“My work focuses on the individual. Recovering intimate subjectivity, which may also become a contribution to the community. I create imaginary theories that I translate into language through various media.”
David Reimondo was born in Genoa in 1973. He lives and works in Milan.
After early experience in video documentation in Genoa, in the mid-Nineties he studied in Rome, graduating in film direction, and began working on film and music video sets.
In 2000, he moved to London where he further explored the field of the visual arts. This research was to lead to his first exhibitions. Between 2002 and 2004 he began working as a freelance assistant cameraman and sound technician in the RAI studio in London.
Reimondo’s works focuses on the human being and from the outset has followed five strands of research that have been developed progressively over time: “Anime” (“Souls”), “Cellule” (“Cells”), “Corpo” (“Body”), “Pensiero” (“Thought”) and “Interazione” (“Interaction”).
His first experiments on the theme of “Anime” began in 1996 and kept him occupied through to 2000. Without abandoning that first strand, he took up a new path, investigating “Cellule” through to 2003.
The first works in the “Corpo” series were instead created in 2000 and were consolidated and developed through to 2010. During this period Reimondo worked with numerous galleries, including De Meo (Paris) and Gian Enzo Sperone (Sent).
2010 saw the opening of the new chapter in the artist’s research dedicated to “Pensiero”, which is still on-going. Etimografia, Le parole che non esistono (Etymography, The Non-Existent Words) and Cromofonetica (Chromophonetics) are the three areas of investigation grouped within this strand.
In Etimografia – a neologism adopted by the artist – Reimondo undertakes a complex exercise in cultural de-training towards a linguistic tabula rasa that has led him to invent a new system of signs and phonetics. Each grapheme possesses a sonic equivalent, a phoneme, and everything leads back to a specific meaning, to new “instruments of communication.”
In Le parole che non esistono, a computer calculates and visualizes in real time all the possible combinations of the 26 letters of the Latin alphabet, arriving at a maximum of 26 consecutive letters. With the existing words used in the languages that employ this alphabet having been excluded, the artist ha compiled large volumes of 1,000 double-sided pages, with the final one containing the words composed of 26 letters.
The third area developed within the “Pensiero” strand is that of Cromofonetica in which Reimondo has invented a new way of writing and calling the colours phonetically. Out of this has emerged a further development, “cromo-morfo-fonetica” (“chromo-morpho-phonetics”), in which colour and sound work to define a form.
My work focuses on the individual. Recovering intimate subjectivity, which may also become a contribution to the community. I create imaginary theories that I translate into language through various media.” D. Reimondo
Among the principal solo shows, mention should be made of: Museo Novecento, Florence (2019); Mazzoleni, Turin (2019); Teatro Filodrammatici, Milan (2018); The Open Box, Milan (2017); Gian Enzo Sperone Gallery, Sent (2009).
The numerous group shows that have featured the artist’s work include: Permanent public art work at Peccioli, Pisa (2021); Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Torino, Turin (2020); Palazzo Palmieri, Monopoli (2017); The Open Box, Milan (2017); Unicredit Pavilion, Milan (2015); Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milan (2014); Musée Hotel des Arts, Toulon, France (2013); CoCA Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Znaki Czasu, Toruń, Poland (2012); Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2011); 2nd Malindi International Biennale of Art, Kenya (2008); The 9th Cairo International Biennale, Egypt (2003); IIe Biennale Mediterranéenne des Arts de Tunis (2002).
In 2013, the artist won the Premio Terna 05 with the work Poesia di 3 metri: io e gli altri.