The title of the work, West Is Everywhere You Look comprises a map placed on a tripod.
Because the map isn’t accessible, the viewer is, in a way, symbolically trapped in a condition
of permanent dislocation. But Lagomarsino also unmoored the viewer by foreclosing any
fixed relationship to the object spinning in the presentation. Both of these gestures
underscored the mercurial nature of the hegemonic forces that shape the way we categorize
and ultimately navigate space.
Circularity and doubt are the critical characteristics of this work, which encourages the viewer
to read beyond the territorial and political conventions that typically shape representations
such as maps, and to observe geography and history from multiple perspectives. And yet
Lagomarsino made that map inaccessible, seemingly annulling the history and powers of
which it is an expression.
The work of Runo Lagomarsino (b. 1977 in Lund, Sweden, based in São Paulo, Brazil and
Malmö, Sweden) investigates the historiographic, geographic and mathematic models that
informed the colonial domination of the world by Western modernity. How can one trace the
relationship between the historical and geographic methods of describing the planet that
were devised by European reason and the political control of that planet? Lagomarsino’s
practice attempts to answer this question, setting out from a perspective of comparative
cultural analysis and suggesting new, alternative forms of cultural interpretation that stand in
contrast with those established and passed down by modern European thought.
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