curated by Sergio Risaliti and Eva Francioli
Francesca Banchelli (Montevarchi, Arezzo 1981) is the protagonist of the eighth show in the DUEL series, where artists active on the international scene are invited to engage in a dialectic duel with the permanent collection of the Museo Novecento. The exhibition I cani silenziosi se ne vanno via (The Silent Dogs Slip Away) stems from and develops around the dialogue with a painting by Scipione (Gino Bonichi) entitled Apocalisse (Apocalypse) chosen by Banchelli before the world was hit by the pandemic. Today her choice resonates as a presage or a lucky intuition, revealing the capacity of some artists to perceive and, sometimes, to anticipate current events. Banchelli has a very precise idea about the function of art, which in certain respects resembles that of Scipione. Indeed, she is convinced of the necessity of the work, which shows itself to the world as epiphany and as an unescapable instrument of knowledge. In the creations both of Banchelli and Scipione, the investigation of reality gives way to authentic visions, combining reflection on the primordial nature of human beings with the creation of possible future scenarios.
The work of Francesca Banchelli (Montevarchi, Arezzo, 1981) is characterized by a great versatility. She is fascinated by the uncertainty of time, the relationship between human beings and the dialogue with animals and nature. In her works she investigates the complexity of the ‘event’ by experimenting different languages: from performance to painting, from video to drawing, from dance to sculpture, often organized within large installations.
I cani silenziosi se ne vanno via centres on the theme of the fugitive, investigated at length by Banchelli in recent years. Solitary figures or small communities set out and meet, physically or ideally, in order to conceive a new beginning, starting from something that has been interrupted or destroyed.
Planned months ago, the exhibition has acquired new meaning today. The first solo show by the Tuscan artist in an Italian museum, it is opening at a time when the whole of society seems to be reawakening. The desire to restart is the pervasive feeling, but Banchelli reminds us that we must come to terms with a complex reality characterized by various crises: from the economic and financial one, which is widening inequality and reducing people to poverty, to the racial and social crises that are shining the spotlight back onto unhealed sores.
Project supported by the Exhibit Program | Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.
Thanks to Leo France
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