...performers walking the perimeter and diagonal axes of a room until they have marched for 278 km, the distance between Basel and Turin, or rather the length of the journey that Nietzsche’s friend Overbeck travelled in 1889 to bring the philosopher, who was affected by mental illness, back to Basel
About 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.” 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.
Italian, b. 1978