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Francesca Banchelli (b. 1981, Italy) holds a BA from the Academy of Fine Art of Florence and an MA in Fine Art from the Central Saint Martins of London. The work of Francesca Banchelli is a multi-disciplinary practice encompassing paintings, performance, video, drawings, and sculptures. Banchelli’ oeuvre manifests through a process of transformation revealing the moment where a given context become an 'event'. She uses this concept to investigate individual and collective tensions, through the lens of ‘visions’ that anchor in imagination, potentialities of the future and the incognito of the present being.

Her work has been recently showed internationally in several galleries, museums and biennials among which: MANIFESTA 11 Cabaret der Künstler – Zunfthaus Voltaire, (2016); MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, (2016); WILKINSON Gallery, London, UK (2015); Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China (2015); Tate Modern, London, UK, (2014); 13th Istanbul Biennial/official parallel-event, (2013); New Capital, Chicago, USA, (2012); Frankfurter Kunstverein, (2012); S1Artspace, Sheffield, UK, (2012). In 2012 she was guest-artist of the Frankfurter Kunstverein ‘Deutsche Börse Residency Programme’, and won the first prize ‘Portali dello Scompiglio’, Accademia dello Scompiglio, Vorno, IT; in 2013 she was finalist at ‘Liveworks Performance Art Award’, Centrale Fies/DOCVA Viafarini.


CV

Studies
2009-2010
2003-2007
2000-2002
MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art, London, UK
BA Fine Art, (Hons) Academy of Fine Art of Florence, IT
Biennial Post Diploma, (Hons) Painting techniques, Liceo Artistico Statale Porta Romana, Florence, IT

(selected) Residencies/Awards
2015
2014
2013

2012

2009
Artist in Residence - Jinling artist-in-residence program, Nanjing University, Jiangsu P. R. China
Artist in Residence - Prato-Sarajevo ART INVASION, curated by Centro di Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci di Prato, Dryphoto and Kinkaleri
Grant - Step Beyond Grant Project, ECF - European Cultural Foundation
Artist in Residence/ Award - LIVEWORKS Performance Art Award , Centrale Fies with DOCVA Viafarini, Dro TN, IT
Guest Artist - Deutsche Börse Residency Program, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, D
Award - Premio Portali dello Scompiglio #1- 1st Prize, Ass. Cult. Dello Scompiglio, Vorno, IT
Artist in Residence - Incontri d’Armonia, Residency/seminar with artist tutor Alfredo Pirri, Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno, IT

(Solo) Exhibitions/Performances/Screenings
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TD TRY DIE, collaboration between Francesca Banchelli and Emiliano Zelada Soho House Barcelona
Before the name, curated by Carolina Ciuti, MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona, ES
Perform: Supposing layers of silence - Jeremiah Day, Jacopo Miliani, Francesca Banchelli, curated by Villa Romana and Kinkaleri, SpazioK, Prato IT
A precious stone, performance, curated by Livesoundtrack, Capella MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
Before the name, performance, WILKINSON Gallery, London, UK
Offset (dialogues), live performance with Emiliano Zelada, MUTEK.ES, Barcelona, Spain
This morning I woke up from the most amazing dream..., Emiliano Zelada with a video by Francesca Banchelli, McAulay Gallery - TATE Modern, London UK
In a century, (with Emiliano Zelada), Torna Contemporary Art Space, Istanbul, TR - Official parallel event of the 13th Istanbul Biennial
The Sunshine Vineyard (Our ideal Revolutionary Storm), performance within the Deutsche Börse Residency Program, Frankfurter Kunstverein
Untitled (Balance her in between your eyes), curated by Merve Kaptan, Torna Contemporary Art Space, Istanbul, TR
I borrowed it from the Revolution / Tutto@26cc, curated by Angel Moya Garcia, 26cc, Roma, IT
A Perfect Crime, Francesca Banchelli & Emiliano Zelada, Copenhagen Place, London, UK
Thin Air, (with Joana Roberto) The Belfry, London, UK
Works on Video/Three solo exhibitions at Waseda University, curated by Marco Mazzi and Michiyo Miyake, Tokyo Waseda University, JP

