The Performance Art of Francesca Fini
Video artist, live media and body art performer.
Trained as a digital artist, she has worked as a filmmaker for TV and independent and experimental productions. As an independent documentarist she wrote and directed documentaries about female transgenderism and human cryonics. (All distributed by On The Docks.)
In 2000 she met the American artist, Kristin Jones, and they collaborated on the “Tevereterno” (Eternal Tiber) project, creating multimedia installations for the City of Rome. Included in the project was “Trilogy”, for the Natale di Roma (Birth of Rome) 2009 celebration at the Capitoline Museum and “Solstizio d'Estate” (Summer Solstice) which, with its monumental giant images of the She-wolf created by removing part of the smog stain from the embankment walls of the Tiber River. This installation was called one of the most original works of urban art ever created in Rome.In 2008, she participated, with Kristin Jones, Kiki Smith and others, in the River-to-River Festival in New York, projecting her animation, “Moon Loop” onto the trees along the Hudson River.
She presently participates as a video-artist, live media performer and body-artist in numerous happenings in art galleries, museums and underground sites, and participates in festivals and international events such as the Videoholica (Bulgaria); Experimental Art Festival Biennale Baltica (Russia); LowLives (NY); Cologne Off & New Media Art Festival; Currents Santa Fe’; Moves - Movement on Screen (UK); 700is Videoart Festival (Iceland); Genoa Film Festival; Tribeca Underground; Arcipelago Film Festival; Portobello Film festival (UK); WRO New Media Art Biennale (Poland); Directors Lounge (Berlin); and Contravision Film Festival (Berlin). In 2010 she was one of the winners at the Magmart Videoart Festival (Video Under Volcano), with her CRY ME video performance. In addition, two of her works won the on-line vote in the Celeste Prize section: “Live Media & Performance”. Francesca has exhibited at the “Invisible Dog” gallery in Brooklyn. In 2010 the Premio Termoli selected her for her digital painting works by the Art Shake Festival (exhibiting at the Galleria Mondo Bizzarro and Hybrida Contemporanea, in Rome, and immediately after at the 91mQ Art Project Space in Berlin). Francesca Fini was invited by the Fondazione RomaEuropa to present her work at the Teatro Palladium in Rome, as part of the videoart exhibition, “Cantieri Temps d'Images”. She also directs the “TEN” Performance Art Festival, a marathon of live art whose first edition took place on October 9, 2010 at the Lanificio 159 in Rome.
In 2011 she participated at the Nappe dell'Arsenale in Venice as an absolute finalist in the Performance Art section of the Premio Arte Laguna; in Lisbon she performed in the “No Performance's Land?” exhibition; she was a guest artist of the WRO Art Center in Poland, for the WRO 2011, the noted Biennale devoted to New Media. In addition, in 2011 she presented her new performances at the Macro Contemporary Art Museum in Rome, on invitation by the ADD Festival; was an invited artist at the "Omissis Contemporary Performance Festival"; and later in 2011 she performed at the Macro Museum, with all her videoart pieces, for "Visioni Acustiche" videoart Festival.
Above images from the video Blind (top), and Note-Off