noris = noveris: latin, second-person singular future perfect active of noscō (I know, recognize, am acquainted with, I’m in possession of knowledge)
English translations: Keelin Feeney, Geraldine Mitchell
French translations: Stella Cervelló, Yann Molina
Thanks to Frederic Montornes, Jeffrey Swartz, Abu Ali, Rosa Pera, Carlos Puyol, Patricio Rivera, Anna Adell, Ana Lorente, Yann Molina, Paul Daly, Geraldine Mitchell, Stella Cervelló, Paula Bruna, Carmen Sánchez, Mar Arza, Roberto Noris, Mar Merino, Juan Francisco Segura, La Escocesa, Hangar and all the colleagues and friends who walk with me.
2015: In ruins
My research stems from the cracks of a world that is in ruins and it travels along a dense maze of paths among debris and neglect. Beaten up violators, accidents, waste and dumps; police victims, destroyed effigies, fugitives and mutants… My work is a record of subsidence, a compendium of material and moral ruins. In this context, my work is developed on refugees and exiles, a project that is based on the remains of a concentration camp and talks about absence, memory and oblivion, and of the annihilation of human beings, their identity and their values.
Apart from some forays into the world of photography, collage, installation and video, my experience is mainly in the field of painting, a discipline that allows me more direct, visceral work. I use the traditional, almost archetypical, visual style of oil painting to pry open the conscience of the viewer, as a pivot between omen and mourning. In this temporary distortion, post-apocalyptic scenarios, ruins from the past, hints of future disasters and memories of tragedies merge together and intertwine forming a cyclical genealogy of the catastrophe.
In this dialogue of light and shadow between the past and the present, the contemporaneity of my work is defined, my response to the darkness of the now. My research on the past is the shadow of my uncertainty of the present, concerned about the fragility of our system and the vulnerability of humanity that is sent blindly into the triumphant sirens of progress.
Marco Noris (Bergamo, Italy, 1971) lives and works in Barcelona.
A drawer and painter in essence, Noris made a foray into the world of video art, net art and photography before re-establishing and re-focusing his artistic practice on painting.
In Spain, he has exhibited in Barcelona (La Capella, Galería Trama, Cyan Gallery, Galeria Esther Montoriol, Galeria Contrast, Galeria H2O, The Private Space, Casa Elizalde, Can Felipa, Espai M at La Escocesa, Galeria Sicart, etc.), in Madrid (Matadero), in Castellón (Galería Cànem), in Vic (Roman Temple of Vic, 5th Biennial) and in La Jonquera (MuME – Exile Memorial Museum). He has also taken part in exhibitions and festivals in the United States (New York, The Active Space, 2014), in Italy (Different Pulses, 2013, and ParmaPoesia, 2002) and in France (Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2002).
From 2015 to 2017, he was an artist in residence at Hangar, a visual arts production centre in Barcelona, and in 2017, he was awarded the Barcelona Producció grant for the project entitled On the Border.
In parallel to his artistic activities, over the past 20 years Noris has created or collaborated on different group projects. Noris’s artistic career began in Bologna, Italy, in the 1990s, working on collaborative projects in digital fields. In 2006, he dedicated his time and efforts to organising artists involved in a new art factory project in Barcelona. That process led to what is now La Escocesa, a centre for artistic creation that has been included in Barcelona City Council’s art factories project since 2008. In May 2018, he co-founded Fase, a centre for artistic creation and thought in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.
He is currently an artist in residence at Piramidón, a contemporary art centre in Barcelona.
2019 – MUME – Exile Memorial Museum of La Jonquera (Spain)
2018 – On the Border, La Capella, Barcelona (Spain)
2017 – Art and memory – On the border, MUME – Exile Memorial Museum of La Jonquera (Spain)
2017 – It wasn’t the sun, Trama gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2016 – (Un)refuges, Roman Temple, Vic (Spain)
2016 – (Un)refuges 1936/2016, Cànem Gallery, Castellón de la Plana (Spain)
2013 – Under Construction – Two artist show at Espai M, La Escocesa, Barcelona (Spain)
2008 – Remote locations, Contrast gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
Selected group exhibitions
2018 – KAK #01 – La Bañera Studio, Sevilla (Spain)
2017 – Venien de lluny, Piramidón Contemporary Art Centre, Barcelona (Spain)
2015 – The Wall 4 – Mutuo Art Center, Barcelona (Spain)
2015 – Recomptes (Re-counting) – Sicart Gallery, Vilafranca del Penedès (Spain)
2014 – Recomptes (Re-counting) – Cànem Gallery, Castellón de la Plana (Spain)
2014 – Artificialia – Cyan Gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2014 – Seeking Space – The Active Space, New York (USA)
2014 – Outskirts – Casa Elizalde, Barcelona (Spain)
2013 – Different Pulses I, Cividale del Friuli (Udine, Italy)
2012 – Fresh!, The Private Space, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 – Delicartessen 11 – Galería Esther Montoriol, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 – Synthesis, FAD, Barcelona (Spain)
2011 – HFM, H2O gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2010 – Off Loop, La Escocesa, Barcelona (Spain)
2009 – Àmbit Ricard Canals, Piera (Barcelona, Spain)
2009 – D_Fest 2009, Matadero, Madrid (Spain)
2007 – Aires Nous, Contrast gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2007 – The rooms of the blue bird, Livesoundtracks, Esperia Tower, Barcelona (Spain)
2007 – People of Poblenou, C.C. Can Felipa (Barcelona, Spain)
2006 – 5ª Vic’s Biennial, Vic (Spain)
2002 – Stanze Aperte, ParmaPoesia 2002, Parma (Italy)
2002 – Polyphonix 4, Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
2002 – Caffementale, Grottammare (Italy)
· A la Frontera – Ajuntament de Barcelona Institut de Cultura / Folch, 2108, ISBN 978-84-9156-077-7
· Paratext vol. 1 – Hangar.org, 2016, ISBN 978-84-617-6320-7
· Imprevista n. 3, 2011, Barcelona
2017 – BCN Producció 2017-18 (offsite project) – La Capella, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona (Spain)
2013 – La Escocesa production grant, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 – La Escocesa production grant, Barcelona (Spain)