ARTIST’S STATEMENT

?Marinella Senatore (Italy, 1977).
Lives in Paris and London. Works in situ.

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, reflecting on the political nature of collective formations and their impact on the social history of places and communities.
Her performances, paintings and collages, installations, videos, photography and sound pieces focus on “social themes and urban issues” such as emancipation and equality, social structures, systems of aggregation and labour conditions, envisioning the stage as a social platform, articulating ideas of emancipation and common good, and highlighting several cases and causes – white supremacy, feminist movements or marching bands on strike – in which communities shaped through music, dance, spectacle or protest are able to generate a potential for social change.
Working collaboratively and creating new possibilities for public involvement and modes of encounter, the local communities are involved in different ways: residents share their skills and expertise or achieve new ones, negotiating with the artist to determine the part each person would play in the project, which often encompasses workshops where the participants take on the roles of non-professional scriptwriters, costume designers, camera operators, set designers, dancers and so on, based on the agreed format and investigating the possibilities of local improvement.
Rosas (2012), an opera for the screen, involved 20,000 citizens from Germany, Spain and Great Britain. In 2013 the artist founded The School of Narrative Dance, a nomadic school that is free of charge and that focuses on storytelling, based on educational systems fostering the emancipation of the student and activating processes of self-cultivation.

Her work has been exhibited widely throughout Italy and abroad, including: Centre Pompidou, Paris; Queens Museum, NY; Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris; Faena Art Forum, Miami; Kunsthaus Zurich; 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; Whitechapel, London; Matadero, Madrid; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; MACRO Museum, Rome; Madre Museum, Naples; 13e Biennale de Lyon; 5th Thessaloniki Biennial; Bozar, Brussels; Liverpool Biennial 2014; Kunstverein Ar/Ge Kunst, Bolzano; Quad, Derby; ViaFarini, Milan; CRAC Alsace, Altkirch; Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun; Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Tel Aviv; Para/Site, Hong Kong; Istanbul Modern; 12th Bienal de Cuenca; 6th Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen; 7th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art; 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana; 7th Shiryaevo Biennial; 4th Athens Biennial; Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin; 11th Havana Biennial; Visible Award, Serpentine Gallery, London; ISCP, NY; Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; 3rd Moscow International Biennial 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 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; Fondation 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.