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Diego Marcon Oh mio cagnetto,

Translated by Johanna Bishop
Designed by Julie Peeters

10.5 x 17 cm. 176 pages. Paperback
ISBN 978-88-94535-8-9

Oh mio cagnetto, is the artist’s first book of writings, conceived as an artwork. It is a collection of 81 little poems that revolve around the missed and mourned figure of a puppy.

These short nursery rhymes all open with the same words and employ the same structure: two rhymed couplets in traditional meter. A seemingly naïve, childish voice speaks of violence, death and grief, yet never slips into pure plaintive lament. Balancing pathos with humor, the poems turn the puppy into a figure that evokes a broader sense of loss.

Oh mio cagnetto, was written between 2018 and 2020 and is now in the collection of MACRO in Rome. It intentionally plays on the ambiguity of its nature, as both a book distributed in conventional ways and an art object that belongs to a museum.

Produced by MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome for Museum for Preventive Imagination.

The Artist

Diego Marcon (b. 1985) is a visual artist working mostly with film and video. In 2021, he will have solo presentations at MADRE Museum, Naples; Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. In 2018, Marcon won the Foundation Hernaux Sculpture Award and the MAXXI Bulgari Prize 2018. His works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in spaces such as Fondazione Prada, Milan; Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore; La Triennale di Milano, Milan, MAXXI Museum, Rome; Centre international d’art et du paysage, Vassivière; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris. His films have been screened in film festivals including the International Rotterdam Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel, Paris, Courtisane, Gent, BFI, London, FID Marseille and doclisboa, Lisbon.