Marinella Senatore

Senatore 2018Marinella Senatore was born in 1977 in Cava dei Tirreni, Italy. She lives and works in Rome and Paris. During her formative years she studied music (violin), cinema, theatre and visual arts. Her artistic practice addresses social and urban issues and is characterized by the active participation of communities and citizens. Her work has been exhibited widely in Italy and abroad.

Among her most recent solo exhibitions we highlight: 2018: “Zigzagzegzug” in collaboration with “È Zezi” the workers’ collective, Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica, Italy; “London Procession”, curated by the Hayward Gallery, Art Night, London; “We the Kids” in collaboration with OVS and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; “Protest forms: memory and celebration (featuring Giacomo Leopardi)”,  Villa Medici, Rome;  2017: “Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration sonic version”, BAK Basis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht;  “Zurich Parade,” Kunsthaus Zurich;  “The School of Narrative Dance Paris”, Centre Pompidou, Paris;  “Piazza Universale/Social Stages”,  Queens Museum, New York.

Her group shows include: 2018: Manifesta 12 Palermo;  “Agora”, Highline, New York; “Power to people political art now”, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; TBT, MAXXI, Rome (scheduled); “+one”, SMAC Gallery, Cape Town (scheduled);  2017: “Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture”, Meng Yan, Yang Yong, Shenzhen, China; “Action!,” Kunsthaus Zurich.

Marinella Senatore

A conversation with Tiziana Casapietra 

A multifaceted personage, artist and activist, Marinella Senatore has conquered the international art scene. In this conversation she gives us some pointers to look forward to in her project for the Smac Gallery at Cape Town in South Africa, where she will be working together with Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist collective. The collective is best known to a wider public for their challenges to political policy and the global broadcast of their recent pitch invasion at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow during the World Cup final.

During the conversation, Senatore reflects on the social role of the artist, the difficulties of exhibiting and on taking a stand regarding the complex political issues that characterise today’s world. In particular, she explains the difficulties contemporary artists are up against in Italy, a country which is still too focused on upholding the art of the past.


Video-editing: Giulia Macchiarella
English translation: Rosemary McKisack