Room 7: Fabio Mauri and Francesco Arena

Italian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 21, 2013 11:26PM

The troubled and contradictory relationship with history in its personal and collective dimensions would come to the fore in Fabio Mauriand Francesco Arena's dealing with unresolved gaps in history through the filter of the body and of performance

1. About the Artist: Francesco Arena

Francesco Arena’s abstract, conceptual works involve an ever-changing list of materials, but are united in their aim to re-present past events. Arena’s primary subjects are historic occurrences of trauma, violence, and struggle, and their manifestation as statistical facts and in narratives and collective memories. “When I choose a fact that informs the work, I’m not doing it to try to discover truth,” Arena once said, “but to grasp a truth that, starting from the fact in question, becomes a tool for looking at everything else.” Read more.

Images: 3,24 mq, 2004, Collection Raffaella e Stefano Sciarretta, Rome Courtesy: the artist and Monitor Gallery, Rome,  Portrait: Photo: Francesco Cartocci;Francesco Arena, Photo: Ala d'Amico; Massa sepolta, Courtesy: the artist and Galleria MONITOR, Roma, Photo: Roberto Marossi

2. About the Artist: Fabio Mauri 

Fabio Mauri became one of the best-known post-war Italian artists for his exploration of many mediums, particularly his film and performance works. Mauri began his career making gestural paintings and drawings, but these fell to the wayside as Mauri’s interest in moving images grew. He became most fascinated with film, drawing from both personal and documentary materials. Read more.

Images: Fabio Mauri, Che cosa è la filosofia. Heidegger e la questione tedesca. Concerto da tavolo, 1989, Photo: Claudio Abate; Portrait: Fabio Mauri, Photo: Elisabetta Catalano; Fabio Mauri, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 Ideologia e natura, 1973, Courtesy: Studio Fabio Mauri, Roma, Photo: Sandro Mele


Italian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale