Ian et Jacques, born Ian Bertolucci (Pietrasanta, Italy, 1995) and Giacomo Salerno (Foggia, 1994) are a duo of contemporary artists both graduated in painting and visual arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara. In 2018, the year in which our collaboration began, we acted the performance “Eternity’s Act” for the installation-event by Maurizio Cattelan at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara. prize.
In the same year, the same performance was re-proposed at “Forme nel verde”, a contemporary art festival in San Quirico D’orcia. Also in 2018, with the work “Dollhouse”, we won the second prize of the EneganArt contemporary art competition. And in 2018, we presented the performance “Doll Parts” in Rome, after having been selected by IED. In 2019, the work “Il Bacio” is a finalist in the National Arts Award, under the photography section; work that is also among the finalists of the Nocivelli prize.
Introducing the GODS AND MONSTERS series by Ian et Jacques
This series aims to investigate the relationship between body and gender identity, through the interpretation of absolute archetypes of beauty and monstrosity, analysing both the morphologic possibilities of the person itself – combined with various cosmetic techniques – and with the aid of tools related to a post-production involving the digitization of oil paintings. Venus is modelled on a body that does not hide its belonging to the male gender.
For contemporary society the image of an individual that does not correspond to the imposed canons of gender, represents a taboo: arousing mixed feelings. The work evokes myths and legends that are well rooted in European culture.
We live in an historical moment in which, in Italy, often everything that does not belong to an exclusively hetero-binary social vision, is perceived as monstrous or dangerous, with sharp claws and harmful tempting intentions. In this context, fascist socio-political ideologies seem to re-evoke figures of ancient, forgotten… monsters.
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