Francesca Banchelli
(b. 1981, Italy)

Francesca Banchelli’s work, (Montevarchi, Italy, 1981) encompasses different disciplines such as painting,
performance, video and sculptures, often organising the various media within multifaceted installations.
Interested in the human being as a singularity in the presence of the real and non-real, she uses “time”
as a search key towards the “encounter” - to reach the complexity of the event.

She graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Florence (painting), in 2007, and obtained her MA - Fine Art at the
Central Saint Martins of London in 2009. In 2012 she is guest artist at the Deutsche Börse Residency Program -
FRANKFURTER KUNSTVEREIN, and won the first prize “Portali dello Scompiglio”, Ass. Cult. Scompiglio; in 2013
is granted the “Step Beyond Grant Project, ECF - European Cultural Foundation”, and the “Premio Exhibit Program”,
MIBACT Creatività Contemporanea (2020).

Her works has been commissioned and exhibited in national and international museums, galleries and art institutions,
among which: MUSEO NOVECENTO, Florence; Galleria Poggiali, Florence; CENTRO PECCI of Prato, IT;
MACBA, Barcellona, ES; Convent Dels Angels - MACBA Barcellona, ES; MANIFESTA 11, Zurich, CH; TATE Modern,
London, UK; ESPRONCEDA/Loop Art Fair, Barcellona, ES; Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, China; WILKINSON Gallery,
Villa Romana, Florence; Italian Embassy of Berlin; SPE - Ass. Cult. Scompiglio, Lucca, IT; New Capital, Chicago US;
S1Artspace, Sheffield, UK. Studio Voltaire Londra, UK; XIV BIENNIAL OF SCULPTURE - Post Monument, Official
parallel event, Carrara; MURO Gallery, Ginevra, CH; 7th BULGARIAN BIENNIAL of Contemporary Art, BG


2009-2010 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art, London, UK
2003-2007 BA Fine Art (painting), (Hons) - Academy of Fine Art of Florence, IT
2000-2002 Biennial Post Diploma (painting), (Hons) - Liceo Artistico Statale Porta Romana, Florence, IT


2020 Award - Exhibit Program, MIBACT Creatività Contemporanea
2015 Artist in Residence - Jinling artist-in-residence program, Nanjing University, Jiangsu P. R. China
2014 Artist in Residence - Prato-Sarajevo ART INVASION, curated by Centro di Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci di Prato, Dryphoto and Kinkaleri
2013 Grant - Step Beyond Grant Project, ECF - European Cultural Foundation
.........Artist in Residence/ Award - LIVEWORKS Performance Art Award, Centrale Fies with DOCVA Viafarini, Dro TN, IT
2012 Guest Artist - Deutsche Börse Residency Program, FRANKFURTER KUNSTVEREIN, D
.........Artist in studio - Studio Voltaire, London, UK
.........Award - 1st Prize, Premio Portali dello Scompiglio #1, Ass. Cult. Dello Scompiglio, Vorno, IT
2009 Artist in Residence - Incontri d’Armonia, Residency/seminar with artist tutor Alfredo Pirri, Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno, IT


