I'm an Italian artist working with new media, video and performance art. My live projects, always addressing social and political issues, are mixed with lo-fi technology, homemade interaction design devices, live audio and video. Primarily interested in video and live art, I also create artworks assembling performance art 'relics' or manipulating video stills.
With a deep training as a digital artist, I worked for 15 years in the field of television authoring and production. In 2000 I met American artist Kristin Jones, who has become a great friend, and we collaborated on the project “Tevereterno”, creating installations for the city of Rome. With Kristin Jones, Kiki Smith and other artists I attended the 2008 River to River Festival in New York, projecting my animation “Moon Loop” on the trees of the Hudson River.
Among the Art events in which I took part in the last few years, I would mention the 2011 WRO Biennale in Poland, ADD Festival at MACRO Museum in Rome, the finals of Laguna International Art Prize in Venice, CINEMED Film Festival in Montpellier, Taormina Film Festival, Berlin Directors Lounge, IKONO TV Film Festival, FILE Electronic Language International Festival in Brazil, FONLAD Digital Art Festival, Cologne Off and Magmart Video Art Festival, which I won in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
In 2012 I've been invited to the first "Venice International Performance Art Week", curated by VestAndPage, featuring among the others the work of Valie Export, Jan Fabre, Yoko Ono, Boris Nieslony and Hermann Nitsch. In 2013 I won the "FONLAD Performance Art Residency" in Coimbra and was invited in Chicago for the Rapid Pulse International Art Festival. In the same year I was selected by prestigious Video Art Yearbook curated by Department of Visual Arts at the University of Bologna. In the same year I've been in Santander, Spain, invited to perform for the "Gallery Week" and in London for "Modern Panic IV". In 2014 I've been selected for the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, organized by Georgia Tech.
2014 - "Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition", Georgia tech, Atlanta 2013 - "4 Fotogrammi Festival, Rome 2013 - Modern Panic IV, Apiary Studios, London 2013 - Gallery Week, Santander Spain 2013 - Dimanche Rouge Performance Art Festival, Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki 2013 - CINEMED Film Festival Montpellier 2013 - IKONO TV on-air video art Festival, Berlin and worldwide (http://www.ikono.org/artist/francesca-fini/) 2103 - Il Corpo e i Media - personal lecture and performance at Bologna Fine Arts Academy 2013 - Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival - Chicago - Usa 2013 - Time is Love 6 International Video Art Program - STIFTELSEN 3,14 International Contemporary Art Foundation - Bergen - Norway 2013 - 100X100=900 International Video Art Project - Cinema Aquila - Rome 2013 - Five actions with red gloves solo exhibition - Opera Unica Art Gallery - Rome 2013 - Visioni d’Arte Video Art Program - Auditorium Santa Margherita - Venice 2013 - Save the Beauty - Mondrian Suite Contemporaryartspace - Rome 2013 - MAD DONNA - Museo Emilio Greco - Sabaudia - Italy 2013 - Magmart Video Art Festival (among winners of 2013 edition with the video “Wombs”) - Naples - Italy 2013 - Cologne OFF 2013 - Aferro Gallery - Usa 2013 - Time is Love 6, International Video Art Program - Mori + Stein Gallery - London 2013 - XII Festival Internacional de la Imagen - Colombia 2013 - Time is Love 6, International Video Art Program - SAZMANAB Platform for Contemporary Arts - Teheran 2013 - Fonlad Best Off 2005-2012 - Coimbra - Portugal 2013 - Voci di Arte Contemporanea - MLAC Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea - Roma 2012 - Venice International Performance Art Week - Palazzo Bembo - Venice 2012 - Cyberfest At Heaven’s Door - St Petersburg - Russia 2012 - FAD Festival De Arte Digital - Belo Horizonte - Brasil 