Simone Bertuzzi (b. 1983) and Simone Trabucchi (b. 1982) have been collaborating as Invernomuto since 2003. Although their work focuses primarily on the moving image and sound, they also integrate sculpture, performance and publishing into their practice. Invernomuto explores what remain of subcultures by moving through different media. Observed through unashamedly affected eyes, oral cultures and minor histories are laid open, their vernacular forms examined. Inauthentic materials play a fundamental role within this process, emphasizing the fictitious realities that inspire them. Bertuzzi and Trabucchi have developed individual lines of research into sound with the outlets Palm Wine and STILL, respectively.
Currently Invernomuto are developing a new commission for Liverpool Biennial 2021 and 58th October Salon-Belgrade Biennial 2021. Another project, Black Med, was conceived in 2018 for Manifesta 12 (Palermo) and has recently been part of the performance programme at the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019; Black Med will be further developed in 2021 with Fondazione Morra Greco (Naples) and Pompeii Commitment (Pompei).
Recent solo shows include PICO: Un parlante de África en América, Auto Italia, London (2020), Prima Delle Sabbie, Galleria Nazionale, Rome (2019), NN Contemporary Art, Northampton (2019), MED T-1000, Pinksummer, Genoa (2019), Leto Gallery, Warsaw (2019), Artspeak, Vancouver (2015), Anabasis Articulata, Triennale di Milano, Milan (2014), Marsèlleria, Milan (2014) and I-Ration, ar/ge kunst, Bozen (2014). In 2017 Invernomuto wins the Museion Prize 1 (Bozen); in 2018 they are finalists of the MAXXI Bvlgari Prize (Rome) and MAC International 2018 (Belfast).
Their work has been shown at TATE (London), Manifesta 12 (Palermo), Villa Medici (Rome), Alserkal Avenue (Dubai), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Galleria Nazionale (Rome), Nuit Blanche 2017 (Paris), MAXXI (Rome), Museion (Bozen), Unsound Festival (Krakow), Kunstverein München (Munich), Bozar (Brussels), FAR° (Nyon), Centre d’Art Contemporain (Geneva), Bétonsalon (Paris), Live Arts Week V (Bologna), Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Addis Ababa), Nettie Horn Gallery (London), American Academy in Rome (Rome), PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (Milan), Vleeshal (Middelburg), Fondation Ricard (Paris), Black Star Film Festival (Philadelphia), Centre Pompidou (Paris), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), Hangar Bicocca (Milan), Netmage 07/09 (Bologna), Premio Furla (Bologna), No Fun Fest 2009 (New York), Biennale Architettura 11 (Venice), Viafarini (Milan), Fair_Play (Lugano), Domus Circular (Milan).
Black Med is a platform initiated by Invernomuto for Manifesta 12: The Planetary Garden. The Mediterranean sea, once understood as a fluid entity aiding the formation of networks and exchange, is now the scenario of a humanitarian crisis and heated geopolitical dispute.
Black Med aims at intercepting the trajectories that sounds trace passing through this protean area, as migration routes leave sonic trails that, in the words of Iain Chambers, “resist representation, and propose an affective economy [that is] intrinsically diasporic.”
Video loops and mixes commissioned to musicians, scholars and visual artists will alternate on this web platform, rendering these ideas in sonic form.
Previously on BLACK MED:
Ma’an Abu Taleb