(Collective) Exhibitions/Performances/Screenings
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Eyes Wide Open - A selection on video on migration and border crossing, curated by Gravity for all, Villa Romana with Radio Papesse

Before the name, MANIFESTA 11 - Performance program, Cabaret der Künstler – Zunfthaus Voltaire

New ways of seeing, curated by Zhou Xian and Andrea Baldini, Art Institute of Nanjing University, Nanjng, Jiangsu P. R. China
Through the looking glass, Fanshang Art Camp, International Cultural Exchange Association, Nanjing, Jiangsu P. R. China
Colorful, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, Jiangsu P. R. China
Florenz Contemporary, curated by Angelika Stepken, Italian Embassy in Berlin
Casabianca/Disseminazioni, curated by Gino Gianuizzi
Così ti ha fatto Dio e così ti devo tenere, Centro Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, curated by Filippo Bigagli, Annalisa Foglia, Gabriele Pantaleo and the contribution of Lorenzo Bruni
Livesoundtrack, Capella MACBA, Barcelona
The Wall (archives) #10, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Assab One, Milan, IT
Terranauti, Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, curated by Ilaria Mariotti and Angelika Stepken
Terranauti, SMS Pisa, curated by Ilaria Mariotti and Angelika Stepken

The Wall (archives)#9 / home, Sponge ArteContemporanea, Pergola, curated by Pietro Gaglianò
Open House, Studio Voltaire, London UK
Prato-Sarajevo ART INVASION, curated by Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Dryphoto and Kinkaleri, Sala del Consiglio, Prato, IT
Motivi di famiglia, Villa di Toppo Florio, Udine, IT

CASABIANCA EN VALISE, curated by Anteo Radovan, riss(e), Varese IT
Upokeimenon (sott’acque), curated by Gianluca D’Incà Levis and Michela Lupieri, Nuovo Spazio Espositivo di Casso - Dolomiti Contemporanee, IT
MEIN HERZ Drodesera XXXIII / LIVEWORKS Performance Art Award, curated by Simone Frangi, Denis Isaia, Barbara Boninsegna, Centrale Fies, IT
Un Luogo Aperto, Galleria D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Spazio De Grada, San Gimignano, IT
Open House - Studio Voltaire in partnership with Gasworks, London, UK
The Wall (archives)#8/Beyond the railway, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, CRAC Centro Ricerca Arte Contemporanea, Cremona IT
Misura del Mondo, curated by Paolo Parisi, Casabianca, Zola Pedrosa, Bologna, IT
Acqua, curated by Carles Marco, Vivai Cioncolini/Balestri/Trenti, Montevarchi, IT
Finissage-Incontri, (screening) curated by Lorenzo Bruni, SPE - Spazio Performatico ed Espositivo, Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno IT
Incontri, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, SPE - Spazio Performatico ed Espositivo, Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno IT

24HRS/25DAYS, curated by Chelsea Culp/Ben Foch, NEW CAPITAL, Chicago, US
Open House, Studio Voltaire, London UK
Madeinfilandia 2012, Pergine Valdarno (AR), IT
Portali Dello Scompiglio #1, Ass. Cult. Delllo Scompiglio, Vorno (Lu) IT
Piano con Paesaggio, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Teatro Studio di Scandicci, Firenze, IT
cartabianca_firenze / Tornare per partire, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Museo di Villa Croce, Genova, IT
S1/ Salon (Ode to the Flaneur), S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK
MACRO 1:1 Project Archive, MACRO Testaccio - Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, IT
The Wall (archives)#6/on the river, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Villa Pacchiani, Pisa, IT
personal effectsonsale, Le Corbusier - Padiglione dell' Esprit Nouveau - Bologna, IT

Da mezzogiorno a mezzanotte - Giornata di disorientamento, Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome, IT
Relazioni Interpersonali, curated by Angel Moya Garcia, Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Lucca, IT
Zoom Festival curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Teatro Studio di Scandicci, Florence, IT
Discurso sobra a origem da disigualdade.* As casas vos esperam, Espaço Ilimitado, Porto, PT

