RAYS is a single channel video in which we follow a group of children, roaming through a deserted school and theatre building. As they follow their course throughout the building, one by one, they discover a cap which seems strangely familiar to them. When they put it on, the children reveal themselves as newly trained clairvoyants, each engaging in a palm reading session with an adult. The hats, as a series of sculptures, complement the installation presentation of RAYS.
In Wired for Empathy, Francesca Grilli presents this video installation for the first time together with the performance SPARKS 2021 on the afternoons of Saturday June 26th and Sunday June 27th. Together, they form the project GLARE.
Courtesy of the artist and Umberto di Marino, Naples
2021 mono channel HD video - 14:00
2021 - 13 resin cap sculptures, different sizes
°1978, Bologna, Italy
Francesca Grilli utilises a multidisciplinary language focussing on performance and installation practices. Recurring in her practice are concepts of the resistant body and the act of disappearance. Grilli has participated in numerous performance art festivals and exhibited solo and collective in international museums and institutions including: Baltic Circle, Helsinki (2020); Mladi Levi Festival, Lubiana (2020); Kaunas Biennal, Kaunas (2019); Saal Biennal, Tallin (2019); Santarcangelo Festival, Santarcangelo - Rimini (2019-2017); Palais De Tokyo, Parigi (2017); Serralves Foundation, Porto (2017); Netwerk, Aalst (2017); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2017-2015); Kunsthalle Osnabrueck, Osnabrueck (2017); Centrale Fies, Fies - Trento (2017 - 2006); MAXXI, Roma (2016); Padiglione Italia, 55. Biennale Arte di Venezia (2013); MADRE, Napoli (2011); MACRO, Roma (2012); Serpentine Gallery, London. (2009); MAMBO, Bologna (2010), Manifesta7, Bolzano (2008). She lives and works in Bologna and Bruxelles.