Francesca Montinaro "Veil of Freedom - Ritratto continuo mod. 3.375.020.000"
With Veil of Freedom - Ritratto continuo mod. 3.375.020.000 Francesca Montinaro proposes a new series of video portraits and photos; a reflection upon feminine identity, investigating the situation of women who wear a veil by choice or by command: brides, nuns and Islamic women.
Erica Fiorentini Arte Contemporanea is pleased to present the solo exhibition by the Roman artist Francesca Montinaro. With Veil of Freedom - Ritratto continuo mod. 3.375.020.000 Francesca Montinaro continues her project exhibited last year at GNAM – National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. For this exhibition the artist proposes a new series of video portraits and photographs. Montinaro continues her reflection upon feminine identity, investigating in this case the situation of women who wear a veil by choice or by command: brides, nuns and Islamic women. Veil of Freedom is, therefore, a collective video portrait with a strong visual impact and a direct narrative language. In these “monumental” video portraits, women are frontally seated and express – each individually – their own identity and thoughts.
Francesca Montinaro (Roma, 1965) works and lives in Rome. She is a multimedia artist and a set designer. She creates scenographical installations and projects using different media: video, drawing, sculpture and interactive video installation, working on issues of manipulation and consensus that directly involve the viewer. Montinaro worked for several years as a TV stage designer and innovated the concepts of scenography in Italy. The immediate impact of the video image is the ideal medium to give expression to her works.
Francesca Montinaro was also professor of Video Installation at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and at IED, Rome; since 2010 she teaches Multimedia Scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara (Italy). Main solo exhibitions: Ritratto Continuo mod. 3.379.020.000, Galleria Nazionale d’arte Moderna, Rome (Italy), 2013-2014; Wonderful, Lumiq Studios, Torino Film Festival, Turin (Italy), 2012; Audience, Magazzini dell’arte, Ex Cartiere Vannucci, Milano (Italy), 2010 Main group exhibitions: Digital life, 4th edition, MACRO, Rome, (Italy), 2012; 54°Venice Biennale, Italian Pavilion, Turin, (Italy) ; Stratificazioni, TV2000 Studios , Rome, (Italy) 2010; Mirror, installation for the Vittoriano reopening, Presidency of the Republic and Rai 1, Rome, Italy, 2000; Contenitorio, Triennale di Milano, Milan (Italy), 1999; Colazione sull’erba, FAI, Villa Panza, Varese (Italy), 1999; Buoni e cattivi pensieri, Galleria Slobs, Milan (Italy), 1999.