Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo


List of artists

Francesca Grilli

was born in Bologna in 1978 and lives and works in Amsterdam.

Francesca Grilli

Her experimentation explores the realm of sound, in its multiple expressive and perceptive implications. Opting to utilize the language of performance, her works move from private and personal elements into spectators' space of action, drawing them into an ambiguous and unsettling territory. In fact, two central aspects can be traced in her research: sound processing in all its forms and registers, and the spectators' space of action. If the first is a linguistic element with infinite possibilities of expressive modes, the second is a boundless space of physical and emotional involvement for the viewer.

Her poetic is articulated through video and performance respectively, focusing attention on the complexity of the intimate story and seeking an action of maximum intensity, supported by the element of sound, which the artist considers the most effective means of communicating directly with the personal and collective unconscious.

In recent years, she has worked extensively on language, its metaphors and suggestions as in the performance The conversation in 2010. The search for a completely dematerialized degree of communication straddling magic and ritual is instead the backbone of many works, among them Moth 2009 is recalled.

Among her important personal initiatives are MACRO of Rome (2012) – the result of a residency at the museum – and The Conversation at MAMbo, Bologna (2010).

Her work has been exhibited in many venues in Italy and abroad such as, MADRE, Naples (2012), the Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone (2012), the Serpentine Gallery, London (2010) and Manifesta7 in Bolzano (2008).

She has also participated in numerous performance festivals including: Drodesera Festival at the Centrale Fies in Trento, Mantica at the Teatro Comandino in Cesena, DNA in the Romaeuropa Festival, UOVO Performing Art Festival in Milan and Santarcangelo at the Teatri in Rimini.