Oh mio cagnetto is the artist's first book of writings, conceived as an artwork. It is a collection of 81 little poems that revolve around the missed and mourned figure of a puppy.
These short nursery rhymes all open with the same words and employ the same structure: two rhymed couplets in traditional meter. A seemingly naïve, childish voice speaks of violence, death and grief, yet never slips into pure plaintive lament. Balancing pathos with humor, the poems turn the puppy into a figure that evokes a broader sense of loss. Oh mio cagnetto, was written between 2018 and 2020 and is now in the collection of MACRO in Rome. It intentionally plays on the ambiguity of its nature, as both a book distributed in conventional ways and an art object that belongs to a museum.
Diego Marcon (born 1985 in Busto Arsizio, Italy, lives and works in Paris) is a visual artist working mostly with film and video. His work is exhibited internationally (MADRE Museum, Naples, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; FID Marseille, Marseille; Fondazione Prada, Milan; Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore; La Triennale di Milano, Milan, MAXXI Museum, Rome; Centre international d'art et du paysage, Vassivière; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Fondation d'entreprise Ricard, Paris...). In 2018, Marcon won the Foundation Hernaux Sculpture Award and the MAXXI Bulgari Prize 2018. His films have been screened in film festival including the International Rotterdam Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel, Paris, Courtisane, Gent, BFI, London, and doclisboa, Lisbon.