FAIR AND LOST
Live media performance, 2013

Concept

 

This is probably my most famous work, ad it’s a video-performance art piece, which means that it’s a performative action made for the camera. During the live performative version in front of an actual audience, I wear therapy electrodes on both arms, set to maximum voltage, and try to put on makeup.

Involuntary muscle contractions caused by electric shock are very strong so that I cannot control the hands and the makeup spreads all over, turning my face into a grotesque mask.

 

The hysterical, uncontrollable, movement of the hand represents the disease of social habit, which reveals its fragility when the system appears on the point of collapsing: the deep conflict between conscious behavior and external social conditioning. Even crying is involuntary, caused by the black pencil and mascara entering my eyes since I cannot calibrate the movement of the hand.

A mechanical cry that is automatically transmitted to the audience, in a sort of empathic conditioned connection, unconscious and therefore completely useless.

Documentation

Shows
Mondrian Suite Art Space, Rome - 2013
Rapid Pulse Festival, Chicago - 2013

Bologna Fine Arts Academy -2013

Modern Panic IV Festival, London - 2013

Dimanche Rouge Festival, Helsinki - 2014

Illy Red Night @ Triennale di Milano - 2014

Watermill Center, New York - 2014

Roodkapje Radicals, Rotterdam - 2014

MAD Festival, Brussels - 2015

Cuerpo Y Territorio, Chile - 2017

SomoS Art Gallery, Berlin - 2018

Body + Camera @ MANA Contemporary, Chicago - 2019
CYBORG Fatale personal exhibition, Bologna - 2019

Credits
Concept and art direction - Francesca Fini
Photo documentation - Carlo Maria Causati

Media
Live performance @ Mondrian Suite - open link

Video-recap by Rapid Pulse Festival - open link
Berlin Art Link Magazine - open link