Conceptual - NOMINEE: Marilisa Cosello
Esercizi Obbligatori (Compulsory Exercises)
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We accept the world as it is presented to us and we adapt to it. Hence my investigation and observation of physical and mental constraints and the consequent limitation of the individual in society is born, which transforms the body from subject to object.
Body control is a fundamental variable in dictatorial regimes. The body's functionality, its workout, its efficiency, the body that learns to perform functions and actions given and built. The individual is no longer body, but has a body. And as a physical individual, the human being becomes a numerical condition, in collective, material, becomes object.
Esercizi Obbligatory is Trilogy project divided into three moments, aiming at the experiencing and at the representaton of the human conditon in society. ACT I is the images of compulsory exercises visually taken from the compulsory exercises in Fascist era, representing the collective society, that thinks and acts as one entity. In ACT II of such society, individuals perform simple actions with a form of constraint / difficulty, and actions are documented as a paradigm of the exercises. Therefore, with simple symbolic actions made difficult by some form of imposed limitations, I would depict the difficulty of Living, the continuos struggle of the human being. Finally, in Act III, we observe the narration of an unspecified, but familiar and redundant family nucleus that stays in the ordinary and familiar as a permanent body. The scene is a dreamlike and symbolic projection of unmistakable thought. In bourgeois homologation, the annulment of diversity not only in thought, but also in bodies, as all of them are similar in character and archetypal in their individual action within the scene.
In this narration, society becomes a reflection of our past and present history, and of the collective responsability over it.
Born in the south of Italy in 1978, moved to UK at age 15, degree in visual art (Sevenoaks, UK), Majored in Cinema History (Milano, Italy), Master degree in photography (Milano,Italy), photography masterclass at Noorderlicht (NL) with Marc Proust and Lars Boering, 24Workshop (Paris) with Francois Cheval, Michel Philippot, Isabel Munoz, JC Bourcart. Workshops with Antoine D'Agata, Anders Petersen, Michael Ackerman, Davide Monteleone, Erik Kessels. Photographers' assistant at TPW, working with Arno Minkinen and Paul Elledge.
Worked for 5 years as a news photographer in Milano, published on the major national magazines and newspapers. After realizing that reality doesn't exist, started working with a conceptual approach to photography. Honorable Mention Fotografia Europea 2017, First Prize Fotografia Europea (Italy) in 2014 and 2016, Winner Lugano Photo Festval 2016, Finalist Braga Emergentes Descubrimientos 2016, PhotoEspagna 2016, among the others exhibiton at Mediterranean Biennal of Art in Sarajevo, Fonadazione Francesco Fabbri, MIA PhotoFair, Copenhagen PhotoFestval, Fotografia Europea Off, MilanoPhoto Festival, Centrale Fotografia, SiFest Savignano.
2017 Honorable Mention Fotografia Europea 2017 (Reggio Emilia, Italy )
Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, f/4 european exhibition (Treviso, Italy)
Site specific installation for Centrale Fotografia 2017 (Fano)
Collective Exhibition Ape(x) Mentis 2017 (Milano)
Exhibition at MIA PhotoFair 2017 (Milan, Italy
Personal Exhibition Galleria Vision Quest ( Genova, Italy)
Performative Art Residency and Exhibition at Twenty14 Contemporary Gallery (Milano, Italy)
2016 First Prize Fotografia Europea 2016 (Reggio Emilia, Italy )
Winner Lugano Photo Festval 2016 (Lugano Switzerland )
Selected Finalist Descubrimientos Emergentes Braga Photo Festival (Portugal)
Finalist Photobook Emergentes Book Award Braga Photo Festival (Portugal)
Finalist Portolio Descubrimientos PhotoEspagna 2016 ( Spain)
Sponsored Art Residency at Novia Art School (Jakobstaad, Finland)
2015 First Prize Portoflio Atelier DueGobbiTre (Reggio Emilia, Italy)
Central Dupon Gallery, Collective exhibition (Paris, France)
2014 First Prize Fotografia Europea Festival (Reggio Emilia, Italy)
First Prize Colorno PhotoFestival (Pavia, Italy)
Finalist portofolio Descubrimientos Emergentes Braga Photo Festval (Portugal)
Honorable mention 6th Month of Photography in Berlin, Portolio (Germany)