02. Artists

Marinella Senatore

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b. 1977 in Cava dei Tirreni (Italy); lives and works between Paris (France) and London (United Kingdom)


Marinella Senatore’s practice is characterised by public participation. In the various venues she is invited to she involves entire communities in the creative process – as many as 20,000 people for Rosas in 2012 – by asking them to write scripts that are then filmed using cutting-dge movie technology. Her point is to highlight the creative power of crowds and to set up dialogue between oral history, culture and social structures.

Senatore will be working of the Veduta platform at the 2015 Biennale de Lyon. She recently exhibited at Castello di Rivoli (Turin), the Kunsthalle in Sankt Gallen (Switzerland) and the Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art.

With the support of the Institut Culturel Italien of Lyon, and the kind participation of photographer Tim Douet


Works


La vie moderne

The Word Community Feels Good, Création Biennale 2015

For her residency with the Veduta platform, Marinella Senatore has been interested, she says, “in the history of Lyon from the point of view of its inhabitants.” She has spent months working with very different social groups in the Greater Lyon area, ranging from prosperous suburbs to workers’ housing projects. By assembling associations as well as private individuals, brass bands and opera singers, hip hop groups and amateurs, Senatore has been able to create a body of work that includes the creation of a hymn to modern life, - an “official anthem for the Biennale” – which is played throughout the event. She has organised what she calls “unexpected performances” with music and dance conservatories, amateur musicians, pensioners and various citizens, which take the form of surprise events in supermarkets, local shops and the street during the Biennale. Marinella Senatore is also “opening” the Biennale, during the official speeches, with a choir of blind and visually impaired people, all members of the non-profit group Valentin Haüy. They will be singing Les Canuts, a song written in 1894 by Aristide Bruant, about the 1831 silk workers’ rebellion in Lyon – a song they found relevant enough for our present time. As a testament to her collaborators, Marinella Senatore also presents two large-scale photographs that depict, at life-size, members of the different groups she has worked with to create performances for La Biennale: the visually-impaired choir on the one hand, and a portrait featuring two groups of “readers” from both Saint-Cyr-au-Mont-d’Or and Vaulx-en-Velin, which is placed next to shelves filled with the books they have chosen themselves to read aloud in the exhibition spaces of La Sucriere. Throughout the Biennale, groups of readers will read from those books, in various languages that range from French to Italian, Japanese to Persian, Arabic to Portuguese, Creole to Cambodgian, thus creating a Babel tower of language whose recordings can also be heard when the readers are away.

Courtesy de l’artiste

Venues : La Sucrière

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Marinella Senatore 3 photos
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Marinella Senatore
The Word Community Feels Good - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Marinella Senatore
The Word Community Feels Good - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Marinella Senatore
The Word Community Feels Good - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière