I’m an Italian/American artist born in Florence (IT) where I’m based.
With a training background in fashion design I have worked for several years as a designer for various fashion companies, more significantly for Vivienne Westwood in London. In that period, after a trip to Thailand and Cambodia (2005, the year of the Tsunami) a sort of epiphany brought me to reconsider my aspirations in life deciding from that day onwards to privilege the visual arts and its social value.
In my projects I tend to bring to light the emotional bonds between individuals and society by giving attention to the most subtle variations, to the randomness of life, to dreams, prophecies and to not aware daily actions, hi-lighting this way the delicate boundery between earth/humankind/cosmos.
My works range from writing, drawing, cooking, filming, photography, performances, installations, public art interventions. Most of them are long term projects that need to grow little by little unfolding between stories where the private can become public and vice versa. Some art works have been used as devices that can lead to new possible forms of interactions or direct experience of the participants.
Since 2007 I have used textile materials gathered from quotidianety as relational tools but starting from 2013 I focused more and more deeply on the recovery of ancestral textile techniques, related hidden thoughts and rituals that are slowly but drammatically disappearing in the globalized culture of the 21st century, both between oriental and western culture. Pursuing this direction, I have established relations of cooperation at first with knitwear artisans in my home town, Florence (IT), later with ethnic minorities as the Banjara tribe in Bombay (IND) and the Hmong tribe in Guizhou Province (CH). Learning by observing from them, I have entered a “State of Discretion” by practicing manual techniques (weaving, crochet, needle work and batik) that necessitate of slow ritualistic gestures, hard work and a living experience within the community. In 2019 my latest research was included in “Global Identities. Postcolonial and Cross-Cultural Narratives” edited by Mousse Publishing. In 2020 my monography “The Time of Discretion” was published by Silvana Editoriale and my short film of the homonymous title has been selected and screened in film festivals (Hong Kong, US and India).
In the last two years (2020-2022) during the pandemia i learned in my home town the art of tapestry with the help of expert textiles restores and masters. This generated my latest project “Sand Storms in Medio Mundi” produced by the Goethe Institut of Tibilisi (GE) and Baku (AZ) for SILK, a group show curated by Alfons Hug, presented during the 59° Venice Biennale at GAD – Giudecca Art District.
My works have been displayed in solo and collective exhibitions, among others: Something Else Cairo Biennale, Murate Art District (solo show) in Florence, Manifesta12 collateral event in Palermo, Art & Globalization Pavillion during the 57th Venice Biennale, Dust space gallery in Milan, 4° Land Art Mongolia Biennale in Ulan Bator, Textile Arts Center in New York, Villa Ada in Rome, Clark House Initiative (solo show) in Bombay, Villa Pacchiani in Pisa, riss(e) Zentrum (solo show) in Varese, Mac,n museum in Pistoia. I was the winner, among others, of Movin’up Italian prize for young Italian artists abroad.
In recent years I held workshops, educational projects with Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence (IT), ACAF Foundation in Shanghai (CN), Siena Art Institute (IT) and Lottozero in Prato (IT).