While in residency at AiR351 Vittorio Santoro will focus on producing new work, including works on paper, sculpture installations, but especially he will work on an improbable telephone conversation (audio work) between Fernando Pessoa and James Joyce. The two never actually met. The conversation is in fact inspired by their work and by their telephone numbers in the 1930s, in Lisbon and Paris, respectively, that after some researches the artist was able to find out. He will work on the script of the improbably telephone conversation between the two to highlight their differences, their peculiarities, but also the way they approached ideas in their respective social, cultural and historical environments. He will try to put particular emphasis on the current cultural and social-political climate in the conversation that the two ‘will approach’. Vittorio Santoro will also work at new real-time activities with local artists and specific contexts.


Residency dates

October 2018 – March 2019





Vittorio Santoro (b. 1962, Zurich. I/CH).

“For his works, be they installations, text-drawings, films, sculptures, or sound pieces, Vittorio Santoro chooses specific ways to manipulate conventions to desired effects believing that creativity is an ongoing process of continual change and response. His characteristically intricate visual sensibility engenders startling, yet uncanny forms and constellations. Santoro’s works seem rooted in everyday observations but push beyond in order to reveal latent historical, socio-political, and metaphysical realities. His practice conceals a tension between the referential potential of objects and the choreographic nature of their placement in context. In presenting his works, imbued with what might seem an obvious artificiality and abstraction devoid of any obvious explanation, Santoro ensures that the audience maintain an objective perspective on them. The artist is sensitive to the unassuming nature of everyday interactions: he examines the notion of individual agency as it plays out within larger networks of clichés, common ideals, models of authority, or processes involving manipulation and power.”

–Daniel Kurjaković


His work has been presented in solo or group exhibitions and they include:

Phenomenon (3), Biennal of contempory art, Anafi, Greece (upcoming, 2019), Double Take, Last Tango, Independent Art Space, Zurich (2018); Prix Marcel Duchamp, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); Pulleys, I & The Supposed Half of a Day &…, Galerie Cortex Ahtletico, Paris (2016) ; Pulleys, Counter Space, Zurich (2016); 108 Minutes A Day (Gagarin), Museum of Contemporary Art, MoCA Pavilion, Shanghai (2015); Europa – The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zurich (2015); In/Voluntary Movement Diagram (Josef K.) And Other Works, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin (2015); Le grand paysage (pour un jour), Jérôme Poggi Galerie, Paris (2014); 3 July 1913: Unexpectedly Arrested By Two Unidentified Agents From An Unspecified Agency On Unspecified Charges, Counter Space, Zurich (2014); Quadrilogy 2: I Think It Rains, 1a space and Burger Collection, Hong Kong (2013) Correspondances, Espace culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2013); Vittorio Santoro Filmic Works (screening), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012); Owls Move Their Entire Head to Change Views, Fondation Ricard, Paris (2012); Le Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012); Visionaries & Voyeurs, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin,(2011); Que tout le monde vive comme si personne « ne savait », Rosascape, Paris (2011); The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Yvon Lambert, New York (2011) Conflicting Tales, Burger Collection, Berlin (2009); La chambre de Marlow, Galerie Xippas, Paris (2009); Shifting Identity, CAC, Vilnius/Kunsthaus Zurich (2008); Learn to Read, Tate Modern, London (2006) It’s All In Your Mind / C’est tout dans ma tête, Yvon Lambert, Project Room, Paris (2003).



residency supported by

Daniel Bosser