Runo Lagomarsino
Sweden, b.1977






Runo Lagomarsino utilizes poetic imagery and irony in his practice to reflect on the deeply rooted Eurocentrism that still exists today. His recent work explicitly confronts the history of imperialism beginning with Columbus, documenting its origins in European lust for gold and showing the resulting exploitation. Lagomarsino’s powerful work illustrates the raw violence that remains beneath the surface of the ocean. The artist takes pains to show how the ocean has historically functioned as a threshold promising new possibilities for immigrants, but that today, it is often an impenetrable barrier confronting exhausted refugees.

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Photo by Andreas Meck and Terje Östling
Courtesy of the artist, Kukje Gallery, Seoul and Nils Stærk, Copenhagen
Image and Text provided by Kukje Gallery, Seoul


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Video , Video Installation, Installation, Space Installation, Collage, Drawing, Performance , Poetic Imagery, Colonialism, Colonial History, Eurocentrism, Imperialism, Modernist Idea of Progress, Displacement, Geoplitics, Power, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil

Curriculum Vitae

Whitney Independent Study Program, New York
MFA., Malmö Art Academy, Malmö, Sweden
BFA., Academy of Fine Art Valand, Gothenburg, Sweden
Solo Exhibitions
West Is Everywhere You Look, Francesca Minini, Milan
Lacuna, curated by Diana Baldon and Nicola Lees, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo
Carla Zaccagnini and Runo Lagomarsino, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
They Watched Us For a Very Long Time, curated by Sophie Kaplan, La Criée Centre for Contemporary Art, Rennes, France
Barbro & Holger Bäckströms Award, curated by Cecilia Widenheim, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden
Against My Ruins, Nils Stærk, Copenhagen
Ears Go Deeper Than Eyes Can See, Umberto Di Marino, Naples
This Thing Called the State, curated by Marienne Hultman, Oslo Kunstförening, Oslo
The G in Modernity Stands for Ghosts, Mellanrummet, Nils Staerk, Copenhagen
We Have Everything, but That's All We Have, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo
For Each Light a Shadow, Ignacio Liprandi Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires
Even Heroes Grow Old, curated by Helena Holmberg, Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm
U-Turn, Arteba with Nils Stærk, Buenos Aires, Argentina
OtherWhere, Nils Stærk, Copenhagen
Hay siempre un día mas lejos, Galeria Luisa Strina (Espaço projeto), São Paulo
Violent Corners, curated by Luigi Fassi, ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy
Trans Atlantic, Art Statements, Basel
The G in Modernity Stands for Ghosts, curated by Miguel Amado, Centro de Artes Visuais, Coimbra, Portugal
Between an Imperial System and a Metric System, curated by Luigi Fassi, Present Future, Artissima, Torino, Italy
Horizon (Southern Sun Drawing), curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Zona Maco, Mexico City
Las Casas Is Not a Home, Elastic, Malmö, Sweden
Las Casas Is Not a Home, Mummery+Schnelle, London
Those Who Control the Past Command the Future - Those Who Command the Future Conquer the Past, curated by Tone O Hansen, Overgaden, Copenhagen
Out of Sight (with Johan Tirén), Gallery Verkligheten, Umeå, Sweden
This Is No Time for Saluting Flags, Elastic, Malmö, Sweden
Extended Arguments, Gallery Box, Gothenburg, Sweden
Extended Arguments, Gallery Muu, Helsinki
Där uppgifter saknas beror det på att situationen är oklar, Elastic, Malmö, Sweden
I Suppose That Sometimes You Have to Burn the Sky, Krognoshuset Aura, Lund, Sweden
Gallery Mors Mössa, Göthenburg, Sweden
In My Dreams Europe Is Always Less Than a Metre, Gallery Peep, Malmö, Sweden
Schengenland (Histories That Nothing Are), Båstadsgatan 4, Malmö, Sweden (with Stewen Cutzner)
Group Exhibitions
Gridded Currents, Kukje Gallery, Seoul
Wer ist noch österreichisch?, curated by Luigi Fassi, Kunst Meran, Merano, Italy
La Terra Inquieta, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, Fondazione Trussardi, Milan
Neither, curated by Fernanda Brenner, Mendes Wood DM, Brussels
Canibalia, curated by Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga, Hangar, Lisbon
Monumentos, anti-monumentos y escultura pública, curated by Pablo León de la Barra and Viviana Kuri, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico
Lives Between, curated by Joseph del Pesco, Kadist, San Francisco
Almost There, curated by Kyongfa Che and Patrick Flores, Vargas Museum, Manila
Point of Departure, curated by Magnolia de la Garza and Patrick Charpenel, works from the Isabel and Agustín Coppel Collection (CIAC), Sala de Arte Santander, Madrid
Displacement (Prologue), curated by Lilou Vidal, Bureau des Réalités, Brussels
The Artist, curated by Andreas Nilsson and John Peter Nilsson, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden
Malmös Leende, curated by Edi Muka, Statens konstråd, Malmö, Sweden
The Winter of Our Discontent, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna
Nur im Okzident, curated by Luigi Fassi, MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
