Chamber of Public Secrets

Stefano Cagol

In “Far Before and After (Us)”, Stefano Cagol proposes a divinatory vision that crosses the shamanic, transcendent and symbiotic concept of native populations in relation to what is around.

Contemporary rituals reconstruct and attempt a dialogue between human and nature, myth and future. They move through the landscape, following traces, signs, space and time, using technological tools and natural elements.

Stefano Cagol – Far Before and After Us, 2022

The project, conceived as multiform, emerges from the artist’s ongoing research “The Time of the Flood”, looking at the myth to understand the evolution of our relationship with the environment, and connects with past (and future) experiences in absolute nature (such as the Arctic) and in contact with indigenous visions (such as Sápmi and Inuit), with the sensitivity that unites all the native populations, an ecological archetype and model.

Stefano Cagol (Trento, 1969) studied at the Brera Academy in Milan and Ryerson University in Toronto with a post-doctoral fellowship from the Government of Canada. Recipient of the Italian Council (2019) of the Italian Ministry of Culture and awards such as the Visit of E.on Stiftung and the Terna for Contemporary Art, he works in the fields of Conceptual Art, Environmental Art, Eco-Art and Land Art, reflecting for years on borders, viruses, flags and climate issues.

He participated in biennials such as the 55th Venice Biennale, Manifesta 11, 14th Curitiba Biennale, 2nd OFF Cairo Biennale, 1st Xinjiang Biennale, Barents Art Triennale 2013 and 1st Singapore Biennale. He did solo exhibitions at museums such as the CCA Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv (2021), MA*GA in Gallarate (2019), Galleria Civica di Trento/Mart (2016), ZKM Karlsruhe (2012) and Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (2000).

Stefano Cagol (Trento, 1969) ha studiato all’Accademia di Brera e alla Ryerson University di Toronto con una borsa di studio post-dottorato del Governo del Canada. Vincitore dell’Italian Council (2019) del Ministero Italiano della Cultura e di premi come il Visit di E.on Stiftung e il Terna per l’Arte Contemporanea, lavora negli ambiti dell’Arte Concettuale, Arte Ambientale, Eco Art e Land Art, riflettendo da anni su confini, virus, bandiere, energia e questioni climatiche.

Ha partecipato a biennali come la 55. Biennale di Venezia, Manifesta 11, 14. Biennale di Curitiba, 2. OFF Biennale Cairo, 1. Xinjiang Biennale, Barents Art Triennale 2013 e 1. Biennale di Singapore. Gli hanno dedicato mostre personali musei come il CCA Center for Contemporary Art di Tel Aviv (2021), MA*GA di Gallarate (2019), Galleria Civica di Trento/Mart (2016), ZKM Karlsruhe (2012) e Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (2000).