2021 Mille Giorni Contano, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Galleria Poggiali Pietrasanta, IT
2020 I cani silenziosi se ne vanno via, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Eva Francioli, MUSEO NOVECENTO Florence, IT
2019 The Fugitive, performance, with André Lepecki and Francesco Marilungo. Within the Contemporanea Festival, CENTRO PECCI, Prato, IT
2017 Before the name, after the mountain, performance, with Luna Cenere and Pier Luigi Tazzi, External Pavilion Villa Romana, Florence
2016 Before the name, curated by Carolina Ciuti, MACBA - Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona, ES
.........TD TRY DIE, Francesca Banchelli and Emiliano Zelada, Soho House Barcelona
2015 Perform: Supposing layers of silence - Jeremiah Day, Jacopo Miliani, Francesca Banchelli, curated by Villa Romana and Kinkaleri, SpazioK, Prato IT
.........A precious stone, curated by Anna Mastrolitto, Convent dels Angels - MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
.........Before the name, performance, WILKINSON Gallery, London, UK
2014 This morning I woke up from the most amazing dream..., Emiliano Zelada and Francesca Banchelli, McAulay Gallery - TATE MODERN, London UK
.........Offset (dialogues), live performance with Emiliano Zelada, MUTEK Festival, Barcelona, Spain
2013 In a century, Official parallel event of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Torna Contemporary Art Space, Istanbul, TR
2012 The Sunshine Vineyard (Our ideal Revolutionary Storm), performance, Deutsche Börse Residency Program, FRANKFURTER KUNSTVEREIN
.........Untitled (Balance her in between your eyes), curated by Merve Kaptan, Torna Contemporary Art Space, Istanbul, TR
2011 I borrowed it from the Revolution, curated by Angel Moya Garcia, 26cc, Roma, IT
.........A Perfect Crime, Francesca Banchelli e Emiliano Zelada, Copenhagen Place, London, UK
.........Thin Air, with Joana Roberto, The Belfry and North Gallery, London, UK
2009 Works on Video/Three solo exhibitions at Waseda University, curated by Marco Mazzi and Michiyo Miyake, Tokyo Waseda University, JP


