Marco G. Ferrari is a visual artist and filmmaker from Chicago, Illinois. He builds films, installations, digital images, sound, and video projection performances that explore our relationships with place and time, to probe how identity is shaped by tensions raised by our attachments to or de-attachments from our built and natural environments. Upholding a `cinema of imperfection' that reveals the materiality of the image, Ferrari’s work seeks to move beyond a perceived transparent reality to a place of visual plasticity and sublime emotional experience.
His films have been screened at exhibitions such as the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea–Palazzo Forti (Verona, Italy); the Athens International Film and Video Festival (Ohio); the Chicago Cultural Center; and the University of Chicago in Delhi (India). He has performed live video projections at numerous venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art–Chicago, Ravinia Festival (Highland Park, Illinois), and the Chicago Symphony Center. Funders for projects include the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; and the Rebuild Foundation (Chicago, IL).
Ferrari received his M.F.A from the University of Chicago in Visual Arts and his B.A. from DePaul University in Communication and Italian Studies. He is a founding member of Creative Asylum, a consortium of Chicago based artists. He currently balances his art-making studio practice as an independent curator, freelancing as a cinematographer and VJ, and as creative director of the Ferrari Foundation, a non-for-profit arts organization inspired by the work of his father, sculptor Virginio Ferrari, based in Chicago, IL, USA and Guardistallo, Italy.