Born in Italy in 1983, Christian Fogarolli obtained a degree in archeology in 2007 to then pursuing his historical-artistic studies with a master’s degree in 2011 at the University of Trento, alongside a master’s degree in diagnostics and restoration of works of art at the University of Verona. Since 2011, he has been dedicated to studies and research of artistic, philosophical, and historical practices.
His theoretical and field research unfolds in archival and museum contexts, from which he draws inspiration with the aim of enhancing little-known heritages. His practice develops at the intersection of visual art and scientific disciplines, investigating how the latter have used the artistic medium to progress. Through historical and archival research, he attempts to deconstruct the binary condition that separates deviance and normality, reflecting on the normative attributions of disease, marginalization, and categorization in contemporary society.
He works through different forms of expression, from installation to photography, from sculpture to video. Fogarolli’s works stimulate critical thinking on the relationship between the mind and the brain, reflecting on how the functional processes of the latter interact with the subjective ones of the mind and investigating how these acts of thought develop into behaviors considered lawful or prohibited.
The results of his research have been displayed in events such as dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); the Mart, Museum of Modern and Contemporary art of Rovereto (2013); The Maison Rouge in Paris (2014); Museum of the Foundation Miniscalchi-Erizzo, Verona (2015); de Appel arts centre of Amsterdam (2015); 5th Moscow International Biennale (2016); the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow (2017); Gaîté Lyrique of Paris (2017); Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin (2017); Mart/Galleria Civica di Trento (2014-18); Les Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles (2018); MAXXI, the National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome (2018); Fortuny Palace Museum, Venice (2018); Musée de Grenoble (2019). He recently received research and residency awards at the College of Physicians and Mütter Museum of Philadelphia and Futura center for contemporary art in Prague (2018). In 2019 he received the prestigious Italian Council award granted by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism. 2020 works by Christain Fogarolli are exhibi¬ted at Musée d’histoire de la Médecine, Paris; MARe Museum of Contemporary Art in Bucharest; at STATE Experience Science in Berlin; Löwenbraukunst Art Center and schwarzescafé Luma Westbau in Zurich; Etablissement Gschwandner Reaktor in Wien; GAM Galleria di Arte Moderna in Turin; MAMM Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow.