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Francesco Arena

Italian, b. 1978

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Francesco Arena

Italian, b. 1978

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Biography

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.” Topics addressed in previous works have included the clandestine escape of migrants, bombings from World War II, accidental deaths of criminals, and large-scale massacres.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Castello di Rivoli
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Biography

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.” Topics addressed in previous works have included the clandestine escape of migrants, bombings from World War II, accidental deaths of criminals, and large-scale massacres.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Castello di Rivoli
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more