Zeitgeist curated by Andrea Marioni/Francesco Russo, MURO Gallery, Geneve, CH
[atmoˈsfɛːrə]zwei – atmospheretwo, curated by Claudia Olendrowicz, Studio Froh, Berlin, D
MAFA Degree Show, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK
Niente da vedere tutto da vivere, XIV Biennial of Sculpture - Post Monument - Parallel Event, curated by Lorenzo Bruni
Start Point, Galleria Frittelli, Florence, IT
Start Point, Museo degli Innocenti, Florence, IT
Necessary Illusions, Bargehouse OXO Tower Warf, London UK

Archive New Arrivals, 1to1 Project, Rome, IT
Studi d’Armonia, Accademia dello Scompiglio, Vorno, Lucca, IT
Opa 0.2 (On Perform Art), Performance Art Festival, Athens, GR
Eppi Femili, curated by Pietro Gaglianò e Cecilia Canziani, Teatro Studio di Scandicci, Florence, IT

Sarah's Journey, Section of the 7th Bulgarian Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Varna, BG
Noi per adesso siamo qua, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Villa Romana, Florence, IT
(Looking or Filming?) Guardare o filmare? , screening curated by Marco Mazzi, University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, JP

Identities in Touch, screening curated by Marco Mazzi/Michiyo Miyake, Waseda University, Tokyo, JP
Gemine-Muse ’07, curated by Andrea Del Guercio, Sant Abbondio, Cremona, IT
ViDea, curated by Esther Biancotti, FRAC, Baronissi, Salerno, IT

Quotidiana 06, curated by Guido Bartorelli e Stefania Schiavon, Museo Civico di Padova, IT
Privat-flat #3, curated by Alessio Bertini and Martino Margheri, Florence, IT
Traffic-zone, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, IT

Soggetto 11, performance curated by Kinkaleri, Spazio K, Prato, IT
Rotte Metropolitane 2005, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, S.E.S.V. Florence, IT
Guardami-Percezione del video, Siena, Cantiere video-arte S.Quirico d’Orcia, Palazzo le Papesse, Siena, IT

Talks/Presentations/Lectures
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Symposium - China Meets Italy: A conversation on Contemporary Art – GART Golden Eagle Contemporary Art Centre, Nanjing P.R. China
Lecture - Wuxi Institute of Arts & Thechnology. Organised by the Jinling Artist-in-Residence Program, Nanjing - China
Symposium - Terranauti #Prolog: Navigating the art system. Dialogues with international curators, gallerists and the director of a public museum. Villa Romana, Florence
Presentation - ARS AEVI - Museo Pecci di Milano / Prato-Sarajevo ART INVASION, presentation of the project's documentation.
Talk/ presentation - Prato-Sarajevo ART INVASION - 4th Tappa di Avvicinamento. Lana Čmajčanin, Bojan Stojčić and Francesca Banchelli, talk coordinated by Spela Zidar
Lecture - Half Time/Double Time; lecture at the Academy of Fine Art of Florence. Invited and hosted by the courses of Artistic Anatomy and Contemporary Plastic Technics - Pantani/Surace.
Talk - The Sunshine Vineyard (Our ideal Revolutionary Storm), Artist Talk with Francesca Banchelli, guest of Deutsche Börse Residency Program, Frankfurter Kunstverein, D
Presentation - folio - issue one, presentation of the magazine, Banner Repeater, London, UK

Collections
APT - Global, Artist Pension Trust, London, UK
Wilkinson gallery, London, UK
Univeristy of Nanjing - Department of Art, China
Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno, IT
Relational Cinema Association, Tokyo, JP

Commissions
2015
2014
2012
Nanjing University - Jinglin Artist in residency program, paintings commission
TATE Modern, London UK, Henri Matisse: The Cut-outs. Medium length - HD Video Green Desert
Museo Villa Croce of Genova, performance commission Towards the earth, for the collective exhibition Tornare per Partire, curated by Lorenzo Bruni

Curatorial projects
2011
2009
folio issue one, guest editor
The mind is like a mirror, video-screening, Forte Bazzera, Venezia IT. Artists: David Hall, Nark Bkb, Michelangelo Consani, Lina Lapelyte, Laura Garbstiene, Eloise Ghioni, Robert Pettena, Silvio Palladino, Andres Laracuente, Anthony Peskine, Wael Shawky, Maitree Siriboon, Marco Strappato

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Forthcoming: Before the name: a book on an itinerant performance project. Curated by Carolina Ciuti

Post #4 - Conventions – art and philosophy magazine. "A phenomenon based on linght's vagueness" Francesca Banchelli & Alessandro De Francesco - Online screening/text – invited artist

Terranauti – exhibition's catalogue
Mutek Es 2015 - Little city, Emma Robertson – review
Imaginary Movies con Twin Drive - Zurda Magazine – review

Motivi di Famiglia – exhibition’s catalog - text by Lorenzo Bruni
Prato-Sarajevo ART INVASION – a contemporary art collaboration. F-Air, Florence Artist in Residence – article

LiveWorks in Residency part 1 ☞ Centrale Fies, Valeria Marchi, ArtTexts&Pics Diary – article
RELATIONAL SYNTAX – Aesthetic awareness and ideological experience in post-industrial society. A project curated by Marco Mazzi. Contributors: Augmented Writing, Francesca Banchelli, Manuel Billi, Lorenzo Carlucci, Harun Farocki, Marco Gatto, Vincent W. J. Van Gerven Oei, Adam Staley Groves, Isabella Hollauf, Takashi Homma, Hilario Isola and Matteo Norzi, Alessandro Lanzetta, Eiki Mori, Ben Rivers, subREAL, Jiro Takamatsu. (Eng/It) – Maschietto Editore, IT – Book
Incontri – curated by Angel Moya Garcia and Lorenzo Bruni, published by Ass. Cult. Dello Scomiglio – exhibit. catalog
Mein Herz beats at Drodesera: Francesca Banchelli – franzmagazine.com - interview
Artworks from Un luogo aperto - drosteeffectmag.com - article

Madeinfilandia 2012 – exhibition’s catalog
Un'azione collettiva per identificare il rapporto di una città con la crisi. Al Kunstverein di Francoforte va in scena l'azione dell'italiana Francesca Banchelli - Exibart.com - article
Studio d’artista - Francesca Banchelli - talkingart.it - interview
I tre vincitori dello Scompiglio. Banchelli, Favini/Rovaldi e Lapolla – artribune.it, Helga Marsala - article

Folio - issue one - art magazine - guest editor
Toscana oggi - Una storia... Flash Art n° 292 Aprile 2011 – Lorenzo Bruni – article
Speciale Toscana - Dizionario Artisti Toscani - Flash Art n.277 – article
Chemical Imbalances - writing / art magazine - guest artist

Studi d’Armonia – Book of the residency with Alfredo Pirri, 5 volumes, published by "Associazione Culturale Dello Scompiglio"
Niente da vedere tutto da Vivere, parallel event XIV Biennale di Sculpture Biennial, Carrara IT - online publication
Niente da vedere tutto da Vivere, ATP Diary - review

Opa 0.2 (On Perform Art) 2009 - catalog
Opa 0.2 (On Perform Art), KAUHMERINH – PERIOD.KAPPA – article
Tre Personali alla Waseda University di Tokyo, Marco Mazzi, Arte e Critica n.57 – article
Eppi Femili, Espoarte n.56. Dec. 08 / Jan. 09. Matilde Puleo – article

I dieci anni di Base Progetti per l'Arte a Firenze, Arte e Critica n.56. Lorenzo Bruni – article
Identities in Touch Arte e Critica n.53. Marco Mazzi – article
Intoxicate, 2007年12月 - (イントキシケイト) – review
Integration and Conflict – catalog

Rotte-Metropolitane 2005 – catalog - edizioni Artout-Maschietto