Runo Lagomarsino, ‘Im getting closer to somewhere’, 2014, Nils Stærk

The title of this work, which is also inscribed in gold letters on the glass, is from a poem by
the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet. The images show Columbus' three ships on their journey
over the Atlantic for the first time. The six prints were published in 1992 in connection with
the Expo' 92 held in Seville, which celebrated the 550th anniversary of the "discovery" of the
Runo Lagomarsino (b.1977, Sweden) develops works that presents a critical vision on the
construction of history-based themes or analyses connections between modernism and
current geopolitics Lagomarsino’s work present a well-defined political position, posses an
unfinished and fragmented aspect, and act as provocative and open reflections on relations
of territory and exclusion.

About Runo Lagomarsino

In his multimedia artworks, Runo Lagomarsino’s interest in the legacy of transatlantic migration patterns intersects with his own biography. A 2015 Venice Biennale participant, Lagomarsino—who is based in Brazil—was born in Sweden to Argentine parents who descended from Italian émigrés. In his installations, collages, films, and drawings, he examines different moments of transatlantic travel—from colonialism and the slave trade to the waves of immigrants during both World Wars. Through the pairings of found objects and projections of images of monuments, Lagomarsino uncovers the residue of these historical journeys. He highlights the lingering effects of political warfare and imperialist agendas that are embedded in simple objects and sites that form the fabric of daily life.

Italian-Argentine-Swedish, b. 1977, Sweden, based in Malmo, Sweden and Sao Paolo, Brazil