Francesca Banchelli
(b. 1981, Italy)


Francesca Banchelli’s work focuses on the languages of painting and performance and is often articulated in multifaceted installations.
In these complex devices the artist’s interest in the theme of time often emerges as a way of examining the possibilities of narration as
a story, a rhythm or a situation that generates movement and which could potentially contain a whole constellation of moments,
encounters or events. Banchelli makes use of the concept of time as a mean of finding the balance in the encounter between the self
and the world, staging a reconciliation between the individual, the collective and the natural world.


Francesca Banchelli (Montevarchi, AR, IT, 1981) graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti of Florence in 2007 and received her Master’s degree in Fine Art from the Central Saint Martins in London in 2010.

Recent solo exhibitions and performance include: 2024 - VISTAMARE Gallery Milan. 2023 - ADA, Rome; Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Lucca, curated by Angel Moya Garcia. 2021 - Galleria Poggiali, Pietrasanta, curated by Sergio Risaliti. 2020 - Museo Novecento, Firenze, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Eva Francioli.
2019 - Centro Pecci, Prato, performance with André Lepecki, curated by Contemporanea2019. 2016 - MACBA Barcelona, performance with Pier Luigi Tazzi, curated by Carolina Ciuti. 2017 - Villa Romana, Florence, performance with Pier Luigi Tazzi. 2015 - Wilkinson Gallery, London, performance with Pier Luigi Tazzi. 2014 - TATE Modern, London, with Emiliano Zelada. 2013 - 13th Istanbul Biennial, curated by Merve Kaptan, official side event.

Recent and upcoming group exhibitions and performance include: 2024 - Palazzo Medici Riccardi Firenze, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Valentina Zucchi. 2023 - TRIENNALE of Milan, curated by Damiano Gullì; Circolo, Milano, curated by Sergio Risaliti; 2022 - BUILDING Gallery, Milan, curated by Giorgio Verzotti. 2021 - Monitor, Pereto (AQ), curated by Saverio Verini. 2016 - MANIFESTA 11, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, curated by Christian Jankowski. 2015 - Italian Embassy, Berlin, curated by Angelika Stepken; Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing, curated by Andrea Baldini. 2013 - Centrale Fies, Dro, Trento; Studio Voltaire with Gasworks, London. 2012 - S1Artspace, Sheffield, curated by Ben Rivers; New Capital, Chicago, curated by Chelsea Culp and Ben Foch.

She has been awarded the “Exhibit Program”, MIBACT Creatività Contemporanea in 2020, the “Step Beyond Grant Project, ECF - European Cultural Foundation” and the first prize “Portali dello Scompiglio”, Associazione Culturale Dello Scompiglio, Lucca, in 2013. She gained the “Deutsche Börse Residency Pro- gram” – Frankfurter Kunstverein in 2012.



2009-2010 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art, London, UK
2003-2007 BA Fine Art, sez. painting (Hons), Academy of Fine Art of Florence, IT
2000 – 2002 Post Degree - Painting (Hons) Lyceum of Fine Art Porta Romana Florence, IT
1995 – 2000 Degree Maestro d’Arte - Lyceum of Fine Art 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


2024 Focus On Francesca Banchelli, Terra Incognita /Ayşen Kaptanoğlu, A still Volcano Life /Mariana Palma, The Vanity of the Caged Bird, VISTAMARE Milan
2023 Fire Song, ADA Rome
.........Afternoon, curated by Angel Moya Garcia, SPE - Spazio Performatico Espositivo - Tenuta Dello Scompiglio, Vorno (LU), IT
2022 Il Crepaccio IG Solo Show, curated by Caroline Corbetta, Il Crepaccio, IG/Milan
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, performance with Pier Luigi Tazzi, 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 and 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


2024 L'incanto di Orfeo (Orpheus Enchantment), a project by Sergio Risaliti, curated by Sergio Risaliti and Valentina Zucchi, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence
2023 Pittura italiana oggi, curated by Damiano Gullì, Honorary Board: Francesco Bonami, Suzanne Hudson, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Triennale Milano
......... Perché questo è un tempo duro, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Circolo Milano
......... Quattro Radici, curated by Carolina Ciuti, 8 albe - Dimora delle Balze, Noto IT
2022 Il NUMINOSO, curated by Giorgio Verzotti, Building Gallery, Milan
2021 Rampa di Lancio, curated by Antonella Nicola and Sergio Risaliti, Peccioli IT
......... Zona Bianca Zero, curated by Giorgio Verzotti, Woolbridge Gallery, Biella IT
......... Straperetana - The New Abnormal, curated by Saverio Verini in collaboration with Matteo Fato, Monitor Gallery Pereto, IT
.........PREMIO SANTA CROCE (Decima Edizione), curated by Ilaria Mariotti, Villa Pacchiani Centro Espositivo, Santa Croce sull'Arno, IT
.........Platea dell'Umanitá, Galleria Poggiali Firenze
.........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, 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