2012 - File Electronic Language International Festival - Sao Paulo - Brasil 2012 - Festival of Migrant Film - Ljubljana - Slovenia 2012 - Cinemed Montpellier (finalist with the video “Parnasus") - Montpellier - France 2012 - Sardinia Film Festival (finalist with the videos “Mediterraneo” and “Parnasus”) - Sardinia - Italy 2012 - LPM 2012 (Live Performers Meeting) - Teatro Valle Occupato - Rome 2012 - Athens Video Art Festival - Athens 2012 - Magmart Videoart Festival (among winners of 2012 edition with the video “Blood”) - Naples 2012 - 10 Ragazze per Freud - Palladium Theatre - Rome 2012 - Norme per la rivoluzione Video Art Program, Volksbühne Berlin and Cinema Massimo of Turin 2012 - Digital Marrakech - Centre Culturel Atlas - Marrakech 2012 - TakeS Video Art Program - Bernardo Museum - Portugal 2012 - Berlin Directors Lounge Video Art Festival - Berlin 2012 - Oslo Screen Festival - Oslo 2012 - LOW LIVES:OCCUPY! - Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics - New York 2011 - Women’s glance Video Art Program - PAN Palazzo delle Arti - Naples 2011 - I Care, per Art White Night - Casa Bolognini - Bologna 2011 - Pixelpops 2011 - Paris 2011 - Celeste Prize 2011 (finalist in the Live Media and Performance Art Section) - Invisible Dog Art Gallery - New York 2011 - RobotFestival 2011 - Bologna - Italy 2011 - Visioni Acustiche - MACRO Contemporary Art Museum - Rome 2011 - Alterazioni 2011 - Castello Aldobrandesco di Arcidosso - Italy 2011 - Now & After 2011 - Moscow Museum of Modern Art - Moscow 2011 - Proyector Festival - Madrid 2011 - Miden Film Festival 2011 - Greece 2011 - OMISSIS Contemporary Performing Arts Festival - Gradisca D’isonzo - Italy 2011 - ADD Digital Art Festival - MACRO Contemporary Art Museum - Rome 2011 - LPM 2011 (Live Performers Meeting) - Cinema Aquila - Rome 2011 - Fonlad Digital Art Festival - Coimbra - Portugal 2011 - WRO Biennal Alternative Now 2011 - Wroclaw - Poland 2011 - No Performance’s Land? Performance Art Festival - Lisbon - Portugal 2011 - Arte Laguna International Art Prize (finalist in the Performance Art Section) - Arsenale di Venezia - Venice 2010 - Temps d’Images Video Art Program - Palladium Theatre - Rome 2010 - Escrita na Paisagem Videoperformance Festival - Portugal 2010 - Contravision Film Festival - Berlin 2010 - Biennale Marsica 2010 - Italy 2010 - Premio Termoli 2010 - Museo Civico di Termoni - Italy 2010 - Art Shake Festival - Mondo Bizzarro Art Gallery - Rome 2010 - Art Shake Festival - 91mQ Art Project Space - Berlin 2010 - Currents 2010 - Santa Fe’ Biennal - USA 2010 - Magmart Video Art Festival (among the winners of 2010 edition with the video “Cry me”) - Naples 2010 - MOVES10 Movement On Screen Festival - FACT (Foundation for Creative Art & Technology) - Liverpool
GRANTS/AWARDS 2013 Fonlad Performance Art residency Magmart Videoart Festival, Naples, 2010, 2012, 2013 2011 Celeste International Art Prize, Bologna (finalist performance art section) 2011 Celeste International Art Prize, New York (finalist performance art section) 2011 Arte Laguna Prize, Venice (finalist performance art section) 2012 Cinemed Montpellier Film Festival (finalist) 2012 Sardinia Film Festival (finalist)
LECTURER: 2013 - Fine Arts Academy Bologna 2013 - Coimbra University - Portugal 2013 - ESAD University - Caldas da Rainha - Portugal 2012 - Effetti Collaterali - Oxer - Latina - Italy 2011 - Istituto Quasar - Rome
MOST IMPORTANT PRINTED PUBLICATIONS: 2013 - “This Performance Will Be Televized", by Francesca Fini - essay for “No Performance’s Land?" research - Portugal 2013 - Intercultura Documentary Project - Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca - Rome 2011 - “QOS Quasar Outer Space" by Carlo Prati - Palombi Editori 2010 - “Imago" by Miriam Mirolla - Premio Termoli di Arte Contemporanea - Lampi di Stampa - Rome 2010 - “Substance" by Lorenzo Canova - exhibition catalogue 2006 - “Così parlò Mickey Mouse" by Francesca Fini - novel - Ediesse Rome