Born in Bologna (Italy) in 1974, Marco Bolognesi now lives and works in
London. He is a multimedia artist with experience encompassing drawing,
painting, cinema, photography and video. His influences include
religious iconography, science fiction, street art, avant-garde
manifestos and pop icons. Bolognesi’s artistic identity is a
multi-faceted one. He spent his childhood in an artistic environment
and attended DAMS, the school of drama, arts and music in Italy, where
he thrived upon a diverse means of expression.
Bolognesi’s artistic identity is a
multi-faceted one. After spending his childhood in an artistic
environment and attending DAMS, the school of drama, arts and music in
Italy, where he thrived upon a diverse means of expression, he chose
for his final thesis to analyse works by the artist and filmmaker Peter
In 1994 still in Italy, Bolognesi went on to illustrate
a selection of works by the poet Roberto Roversi and the following year
he collaborated with the graphic artist Guido Crepax on a comic strip.
In 1994 also he shot his first short film, ‘Giustizia e Verità’, on the
victims of terrorism, which was subsequently screened at the Venice
Biennale. In this experimental documentary, images and music are deeply
interwoven, as they are in his second short film on the same theme ‘Il
Partito del Silenzio’, which was made in 1996. His overall editing
method was so particular and his style so original, that both films
were presented in Rome by the Academy Award winning composer Ennio
Morricone, and then toured internationally around the Italian Cultural
Institutes. Cinema subsequently became Bolognesi’s focus and he soon
started working as a director’s assistant for some well known
directors, including the controversial Nanni Moretti. Although during
this period his fascination with the moving image remained, he decided
to explore the potential of still images and the photographic medium.
Bolognesi’s first project as a photographer was working with the
theatre playwright and literature Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. In 2002
he moved to London, where he won the Artist in Residence Award at The
Italian Cultural Institute, and undertook his first major photographic
project Woodland. Woodland was a cycle of stills in collaboration with
fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Kei
Kagami and Dolce&Gabbana. These studio images radically blurred the
line between tribal art, fetish, punk culture and fashion, using
collage techniques to synthesise natural and artificial elements into
an imagined breed of hybrid women. In 2006, Woodland was successfully
presented in show at the Trafalgar Hotel in London and culminated in
the photographic series ‘Synteborg’ in 2007.
In 2008, Bolognesi made the short film Black Hole around the theme of
hybrids and cyborgs. This allowed him to further breathe life into his
retro-futuristic creations and realise his fantasy vision of a world in
which they exist. Since then, his photographic work has been exhibited
internationally. As of Summer 2008, one of his stills is being
internationally shown as part of the Collezione Farnesina Experimenta,
a touring exhibition.
In addition to this, 2008 has seen the International release of
DarkStar, Bolognesi’s second photographic publication. DarkStar
includes a selection of his photographic works accompanied by a sci-fi
short story and essays from a diverse range of journalists and critics.
In February 2009, Bolognesi exhibited some installation work at the
Fondazione Solares in Parma, in the exhibition Genesis. During this
exhibition his film Dark Star was also screened and was well received
by critics. Also in 2009, Einaudi will present a collaborative, and
experimental, art/comics/fiction book by Marco Bolognesi and Carlo
Lucarelli, one of the most acclaimed contemporary Italian writers.