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Giovanni Drogo's Surreal Delay (Pulsar CP1919), I-IV

Four B/W photographs (pigment print on baryta photographic paper),
passe-partout, wood frame, anti-reflex and anti-UV glass.
16x31cm (image size); 42x55cm (frame size)
Ed. 4+2 A.P.
Signed Certificate

Photo: Rebecca Fanuele; © Vittorio Santoro
Image shows panel I of IV

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Ref: Artist's Statement and text by Monika Markzuk for the exhibtion
at Galerie Thomas Bernard-Cortex Athletico, Paris, Oct. 2016

Video by Alain Kantarjian on the exhibition: Link YouTube; Link vimeo

Giovanni Drogo is the protagonist of a novel by Italian writer Dino Buzzati titled
The Tartar Steppe (Il deserto dei tartari) (1940.) It is the story of a young man commissioned lieutenant and posted to a remote outpost facing an empty desert,
Fort Bastiani. Drogo has looked forward to this day for years, and he naively
imagines that his military life, together with other officers, is going to be the
beginning of freedom and adventure. Drogo spends his career waiting for the
barbarian horde (Tartars) rumored to live beyond the desert. Without noticing,
Drogo has let years and decades pass and is convinced that war, after all, would
give live meaning and prove that his efforts haven’t been futile.

Pulsar CP1919, first discovered in 1967, is a rotating neutron star. Neutron stars
emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation and have short, regular rotational periods.
This produces a very precise interval between pulses. One of the first time these successive pulses (in this case 80 of them) were plotted out graphically and super-imposed vertically was in 1970 by Harold D. Craft, creating the image partially
visible (or partially concealead) in my photograph.

These works fuses both elements (the long waiting of the lieutenant and the
recording of pulses of a remote rotating dying star) to explore the dissonance,
between the perception and measurement
of time...



Ciao Italia
Palais de la Porte Dorée, Musée National de l'immigration, Paris
28 March–10 Sept. 2017

Vittorio Santoro
a limited edition artist book
published by Yvon Lambert, Paris



23 May–31 July 2017
Opening: 22 May 2017, 7pm
Gallery Grey Noise, Dubai (UAE)



permanent neon installation
on the facade of the CAPC Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux
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CAPC website


press news (selection)

2 Feb 2017
Nomination Prix Marcel Duchamp 2017

Nov. 2016 "Recommended Shows": Vittorio Santoro, Galerie Thomas Bernard, Paris

Sept. 2015
Dublin, Vittorio Santoro,
Oonagh Young Gallery,

ARTFORUM, Sept. 2015, page 397.
Link to pdf (E)

Publications by/on Vittorio Santoro: Bibliotheque Kandinsky,
Centre Pompidou, Paris

Le grand paysage (pour un jour) Conversation
: Théodora Domenech and Vittorio Santoro (Nov. 2014)
download pdf (En) or (Fr)

31 Aug. 2011
ARTFORUM 500 words
Vittorio Santoro interviewed by Rahma Khazam on the occasion of his exhibition at Campagne Première, Berlin
Link to PDF (E)

January 2011
Voice Puller

Monographic article by
Daniel Kurjakovic, published by
VOLUME – A Contemporary Art Journal About Sound
Paris, Nr. 2, Jan. 2011,
pp. 30–41
link to Volume website
link to PDF (F/E)

29 Jan. 2010
Eclipse (Vittorio Santoro)
Monographic article by Manuel Cirauqui, published by 20/27, revue de textes critiques sur l'art (Paris, Nr. 4, 2010, pp. 97–113)
link to pdf (F)