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Federico Protto

Federico Protto was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1991 and based in Brussels, Belgium. His artistic practice unfolds across and between performance, music, costume, fashion, and artistic research. Spanning a hybrid network of collaborators, disciplines, and materialities, Federico aims at configuring new forms of shared knowledge production and kinship. Drawing on a diverse set of live-sonic-textile methodologies, Federico considers his South American background to look towards practices atypical to the global north. Key to this approach is translation as a method, linking artistic fields, source materials, senses of belonging, and migrations.

Together with collaborators, among others sound artist Myriam Van Imschoot, Federico investigates sonic and performative experiments within social and communal environments. His work has been shown, among others, at nadaLokal, Vienna, the 22nd Red Dawns Festival, Ljubljana, From Breath to Matter, Berlin, HochX, Munich, ModaLisboa, Lisbon, and Volksroom, Brussels. He graduated in fashion design from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and more recently in artistic research at a.pass – advanced performance and scenography studies in Brussels.

Education

2020-2022

Post-Graduate study in artistic research – a.pass, advanced performance and scenography studies, Brussels (BE)

2011–2017

Masters degree in fashion design – University of Applied Arts, Vienna, prof. Hussein Chalayan/ Bernhard Willhelm, Vienna (AT)

2015

Study Exchange – Iceland University of the Arts, Reykjavik (IS)

Performative Work (selection)

2022

Dress-Rehearsals – performance at ‘Reclaim! the power of community’ festival organized by nadaProductions and estudio el gozo, nadaLokal, Vienna (AT)

Dress-Rehearsals – performance at ‘re:source’ a.pass end presentation, Cultural Center De Kriekelaar, Brussels (BE)

Inter-Materiality Mode – tape-cassette release, Brussels (BE)

Valentine – music video directed by Aleks Borys – ModaLisboa, Lisbon Fashion Week online edition, Lisbon (PT)

2021

Human Measueres with Myraim Van Imschoot – sound piece on Tomoko Hojo’s compilation Touch, released on Dragon’s Eye record label, Los Angeles/Tokyo (US/JP)

Federico Luz Live – performance at Volksroom, Brussels (BE)

FORMULAS Special Edition – series of 21 CD-Shirts, Brussels (BE)

FORMULAS EP – release, Brussels (BE)

Da geht die Sonne unter! – video work for 22nd Red Dawns international feminist & queer festival, Ljubljana (SVN)

3 Studies for Mask with Myriam Van Imschoot – video work for From Breath to Matter, online edition, Berlin (DE)

Pan – music video directed by Anna Lugmeier – ModaLisboa, Lisbon Fashion Week online edition, Lisbon (PT)

2019

Oliver’s Antigone with OLIVER art collective – performative stage piece for Antigone Archiv Oper hosted by collective rendezvous3000, Schwere Reiter, Munich (DE)

Notte di Trivatore – performance at Apotheke – kollaboratorium für grenzgänger aller arten, Berlin (DE)

Federico Luz Live – performance at Trampolin Residency, Kunsthaus Essen, Essen (DE)

Federico Luz Live – concert at Kolorado Festival, Nagykovácsi (HU)

Does Your Outfit Serve Your Salvation? – performance at Take Festival for Independent Fashion and Arts, Vienna (AT)

2017

OLIVER’S Trailers with OLIVER art collective – video work screening, Schikaneder, Vienna (AT)

Textile Work (selection)

2022

School of Mountains and Water by Amanda Piña, TanzQuartier Wien- costume design, performance, Vienna (AT)

2021

MATRIA! by Rocio Marano, HZT Berlin – costume design, Berlin (DE)

2020

Libelle by May Zarhy – costume & stage design, HochX, Munich (DE)

Zinneke Parade – costume design for Zinneke Staff, with Lila John, Brussels (BE)

2021 EXTINCT – fashion collection

2019

2020 Antigone – fashion performance at Modalisboa, Lisbon Fashion Week, Lisbon (PT)

UNEXPECTED SCARF with Stefan Cantante – virtual brand, Antwerp (BE)

2019 MUSES – group fashion show, Take Festival for Independent Fashion and Arts, Vienna (AT)

2019 MUSES – fashion show, Modalisboa, Lisbon Fashion Week, Lisbon (PT)

2018

2019 Immortality & Fashion – group show, curated by Jakob Lena Knebel, Weltmuseum, Vienna (AT)

2019 Immortality & Fashion – fashion show, Modalisboa, Lisbon Fashion Week, Lisbon (PT)

2017 Non-Corporeal – fashion show, Modalisboa, Lisbon Fashion Week, Lisbon (PT)

Heartbreak & Mixed Media on Boots – group show, Vad Art 8, Budapest (HU)

2017

2017 Non-Corporeal – installation, The Essence 17, year exhibition of the University of Applied Arts, Vienna (AT)

Cow Eyes – Sunglasses Project with Silhouette Eyewear, Linz (AT)

2017 Non-Corporeal – fashion show, Show Angewandte 17, Orangerie Schônbrunn, Vienna (AT)

Public Work (Selection)

2022

KITE with Myriam Van Imschoot – artistic research on sound with and for children, Netwerk Aalst, Aalst/ arts center BUDA, Kortrijk (BE)

2021

we shall be monsters a vocabulary of monstrous empathy, with Lisa deml – workshop facilitation, dotdtodt Open Air Kurzfilmfestival, Vienna (AT)

2020

CARE WHERE? – online zine, textual and visual contributions

2019

arachne Almanac of the Fashion Department of the University of Applied Arts Vienna – print publication, concept and creative direction, published at Birkhäuser, Vienna (AT)

Methodology of Styling and Creative Direction – lecture, Moholy-Nagy University of Art & Design, fashion department, Budapest (HU)

2018

Tutor for fashion drawing and portfolio – Felszabter Rajziskola Budapest (HU)

2017

fashion & _______ – online platform, concept and creative direction, Budapest (HU)

Awards / Grants

2019

Best International Designer – ModaLisboa, SangueNovo, Lisbon Fashion Week, Lisbon (PT)

2018

AFA support collection – Austrian State Grant via Austrian Fashion Association (AT)

Honorable Tribute – ModaLisboa, SangueNovo, Lisbon Fashion Week, Lisbon (PT)

2017

AFA support collection – Austrian State Grant via Austrian Fashion Association (AT)

Indie Magazine Award – Berlin, (DE)

2015

Kunsthalle Wien Uniform Design Competition Winner – Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (AT)

RESIDENCIES

2022

arts center BUDA – Artists in Residency with Myriam Van Imschoot, Kortrijk (BE)

Netwerk Aalst – Artists in Residency with Myriam Van Imschoot, Aalst (BE)

2021

Artist in Residency – Netwerk Aalst, Aalst, BE

2019

CARE: Activism, Art and Electronic Beats, Experiment on Community Empowerment – Artists in Residency, organized by Marcio Kerber Canabarro, SÍN Culture Center, Budapest (HU)
TRAMPOLIN – Artists in Residency, organized by the students of Szenisches Forschen Bochum, Künstlerhaus, Essen (DE)

Text by Lisa Deml
Image by Myriam Van Imschoot, 2021

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