WHAT IS TAROGRAMMA? 

Shrouded from the eyes of the world, a hidden civilisation has long existed in parallel with our own. The elusive land of Tarogramma holds the promise of something far beyond our understanding.
 

Over the course of human history Tarogramma has been discovered accidentally on several occasions. All we know about the place exists in the artefacts and images recovered from expeditions and from the detailed testimonies of the few who have returned. Using this information, a vivid picture has been built of the people and their lives. It is a place with a detailed culture; its own aesthetic, way of living, and understanding of the world. 
 
It is perhaps Tarogramma's elusiveness that has allowed it to live long in the imagination of writers and explorers. As a result, there is no real consensus on the origin or material properties of the place. It is believed by some to be an inaccessible forgotten city, others to be an afterlife, and many to be completely fictional. Whatever the case, it is a world that is at once alien, and eerily similar to our own.

 

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DAMIEN CIFELLI

Damien Cifelli is a multidisciplinary artist and writer from Edinburgh, now based in London. His work explores a fictitious land named Tarogramma. Referencing the scale and compositions of history paintings and historical sculpture, he has built a detailed culture with its own aesthetic, way of living, and understanding of the world; one that is at once alien, and eerily similar to our own.
The work is a visual representation of this alternative society - documentary images of a new world. 


He can be found here - Instagram
or contacted at damienmcifelli@gmail.com

CV

Solo Exhibitions

2022 - 'Tarogramma' Liminal Gallery, Margate

2022 - ‘Hidden Door 2022’  Old Royal High, Edinburgh 

2022 - ‘Tarogramma’  Hackney Downs Studios, London 

2022 - ‘Damien Cifelli x Wolf and Badger’  Wolf And Badger, Netil House, London

2019 - ‘Tarogramma Archive’  Edinburgh Art Festival. Dundas St Gallery, Edinburgh

2019 - ‘Tarogramma Archive’  Edinburgh Art Festival. Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh

 

Exhibitions

2022 - 'Tendencies in Painting',  London Paint Club

 

2022 -  ‘The Rise of Inside’, Eve Leibe Gallery and Artsy

2020 - ‘OPEN VAS + SSA’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2020 - ‘D Contemporary Painting Prize 2019’ D Contemporary, Mayfair, London

2019 - Pastel Society Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2017 - RSA Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2014 - ECA Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh

 

Awards

Delphian Open Call Winner 2022

Saatchi Art ‘Rising Star’  2022

Dazed x Gap New Generation 2020

Foundwork Artist Prize, Final Selection

Fashion Illustration Drawing Awards (FIDA) finalist

Press

https://www.liminal-gallery.com/tarogramma

https://londonpaintclub.com/2022/07/26/damien-cifelli-artist-profile-ovr/

https://www.wolfandbadgerstudios.com/community/interview-damien-cifelli

https://eatworkart.com/hackney-downs-studios/community/eat-work-art-spotlight-damien-cifelli