Luca Bosani

I work as a private investigator and UPO specialist* for a company named TLSB.

In June 2020, when I started working for Sybil and Tommaso, my life drastically changed: I had to leave my teaching position at City of Westminster College London and put aside my career as an artist to follow up with pressing conundrums and investigations.

I believe I was hired for my great experience with UPOs (Unidentified Performing Objects), my insatiable curiosity and my capacity to deconstruct and recombine my identity and gender.

Sometimes I feel that they think I am simply a fool or a weirdo, maybe because they struggle to articulate beyond the binary. However, they seem to trust me greatly as they continue to assign me intricate mysteries to be solved.

Currently, I operate mainly in the UK, Germany and Italy. My primary offices are in London and Pregnana Milanese.

C0036: The Upside-down Rainbow in Piedmont-Lombardy and C0034: The Gargantuan Shoe in London – with its extension C0034-B: The UPO’s Chant – are among the most intricate mysteries I had to face. Despite the countless hours I spent on them, the travels, and the resources invested, I didn’t find a definitive solution. 

I rarely find a final explanation or completion in my work as well as in my personal life. Rather than logical A-to-B processes, I see them as open-ended journeys towards the unknown.

And my TLSB journeys are never solitary; they are collective experiences, plural investigations, and interactive invitations.

* A UPO is an object that rejects categorisation, sits in between definitions, and is equally familiar and uncanny. A UPO can be intended as a metaphor for an ever-changing identity – fluid, queer, slippery – and can also be perceived as an elusive, ghost-like manifestation.

Luca Bosani (he/they  b.1990, Rho, IT) is a gender non-conforming neurodivergent multimedia artist. In the last two years, he developed his identity and personality as TLSB private investigator & UPO specialist. 

Taking the cinematographic stereotype of the private investigator (e.g. Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe), Luca dismantles this hyper-masculine identity to introduce a queer private investigator in drag.

As a private investigator in drag, Luca works for a fictional company (TLSB), compiles regular Reports for them, wears uniforms daily (currently a red outfit), works with talented colleagues (detectives, artists, musicians) and is constantly busy trying to solve intricate conundrums.

PRESS / INTERVIEWS

2022

Rovesciare gli arcobaleni si può,  La Repubblica, by Olga Gambari, ITA

Reports on Behalf of TLSB   HOAX Publication, ENG

Artist Interview: Luca Bosani   Fern & Glade, London, ENG

El arte del futbol   Revista Crack Style, Mexico, SPA

2021

Carlo Sala ed Elisa Carollo in conversazione con Luca Bosani   BRODO promoted by Piattaforma Lago, Fondazione Fabbri, Treviso Ricerca Arte, ITA

From the margins   FAD Magazine, by Paul Carey-Kent, ENG

Transition: Shirley Temple takes on the US capitol   Lampooon Magazine, ENG

Art, Sculpture, Performance and Fashion: Luca Calu Bosani   Wait! Fashion, ENG

Interview with Federico Esposito  Time travel, ENG

Luca Bosani: C0037- A Gleam in the Fog  Art Verge, ENG

2020

Archive: Luca Bosani   Contemporary Attitude, ENG

Absinthe: Artists’ muse of the past and mythological creature of today   by Elina Baumikhanova, ENG

Gli artisti Under 35 da tener d’occhio   Man In Town, by Lorenzo Sabatini, ITA

Autointerview, MetodoMilano, ITA

I (never) explain #91: Luca Bosani  ATP Diary, ITA-ENG

Luna Piena, Tzvetnik, ENG

Featured artist, Azzurro3, ENG

Luna Piena at Residenza La Fornace, Daily Lazy, ENG

Q&A: Luca Bosani  The Global F.C. ENG

Luca Bosani: More Than Shoes  Los Gatos, by Aidha Badr, ENG

Performing Objects: Luca Bosani for Platforms Projects  interview with Sepersepuluh Jakarta, ENG

Off topic: Luca Bosani sulla mascolinità e le dinamiche di genere  Forme Uniche & ArtsLife, by Gianluca Gramolazzi, ITA

Fucked Up Objects  Mousse Magazine, by Marie De Brugerolle, ENG

2019

Issue 2, Rung Magazine, ENG

Luca Bosani: Q-Rated Performance  La Quadriennale di Roma, ITA

Absinthe,  Coeval Magazine, by Lara Monro, ENG

Absinthe: Luca Bosani  interview with Hector Campbell, ENG