ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Marinella Senatore (Italy, 1977).
Lives and works in Rome and Paris.

Trained in music, fine arts, and film, her practice is characterized by public participation, initiating a dialogue between history, culture and social structures. Rethinking the role of the artist as author and the public as recipient, Senatore’s work merges forms of protest, learning theatre, oral histories, vernacular forms, protest dance and music, public ceremonies, civil rituals and mass events, rethinking the political nature of collective formations and their impact on the social history of places and communities while reflecting on the political dimension of collective formations and how they generate a potential for social change.

In 2013 she found The School of Narrative Dance, a nomadic, free of charge school based on the horizontal system of education and emancipation.

Next to her performative practice, she explores urban issues and social topics such as emancipation and equality through painting, collages, installations, video, photography, and sound, participated in group exhibitions such as the Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Italy and abroad, including:

MANIFESTA12 Palermo; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Queens Museum, NY; Kunsthaus Zurich; UABB Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, Shenzhen, China;Museum  of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; High Line, NY; Kunsthalle, Sankt Gallen; 54th Venice Biennale, Illuminations; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Les Laboratories d’Aubervilliers, Paris; Faena Art Forum, Miami; Madre Museum, Naples; 13e Biennale de Lyon; 5th Thessaloniki Biennale; Bozar, Brussels; Liverpool Biennale 2014; Kunstverein Ar/Ge Kunst, Bolzano; Quad, Derby; ViaFarini, Milan; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch; Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun; Petach Tikva Museum of Art; 30th Biennale of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana; 7th Shiryaevo Biennale; 4th Athens Biennale; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin; 11th Havana Biennale; Visible Award, Serpentine Gallery, London; ISCP, NY; 54th Venice Biennale «ILLUMinations» (2011). Le Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; 3rd Moscow International Biennale for Young Art; CCA, Tel Aviv; La Triennale, Milan; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

In 2014 Senatore won the prestigious MAXXI Prize and was the recipient of the “Museum Calls Artist” commission of AMACI, the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums. In 2013 she won the Fellowship for Young Italian Artists at Castello di Rivoli, Turin. In 2011 Senatore was an Affiliated Fellow at The American Academy in Rome and a finalist for the Furla Art Award. In 2010 she won The New York Prize, the 21st Bellisario Award, the Gotham Prize and the Terna Prize. In 2009 she was the recipient of Dena Foundation Fellowship.

In addition to teaching at various universities, the artist regularly lectures at international institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, NY; Creative Time Summit, NY and Venice; Spike Island, Bristol; ICA-Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Foundation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris; NYU, Berlin; ERG, Brussels; University of Madrid; University of Granada; University of Turin; Beursschouwbug, Brussels; Academy of Fine Arts, Mechelen; NABA New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan; Kunstverein Ar/Ge Kunst, Bolzano.

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