artist: Andrea Morucchio
(Venice 1967) After receiving a degree in Political Science from the University of Padua, Andrea Morucchio began his photographic career in 1989. In the mid-90s he produced an important body of work connected to prolonged stays in Cuba and Nepal. Since the end of the '90s, he has expanded his own linguistic research – often based on considerations of a socio-political nature – in various directions, from sculpture to installation, from video to photography and performance. In 1996, in collaboration with C. Bianchin, he participated in the Carnet group show at the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (Venice) and in 2000 he had his first solo show, Dinamiche, curated by A. Pagnes at the Galleria Rossella Junck (Venice,) where he presented the initial core of his sculptural production (Blade and Enlightenments). In 2002, he produced the environmental installation Percer-Voir at the Chiostri di San Pietro (Reggio Emilia) and participated in the Gemini Muse project, curated by V. Baradel at the Mocenigo Museum (Venice) with the audiovisual installation Le nostre idee vinceranno.The following year he was the artist in residence at the Claudio Alcorso Foundation at the Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart (Australia). His multimedia piece Eidetic Bush, inspired by the burnt forests of Tasmania, was presented in the Plimsoll Gallery in Hobart that same year. In 2004, his public intervention Pulse Red made the Golden Globe of the Punta della Dogana pulsate with a red light on various nights, transforming the historic node of information into a symbol of the bombardment of mass-media messages. In 2005, Morucchio presented The Main Show for the Hollywood group show at the Galleria Contemporanea (Mestre). Here he dealt with the spectacularization of Catholicism through a sequence of photographic frames of Canova's Pietà in which the dead Christ is shot from different angles using kinetic effects.The Emerging Code project (2006) hinges on the formal reinterpretation of Canova's plasters and points de repère (reference points), used for the sculptural translation from plaster into marble. In Morucchio's work, sculpture and photography interact in a process of abstraction of Canovian callimetry. The work was presented in two solo shows: at the Despard Gallery (Hobart) and the Rossella Junck Gallery (Berlin) in 2006. During the same year, Morucchio participated in the Dis-Orders group show, curated by M. Baravalle at the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation and at the Open Space exhibition, curated by L. Facco and A. Zanchetta, at the Candiani Cultural Centre (Mestre). In 2007 he presented the Laudes Reagiae installation at the ex Convento dei Santi Cosma e Damiano on the Giudecca (Venice). 2008 saw his participation in the review Notturni Dannunziani at the Giardini del Vittoriale with the video performance Sri Yantra, in which the artist filmed himself inhaling and exhaling, following the rhythm of a Tibetan mantra of disarticulated polyphony. Among the videos dealing with critical socio-political issues are: Sabato italiano (2004), Talk Show (2005), and the audio-video projection of Verso il Paese dei Fumi e delle Urla (in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2008). In 2008, he had a solo show, Cuba, un popolo una nazione, at the Candiani Cultural Centre (Mestre), dedicated to his photographic work in Cuba (1995). He has been the curator of various exhibitions and art projects, such as PetroLogiche (2004), dealing with issues regarding the Petrochemical factory in Marghera, Mars Pavilion (2005) at the Greenhouse of the Giardini di Castello, and the group show Hollywood at the Galleria Contemporaneo of Mestre (2005).