Marcello Maloberti

Codogno (LO), 1966. Lives in Milan

Maloberti works with different means, from photography to video, public interventions and performance, drawing inspiration from everyday objects and behaviors, which he removes from their context and packs with other meanings. The artist brings to light tales of marginal or “lateral” situations, such as the conditions faced by immigrants, life in the provinces, or the family environment, observing them with a constant focus on the precarious nature of existence. His works, particularly his performances—processions, tableaux vivants, and happenings—and his large light and sound installations, often have a highly dramatic effect and seek to actively involve the public. They are landscapes of human figures, regularly featuring the artist himself, platforms on which man is celebrated not for his physical prowess or spiritual tenacity, but for more “human” qualities, which could be described as antithetical to the former: powerlessness, fragility, insecurity, and irony. Maloberti has exhibited at numerous institutions in Italy and abroad, including Museion, Bolzano, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Collection Lambert, Avignon, De Appel, Amsterdam, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, and Centro Luigi Pecci, Prato. In 2013 he participated in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He has performed at Copenhagen Art Festival (2012), CAC Brétigny, Paris (2011), and Performa, New York (2009).

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