Marotta & Russo

Biography

Stefano Marotta (Udine, 1969) e Roberto Russo (La Chaux de Fonds – CH, 1971) Marotta & Russo are a duo of artists. They live in Udine and teach “New technologies within the Art” at the Fine Art Academy of Venice. Their research outlines the expressive and theoretical borders of a personal digital new humanism inclined towards the trial of the languages and the post-digital contemporary logics.

We can count many participations in national museums characterized by the presence of installations in permanent collections, such as those at the City Museum in Rimini, of Casa Cavazzini, of the modern and contemporary art museum in Udine and of the Aldo Furlan foundation. In 2017 they took part in the collateral event of the 57th Biennale di Venezia – Contemporary Art International exhibition named Modus – Tecniche, poetiche, materiali nell’arte contemporanea. The collaboration with foreign institutions is strong as well, we can name for instance the project Mousetrap, interactive multichannel installation, part of the permanent collection of Rhizome, New Museum, New York, USA.

“…the experience with Giovanardi seems to be the opportunity of a real collaboration, rather than the occasion of an important assignment offered by a prestigious client.”

The concept of collaboration is the basic assumption, the idea and the foundation reason of the artistic duo Marotta & Russo: as human beings, as friends and as artists. For this reason, the experience with Giovanardi seems to be the opportunity of a real collaboration, rather than the occasion of an important assignment offered by a prestigious client. The exchange of experiences, visions and expertise appears as the style and the authentic qualifying factor for a possibility that, originated to celebrate an important happening for the company, may become the experimental situation for an open exchange with people. Those who are part of the company, the people that we had the opportunity and the pleasure to meet during our first visit at the premises and labs of Giovanardi located in Brianza. We were particularly struck by the fact that from the artisan care implemented to their own profession, these people get as a result – beyond beautiful products – bright and enlightening smiles.

Smiles that were offered to us with genuine friendliness and that appeared to us much warmer and unexpected, because very rare today – and not only within the productive entities, and not only in Italy. Therefore, we will have the pleasure to start from this point: from the exchange of friendship and smiles, with the aim of cultivating and renewing all together that magic of comparison that alone gives full meaning to personal and common experience of the human experiencing.

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