Serena Fineschi “Up with this shitty world”

07 July 2020



Serena Fineschi
Up with this shitty world (2020) 

Inauguration live on Facebook > Thursday 9 July, hrs 19.00
9 July – 30 August 2020
Piazza Bottesini, Turin

After Another round, another race by Iginio De Luca, Up with this shitty world by Serena Fineschi, the third poster of the sixth edition of Opera Viva Barriera di Milano – a project devised by Alessandro Bulgini and curated by Christian Caliandro – is inaugurating on Thursday 9 July live at hrs 19.00 on Flashback, all art is contemporary’s Facebook channel – @flashbackfair. The theme selected this year – Ludens – is inspired to the sci-fi tale Unicorn Variations by Roger Zelazny and to the works of Johan Huizinga. Thus, playing as a foundation of human life and creativity, as an essential approach for the continuous reconstruction of the world and as a basis for art and culture; the game as a sacred activity.

The image carried out by the artist is the photograph of a small portion of her own skin, on which a sentence (deriving from an artwork of 2011), which is at the same time a declaration of intent and a hymn to love, has been tattooed for this occasion. As Serena Fineschi states: “There is no point contesting that the self-inflicted pain, this obscure, cynical and distorted pleasure, is the origin of our suffering, which we spit and vomit to the face of the world. The body talks, and the work is not a foreign body to the artist’s body.  The body demands, demands continuously”.  

It is just that individual and collective body, which was recently submitted – during the lockdown weeks – to a severe ordeal, that comes back overwhelmingly to the center of attention (it actually is the main theme of reflection by some of the most significant contemporary thinkers, from Michel Foucault to Donna Haraway, to Paul B. Preciado), and becomes both the territory and the means of the artistic message.  “Let us love the sick body.  Let us love the scars and the bites left on the skin by the wounds. Let us love the old body, marked by time, wrinkled by the sun, full of memories. “Let us love the slow body. Let us love both the imperfection and the unbalance (…). Let us love the real, fragile and vulnerable body, rather than the ideal, tyrannical body of the norm.  Let us love the poetical body, because language is only one of the abstract organs of the living body” (Paul B. Preciado, Hymn to the body, «Internazionale», 20 June 2020). 

The sentence tattooed on Serena’s skin, and painted on the 6×3 poster, is actually a tender, touching reality: it means that, even though we are fully aware of the issues and crises that affect the contemporary world,  even though the western societies are showing all their cracks (which the virus has widened and made even more visible) –  in spite of all that and just because of that are we not giving up crying out our love for life,  and all the unconsciousness,  recklessness and passion for the unexpected it takes to face it. To really feel and be alive, today.  

Serena Fineschi was born in Siena. She lives and works in Siena and in Brussels. She graduated at the State Art Institute “Duccio di Buoninsegna” in Siena, and continued her studies in Graphic design in Siena, Florence and Milan and in History of contemporary art at the University of Studies of Siena. Her works were presented in numerous public and private venues both in Italy and abroad, amongst which the Musées Royaux de Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Old Masters Museum, in  Brussels, The Italian Institute of Culture of Brussels, Bozar, Centre for Fine Arts of Brussels, the Frédéric de Goldschmidt collection,  Fondation Thalie in Brussels, Officina asbl in Brussels, Belgium; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Raffaele de Grada in  San Gimignano, the SMS Santa Maria della Scala Museum Complex in  Siena, the Center of Contemporary Art Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena, Corderie dell’Arsenale in Venice (by the occasion of the Biennial of Architecture),  Biennale Manifesta12 in Palermo, Casa Masaccio Arte Contemporanea in San Giovanni Valdarno, the Palazzo Magnani/Palazzo da Mosto Foundation in Reggio Emilia, l’Ospedaletto Contemporaneo, Complesso dell’Ospedaletto in Venice, Palazzo Monti in Brescia, in Italy. She is amongst the founders of GRAND HOTEL, a moving venue that hosts, gathers and collects passing forms coming from the minds and studies of the artists and that has been making journeys to institutional and independent spaces since 2014. In 2016, she devised CAVEAU, a safe recessed in the Middle Age walls of the town of Siena, which hosts ideas. She is amongst the creators of MODO asbl, a cultural association for the promotion of contemporary, founded in 2018, whose registered office is in Brussels.

Opera Viva Barriera di Milano “the Billboard” ed. 2020
A project by Alessandro Bulgini
Curated by Christian Caliandro
3rd Artist: Serena Fineschi, Up with this shitty world
From 9 July through 30 August 2020

With the support of Città di Torino
Under the patronage Circoscrizione 6

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