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Chiara Fumai will be speaking at Arnolfini as part of the Art in the City series of lectures.

The performative practice of Italian artist Chiara Fumai belongs to the tradition of female psychics, who are ‘spoken by’ different controversial entities, which  the artist freely (mis)interprets and combines into new stories, questioning their symbolic meaning and representation in the mind of the viewer. Dealing with radical feminism, media culture, language and repression, her starting point is performance, later transformed into installations, videos, collages and performative displays.  In Bristol Miss Fumai will present a selection of unexpected female guests that were channelled in her recent exhibitions followed by a discussion with curator and writer Stefano Collicelli Cagol.

Chiara Fumai

Chiara Fumai was born in Rome (1978) and lives in Milan. Recent exhibitions include:  MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2013); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2013); Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Prague (2013); Museo del Novecento, Milan (2013); Maison Rouge, Paris (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (2012), Jeu de Paume, Paris (2011); Museo MAXXI, Rome (2011); Volcano Extravaganza, Stromboli (2011), Survival Kit Festival, Riga (2011), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2010), and SMART Project Space, Amsterdam (2009). The artist was the winner of the ninth edition of the Furla Prize 2013 which featured the staging of her new work I Did Not Say or Mean ‘Warning’ as parallel event of the Venice Biennale.

Stefano Collicelli Cagol

Stefano Collicelli Cagol (b. Padua 1978) is a PhD Researcher on the Curating Contemporary Art Programme of the Royal College of Art in London. From 2010 to 2013 he coordinated the Young Curators Residency programme organised by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, where in 2012 he was one of the tutors and coordinators of the first edition of CAMPO – Corso per Curatori, in which he taught History of Exhibitions and Curatorial Practice.  He curated the second edition of Vitrine at the GAM in Turin in 2012-13 and he was one of the selectors of the ninth edition of the Furla Prize 2013. In 2011 he was Assistant Curator for the exhibition Un’Espressione Geografica curated by Francesco Bonami at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. In 2010 he curated the exhibition Seven Little Mistakes at the Museo Marino Marini, Florence. He was Research Curator at the Villa Manin – Centre of Contemporary Art, Passariano (UD) in 2006; from 2004 to 2006 the University Ca’ Foscari di Venezia – Department of History of Arts and Preservation of Artistic Heritage granted him a postgraduate fellowship to research into the Visual Arts sector of the Venice Biennial. He has contributed to several publications relating to the history of Italian exhibitions and he has collaborated with the periodical Domus.


UWE Fine Art / Art In The City Lecture Series Oct/Nov
Organised by Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, and the University of the West of England.

Supported by Bristol City Council


Free for UWE staff and students with ID.  Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.