Christian Fogarolli

Text by Sarah Oberrauch

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Two contradicting forces recur in Christian Fogarolli's works: the will to destroy as well as a striving for restoration. Archives and practices of reconstructing the past play an important role in his work, as do themes of loss and regeneration of physical bodies as well as identities.
The body's constitution influences how it perceives and thinks. In order to render diversity and divergence of bodies visible, it is helpful to seek those who are excluded or at the margins of the normative. Shifting the question from “what can a body do?“ to “what can a disabled body do?“ extends our knowledge of agency as well as our realms of experience. Rather than reaching for binary classifications defining bodies as “normal“ versus “abnormal“ or questions what a deformed body might be, what that body does becomes the question.

Christian Fogarolli is an italian artist born in 1983. He obtained in 2010 the Master Inside the image: study, diagnosis and restoration of antique, modern and contemporary paintings at the University of Verona and graduated the following year in Management and Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Trento. He showed his research into events as dOCUMENTA(13) with the exclusive presentation of the project Lost Identities
(2012); The Magnificent Obsession at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rovereto, MART (2013); 54° Biennial of Venice (2011); Artissima at Lingotto of Torino (2013); Civic Gallery, Trento (2014); Le Mur at La Maison Rouge, Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris (2014), 5th Moscow International Biennale for young art (2015), Emilio Mazzoli Gallery (2015), Galerie Alberta Pane, Paris and Venice, ModenaFotografia Europea Reggio Emilia (2017). His works are in private and public collections as AGI Verona; Antoine de Galbert collection, Rotary Club International, dOCUMENTA’s archive Kassel, Benetton Foundation.