Lui chi è?? – Francesca Romana Pinzari

Lui chi è?? – Francesca Romana Pinzari

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Francesca Romana Pinzari, roman artist, was born in Perth (Australia) in 1976? She started her career in 2001 as figurative painter.
She has been recently going through an artistic research regarding body and the identity phenomena in contemporary society: using different media such as videos, performances and installations, her work is developing in the form of self-portraits that tell universally known concepts in which everyone can recognize himself.
Her own body is conceived by Francesca as a place of experimentation, on which, with which and through which she tends to explore the relationship between intimacy and sharing. In a continuous relation of antinomy between different elements put into connection between themselves, works such as Chimere (2012) were born. They are ethereal sculptures, fruit of a patient manual work that combines the fragility of horsehair with the resistance of a metal structure. Between myth and history, between utopia and reality, chimeras are looming, materializing in ancestral individual memories and and in the hybrid result of their own uncertainties. Chimera actually is a mythological monster, but at the same time it’s an impossible desire, an illusion, an absurdity.
Nevertheless it’s in works such as Hair Majesty (2011) or in the series made on plexiglass that Pinzari reveals the intimacy and the consistency of an organic element such as hair. What at first sight in Hair Majesty seems to be a pattern in china, actually is a work entirely made of the portraited subjects’ hair, a feature that creates a direct link with the represented people far beyond the visual similarity, as a sort of extension of the same body. Hair interweave as a slight frame recalling the subject’s spiritual thoughts, as a filter of separation of the material and the instinctive from spirit and soul. Hair creates intimate and interior figures also revealing pure eroticism.
On the other side, to tell about herself Francesca chooses plexiglass and hair. The dark wires outline a clear and emblematic shape. It’s a fetus, located upside down as in a young pregnant woman’s uterus close to delivery, and at the same time fixed and locked in plexiglass, as a sort of conservation case. In these works the artist leaves a trace, a test: her DNA.
After an acute survey on human body, Francesca Romana Pinzari has focused her work on the concept of identity, stressing the need to reflect on the difficulty to define who we are in relationship to a society that tends to allocate individuals for political, cultural, religious, physical group membership, incorporating the individual in the whole community.
That’s how works as Bestiario (2011) are born. On aluminum plates monstrous creatures take shape, composed of parts of existing animals and fantastic beasts that emerge as the anguish and anxieties of contemporary human beings from the inscrutable depth of a dark background. Or Cavalli (2012), approximately 150 small pictorial works which at first sight seem similar to each other in color intensity and smudges, but which are actually all different from one another. Unique and unrepeatable figures are dictated by the hand of the artist and the randomness of the used techniques. Each image is unique and serial at the same time, just like the individuals who inhabit the contemporary society, unique individuals, for history or culture, that tend to embrace each other for a pure sense of aggregation.
But can belonging to a group, a movement or a faith actually influence and distort the identity of the individual? Francesca Romana Pinzari thinks it can’t. The artist tells us about her point of view through the images I am not (2011), video of the performance presented during a session of performances within the review organized by the Yes Foundation (the Netherlands) last year. According to Francesca each individual tries to satisfy his own sense of belonging by embracing philosophies, religions and political parties, but in reality the individual can’t do anything in the group and it is precisely from this awareness that shows his own frustration towards the contemporary system.

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