Iacopo Seri

Iacopo Seri, A drunken lesson (documentation), Kassel 2012. Drawing: Henrike Terheyden. Image courtesy the artist

Iacopo Seri, A drunken lesson (documentation), Kassel 2012. Drawing: Henrike Terheyden. Image courtesy the artist

Iacopo Seri (b. 1983, Arezzo, Italy) lives in Naples, Italy. After completing his MA in Visual Arts at IUAV, University of Architecture in Venice, Italy, Seri lived in Germany, Mexico and Canada. His practice revolves around revelations, signs and the ‘living myths’ (a concept borrowed from mythologist Joseph Campbell) concealed within people’s commonplace habits. By making use of performative activities, language, non-ordinary states of consciousness, and tangible and intangible imagery, Seri seeks to transform commonplace actions into vehicles for the unconventional understanding of the mystery of humanity.

For Liverpool Biennial 2018, Iacopo Seri will create a new work that develops his research into drunkenness and the effect of altered states in relation to reality as well as artistic production. The project will take the form of a communal workshop, a format that Seri has already explored in previous works. Visitors who register for the seminar will be offered drinks and asked to participate in an open discussion. The event will be led by the artist and recorded. Though audience prompts will be prepared by Seri, the effect of the drinks and thus the outcome of the discussion cannot be predicted. The location, a bar in the Playhouse theatre, will create a setting linked to both alcohol and artistic creation. The artist will take over the bar and act as its artist in residence, thus transforming it into a platform and stage for artistic production. In the aftermath of the seminar, audio recordings or transcriptions from the collective discussion will be presented in the bar. 

Highlight exhibitions include Lac O Le Mon, Lecce, Italy (2017); Helicotrema, Turin, Italy (2016); Soma/Ex Teresa, Mexico City, Mexico (2015); Biquini Wax, Mexico City, Mexico (2014); Miami, Bogotà, Colombia (2014); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); and Fondazione Ratti, Como, Italy (2011).


The Liverpool Playhouse
Williamson Square
L1 1EL