Oh mio cagnetto, 2020
Diego Marcon is the latest artist to enter the RETROFUTURE section, the collection of works by young Italian artists growing organically with time.
Diego Marcon presents Oh mio cagnetto, (2020): a collection of 81 little poems configured as an artist’s book, conceived for wide circulation and published by Lenz Press. The collection, that revolves around the missed and mourned figure of a puppy, doesn’t have a linear, narrative development, but the poems are mostly divided in two groups: one about the deaths of the puppy, the other one about the feelings of loss of the narrator. The doggerels are structurally all equal, each of them composed by four hendecasyllable verses of rhyming couplets and with the same, repetitive incipit. They use a seemingly childish and naïve voice that speaks about violence, death and melancholy, without falling into a plaintive lament. Through the poems, the figure of the puppy functions as something pathetic yet comical, that the reader can relate with any kind of loss.
DIEGO MARCON (Busto Arsizio, 1985) lives in Milan. Recent group and solo exhibitions include Ludwig, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore / LASALLE, Singapore (2019); La miserabile, La Triennale di Milano (2018); Sanguine. Luc Tuymans on Baroque, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2018). Recent screenings and film festivals include FID Marseille, Marseille (2019); International Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam (2018); Cinéma du Réel, Paris (2018); BFI, London (2018) and doclisboa, Lisbon (2018). In 2019-20 he was one of the winners of the seventh edition of the Italian Council. In 2018, Diego Marcon won the Foundation Hernaux Sculpture Award and the MAXXI Bulgari Prize.