I am an artist working within the expanded fields of sculpture, photography and installation and my work is a confluence of several disciplines such as sociology, history and geography. I studied visual art and sociology in Italy and in London (Chelsea College of Art & Design and St Martins). In my earlier series, such as Land (2004) and What About You (2007), I explored the relationships and conflicts between Tradition and Modernity, North and South of the World, and Violence in late Capitalism.
In 2007 I approached with the Performance during the Festival 'Love is Contemporary', coming in touch with some artists from the Independent Performance Group, directed by Marina Abramovic (such us Nezaket Ekici, Dorte Strehlow, Lotte Linder & Till Steinbrenner), and the choreographer Cindy Van Hacker. This was one of the most radical experiences in my early career; I left an artistic research focused on objects and I entered the body in the creative process.
During the last five years I've worked on the theme of representation of Ego; the focus is on how people imagine themselves and how they build their public image; from this research depart some of my main projects such as Current Mood (2012); The Feel of Think (2010 - 2013) and RadioLondon (2015).
"Current Mood# 3 – Ecco come sara’ il futuro" on July 2nd 2012, in Kassel, for Documenta 13; curated by the American collective Critical Art Ensemble, is a performance started from the Beuys’s Social Sculpture. It was dedicated to the protests against European austerity measurements. The project will act as part of a research topic exploring possibilities of how emerging art practices could survive in geography known while wars, political instability and austerity measurements are still in place, resulting to major changes within the arts; these scenarios lead to a huge gap and becomes limiting and restricting for lesser known artists or projects that are currently still building their audiences, to succeed. The Feel of Think (2010 - 2013) is a nomadic and free of charge collective portraits series. This project proposes an alternative system of self-representation based on inclusion and self-cultivation and is focused on storytelling. The production involved dozens of people in over 4 countries: France, Tunisia, Egypt and Italy. The Feel of Think (co-produced by Marseille Provence 2013 / European Cultural Capital), was presented on previews in Townhouse Gallery (Cairo) and in La Friche la belle de Mai (Marseille). The project explored the relationships and conflicts between tradition and modernity, Eastern and Western, and North and South of the Mediterranean. RadioLondon (2015) consists of a series of sound sculptures; the radio will be an archive of documentary audio (and video) portraits of artists and people that moved recently from Southern of Europe, especially Portugal, Spain, France and Italy, to Northern Europe and especially to London, Berlin, Amsterdam etc.
During the years I've produced projects and exhibitited works for festivals such as La Biennale di Venezia (2011), Documenta (2012) and Marseille Provence 2013 / European Cultural Capital, and public spaces such as MASP in Sao Paulo, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon, De Buren in Brussels, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, CCCB in Barcelona and the Today Art Museum in Beijing for The Olympic Games - Beijing 2008.
Undressed, choreographed by Alexandra Bachzetsis, David Roberts Art Foundation, London. (UK)
Une pensée pour la culture, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
Forms & Object, Palazzo Lucarini, Trevi. Curated by Franko B (IT)
Zunftmeister Cabaret der Künstler - Zunfthaus Voltaire, Manifesta 11, Zurich. Curated by Christian
2053: A Living Museum, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool. (UK)
FUCK / LIVE / ART , MORI + STEIN, London, curated by Franko B. (UK)
Deep East Winter, Mayors Parlour Gallery, London. (UK)
Intenditore di eco, C.A.O.S. Centro per le Arti Opificio Siri, Terni. Solo. (IT)
Tell mum everything is ok, Palazzo Penna – Centro per la cultura contemporanea, Perugia. (IT)
Archivio Queer Italia, The Independence - Art Verona, Verona, curated by Cuntemporary. (IT)
Miniatures / Marseille Provence 2013 – European Cultural Capital, La Friche, Marseille. (FR)
Untouchable – support for a southwark LGBT network, Mori + Stein Gallery, London, curated by Franko B. (UK)
Current Mood #3 – Ecco come sarà il futuro, performance / solo show for Winning Hearts & Minds, Railway Lecture Hall, Documenta 13, Kassel, 2 07
2012, curated by Critical Art Ensamble. (DE)
+50 – Sculture in città. tra memoria (1962) e presente (2012), Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Spoleto. (IT)
It's Time to say goodbye, Changing Role - Move over Gallery, Napoli. (IT)
Dansem Festival, Klap, Marseille. (FR)
54 Esposizione Internazionale – La Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia, Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive, Spoleto. (IT)
Unconfessed - The Feel of Think, Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Roma. Solo. (IT)
Miniature, TownHouse Art Gallery, Cairo. (EGY)
2008 – 2009
Olympic Games - Beijing 2008, World Minute Exibition for Today Art Museum, Beijing. (CH): MASP, Sao Paulo (BR); Fundacao Gulbenkian, Lisboa, (PO); Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, (IT); De Buren, Bruxelles. (BE)
BAC! 07 - Babylon, CCCB, Barcelona. (SP)
W.A.Y. - What About You, during Es.terni – Festival della creazione contemporanea (actually Terni Festival – International Performing Arts Festival) , C.A.O.S. / Ex-Siri, Terni. Solo. (IT)
Love is contemporary, C.A.O.S. / Ex-Siri, Terni. (IT)
Three Imaginary Worlds, Palazzo Lucarini Contemporary. Solo. (IT)
Temporary Cities, N.C.C.A. National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow. (RU)
Andrea Abbatangelo, 1998, Self-portrait, photographic print, 24 x 30 cm, private collection
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