Martellate. Scritti Fighi 1990-2019 is a collection of the writings, in the form of slogans, which have accompanied Marcello Maloberti in almost thirty years of poetics introducing themes he finds meaningful. Published by Flash Art in collaboration with ASPESI, a sequence of thoughts which, written in black felt-tip pen, burst onto the white page like the urgency of a title, as if it was a book of titles. Like a collection of impulsive fragments, each page looks like a world itself. It ranges from poetry to irony to the use of the spoken word, in a constant succession of moods and formal tones. A series of incompatible images that results as a marmalade of heterogeneous contents or a continuous zapping, which reminds us of how people live social media.
The "hammerings" are absent words / images. Direct, frontal, cheeky like the ones you wouldn’t want to hear, they stay and ‘hammer’ your head. Each one is a curtain that opens. Think, feel or even steal, they are always transcribed from the oral point of view, like sentences written in a written voice. There is no chronological order in the book to favor the possibility of the here and now, of the autonomy or the effectiveness of each slogan.
Format: 23 × 30 cm Features: Black and white, softcover, 320 pages
Marcello Maloberti, italian artist born 1966 in Codogno (Lodi), lives and works in Milan. Maloberti's artistic research draws inspiration from trivial events and subtle aspects of marginalized urban experience, paying attention to shapeless and precarious states of daily life. His artistic vision goes beyond the immediacy of the everyday and offers a neorealist glance, dreamlike and alienating, that combines an archaeological approach toward art history. His performances and light and sound installations take place in both private and public spaces having a strong interactive impact for the audience, with distinct emotional temperatures. The artist puts together an extremely condensed narrative and suspenseful atmospheres for the viewer to watch and feel. The performing body is that of the community, producing dialogue between the performance itself and its audience. In recent years Maloberti has given greater emphasis to the relationship between art and life by means of a variety of visual and sound-based languages: photography, video, performance, installation, sculpture, drawings and collage are always enriched by a strong performative dimension. Maloberti has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions at public and private institutions including: Italian Pavillion 55th Venice Art Biennial; MAXXI, Rome; Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; Manifesta12, Palermo; MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art Krakov; Pune Biennial, India; Quadriennale di Roma; MuCem, Marseille; Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Triennale di Milano; Generali Foundation, Vienna; GAMeC, Bergamo; Performa 09, New York; Museion, Bozen; Collection Lambert – Musée d’art contemporain Avignon; Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan. He has published the artist's books Martellate (Flash Art, 2019), La voglia Matta (Mousse Publishing, 2013), Tarzan Noir (Onestar Press, 2012), and the record Martellate. Scritti Fighi 1990-2020. Lydia Mancinelli Legge Marcello Maloberti (Xing, 2021).