Francesca Fini

Interdisciplinary Italian Artist

21.10.2019   - 27.10.2019

Francesca Fini (IT) is an interdisciplinary artist focused on experimental cinema, new media, installation and performance art.

Her live projects, often addressing issues related to femininity, the distortions in the perception of beauty, the influences of society on gender and women’s Issues, are a mix of traditional media, using lo-fi technology, homemade interaction design devices, live audio and video.

Primarily interested in video and live art, Fini also creates artworks assembling performance art relics or manipulating video stills. With a deep training as a digital artist, she worked for fifteen years in the field of television authoring and production.

Fini is cited by the Treccani Encyclopedia as one of the most notable exponents of cyber-performance in Italy. Among the most important art events in which she took part in the last few years, are the 2011 WRO Biennale in Poland, Currents New Media in Santa Fe, CINEMED Film Festival in Montpellier, NordArt International Art Exhibition, Kunstwerk Carlshütte, Directors Lounge, Berlin and the IKONO TV Film Festival in Germany, the Videoformes Festival in Clermont Ferrand, Szczecin European Film Festival (SEFF) in Poland, FILE Electronic Language International Festival in Brasil, Athens Videoart Festival, IVHAM New Media Arts Fest and Proyector Festival in Madrid, CYBERFEST and Now&After in Russia, Videoart Yearbook and Robot Festival in Bologna, Instants Video Numériques et Poétiques in Marseille, MEM Festival at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo.

In 2012, Fini was invited to the first Venice International Performance Art Week, featuring, among others, the work of Valie Export, Jan Fabre, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic and Hermann Nitsch. In 2013, she won the FONLAD Performance Art Residency in Coimbra and was invited to Chicago for the Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival. In 2014, she was selected for the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, organized by the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

In 2014 and 2016, Fini was Artist-in-Residence at Bob Wilson’s Watermill Center in New York. In 2016, she wrote and directed Ophelia did not drown; an experimental feature film based on the hybridization between found-footage (from the National Archive Istituto Luce Cinecittà) and original contemporary performative language. The film premiered in New York, Clermont-Ferrand and at Macro Contemporary Museum in Rome. That same year, the artist wrote and directed Gold – looking for Oz, a 60 minutes experimental documentary produced during an art residency in Jerusalem and financed by Musrara Mix Festival.

At SomoS, Fini took part in the 2018 Un_Becoming group show. She takes part in the 2019 Un_Real Desires exhibition with Skinned, a single-channel video collage and cut-out animation film, that extrapolates and manipulates iconic female imagery
from the history of male portrait painting, creating alternative stories for them. As the exhibition text states, “The artist weaves her animated vignettes involving desire, objectification and gender into a dazzling kaleidoscopic spectacle. Time and space bend, analog and digital morph with the patient and complacent female sitters of the classical painting tradition breaking free from their assigned roles, gaining agency within Fini’s speculative and imaginative narratives of empowerment and bondage.”

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