Coming Soon by Marinella Senatore

December 16, 2010 – February 16,  2011
Ex Elettrofonica - Vicolo Sant’ Onofrio, 10 – Rome

On December 15, 2010, at 5pm, Marinella Senatore will be at MAXXI for a public conversation, anchored by the curatrix and art critic Laura Barreca.

Ex Elettrofonica presents an exhibition dedicated to Marinella Senatore on December 16, 2010. The artist realized an installation specially thought for this space, besides a selection of unpublished photos taken during her latest public art works.

The exhibition’s title, Coming soon, springs from the connection between Marinella’s works and cinema, but it also suggests the out-and-out reaction process that people have in front of her works. Using videos, photography, installations, the artist wants to recreate an atmosphere that puts the observer in a state of constant expectation, waiting for an event which is still yet to happen: exactly, “coming soon”. Making use of evocative shots, lightings and suspended atmospheres, Senatore shows a trailer of suggestions where figuring out the continuation is up to the audience.

The exhibition can make you reflect over the role of art as a “laboratory able to overturn audience’s position: the person who is observing is involved and no longer passive”. In this way, she gives back to art the function of activating the collective imagination, without biasing it. She doesn’t offer answers, but she helps you look for them: an open work, which becomes an occasion to think.

Thanks to light effects and enveloping, vibrant shadows, Marinella Senatore’s work urges you to look for the connection between reality and fiction in this half-light. It urges you to look for the connection between yourself and the evanescent, mysterious presences that are the leading characters of these works.

Moreover, Senatore’s path has always been moving inside the cinema-art couple, as we can see also in her training. Indeed she both studied in the Accademia delle Belle Arti and in the Centro Sperimentale di Cinema. During the latest period, this hybrid sensitivity has led the artist to realize public art projects able to involve hundreds and sometimes thousands of people, often entire communities, which are the creators and the protagonists of her work.

Today Mariella Senatore’s engagement is winning more and more praise from critics and audience, as the latest prizes she won can testify: Premio New York, Premio Terna Musei 2010,  finalist at the Celeste Prize 2010 and Premio Furla 2011.


Here is an excerpt from How do U kill the chemist by Marinella Senatore | Video | dv | colour and b&w | 8’10” | Italy / USA | 2009 | courtesy l’artista e Galleria Umberto di Marino

In the video How do U kill the chemist, (made during the artist’s stay in New York), a group of rappers from Harlem introduce the story of the chemist Adrian Ghole who, after discovering the successful formula for a new type of rubber tyre, was killed by his factotum Bassil for financial motives. However, as fate would have it, as the man was crossing the Hudson bridge with the corpse of the professor in the boot, he was stopped by a festive crowd to receive a cash prize as the millionth driver to cross the bridge that day. The account of an act of violence that really took place in New York is merely the pretext for sparking off the artistic process; it shows us the interpretative spaces that such a process can reveal, amid sequences filmed on the spot and original film footage. An everyday object such as an iPod, made available to the public, provides the support for a more intimate and interactive use of the work.

(from Umberto Di Marino Gallery)