2021 (Upcoming) Straperetana, curated by Saverio Verini e Paola Capata, Pereto, IT
2021 PRIMO VERE, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Galleria Poggiali, Florence, IT
2020 MATCH: Praticamente, Two days of performance, curated by Stefania Rispoli and Jacopo Miliani, MUSEO NOVECENTO Florence, IT
2019 A black line across the page, curated by Valentina Casacchia, ESPRONCEDA Centre for ART and CULTURE, Loop Festival Barcelona, ES
.........A4, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Benci Hotel, Florence IT
2017 Eyes Wide Open - A selection on video on migration and border crossing, curated by Gravity for all, Villa Romana with Radio Papesse
2016 Before the name, MANIFESTA 11 - Performance program, Cabaret der Künstler – Zunfthaus Voltaire
2015 Florenz Contemporary, curated by Angelika Stepken, Italian Embassy in Berlin, D
.........Così ti ha fatto Dio e così ti devo tenere, curated by Filippo Bigagli, Annalisa Foglia, G. Pantaleo and Lorenzo Bruni, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci di Prato, IT
.........Terranauti, curated by Ilaria Mariotti and Angelika Stepken, Villa Pacchiani, S. Croce sull’Arno, IT
.........Colorful, Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
.........New ways of seeing, curated by Zhou Xian Art Institute of Nanjing University, Nanjng, Jiangsu, China
.........Through the looking glass, Fanshang Art Camp, International Cult. Exch. Association, Nanjing, China
.........Casabianca/Disseminazioni, curated by Gino Gianuizzi, Casabianca, Bologna, IT
.........The Wall (archives) #10, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Assab One, Milan, IT
2014 Open House, Studio Voltaire, London UK
.........Prato-Sarajevo Art Invasion, curated by Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Dryphoto and Kinkaleri, Sala del Consiglio, Prato, IT
.........The Wall (archives)#9, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Sponge Arte Contemporanea, Pergola, IT
.........Motivi di famiglia, Villa di Toppo Florio, Udine, IT
2013 MEIN HERZ Drodesera XXXIII / LIVEWORKS Performance Art Award, curated by Simone Frangi,Denis Isaia and Barbara Boninsegna, Centrale Fies, Dro, TN
.........Open House - Studio Voltaire in partnership with Gasworks, London, UK
.........Casablanca en valise, curated by Anteo Radovan, riss(e), Varese IT
.........Upokeimenon (sott’acque), curated by Gianluca D’Incà Levis with Michela Lupieri, Nuovo Spazio Espositivo di Casso - Dolomiti Contemporanee, IT
.........Un Luogo Aperto, Galleria D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Spazio De Grada, San Gimignano, IT
.........The Wall (archives)#8/Beyond the railway, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, CRAC Centro Ricerca Arte Contemporanea, Cremona, IT
.........Misura del Mondo, curated by Paolo Parisi, Casabianca, Zola Pedrosa, Bologna, IT
.........Finissage-Incontri, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, SPE - Spazio Performatico ed Espositivo, Vorno IT
.........Incontri, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, SPE - Spazio Performatico ed Espositivo, Vorno IT
2012 24HRS/25DAYS, curated by Chelsea Culp/Ben Foch, NEW CAPITAL, Chicago, IL, USA
.........S1/ Salon (Ode to the Flaneur), selection by Ben Rivers, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK
.........Open House Studio Voltaire, London UK
.........Tornare per partire, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Museo di Villa Croce, Genova, IT
.........MACRO 1:1 Project Archive, MACRO Testaccio - Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, IT
.........Madeinfilandia 2012, Pergine Valdarno (AR), IT
.........Portali Dello Scompiglio #1, Ass. Cult. Dello Scompiglio, Vorno (Lu) IT
.........Piano con Paesaggio, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Teatro Studio di Scandicci, Firenze, IT
.........The Wall (archives)#6/on the river, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Villa Pacchiani, Pisa, IT
.........personal effectsonsale, Le Corbusier - Padiglione dell' Esprit Nouveau - Bologna, IT
2011 Da mezzogiorno a mezzanotte - Giornata di disorientamento, Teatro Valle, Rome, IT
.........Relazioni Interpersonali, curated by Angel Moya Garcia, Ass. Cult. Dello Scompiglio, Lucca, IT
.........Zoom Festival curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Teatro Studio di Scandicci, Florence, IT
.........Discurso sobra a origem da desigualdade. As casas vos esperam, Espaço Ilimitado, Oporto, P
2010 Niente da vedere tutto da vivere - Parallel Event of the XIV Biennial of Sculpture - Post Monument, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Istituto del marmo Pietro Tacca, Carrara, IT
.........Zeitgeist, curated by Andrea Marioni/Francesco Russo, MURO Gallery, Geneve, CH
.........[atmoˈsfɛːrə]zwei – atmospheretwo, curated by Claudia Olendrowicz, Studio Froh, Berlin, D
.........MAFA Degree Show, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, UK
.........Start Point, Galleria Frittelli, Florence, IT
.........Start Point, Museo degli Innocenti, curated by Laura Vecere, Florence, IT
.........Necessary Illusions, Bargehouse OXO Tower Warf, London UK
2009 Archive New Arrivals, 1to1 Project, curated by Cecilia Canziani, Rome, IT
.........Opa 0.2 (On Perform Art), Performance Art Festival, Athens, GR
.........Studi d’Armonia, Accademia dello Scompiglio, Vorno, Lucca, IT
.........Eppi Femili, curated by Pietro Gaglianò and Cecilia Canziani, Teatro Studio Scandicci, Florence, IT
2008 Sarah's Journey, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, 7th Bulgarian Biennial of Contemporary Art, BG
.........Noi per adesso siamo qua, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Villa Romana, Florence, IT
.........(Looking or Filming?) Guardare o filmare? Considerazioni sulla natura dell’immagine video e sull’atto di filmare, screening curated by Marco Mazzi, University of Foreign Studies, Tokyo, JP
2007 Identities in Touch, screening curated by Marco Mazzi/Michiyo Miyake, Waseda UniversityTokyo, JP
.........Gemine-Muse ’07, curated by Andrea Del Guercio, Sant Abbondio, Cremona, IT
.........ViDea, curated by Esther Biancotti, FRAC, Baronissi, Salerno, IT
2006 Quotidiana 06, curated by Guido Bartorelli e Stefania Schiavon, Museo Civico di Padova, IT
.........Privat-flat #3, curated by Alessio Bertini and Martino Margheri, Florence, IT
.........Traffic-zone, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, IT
2005 Soggetto 11, collective performance curated by Kinkaleri, Spazio K, Prato, IT
.........Rotte Metropolitane 2005, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, S.E.S.V. Florence, IT
.........Guardami-Percezione del video, Cantiere video-arte S.Quirico d’Orcia, Palazzo le Papesse, Siena, IT


