Jacek Ludwig Scarso stretches theatrical experiences across live performance, video, photography and installation. Born in Rome of Polish-Italian origins, he lives and works in London. Developing from his background in performance and vocal studies, having trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, his work investigates intersections between practices of theatricality and contemporary art. His projects have been exhibited worldwide, including recent shows and commissions at Tate Exchange / Tate Modern, MACRO Museo di Arte Contemporanea (Rome), the Science Museum, GV Art Gallery and InTRANSIT (London), Fotofever at Carrousel du Louvre, Pave D’Orsay and Cutlog (Paris), BAW and The Living Theater (New York), MIA (Milan), Galleria Civica Cavour (Padua), Weissraum Gallery (Kyoto, Japan), CICA Museum (Gyeonggi-do, South Korea), Tai Kwun (Hong Kong), Photo Docks (Lyon), Vkunst (Frankfurt) and Kunstwerk Carlshütte (Budelsdorf) where his video-works are included in the Nord Art Collection. Jacek is a collaborationg artist with Anise Gallery in London and Romberg Arte Contemporanea in Rome. He is also the Artistic Director of the award-winning Elastic Theatre in London and is Reader in Art and Performance at the Sir John Cass School of Art Architecture and Design (London Metropolitan University), where his artistic research was awarded doctoral recognition and where he holds the honorary title of University Teaching Fellow. He is currently developing a new curatorial enterprise with Studio CS and Fondazione Marta Czok in Italy.
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I approach my work as the “orchestration of experiences”. I like to explore a playful depiction of human fragility and absurdity. My performance background has instilled in me a fascination for the composition of bodies in time and space: dramatic and visceral, these bodies are parts of complex stories told in stark minimal settings. I thrive on theatricality. I seek outlandish performative actions, twisted plotlines, tragicomic characters, absurd themes and an unmitigated voyeurism from the point of view of the spectator. I also thrive in ambiguity – hybrid ideas from often contrasting fields, like science, religion, sexuality and art itself. Theatricality and ambiguity are present in all my work and drive my creative process, stretched across the mediums of live performance, written word, voice, photography, video, and installation.