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Damiano Bertoli 2018 Visual Resident Artist at the Monash Prato Centre

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

Through his multi-disciplinary practice, Damiano 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. 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.


Travelling to Prato, Damiano 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.                         


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.


The MUPC Visual Residency Program is a collaborative initiative between the Monash Prato Centre and MADA, the Monash Faculty of Art, Design and 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 2018.


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