2023 Lecture - Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze "Relazione sul proprio lavoro e confronto sulla mostra 120 artisti italiani alla Triennale di Milano" 2,curated by Marcella Anglani
2022 Seminar - PALAZZO STROZZI Florence, 2022 “Pier Luigi Tazzi - Seminar day: From the degree 0 of the criticism to the crisis of the curatorship”,
curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Seminar dedicated to the art critic and curator, one year after his death.
.........Talk - MUSEO NOVECENTO “Artiste e Femminismo in Italia. Per una rilettura non egemone della storia dell’arte” di Paola Ugolini. Incontro intorno al volume di Paola Ugolini. L’incontro, introdotto dalla Vicesindaca e Assessora alla Cultura del Comune di Firenze, Alessia Bettini e dal Direttore del Museo Novecento, Sergio Risaliti, vedrà protagonisti, oltre all’au- trice del volume: Francesca Banchelli (artista), Christian Caliandro (storico dell’arte), Laura Cherubini, (docente di Sto- ria dell’Arte Contemporanea all’Accademia di Brera) e Julia Krahn (artista), in una tavola rotonda mediata da Stefania Rispoli, curatrice del Museo Novecento.
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 Contemporary 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


2024 Afternoon, catalog of the show, with texts by Angel Moya Garcia and Angelika Stephen. Ed Metilene
.........IL NUMINOSO, testi di Giorgio Verzotti, catalogo della mostra alla BUILDING Gallery Milano.
2023 Pittura italiana oggi - Triennale Milano, catalog of the exhibition, curated and edited by Damiano Gullì ed. Electa
.........No Where Land, il lavoro performativo di Francesca Banchelli. Article by Angel Moya Garcia, within the Contemporary Lounge section with Tino Sehgal,
Finestre sull’Arte.
.........L’Identità diffusa - Appunti sulla relazione attuale tra filosofia e arti visive. Angel Moya Garcia, Quaderni d’Arte Italiana n4 “Identità” -
QUADRIENNALE d’ARTE di ROMA, ed. TreccaniArte.
.........The Dreamlike Expressionism of Francesca Banchelli, Finestre sull'Arte, article by Federico Giannini.
.........Francesca Banchelli - Afternoon, Juliet Art
Magazine, article by Valerio Romitelli
2022 20182022 - MUSEO NOVECENTO, a cura e testi di Sergio Risaliti, ed. FORMA
.........STRAPERETANA, catalog, curated by Monitor Gallery
2021 Il fuoco del Tempo, text by Francesca Banchelli within the book Arturo Martini e Firenze, curated by Lucia Mannini and Sergio Risaliti, Museo
Novecento, Graphic Project: Gli Ori
.........Premio Santa Croce (X Edizione), curated by Ilaria Mariotti, catalog of the group show at Villa Pacchiani
.........CONTINENTE ITALIA |Gli artisti del 2021 I 135 artisti italiani del momento su cui gli esperti scommettono. Il GIORNALE DELL’ARTE, Novembre 2020; Franco Fanelli.
2020 Francesca Banchelli - I cani silenziosi se ne vanno via, catalog of the solo show at MUSEO NOVECENTO Firenze, texts by Sergio Risaliti, Eva
Francioli and André Lepecki; Ed. B&V.
2019 CABARET DER KUNSTLER ZUNFTHAUS VOLTAIRE - Joint-Venture Performances, MANIFESTA 11, a cura di Manuel Scheiwiller e 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, libro sulla performance itinerante Before the name, a cura di Carolina Ciuti, graphic
design curated by Alex Gifreu, texts by Pier Luigi Tazzi, Jonathan Lahey Dronsfield, Carolina Ciuti and Alain Badiou; RAM Editions.
2015 Conventions - Post #4 art and philosophy magazine, curated by Davide Daninos.
.........Terranauti, ed. Angelika Stepken and Ilaria Mariotti, catalog of the collective show Terranauti.
2014 Motivi di Famiglia, catalog of the collective show, texts by Lorenzo Bruni.
2013 RELATIONAL SYNTAX – Aesthetic awareness and ideological experience in post-industrial society. Progetto di Marco Mazzi; Maschietto Editore.
.........Incontri, catalog of the collective show Incontri, SPE Vorno, Lucca, texts by 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, libro della residenza Studi d’Armonia, curated by Angel Moya Garcia, pubblicato da Ass. Cult. Dello Scompiglio, texts by Angel
Moya Garcia and Alfredo Pirri.