Marco Delogu

Since the last September i'm the director of the Italian Cultural Institute of London, a new job full of stimulus, frantic activities and pragmatism, and great depth also. For some weeks I started to take photographs once again – I have many ideas, projects, books, and some exhibition on their way shortly. I have put order into my old projects and my archive as well in my collection of works by many artists that was dispersed among the countryside, my home and the study. Every day photography again becomes more and more present in my thoughts: I write down ideas, assembling old photographs with others yet to do, and maybe I would go back to making many portraits; I think to the next FOTOGRAFIA festival and the works to be put in a number of planned group exhibitions. I have recently released a book about my first three months in London, Primo Autunno (First Autumn, ed. Quodlibet): this an important step in making order and creating identity, in rightly understand what the lines of my direction of the Institute will be.

In Primo Autunno I asked many of the leading figures to contribute to this book after their visit to Belgrave Square; I wanted the chronicles of their experience. Almost all of those who have written stayed with me at my home, where we shared our days and talked as we never had before, or as we hadn't for years. I love my new job and had been finding photography alone rather limiting for quite a while; I wanted to be directly involved in much more. In the mid-1980s I founded a theatre, the Argot, where many actors of my generation began their careers. There, with Rocco Carbone and Emanuele Trevi, we organized a series of encounters on contemporary literature, drawing inspiration from a project of theirs entitled Non ci sono sedie per tutti. In the mid-1990s I spent long months at the IRCAM to portray composers of contemporary classical music. In between, and afterwards, I divided my time between London, Cambridge, and above all Rome. I returned to Sardinia in 2013, after too many years of waiting; I felt the need to recount, and in that case too I felt limited by photography. I made a short film: 12 minutes with a few words, music and movement. In that short narrative I spoke of London, but I'd never have dreamed of returning, let alone doing this job. Now I'm here and I love it. I share everything with many people brimming with ideas, a few friends, and others who will perhaps become friends. Now it's the 2016 and we will continue with many upcoming projects at the renovated, efficient and welcoming Institute. We will continue with all the arts, in partnership with great and small British institutions, with exhibitions on Botticelli at the V&A, Giorgione at the Royal Academy, and Sicilian architecture at the British and Ashmolean Museums. There will be ample space for contemporary art and literature, and the centenaries of Giorgio Bassani at the British Library. As regards film, there will be a particular focus on the 50th anniversary of the release of Blow up, filmed in London by Michelangelo Antonioni. There will be a great deal of contemporary art, theatre, music, dance, architecture, and lots to see and host, and more groundwork to lay, to be ready to understand and interpret sudden changes and slow movements, for both of them are important and decisive.
Conversazioni a Belgrave Square

Conversazioni a Belgrave Square a cura di Marco Delogu


Marco Delogu was born in Rome in 1960. His photographs have been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Italy and abroad. In the fall of 2008 his major solo retrospective exhibition was held at the Academy of France Villa Medici. Publisher and curator, in 2002 he created FOTOGRAFIA - International Festival of Rome, now in its fourteenth edition, of which he is also the artistic director. In 2003 he founded Punctum, a publishing house focused on contemporary photography. From 2012 to 2013 he was curator of photography at the contemporary museum MACRO  in Rome. In March of 2015 he was appointed Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in London. He has published more than twenty books, including the latest work "Suspended Light", a study on the reverse polarity of the light of Rome accompanied by essays by Éric de Chassey and Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and short tales by Edoardo Albinati and Jhumpa Lahiri and published by Punctum.

 

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Marco Delogu, Suspended Light – Rome or reverse polarity
Hardcover; 23,5 x 28 cm
76 pages; 36 color photographs
2015
New Edition with 12 new photographs
ISBN: 978-88-95410-31-9
With the tales: Penumbra by Jhumpa Lahiri; Le caratteristiche di questa strana e incerta estate by Edoardo Albinati
Essays by: Éric de Chassey; Bartolomeo Pietromarchi

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Marco Delogu, a video interview by Arte Tv


Photographer and exhibition curator Marco Delogu walks the city and shares his thoughts on his home town

video interview The Guardian


ARTE, the frech-german tv art channel introduces
Marco Delogu's retrospective at Villa Medici in Rome.

video interview ARTE


Marco Delogu guest at Parla con me


Video interview by Giovanna Sarno for Art a part of cult(ure)


books

soli neri Noir et Blanc quattro studi di cavalli i trenta assassini cardinali due migrazioni

Cinema America

In progress

Soli Neri, Cinema America