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I come from the country that gave birth to Michelangelo and Leonardo. A country where every week one person dies in prison, either through suicide or from police blows, yet nobody gets tried for it. A country where fashion is a way of life, yet calling someone a “dirty nigger” is not a crime. A country where the fascist salute is publicly forbidden, yet the current prime minister publicly reinstated Mussolini as “someone who never killed anyone”. My practice takes these aspects of the society I live in into consideration, and uses all available media to display a personal (at times cynical, at times ironical) vision of today’s contradictions, in order to underline the possibility that art can be made by everyone, and eventually agree that the Renaissance is insuperable. Stefano W. Pasquini (b. 1969, Bologna, Italy) received his MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna in 1991, he then left the country for Dublin, briefly, London for seven years, and New York until 2001, where he also worked as PA for Robert C. Morgan and was Guest Editor of New York Arts Magazine. He’s currently based back in Bologna, where he works. He was Head Curator of Sesto Senso, a small no profit gallery in Bologna, for the exhibiting seasons of 2001-2002. Between 2001 and 2008 he was Art Director of “Work – Art in progress”, magazine of the Contemporary Art Gallery of Trento. He is Contributing Editor of New York Arts Magazine, freelance photographer, independent curator, and member of the International Lomographic Society. He also writes about art on Collezioni Sport & Street, Luxos Style and other magazines. He has been exhibiting since 1988 with group shows in places such as the Collective Gallery (Edinburgh), The National Portrait Gallery (London), Casco (Utrecht), ICA (London), Art in General (New York), Star67 (Brooklyn), ONI (Boston), Alphadelta (Athens), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (New York) and solo shows at Carnera (Adria), Bond Gallery (Birmingham), Sesto Senso, Graffio, Villa Serena (Bologna), Galleria 42 Contemporaneo, Studio Vetusta (Modena) and PaggeriArte (Sassuolo). He is author of “Accidental//Coincidental”, Newhouse, New York, 2008, Editor of “Obsolete Shit” magazine and Head of “Why the Fuck not Ppodcast”.

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10 Euro scupture, 2004, mixed media (all bought at a local supermarket for a total of 10 euro), 9,8 x 9,8 x 14,5 inches.

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Why do we die, 2006, watercolor and ink on newsprint, 8,6 x 6,6 inches.

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US0709, 2007, Cast iron, glue, syringe needles, 3,9 x 5,9 x 5,1 inches.

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UI0806 (Pipilotti), 2008, C-Type print, edition of 5, 27,5 x 39,3 inches.

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US0708 (Air), 2007, mixed media, 9 x 23,2 x 10,2 inches.

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US0806, 2008, Found objects sculpture, left in Soho, NYC. 4,7 x 5,9 x 3,5 cm.

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One day laughin’ in this surreal earth (UV0801), 2008, Single Channel Video, 26’42”.

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US0804, 2008, Shoes, olive tree wood, 14,1 x 12,6 x 18,5 inches.

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US0809, 2008, plaster, glue, acrylic paint, 7 x 4,3 x 1,7 inches.

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US0811, 2008, Bread, masking tape, 11,8 x 3,5 x 2,3 inches.

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UI0909, 2009, C-type print, edition of 5, 39,3 x 27,5 inches.

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US0901, 2009, Stone, tape, santino, 11,4 x 10,6 x 14,9 inches.

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UC0903, 2009, Mixed media on paper, 11 x 16 inches.

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UP0910, 2009, ink on porcelain plate, Ă˜ 9,4 inches.

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US1001, 2010, wood and mixed media, 13,7 x 128 x 25,9 inches.

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www.stefanopasquini.net

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