Valerio Rocco Orlando
b.1978, Milan, Italy
Artist’s website: valerioroccoorlando.com
Valerio Rocco Orlando received a BA in Dramaturgy from Università Cattolica in Milan and an MA in Film Directing from Queen Mary, University of London. He works across a variety of media, such as film, photography and installation. His face-to-face practice, described in intimate portraits and dialogues, rethinks and reenacts the sense of belonging in different communities around the world. By defining art as a process of analysis and mutual knowledge, his research produces an open discourse, collective and personal, both aesthetically and conceptually, that explores the blurred boundaries between institutions, museums, academia and the social sphere.
His solo shows include: What Education for Mars?, Museo Marino Marini, Florence (2015); The Sphere of the Between, Korea Foundation, Seoul (2015); The Reverse Grand Tour, Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Rome (2013); ¿Qué Educación para Marte?, Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese (2013); Quale Educazione per Marte?, Nomas Foundation, Rome (2011); Lover’s Discourse, Careof DOCVA, Milan (2011); Niendorf (Te Damaged Piano), Galleria Maze, Turin (2008). Group shows include: Other Forms of Relations, MMCA National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2015); Glitch. Interferenze tra arte e cinema, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan (2014); We Have Never Been Modern, SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul (2014); The 338 Hour Cineclub, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2013); XI Bienal de La Habana, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana (2012); Neon. La materia luminosa dell’arte, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Rome (2012).
In 2009 Valerio Rocco Orlando won the Iscp New York Prize promoted by Parc/Seat/Gai. In 2014 he received an International Artist Fellowship at the MMCA National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea. In 2016 the artist won the VII VAF Foundation Art Prize and his work was acquired for the permanent collection of the MART Museo d’arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto. Public collections also include Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam in Havana, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea and MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome.