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


Trained in music, fine arts and film, Senatore is a multi-disciplinary artist and her practice is characterized by a strong collective and participatory dimension. 

Senatore’s work merges forms of resistance, vernacular and popular culture, dance and music, mass events and activism, rethinking the political nature of collective formations (“Assembly”) and enable the public to generate a potential for social change.

Intertwining with the artist’s personal autographical experiences and collective shared narratives, her practice encompasses collage, performance, sculpture, photography and video.

In 2013 she found The School of Narrative Dance, a nomadic, free of charge school focused on non-hierarchical learning and emancipation. The multidisciplinary school, conceived as alternative training ground, is characterized by free workshops engaging local groups and by public energetic, soulful processions, where the artist and participants together orchestrate narratives, tracing new connection between contemporary relations.

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; 54thVenice Biennale, Illuminations; MAXXI Museum, Rome; Les Laboratories d’Aubervilliers, Paris; Faena Art Forum, Miami; Madre Museum, Naples; 13e Biennale de Lyon; 5thThessaloniki 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; 30thBiennale of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana; 7thShiryaevo Biennale; 4thAthens Biennale; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin; 11thHavana Biennale; Visible Award, Serpentine Gallery, London; ISCP, NY; 54thVenice Biennale «ILLUMinations» (2011). Le Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; 3rdMoscow International Biennale for Young Art; CCA, Tel Aviv; La Triennale, Milan; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockholm.

With the upmost honour, Senatore is the winner of the 4t​h edition of Italian Council (2018) of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP) that will result a unique collaboration with Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin and IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town in 2019.

In 2017, the artist was awarded with the International Art Grant in Dresden, Germany including a residency program. 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 21stBellisario 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.