2020 Visiting Artist - L’armonia Art Residencies, Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence IT
......... Talk - L’armonia TALKS / Francesca Banchelli - A conversation with Sergio Risaliti, introduced by Paolo Parisi, Art Residencies tutor. Manifattura Tabacchi, Florence IT
2018 Lecture - Performing for the camera Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Lecture for the Universities of Florence on the occasion of Marina Abramovic show 'The Cleaner'
.........Book Launch - Before the name: a book on an itinerant performance project, curated by Carolina Ciuti, Villa Romana Firenze
2015 Symposium - China Meets Italy: A conversation on Contemporary Art – GART Golden Eagle Con temporary Art Centre, Nanjing P.R. China
.........Lecture - Wuxi Institute of Arts & Technology. Jinling Artist-in-Residence Program, Nanjing - China
2014 Symposium - Terranauti #Prolog: Navigating the art system. Dialogues with international curators, gallerists and the director of a public museum. Villa Romana, Florence
2013 Talk - Ars Aevi - Museo Pecci di Milano / Prato-Sarajevo Art Invasion 2012 Talk - Prato-Sarajevo - 4th Tappa di Avvicinamento. Lana Čmajčanin, Bojan Stojčić and Francesca Banchelli, coordinated by Spela Vidar
2011 Lecture - Half Time/Double Time lectures at the Academy of Fine Art of Florence. Courses of Artistic Anatomy and Contemporary Plastic Technics - Pantani/Surace.
2012 Talk - The Sunshine Vineyard (Our ideal Revolutionary Storm), Artist Talk with Francesca Banchelli, guest of Deutsche Börse Residency Program, FRANKFURTER KUNSTVEREIN, D
.........Presentation - folio, issue one, presentation of the magazine, Banner Repeater, London, UK


2020 Francesca Banchelli - I cani silenziosi se ne vanno via, (Eng/It) catalogue of the solo show ar MUSEO NOVECENTO Florence, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Eva Francioli. Texts by Sergio Risaliti, Eva Francioli and André Lepecki; Ed. Bandecchi & Vivaldi.
2019 CABARET DER KUNSTLER ZUNFTHAUS VOLTAIRE - Joint-Venture Performances, MANIFESTA 11, curated by Manuel Scheiwiller and Christian Jankowski. Ed. MANIFESTA.
2018 222 Artisti emergenti su cui investire, curated by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi; EXIBART Edizioni.
.........Before The Name: a book on an itinerant performance project, book on the performance "Before the name", curated by Carolina Ciuti, graphic design Alex Gifreu, texts: Pier Luigi Tazzi, Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield, Carolina Ciuti and Alain Badiou; RAM Editions.
2015 Conventions - Post #4 – magazine di arte e filosofia, curated by Davide Daninos.
.........Terranauti, ed. Angelika Stepken e Ilaria Mariotti, catalogue of the show at Villa Pacchiani, Santa Croce sull'Arno, PI
2014 Motivi di Famiglia, catalogue of the show, Villa Toppo Florio, Buttrio, texts: Lorenzo Bruni.
2013 RELATIONAL SYNTAX – Aesthetic awareness and ideological experience in post-industrial society. A project by Marco Mazzi. Contributors: Augmented Writing, Francesca Banchelli, Manuel Billi, Lorenzo Carlucci, Harun Farocki, Marco Gatto, Vincent W. J. Van Gerven Oei, Adam Staley Groves, Isabella Hollauf, Takashi Homma, Hilario Isola and Matteo Norzi, Alessandro Lanzetta, Eiki Mori, Ben Rivers, subREAL, Jiro Takamatsu. (Eng/It); Maschietto Editore.
.........Incontri, catalogo della mostra Incontri, SPE Vorno, Lucca, testi di Lorenzo Bruni, pubblicato da Ass. Cult. Dello Scompiglio.
2011 Folio (Issue-one’s guest editor) Folio Art Magazine curated by Merve Kaptan.
.........Chemical Imbalances, writing/art magazine (Issue guest artist), MOTTO Berlin Distribution
2010 Studi d’Armonia, book on the residency "Studi d’Armonia", curated by Angel Moya Garcia, Ed.: Ass. Cult. Dello Scompiglio.