Biancoshock (Milan, Italy, 1982) is a mysterious conceptual and urban artist based in Milan, well-known for his ironic, provocative performances and installations (more than 900); his identity remains unknown: Biancoshock wishes to remain in anonymity, hiding himself behind a balaclava.
Art without borders
Biancoshock uses easily recognizable elements as belonging to western pop culture. His works can be presented as performances that see him as the protagonist of interventions on the street and where passers-by who actively participate are involved, but also as interventions carried out directly on elements of urban furniture. Peluches, puppets, games, famous brands, objects that make up home furnishings and daily life are taken out of context and thanks to this conceptual and linguistic operation they become something else, arriving to transmit a message to the user through irony and provocation.
The artist’s expression and attitude drove him to establish a new avant-Garde form which he named Ephemeralism, that has the purpose of producing experiences – as Biancoshock calls his installations – that have to exist briefly in space but limitlessly in time through photo and video documentations. Biancoshock vehicle messages through his artworks in a simple and effective way. The core themes investigated by the artist are mainly issues of the environment, misery and stress of the modern age, making his art directed to all the people, without taking into account borders and differences.
Most important exhibitions and festivals
Biancoshock displayed his artworks in several universities (including Zagreb, Ljubljana, and Bratislava), and he has made speeches and exhibited in shows and festivals all over the world. Among the most important are: EPIDEMIC HAPPINESS, Serra dei Giardini, Biennale di Architettura of Venice (2012); STREET VIEW, ArtVilnius, Lithuania (2014); STREETART AXA festival, Oporto, Portugal (2014); NUART Festival, Stavanger, Norway (2014); CITYLEAKS, Bienal Festival, Koln, Germany (2015); THE CRYSTAL SHIP, Nuart Festival, Oostende, Belgium (2016); IN DEPHT, Unit5 Gallery, London, UK (2017); LE MUR DE ST. ETIENNE, Le MUR, St. Etienne, France (2017).