Yoko Ono. Dream Come True, curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran and Agustín Pérez Rubio, MALBA, Buenos Aires
Descent, curated by Charlotte Ickes, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
The Artist, curated by Andreas Nilsson and John Peter Nilsson, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm and Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden
The Appel-Haken Proof, Vermilion Sands, Copenhagen
Depois do Futuro, curated by Daniela Labra, Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Under the Same Sun, curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Museo Jumex, Mexico City and South London Gallery, London
A Story within a Story, curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden
All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor, The 56th Venice Biennale, Venice
The Migrant (Moving) Image, A Tale of a Tub, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dérive Dérivée, curated by Angelique Campens, CAB Art Center, Brussels
United States of Latin America, curated by Jens Hoffmann and Pablo León de la Barra, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit
Southern Panoramas - 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brazil
Grito de Libertad - Bienal Internacional de Asunción, Asunción, Paraguay
The Monochrome Symphony, curated by Bo Nilsson, Single-colored Constellations of Art, Design, Fashion and Music, Artipelag, Stockholm
Ophelia - Della muta eloquenza, curated by Paola Caravati, Artopia Gallery, Milan, Italy
The Coming Museum, curated by Filipa Oliveira, Fórum Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal
Canibalia, curated by Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
Symphonic Node, curated by Pick Nick, Paleomylos, Greece
Really Useful Knowledge, curated by WHW, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid
Mark the Line, curated by Mikael Nanfeldt and Liv Stoltz, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden
Forms of Distancing, curated by Luigi Fassi and Stefano Collicelli Cagol, Representative Politics and the Politics of Representation, Graz, Austria
Menagerie, or Artwork Not about Love, curated by Jaime Marie Davis and Katie Grace McGowan, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
We Hate in Order to Survive, curated by Jens Henricson and Ditte Ejlerskov, InterArt Center, Malmö, Sweden
Ir para volver (Leaving to Return), curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti and Manuela Moscoso), 12th Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Under the Same Sun, curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim Museum, New York
Beyond the Supersquare, curated by Holly Block and María Ines Rodríguez, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York
Idea of Fracture, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Francesca Minini, Milan
Crítica de la razón migrante, curated by Carolina Bustamente Gutiérrez and Francisco Godoy Vega, La Casa Encendida, Madrid
Liberdade em movimento, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Fundação Iberê Camargo, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Der Leone Have Sept Cenbeças, curated by Filipa Oliviera and Elfi Turpin, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France
For No Apparent Reason, curated by Javier Hontoria, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid
Del Buen Salvaje al Conceptual Revolucionario: Mitos y Realidades de America Latina, curated by Pablo León de la Barra, Travesia 4, Madrid
Conversation Pieces, curated by Sophie Goltz, n.b.k., Berlin
Meeting Points 7: Ten Thousand Wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks, curated by WHW, M HKA, Antwerp, Belgium, Para Site, Hong Kong and Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
Spaces of Action, curated by Maria do Mar Fazenda and Filipa Valladares, part of Trienal de Arquitectura, Lisbon
Victor, A, Judge William, Johannes (de silentio), Constantin, Vigilius, Nicolaus, Hilarius, Johannes (Climacus), H.H., Anti-Climacus et. al., Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen
Musée Imaginaire, curated by Jean de Loisy and Katell Jaffrès, part of Drawing Now, Paris
The Nordic Modell ®, curated by Cecilia Widenheim, Kim Einarsson and Stine Hebert, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden
Nuevos Vínculos, Hacienda la Trinidad Parque Cultural, Caracas, Venezuela
X-Border Art Biennial, Luleå, Sweden
The Crisis of Confidence, curated by Lino Baldini and Marta Barbieri, Victoria Art Center for Contemporary Cultural Production, Bucarest, Rumania
Selection of works / touring exhibition from The 30th São Paulo Biennial - The Imminence of Poetics, Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Landscape and the Contemporary Romantic, curated by Bettina Von Dziembowski, Rebecca Partridge and Randi Nygård, Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, Germany
A man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically, he slows down, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas and Thom O´Nions, Cristina Guerra, Lisbon
A revolução tem que ser feita pouco a pouco - Parte III: Estratificacao e ruptura - O processo como forma and Parte IV: A revolução, curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Galeria Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo
