Francesco Arena, ‘Lapide (sensucht)’, 2012, Nogueras Blanchard

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, Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi, Italy, based in Cassano delle Murge, Bari, Italy