Valerio Rocco Orlando is an Italian Artist, a PhD Candidate in Engineering-based Architecture and Urban Planning at Sapienza Università di Roma, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Basel. Through practices ranging from workshops to video installations, he conceives art
as a process of mutual knowledge and understanding. The core of his work is the exploration of osmosis among institutions, museums, academia, and the social sphere.
Valerio’s doctoral thesis follows the process of founding an independent and transdisciplinary school in a state-owned building granted to the artist by the Municipality of Matera for thirty years. This process-based research and long-term art project aim to explore a fresh perspective on the urban and pedagogical spaces shaped by artists together with local, self-organized communities in the Global South.
His works are held in public and private collections, including: A. M. Qattan Foundation, Ramallah; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana; Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; La Galleria Nazionale, Rome; MACRO, Rome; MAGA, Gallarate; Mart, Rovereto; Museo del Novecento, Milan; MUSMA, Matera; Nomas Foundation, Rome; VAF Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main; Villa e Collezione Panza, Varese.