Italian artist Marinella Senatore works with video, performance, photography and drawing to create participatory public projects, in which she disrupts the traditional role of artist as author and public as audience. Her 2012 film Rosas for instance, an opera for the screen, involved the participation of over 20,000 citizens in Germany, Spain and the UK. In her work Senatore aims to initiate productive dialogue between histories, cultures and social structures through harnessing the creative power of a crowd.
Marinella Senatore (b. Italy, 1977) lives and works in Rome and Paris.
Trained in music, fine arts and film, Senatore is a multi-disciplinary artist and her practice is characterized by a strong collective and participatory dimension.
Senatore’s work merges forms of resistance, vernacular and popular culture, dance and music, mass events and activism, rethinking the political nature of collective formations (“Assembly”) and enable the public to generate a potential for social change.
Intertwining with the artist’s personal autographical experiences and collective shared narratives, her practice encompasses collage, performance, sculpture, photography and video.
In 2013 she found The School of Narrative Dance, a nomadic, free of charge school focused on non-hierarchical learning and emancipation. The multidisciplinary school, conceived as alternative training ground, is characterized by free workshops engaging local groups and by public energetic, soulful processions, where the artist and participants together orchestrate narratives, tracing new connection between contemporary relations.