Y Liver is a contemporary art duo created in 1999 by David Liver (born in 1977 in Le Havre) and Rugiada Cadoni (born in 1977 in Italy). Y Liver's work spans video, performance, drawing, installation and storytelling. In addition to its guerilla-style artwork and its unorthodox performance pieces, which involves everything from interacting with strangers to graffiti, Y Liver is well known for its manipulation and pervesion of languages, inspired by ancient religious scriptures and other hand-written texts.
After receiving their diplomas with Gabriele Di Matteo from Brera Milan School of Fine Arts in 2003, they decided to settle in Paris.They have participated in several group exhibitions in Europe, such as the first Prague Bienniale in 2003, the Nuit Blanche in Paris in 2004, and the last Venice Architecture Biennale, where they were invited to present a project in the Venezuela pavilion.
Their first real solo exhibition was in Rome in 2001, at the Pino Casagrande Studio, in which Y Liver closed off the exhibition space while letting the public wait in the hall of the gallery. In 2007 they collaborated with the stylist Antonio Marras, known for being the director of the Kenzo house. Together they produced a performance that will be filmed, and they signed a tallit (Jewish prayer shawl) that was shown in Berlin in 2008.
It was in Berlin at Bimal Projects that their exhibition "Jude" aroused the concern of passers by, chocked by the large Jewish star painted in broad daylight by David on the window looking out onto Zimmerstrasse, across from the old Gestapo headquarters. The intervention of the police raised the curiosity of the press, and vandalism became the subject of a conference-performance held in collaboration with the philosopher Otto Kallsheuer.
In 2009, the Estace Gallery presented "THE EYES MOVEMENT THE MAN MIGRATION AND YOU", an exhibition of drawings, and in September the duo founded Y Liver in New York at the MBK Gallery. This exhibition consists of writing and of visitors reading a journal-pamphlet printed for the occasion. The exhibition also presents "Ashkémuslim mice we are", a video consisting mainly of the text of online chats recorded over the course of two months between the Palestinian gallery owner and the artist.
Working as a creative couple, David and Rugiada have chosen for themselves the name of "Y LIVER", where the "Y" was intended to convey the idea of the androgyne, of the coexistence of different model of creativity. The issues of identity and difference, the placement and exile or also individuality and community are just some question which they use for a larger investigation of the the cultural divide. David's personal experience acted as a starting point for this research; born in France to a jewish family of polish origin, educated in Italy, David is haunted by his cultural tradition, but the way Rugiada and he face "jewishness" avoids the risk of essentialism, emphasizing instead the possibility of exchange and communication.