The Future That Was (an exhibition proposition by Gabriel Lester), Smart Project Space, Amsterdam
Princípios Flexor, curated by Kiki Mazzucchelli, Gramatura, São Paulo
The Way of the Worlds, curated by Beatrice Jones, Frac Lorraine, Metz, France
Fútbol - Arte y Pasión, curated by Patrick Charpenel and Mauricio Maillé, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico
Salvajes - Digesting Europe Piece by Piece, curated by Guillermo Creus and Aukje Lepoutre Ravn, Traneudstillingen Exhibition Space, Copenhagen
Show Off, curated by Jacob Fabricius, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden and Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus
Nils Stærk, curated by Nikolaj Stobbe, Copenhagen
Iemanjá Claus, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil; Diana Stigler, Amsterdam
Le Prince des Rayons, Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels
F for Freedom, curated by Alexandre Melo, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon
Utopraxia, curated by Evangelia Ledaki, TAF / The Art Foundation, Athens
The 30th São Paulo Biennial, curated by Luis Pérez-Oramas, The Imminence of Poetics, São Paulo
The Unexpected Guest, curated by Lorenzo Fusi, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
Unfinished Journeys, curated by Sabrina van der Ley and Andrea Kroksnes, The National Museum of Norway, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo
From the Closed World to the Infinte Universe, curated by Marc Bembekoff, Le Quartier, Centre d’art contemporain de Quimper, Quimper, France
Posters, curated by Jacob Fabricius, Souvenirs and Other Stuff, The Armory Show, New York
Encounter with Hill - Selections from the Malmö Art Museum, curated by Åsa Nacking, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Responding to the New Moon: Prologue, curated by Övül Durmusoglu, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
Victims and Martyrs, curated by Anna Johannson, Göteborgs Konsthall, Göthenburg, Sweden
Landscape and Memory, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London
Mutual Matters, curated by Kim Einarsson and Petra Bauer, Konsthall C, Stockholm
The Walls That Divide Us, curated by Miguel Amado, ApexArt, New York
A Política do Cotidiano, curated by Moacir Dos Anjos and Kiki Mazzucchelli, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo
Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial), curated by Adriano Pedrosa and Jens Hoffmann, Istanbul
Speech Matters, curated by Katerina Gregos, Danish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice
The Third Sculpture, curated by Krist Gruythuysen, Straat van Sculpturen, Amsterdam
The Crisis of Confidence, curated by Lino Baldini and Marta Barbieri, Prague Biennale 5, Prague
Guest Nation Brazil...Tudo è, curated by Alberto Salvadori and Andrea Lissoni, Fondazione Pitti, Florence
The Future Generation Art Prize @Venice, Collateral Event of the 54th Venice Biennale, Venice
Tracks - New Acquisitions in Malmö Art Museum's Collection, Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden
Angry - The Representation of Radicalisation Netherlands, FotoMuseum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Stories, in Between, Stiftelsen 3,14, curated by Johan Lundh and Aileen Burns, International Contemporary Art Foundation, Bergen, Norway
The Future Generation Art Prize, PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine
The Moderna Exhibition 2010, curated by Fredrik Liew, Gertrud Sandqvist and Lisa Rosendhal, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
In Transition: 2010 CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition, The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami
Land of Human Rights, curated by , 4th Poster Campaign
Monkey See Monkey Do, curated by Tetriss Produktion, Montehermoso Cultural Center, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Notes on Memory, curated by Sophie Goltz, IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna
Vectors of the Possible, curated by Simon Sheikh, BAK, Utrecht, Netherlands (with Johan Tirén)
The Traveling Show, curated by Johan Lundh, Botkyrka Konsthall, Tumba, Sweden
Freeze, curated by Caroline Bøge, Nils Stærk, Copenhagen
The Philosophy of Money, curated by Miguel Amado, Lisbon City Museum, Lisbon
All That Is Solid Melts into Air: The Social at the Berardo Collection, curated by Miguel Amado, Museu Colecção Berardo, Lisbon
The Horizon Line Is Here (Tornare Per Partire), curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Umberto di Marino Gallery, Naples
The Traveling Show, curated by Adriano Pedros, Colección Jumex, Mexico City
Tristes Tropiques, curated by Pablo León de la Barra, The Barber Shop, Lisbon
One Shot! Football and Contemporary Art, B.P.S.22, Space for Contemporary Creation, Charleroi, Belgium
Free as Air and Water, curated by Saskia Bos and Steven Lam, Cooper Union, New York
Photography Now: 2009, Centrum för Fotografi, curated by Liv Stoltz and Aura Seikkula, Stockholm
Mamõyguara opá mamõ pupé - Panorama da Arte Brasileira, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Museu De Arte Moderna, São Paulo
