Ingrid Melano: Dear Patrick, you were born in 1974, you live and work in Berlin. Your works have been exhibited in museum contexts and in public spaces in Italy (Venice Biennale, Gallery of Modern Art in Milan, Piazza del Popolo in Rome, MART) and abroad (Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, de Appel, Amsterdam, Shanghai Biennial, Biennial of Havana, Folkstone Triennial). Could you confirm the correctness of this information?
Patrick Tuttofuoco: Everything is correct!
Ingrid Melano: Great 🙂 When I think of your work, I have in my mind reflective surfaces, lasers and colored neon lights, are there other components that I forget?
Patrick Tuttofuoco: I would say the man and its possible representations, his figure recently.
Ingrid Melano: Yes, actually there is a very nice dimension in your past works, of dialogue with the public, but lately it has been replaced by the item “mask”, could we talk a bit about it?
Patrick Tuttofuoco: More than the mask I think to the face, the place of the human body that perhaps better than others can tell certain emotions.
Ingrid Melano: Our editor Martina Alemani came to see the making off of the exhibition for Studio Guenzani in Berlin this spring, together with the artist Andrea Romano, they told me wonders..
Patrick Tuttofuoco: They have seen a lot of the creative process, it is always nice to see everything that goes on before the show!
Ingrid Melano: Yes, I would like to know more about your family, and your life in Berlin in general, how does it work? Do you follow a routine in the creative process?
Patrick Tuttofuoco: More than routine I would say that I try to maintain a certain constancy of studio work, the reality of the studio is one thing that I started to love here in Berlin, before it wasn’t really my dimension. If I think about my situation here in Berlin I think of a strange mix of the children (with all that they represent, full of joy and responsibility) and art that also gives you beautiful emotions and bitter-sweet situations.
Ingrid Melano: How were the faces presented in Ambaradan, your last show in Milan, technically created?
Patrick Tuttofuoco: It is a few years now that I’m working on hardening of tissues, in this case I wet the flat matter of the fabric in a mixture of resins and before the curing process began, I gave it a form that is close to a human face.
Ingrid Melano: What was it like to work with the curator Nicola Ricciardi in the exhibition ?
Patrick Tuttofuoco: Funny and inspiring, and it was an exchange of contents which only after that took shape and in my and in his head, from there we began to develop the idea of the exhibition.
Ingrid Melano: It may sound like a rhetorical question but, having traveled around the world for Revolving Landscape, and after the Berlin experience, do you plan to stay there?
Patrick Tuttofuoco: It is always very difficult to think of ourselves in one place, my curiosity for sure did not stop, but Berlin could become a good base for constant movements.
Ingrid Melano: I understand, but it seems to me that the city of Milan always welcomes you with great enthusiasm.
Patrick Tuttofuoco: Milan is my home and it always will be, there are some people to whom I am deeply connected and gave me a lot, I will never leave for good from Milan!
Ingrid Melano: My favorite work among yours is certainly Luna Park (2005), could you tell me something about the installation?
Patrick Tuttofuoco: It was the original sign of the amusement park “Varesine”, an important place for the city, for my generation and those before, unlike other similar places in the city center it occupied the area as a species of geographical anomaly. Then issues related to speculation have led to the closure and before that they dismantle it all, a friend told me that the signage was still there, so I decided to retrieve it and bring it back to light.
Ingrid Melano: Yes and it is a great idea, every time I walk by Lambrate, the signage makes me think of Marcovaldo (1963, Italo Calvino), and stories of ghost towns. Which is the feeling you have, revisiting the place after many years?
Patrick Tuttofuoco: It is my most nostalgic work, perhaps even too much, what I think is that I was very lucky to manage that project!
Ingrid Melano: It is true! Nostalgic is an interesting definition! Thank you Patrick!
Patrick Tuttofuoco: Thank you, it was fun and I hope to meet you soon in real life!