Joseph Pace was born in Morbegno in 1959 and grew up in Congo-Kinshasa. Legal, psychoanalytic, neurosociologic and artistic studies at the Sorbonne, Sapienza and RomaTre Universities, he is a central figure in the filtranisme movement. He taught Sociology of knowledge and Art, and History of Sociology at the Sapienza University of Rome for twelve years (1996-2008). Pace lives and works in Tunis and Rome.
Since his first solo exhibition in 1988, Pace’s work has been shown in major museums and institutions throughout the world. His work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Pantheon in Rome, of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Joseph Pace, Sacra Sacrorum (November 23, 2018 – January 13, 2019), which traveled to the National Historical Library of Agriculture (March 1 – 29, 2019). An exhibition with his work is on view at the Castello of Copertino, Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Libri d’artista. L’arte da leggere (November 26, 2019 – February 23, 2020).
Joseph Pace is widely known for his iconic jewels artworks shown at the Museu Afro Brasil in São Paulo for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, O Negro no Futebol Brasileiro. A arte, os artistas (June 13– September 30, 2014), Boncompagni Decorative Arts Museum of the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome, Joseph Pace, L’Eva Futura (November 26, 2014 – February 13, 2015), Florence Biennale (2015).
Others works, previously installed at the Museum of Art of the Parliament of São Paulo, 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).
Pace’s work draws connections between consumption, design and fashion, creating a sort of research in the “industrial archeology” field applied to the decoration of the bodies of our times.
Joseph Pace has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements, notably by the University of Konstanz, Sapienza University of Rome, ANS Italian Sociologists Association, Superintendência do Patrimônio Cultural do Parlamento de São Paulo, IPH Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo.