Vittorio Santoro (b. 1962, Zurich. I/CH). “For his works, be they installations, text-drawings, films, sculptures, or sound pieces, Vittorio Santoro chooses specific ways to manipulate conventions to desired effects believing that creativity is an ongoing process of continual change and response. His characteristically intricate visual sensibility engenders startling, yet uncanny forms and constellations. Santoro’s works seem rooted in everyday observations but push beyond in order to reveal latent historical, socio-political, and metaphysical realities. His practice conceals a tension between the referential potential of objects and the choreographic nature of their placement in context. In presenting his works, imbued with what might seem an obvious artificiality and abstraction devoid of any obvious explanation, Santoro ensures that the audience maintain an objective perspective on them. The artist is sensitive to the unassuming nature of everyday interactions: he examines the notion of individual agency as it plays out within larger networks of clichés, common ideals, models of authority, or processes involving manipulation and power.”
His work has been presented in solo or group exhibitions: Phenomenon (3), Biennal of contempory art, Anafi, Greece (upcoming, 2019), Double Take, Last Tango, Independent Art Space, Zurich (2018); Prix Marcel Duchamp, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); Pulleys, I & The Supposed Half of a Day &…, Galerie Cortex Ahtletico, Paris (2016) ; Pulleys, Counter Space, Zurich (2016); 108 Minutes A Day (Gagarin), Museum of Contemporary Art, MoCA Pavilion, Shanghai (2015); Europa – The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zurich (2015); In/Voluntary Movement Diagram (Josef K.) And Other Works, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2015); Le grand paysage (pour un jour), Jérôme Poggi Galerie, Paris (2014); 3 July 1913: Unexpectedly Arrested By Two Unidentified Agents From An Unspecified Agency On Unspecified Charges, Counter Space, Zurich (2014); Quadrilogy 2: I Think It Rains, 1a space and Burger Collection, Hong Kong (2013) Correspondances, Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2013); Vittorio Santoro Filmic Works (screening), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012); Owls Move Their Entire Head to Change Views, Fondation Ricard, Paris (2012); Le Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012), among others.
While in residency at AiR351 Vittorio Santoro will focus on producing new work, including works on paper and sculpture installations. Vittorio Santoro will also work at new real-time activities with local artists and specific contexts.