by Emanuele Marcuccio


Absent bodies is an archive of soundtracks and recordings captured online. These soundscapes portrays the aggregation rituals of the fashion system: the catwalks. If there is something that has never changed in decades of eclectic evolution, it is that models walk. Walking knowing that you are being watched by an audience is an important factor, which continues to justify the presence of the catwalk as the focal point of a fashion show. Now more than ever we hardly can attend event and when looking what we see is style without bodies.

Each track is a collage–songs, camera shutters, the voices of the audience and finally the applause–which tries to reach those bodies that cannot be seen here. Absent bodies manifest themselves and can be heard moving. 5 soundscapes, an auditory-only fashion week, whose events span back and forth in time but were all happening in Paris.

Davide Stucchi (born 1988) is an Italian artist living and working in Milan. Working mainly in sculpture, his works involve minimal interventions in and subtle manipulations of existing materials to investigate the body, its social functions and representations. Stucchi’s installations follow directed movements and set ups, where objects follow traces and materialize absent bodies inscribed with private and intimate feelings and memories. The confrontation of exterior realms such as fashion or advertisement and domesticity, in Stucchi’s work, is often drawn upon to question and interfere in representations of queer masculinity, sexuality and intersecting class relationships.

Davide Stucchi has presented solo exhibitions at Gregor Staiger Zurich, Switzerland, Sundogs Paris, Paris, France and Zazà, Naples, Italy (all 2019), amongst others. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at Stadtgalerie Bern, Switzerland (2020), Centrale Fies, Dro, Italy (2019), Fondazione Sandretto ReRebaudengo, Turin, Italy (2018), Quadriennale di Roma, Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy (2016). He has held residencies at Triangle, Marseille (2016), Cité internationale des Arts, Paris, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere per l’Arte Contemporanea, Rome (both 2013). Between 2011 an 2013 he ran Gasconade a non profit space in Milan together with M. D’Aurizio, L. Castiglioni e V. Angiolini.

Soon in October, he will participate in FUORI, the 17th Quadriennale di Roma, at Palazzo delle esposizioni in Rome, and he is preparing a new solo show at Deborah Schamoni’s Galerie, Munich, in November.

Eleonora Succi and Daniele Mainetti (born in 1987) are Italian architects living and working in Paris. After graduating they started a varied professional career. Today they work as set designers, mostly in the fashion and advertising industry. Their relation to architecture and domestic spaces it’s still very present through renovation projects for private clients and a 10 years long continuing interior’s research, Paradise Backyard.

About No Conformism:
No Conformism is an artist-led project founded by Emanuele Marcuccio in 2016. Originally located in a compound of artist studios on the outskirts of Lausanne. No Conformism facilitates exhibitions and promotes critical discourse around contemporary art practice.