Francesca Grilli

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Francesca Grilli (1978, Italy) is an Italian multidisciplinary artist based in Brussels. She uses a language focused mainly on performance practices, installations and video, with a special attention to sound in all its forms and registers.

Grilli has developed several projects around the concept of the resistant body. In her earlier performative projects the body was engaged as a reflection of the resistance to life, to time, to decline, in spite of everything and for everything. In these last works, the resistant body gives in to or struggles against the concept of being consumed. Present in every artwork is in fact a disappearance, which is the result of an action contained in the work itself. The voice, used as a tool to communicate directly with the personal and collective unconscious, becomes an element of physical and emotional involvement. The study of the other and the relationships between different generations connect to political, social and poetic issues that emerge through choral singing, overlapping voices, and the presence of performers. 

Her work has been exhibited in many international venues such as MAXXI, Museo Nazionale della arti del XXI secolo, Roma (2024-2016); Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo (2024-2022); Viernulvier, Ghent (2024); BOZAR, Bruxelles (2023); Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim (2023); Fierce Festival, Birmingham (2022); STUK Arts Center, Leuven (2021); Kaaitheater, Bruxelles (2021); Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk (2021); Circle, Helsinki (2020); Kaunas Biennial, Kaunas  (2019);  SAAL Biennial, Tallinn (2019); Palais De Tokyo, Paris (2017); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2017-2015); Homo Novus Festival, Riga (2016);  Italian Pavilion at 55th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2013); MADRE Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples (2012); Serpentine Gallery, London (2010);  Manifesta7, Bolzano (2008).