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Marco Noris, biography

Last update May 2020

Marco Noris (Bergamo, Italy, 1971) lives and works in Barcelona.

In recent years Noris has developed his artistic practice mainly in the field of painting, directing his research into two main thematic areas: ruin and historical memory on the one hand (The Triumph of Defeat, Refugium, refugia), and territory and landscape on the other. ++In his career he has combined studio work with more performative projects (2015, Paratext #07, Hangar) and with walking as aesthetic and artistic practice in the project On the Border (2017, Barcelona Producció de La Capella Award) and the more recent La Entrega (2018, Art i Natura Award from La Panera de Lleida together with the CAN de Farrera).++

Since 2013, the landscape has been a key element in his work, a place for events understood also as a stage for defeat and transit, such as border crossings and former concentration camps. His research has led him to deepen and experiment with his relationship with the landscape and territory through the aesthetic and artistic practice of the project On the Border (2017, Barcelona Producció de La Capella grant) and the more recent La Entrega (2018, Art i Natura grant of La Panera de Lleida together with the CAN of Farrera). While in the first Noris confronted the Pleinairist tradition, in La Entrega he abandoned pictorial mimesis to embrace abstraction, cartography and toponymastics, introducing different recording tools into his practice.

The first and main effect of Noris’ long walks has then been his transformation from making to being landscape, abandoning the subjectivity of the documentary maker — a guest, in the end — to become a landscape himself. This abandonment has marked a paradigm shift in his practice: abandoning the pulpit of speaking in favor of the silence of feeling is no longer centered on talking about, but rather on being.

In Spain, Noris has exhibited in Barcelona (La Capella, Galería Trama, Cyan Gallery, Galería Esther Montoriol, Galería Contrast, Galería H2O, The Private Space, Casa Elizalde, Can Felipa, Galería Sicart, Piramidón, etc.), in Lleida (La Panera), in Madrid (Matadero), in Castellón (Canem Gallery), in Vic (Roman Temple, 5th Biennial) and in the MuME, Museu Memorial de l’Exili de La Jonquera. Abroad, he has participated in exhibitions and festivals in the United States (New York, The Active Space, 2014), Italy (Different Pulses, 2013 and ParmaPoesia, 2002) and France (Paris, Centre Pompidou, 2002).

In parallel to his artistic activity, in the last twenty years he has collaborated in different collective projects. Between 1998 and 2002 in Bologna -Italy-, he participated in collaborative projects in digital environments. In 2006, by now in Barcelona, he promoted the self-organization of the artists of the art center of La Escocesa for the creation and management of a new creation factory. In May 2018, he co-founded Fase, a centre for creation and thought in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Spain).

Noris was artist in residence at La Escocesa and Hangar ( (Barcelona). He currently has his studio in Piramidón, a contemporary art center in Barcelona, and he is member of the Management Board of the Art and Nature Center in Farrera.

Marco Noris, trajectory


2021 — Dins la pell de la terra (entre cims i cavallons) in Un món fràgil”, Embarrat 2021, Cal Trepat, Tàrrega (Spain)
2021 — La pell de la terra, Mare de Déu de la Serra, Farrera, Lleida (Spain)
2020 — Nel lieve sovrapporsi di cielo e terra, Piramidón, Barcelona (Spain)
2020 — Skins, Errant Festival, Sant Feliu de Barruera (Lleida, Barcelona)
2019 - Refugium, refugia — MUME, Exile Memorial Museum of La Jonquera (Spain)
2018 — On the Border, La Capella, Barcelona (Spain)
2017 — Art and memory — On the border, MUME — Exile Memorial Museum of La Jonquera (Spain)
2017 — It wasn’t the sun, Trama gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2016 — (In)refugis, Roman Temple, Vic (spain)
2016 — (In)refugis 1936/2016, Cànem Gallery, Castellón de la Plana (Spain)
2013 — Under Construction — Two artist show at Espai M, La Escocesa, Barcelona (Spain)
2008 — Remote locations, Contrast gallery, Barcelona (Spain)


2019 — Art and Nature (4 artists), La Panera, Lleida (Spain)
2018 — Delicartessen 17, Galería Esther Montoriol, Barcelona (Spain)
2018 — KAK #01 — La Bañera Studio, Sevilla (Spain)
2017 — Venien de lluny, Piramidón Contemporary Art Centre, Barcelona (Spain)
2016 — Finalists exhibition of XIII Price of Visual Arts Arena Foundation”, Barcelona (Spain)
2015 — Finalists exhibition of VI Painting Prize Torres García”, Mataró, Barcelona (Spain)
2015 –  The Wall 4 — Mutuo Art Center, Barcelona (Spain)
2015 — Recomptes (Re–counting) – Sicart Gallery, Vilafranca del Penedès, Barcelona (Spain)
2014 — Recomptes (Re–counting) – Cànem Gallery, Castellón de la Plana (Spain)
2014 — Artificialia — Cyan Gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2014 — Seeking Space — The Active Space, New York (USA)
2014 — Outskirts — Casa Elizalde, Barcelona (Spain)
2013 — Poblenou artistic communities — Can Felipa, Barcelona (Spain)
2013 — Different Pulses I, Cividale del Friuli (Udine, Italy)
2012 — Delicartessen 11 — Galería Esther Montoriol, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 — Fresh!, The Private Space, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 — Chic&Arts, Chic&Basic, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 — Synthesis, FAD, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 — Be intrusive, aDa gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 — TOGS, DeeBee gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2011 — HFM, H2O gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2011 — Imprevista n. 3, Barcelona (Spain)
2010 — Off Loop, La Escocesa, Barcelona (Spain)
2009 — Àmbit Ricard Canals, Piera (Barcelona, Spain)
2009 — D_Fest 2009, Matadero, Madrid (Spain)
2007 — Aires Nous, Contrast gallery, Barcelona (Spain)
2007 — The rooms of the blue bird, Livesoundtracks, Esperia Tower, Barcelona (Spain)
2007 — People of Poblenou, C.C. Can Felipa (Barcelona, Spain)
2007 — XI Premi de pintura Miquel Viladrich, Torrelameu (Lleida, Spain)
2006 —  Vic’s Biennial, Vic (Spain)
2006 — EMA, La Escocesa, Barcelona (Spain)
2002 — Stanze Aperte, ParmaPoesia 2002, Parma (Italy)
2002 — Polyphonix 4, Centre Pompidou, Paris (France)
2002 — Caffementale, Grottammare (Italy)
1996 — Arte in Borgo, Lovere (Bergamo, Italy)


2020 — VI Grand Tour
2018 — La Entrega, act I
2017 — On the Border


· A la Frontera — Ajuntament de Barcelona Institut de Cultura / Folch, 2108, ISBN 978–84–9156–077–7
· Paratext vol. 1 — Hangar.org, 2016, ISBN 978–84–617–6320–7
· Imprevista n. 3, 2011, Barcelona


2020 - OSIC, Generalitat de Catalunya
2018 - Art and Nature - La Panera and CAN de Farrera (Lleida, Spain)
2017 — Barcelona Producció 2017–18 — La Capella, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona (Spain)
2016 — XIII Premio Jose M. Vidal de artes visuales, Barcelona (España)
2013 — La Escocesa production grant, Barcelona (Spain)
2012 — La Escocesa production grant, Barcelona (Spain)


Current residency (since 2017) Piramidón, Barcelona (Spain)

2020 - Nau Côclea (Spain) 2018 - Centre d’Art i Natura, Farrera (Spain)
2015/2017 — Hangar, Barcelona (Spain)
2005/2015 — La Escocesa, Barcelona (Spain)

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