Delocalisation, curated by Fatos Ustek, Exit Project Space, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Report on Probability, curated by Adam Szymczyk, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
Read Thread - A Prologue to the 11th International Istanbul Biennale, curated by WHW, Tanas, Berlin
This Is the Score, Part II, Elastic, Malmö, Sweden
Galleri Nova, curated by WHW, Zagreb
Miguel Amado Presents, ISCP, New York
Risk - Luleå Art Biennale, curated by Jan-Erik Lundström, Luleå, Sweden
A Space on the Side of the Road, curated by Henrik Andersson and Kajsa Dahlberg, Röda Sten, Göthenburg, Sweden
2da Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Julieta González and Jens Hoffmann San Juan, Puerto Rico
This Is Not America, El Descanso del Guerrero, curated by Pablo León de la Barra, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Changing Light Bulbs in Thin Air, curated by Summer Guthery, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York
Notes from the Living Dead Museum, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik
Posted 4: Private Talk, Public Space (with Johan Tirén), Cork, Ireland
Between the Images - Imaginable Experiences for Future Memories, curated by Petra Bauer, Kim Einarsson and Helena Holmberg, Exposeptember / Iaspis, Stockholm
Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding,/i>, curated by Carin Kuoni, New School, Parsons, New York
Salon of the Revolution, curated by Ivana Bago and Antonia Majaca, HDLU - The House Of Artists, Zagreb
Try Again, Fail Again, Fail Better, curated by Hajnalka Somogyi, Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest
no no no no no no no no no no no no there's no limit, Signal, Malmö, Sweden
Annual Report: A Year in Exhibitions - The 7th Gwangju Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor, Hyunjin Kim and Ranjit Hoskote, Gwangju, Korea
Farewell to Post-Colonialism - The Third Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong, China
TINA B - The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague
AutoStop, curated by Jacob Fabricius, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Art Reclaims Foreign Affairs, curated by , Ljubljana, Slovenia
Whitney Independent Study Program Exhibition, New York
The Unfair Fair 1:1projects, curated by Cecilia Canziani and Vincent Honoré, Rome
Out of Place, curated by Filmform, Cinemateket, Stockholm
Movement, Contingency, Community, curated by Hyunjin Kim, Gallery27, Kaywon School of Art & Design, Seoul
Hope Is a Good Thing, curated by Borga Kanturk, AtelierFrankfurt, Frankfurt
Ground Lost, curated by WHW, Galerija Nova, Zagreb and Forum StadtPark, Graz, Austria
Imagine Action, curated by Emily Pethick, Lisson Gallery, London
Heterotopias - 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, curated by Jan-Erik Lundström, Thessaloniki, Greece
I Want to Be Able to See What It Is, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden
Time, Space and Disorientiation, curated by Marianna Garin, Borgovico 33, Como, Italy
Posters for Re-making the World, Ynkb, Copenhagen
We All Laughed at Christopher Columbus, curated by Krist Gruythuysen and November Paynter, Platform Garanti, Istanbul, Turkey and Stedjlik Museum Bureau, Amsterdam
Should I Stay or Should I Go? On Secondary Cities, curated by Ditte Lyngkær Pedersen, Jee-Eun Kim and Christian Schult, Rum 46, Århus, Denmark
Malmö Art Academy 10th Anniversary, Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden
Minority Report: Challenging Intolerance in Contemporary Denmark (with Johan Tiren), curated by Trine Rytter Andersen, Kirsten Dufour, Tone O. Nielsen and Anja Raithel, Åarhus, Denmark
Galleri Arnstedt och Kullgren, Båstad, Sweden
Look into the Future - and Understand, Why, curated by Jan Christensen, Iaspis Gallery, Stockholm
After the Future - 10th Biennial of Moving Images, curated by Lesley Young and Charles Esche, Centre for Contemporary Images, Saint-Gervais Genève, Geneva
Go, curated by Elena Tzotzi, Liquidacion Total, Madrid
To Accept, Folkets Hus, Malmö, Sweden
Grants & Awards
Barbro & Holger Bäckströms Award, Malmö, Sweden
2 year working grant, The Arts Grants Committee, Sweden
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Grants & Commissions Program
Längmanska Kulturfonden
Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse
KulturKontak Nord
Aase & Richard Björklunds fond, Malmö Art Museum
Lunds Konsthalls Vänner
Working grant, The Arts Grants Committee, Sweden
Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse
Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA
Collection Paulo A. W. Vieira, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil
Coppel Collection, Mexico City, Mexico
Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy
Guangdong Museum of Art, Guandong, China
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
Lund City Art Collection, Lund, Sweden
Malmö Art Museum, Malmö, Sweden
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy
Nordic Contemporary Art Collection, Stockholm, Sweden
Sveriges Allmänna Konstförening, Stockholm, Sweden
Teixeira de Freitas' Art Collection, Lisbon, Portugal
The National Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway


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