Damiano Bertoli selected to be artist-in-residence at Italy’s Monash Prato Centre

Image: Left: Adriana, 2016, pencil on BFK Rives paper, 112 x 80cm. Right: Silvia, 2015, pencil on BFK Rives paper, 112 x 80cm. Courtesy of Neon Parc, Melbourne

We are delighted to announce that Damiano Bertoli has been selected to be the Monash University Prato Centre (MUPC) Visual Resident Artist for 2018.

The MUPC Visual Residency Program is a collaborative initiative between the MUPC and the faculty of Art Design & Architecture. It highlights the University’s commitment to contemporary art, design and architecture and to building an international profile in creative practice and research.

Damiano Bertoli will begin the three-month residency in September.

Through his multi-disciplinary practice, Bertoli challenges ideas of authorship, influence, and the inscribed flow of art-historical time, often bringing together artworks, historical events and cultural material to examine their form and language by means of recontextualisation.

Travelling to Prato, Bertoli has proposed to undertake two projects, each one relating to cultural movements in Northern Italy. The first continues a series of works exploring the relationships between design and radical politics in Italy, with specific reference to influential ‘80s Milan design group “Memphis” and material on student and worker movements curated at the Centro Documentazione Pistoia. Bertoli’s second project is being conducted in collaboration with MADA lecturer Warren Taylor, and aims to curate an exhibition and catalogue of the work of Fluxus designer Gianni Sassi.

Damiano Bertoli’s methodology explores the principles of assemblage and montage across sculpture, installation, photography, drawing, video and performance. Articulating an ongoing investigation into how artists negotiate the past, present and future through their ideas and objects, Bertoli’s work interrogates the narrative of time, critically positioning his own and other artists’ work in a continuum in order to question the nature of art-making itself.

Bertoli received a PhD in Fine Art from Monash University in 2014, and is currently a lecturer at Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne. His work is the subject of a new monograph, ‘Damiano Bertoli – Continuous Moment’, published by Surpllus.