Libya, Acrylic on canvas 68 x 80 2011
“A firm example of the turmoil that is going on in parts of the world.”–G
A man, with the colors of the Libyan flag painted over his face, his voice opened up in a tender cry. Love in the background with a man and woman kissing; the infamous sunglasses of the Libyan dictator. Giovanni’s usual pop-culture symbols appear here, then, in the bottom left is a countenance of passion. The expression of protest and indignity in the face of injustice and dictatorship. Buildings appear on the right side of the piece. The painting is a celebration of the human spirit, the desire for change, the need for love, the cry of passion, and injustice. All these things seem to explode with patriotism, against the invisible presence of the dictator. The passion of a country in the form of its individuals, is relentless and restless.