Jacek Ludwig Scarso

Jacek Ludwig Scarso stretches theatrical experiences across live performance, video, photography and installation.

Born in Rome of Polish-Italian origins, he lives and works in London. Developing from his background in performance and vocal studies, having trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, his work investigates intersections between practices of (post-)drama and contemporary art.

“I approach my work as the “orchestration of experiences”. I like to explore a playful depiction of human fragility and absurdity. My performance background has instilled in me a fascination for the composition of bodies in time and space: dramatic and visceral, these bodies are parts of complex stories told in stark minimal settings. I thrive on theatricality. I seek outlandish performative actions, twisted plotlines, tragicomic characters, absurd themes and an unmitigated voyeurism from the point of view of the spectator. I also thrive in ambiguity – hybrid ideas from often contrasting fields, like science, religion, sexuality and art itself. Theatricality and ambiguity are present in all my work and drive my creative process, stretched across the mediums of live performance, written word, voice, photography, video, and installation. “

His projects have been exhibited worldwide, including recent shows and commissions at  Tate Modern / Tate Exchange, MACRO Museo di Arte Contemporanea (Rome), the Science Museum, GV Art Gallery and InTRANSIT (London), Fotofever at Carrousel du Louvre, Pave D’Orsay and Cutlog (Paris), BAW and The Living Theater (New York),  Galleria Civica Cavour (Padua), MIA (Milan), Photo Docks (Lyon), Vkunst (Frankfurt) and Kunstwerk Carlshütte (Budelsdorf) where his video-works are included in the Nord Art Collection. Jacek regularly works with Romberg Arte Contemporanea (Italy), which hosted his solo show Little Man Saga. He is the Artistic Director of Elastic Theatre in London, with which he has been the recipient of several arts awards from organisations such as the Wellcome Trust and Jerwood Charitable Foundation, as well as the Fringe Report Award for Best Theatre Company.  

Jacek is Senior Lecturer at the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design (London Metropolitan University), where he leads the Theatre & Film programme and where his artistic research was awarded doctoral recognition. http://www.jacekludwigscarso.com/