"Witch Head Nebula (Astral)", 2016. Photographic in dibond, 80 x 100 cm.
Chiara Fumai (Roma, 1978 – Bari, 2017)
Chiara Fumai’s work will represent Italy at the Venice Biennale in 2019, along with two other artists.
Her work deals with some of the aspects of culture and society taking inspiration from media misrepresentation. Her researches all originate through lecture-performances which then often develop through other visual forms. Fumai loves to utilize anti-spectacular methods, the deconstruction of the rules which regulate the relationship of power between the public and the image, so creating works which, with irony and cynicism, have as an image the aims of their own research. Her practice re-examines the values of the literal reduction of the performance through so-called ‘documentation’ and transform, in other words, the object into subject, the final result in its context.
Despite the evident connection with Surrealist art, Fumai has so far tried to take inspiration from the contents and the actions carried out by subjects associated with counter-culture so creating original connections with performance traditions parallel to those of contemporary art, in this way eliminating the hierarchy which divides culture into top and bottom like psychic activity, illusionism, freak shows, self- hypnosis, oral tales. All these practices share the desire to explore thoroughly and in an unorthodox way, the Invisible and its (mis)representation.
Solo exhibitions include: Rosa Santos Gallery, Valencia (2016); Museion, Bolzano (2015); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2013); A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia (2013); Futura – Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2013); MACRO Testaccio, Rome (2011); and Careof – DOCVA, Milan (2008).
Group exhibitions include: Tatjana Pieters, Gent (2017); David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2015); Contour 7 – A Moving Image Biennale, Mechelen (2015); Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (2015); Whitechapel Gallery, London; De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Nottingham Contemporary; Fiorucci Art Trust; SongEun Foundation, Seoul (all in 2014); MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); and the Nomas Foundation, Rome (2011). She won the IX Furla Art Award (2013), the XIV Premio New York (2016) and and the Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship (2016).
International residencies include: International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2017); Art Omi, Ghent, New York (2016) and Wiels, Brussels (2014).