I was born with my parents’ exile, but my own repeated movement between Sweden and Brazil made me even more sensitive to the distances and proximities between what is understood as South and North. It forced me to rearticulate many aspects of my thinking and provoked an important shift in my work, which can most clearly be seen in relation to questions of representation, geography, memory, and diaspora. The difference is not in the subject matter; these are all topics with which I have been very engaged for a long time, but the change—of my place(s)—also transformed the ways in which I address these issues, the processes through which my works are produced, their materiality. They not only “speak” about geography, our connections to the colonial past, and displacement, but also embody these elements, accentuating a material experience that can carry the complex journey and movement of geopolitics.
– Runo Lagomarsino

Working with a range of materials and mediums, such as installation, sculpture, drawing, performance, and actions, Lagomarsino’s work points towards the gaps and cracks within our explanation models and truth claims, highlighting the precarious foundation of language. Themes of language, geography, and historiography are recurrent in Lagomarsino’s artistic practice, employing materials that often evoke memories or connections, only to prompt reflections on the conditions that enable them. Through precise and poetic displacements, he constructs frictions and fractures within blind spots from which to tell other stories.
Runo Lagomarsino (b. 1977, Lund, Sweden) lives and works between Malmö and São Paulo.
Some of the artist's solo exhibitions include: Nils Stærk, Copenhagen (2017); Francesca Minini, Milan (2016); La Criée Center for Contemporary Art, Rennes (2015); Nils Stærk, Copenhagen (2014); Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, (2013); Oslo Kunstförening, Oslo (2013); The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (2012).
Additionally, his work was included in group shows such as: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2017); Prospect.4, New Orleans (2017); Fondazione Trussardi, Milano (2017); MCA Chicago (2017); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2015); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014); 56th La Biennale di Venezia (2015); Gothenburg International Biennial (2015); 12th Biennial of Cuenca (2014); 30th Bienal de São Paulo (2012); 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011).
Selected Artworks

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