Francesca Fini Italy
I'm an interdisciplinary artist focused on experimental cinema, digital animation, new media, installation and performance art. My 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, technology, installation, experimental video, sound and live art.
With a deep training as a digital artist, she worked for fifteen years in the field of digital media and television. Among the most important art events in which she took part in the last few years, we would mention the 2011 WRO Biennale in Poland, CINEMED Film Festival in Montpellier, NordArt International Art Exhibition, Berlin Directors Lounge and IKONO TV Film Festival in Germany, 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, Robot Festival in Bologna, Instants Video numériques et poétiques in Marseille, BORDERCROSSING - official collateral event @ MANIFESTA12, MEM Festival at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, BODY + CAMERA at MANA Contemporary Chicago, Un-Becoming at SomoS Art House Berlin, the Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo and the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, organized by the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In 2012 she has been invited to the first Venice International Performance Art Week, featuring among the others the work of Valie Export, Jan Fabre, Yoko Ono, Marina Abramovic and Hermann Nitsch. In 2014 she has been selected for the. In 2014 and 2016 she 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 she 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. She is cited by Treccani Encyclopedia as one of the greatest exponents of cyber-performance in Italy.
"Francesca Fini is an image-woman: she creates (moving, static, real and synthetic) images; she is an art performer and filmmaker, interaction designer and (hyper) graphic dealing with every kind of hybridizations and contaminations. During her life she has been trying her hand at several media. Her first work was the autobiographical novel “Thus Spoke Mickey Mouse” (1996), then she began to work in the fields of cinema and TV. Her multidisciplinary formation was the driving force that led Francesca to find her own original way of artistic expression. She considers her own body like a sensible entity helping her exploring the ancestral (non)modernity of men’s (or better, women’s) needs and their representation. Her body is also, and mainly, a battlefield in (and through) which it is possible to experience actions and gestures becoming “otherness”. The body as a hybrid artefact whose conceptual technological basis is inspired by cyberpunk philosophy (feminist low-tech based on Donna Haraway’s “A Cyborg Manifesto”, a real beacon for Francesca Fini). Francesca Fini’s moving images are provocative devices calling up passions and emotions. They show a body amplified by technology whose animal and biological nature is left untouched. Her well-made videos are not mere recordings but short movies full of amazing and captivating genius." (Alessio Galbiati / Digicult.it magazine)