Christian Fogarolli investigates how economic, political and societal systems classify some individuals as “abnormal”. His works focus on the relationship between our mind and the brain, the normative attributions of deviance and mental illness in society, and the scientific and archival categorisation methods of museums. His practice moves from historical research to contemporaneity, through different forms of expression, from installations to photography, sculpture and video.
The installation he presents for Italian Twist is part of the series Stone of Madness and portrays the artist’s head using fused glass. It radiates an evanescent and mysterious energy, addressing issues related to mental deviance and care across vernacular traditions, ancient beliefs, and contemporary practices.
Christian Fogarolli (Trento, 1983) He has presented his works in several solo and group shows in Italy and abroad: dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel (2012); MART, Rovereto (2013); La Maison Rouge, Paris (2014); Fondazione Museo Miniscalchi Erizzo, Verona (2015); de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (2015); 5th Moscow International Biennial (2016); Gaité Lyrique, Paris (2017); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2017); Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (2018); MAXXI, Rome (2018) and Palazzo Fortuny Museum, Venice (2018). In 2019 he received the Italian Council award from the Italian Ministry of Culture.