Roberto Cuoghi

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Born in 1973 in Modena, Italy, Roberto Cuoghi lives and works in Milan. Cuoghi creates theatrical works, which suggest that appearances can be deceiving. Through imperceptible alterations, or conversely, through highly staged transformations, Cuoghi’s works reveal how our perception of others and of everyday events is fraught with expectations. His video “Foolish things” (2002) seamlessly edits together a sunrise and a sunset to the tune of “These Foolish Things”, while barely visible objects zoom by in the cloudy background, as if they were hallucinations. Cuoghi is probably best known for a 7-year performance through which he convincingly transformed his physical appearance into that of his now deceased father. Cuoghi dyed his hair, wore his father’s clothes and adopted the latter's habits as well as his diet. This affected the young artist’s physical condition to the extent that his vital signs registered as those of a middle-aged man.

Among his most recent solo exhibitions: ZOLOTO, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan 2012; Hammer Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles 2011; Šuillakku, curated by Marcella Beccaria, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli/ICA, London 2008. His work has been shown in numerous joint exhibitions at the most important venues in Italy and abroad, such as The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, 55th Venice Biennale, Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Have you seen me before?, curated by Francesco Bonami and Achim Borchardt-Hume, Whitechapel Gallery, London; The Residue of Memory, curated by Heidi Zuckerman, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen 2012; 10000 Lives, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju 2010; Skin Fruit, curated by Jeff Koons, New Museum, New York 2010; Fare Mondi/Making Worlds, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009; Fractured Figure, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Deste Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens 2007; Sequence 1, curated by Alison Gingeras, Palazzo Grassi, Venice 2007; Of Mice and Men, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick, 4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin 2006. 

Roberto Cuoghi is represented by Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan and Maccarone Inc., New York.