo, Associazione Nazionale Sociology, Superintendência do Patrimônio Cultural do Parlamento de São Paulo.

After legal, social, philosophical and neurosociological studies in Rome, Joseph Pace moved to Paris in order to pursue his literary and art studies at the Sorbonne University.