Viafarini is glad to present the first Italian screening of the last work of Marinella Senatore, ROSAS. The film work represents the culmination of a project aimed at creating a trilogy of operas specifically intended for the screen. Bringing into play a cast and crew of over 20.000 participants, the project took more than one year to be realized.
Each chapter have been realized in a different European city, thanks to the support of three institutions in which Marinella has been guest: Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Quad Museum in Derby (UK) and Matadero in Madrid. In April 2012 Marinella Senatore was invited at VIR Viafarini-in-residence, and the first Italian screening represent a special gift to the city of Milan. On the occasion of the screening the artist will discuss her practice with critics Anna Detheridge, Marco Scotini and Gabi Scardi.
Perfect Lives, the first chapter of the opera trilogy, is characterized by the collaboration between Senatore and local newspapers and radio stations to reach out to schools, actors, dancers, professionals and amateurs, as well as groups and associations in the German capital. More than 500 members of this diverse group of participants, which included an orchestra of retired transportation workers, activists, workers union, and professional opera singers, participated in writing the libretto as well as producing and directing the final film.
In Derby (UK) Senatore produced chapter two of the ROSAS trilogy entitled The Attic. Using the same process of community involvement, Derby residents participated in free workshops lead by local professionals, teachers, and technicians in order to prepare for different roles required in the filmaking. The local community was engaged in a variety of different activities ranging from crew members and actors to cooks and flashmob participants. Ultimately more than 15.000 people were involved and at the completion of The Attic, Senatore left her set behind along with all of the technical equipment allowing the local community to use it for their own projects.
Finally, in Spain, Senatore produced the final chapter of the trilogy entitled Public Opinion Descends Upon The Demonstrators. Senatore again relied on community involvement and this time the public was able to witness the movie making process in its entirety. From screenwriting sessions involving hundreds of participants to production, the entire process was on view to museum visitors. Communication and the sharing of experiences played a significant role in the creation of this ambitious, multifaceted project. After the completion of the work the set was left at disposal of the local community for free. In this way the project incited the energies within the local community, so as to foster the process of sharing of skills, experiences and abilities.
Marinella Senatore (Cava dei Tirreni, 1977) is a filmmaker and artist. She works with video, photography, drawing, installation and sound.In her projects, often developed in collaboration with institutions as museums and universities, she involves entire communities in the creative process. The public is involved as co-writer, actor, set designer, camera operator, director and so on, sharing time, experiences and skills, acquiring new knowledge in an atmosphere of ongoing workshop. Her projects encompassed a whole variety of relations between the instigator (the artist), the participants, the geopolitical context. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the Italy and abroad, incuding Illuminations, 54th International Art Exhibition, Venice; 3ª Moscow international Biennial, 11ª Havana Biennal Dublin Contemporary, Dublin; Macro Museum, Rome; Riso Museum, Palermo; MADRE Museum, Naples; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Moderna Museet, Stockolm; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and more. In 2012 she was awarded with Gotham Prize Italian Cultural Institute, in 2011 she has won the fellowship of American Academy in Rome; in 2010 the New York Prize, the XXI Bellisario Award and Terna Prize; in 2009 she won the scholarship of Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris for the ArtOmi International Artists Residency, NY ; in 2011 she was a finalist of Furla Art Award.