Francesca Grilli

© Asia Giannelli
© Asia Giannelli


Francesca Grilli (1978, Italy) is an Italian artist currently based in Brussels. Her research vibrates in twofields: visual art and performing art. She uses a multidisciplinary language where theperformance flows between visual art venues and performing art festivals, with a specialattention to sound in all its forms and registers. Grilli has developed several projects aroundthe concept of the resistant body. In the earlier performative projects the body was engagedas a reflection of the resistance to life, to time, to decline, in spite of everything and for everything. In these last works, the resistant body gives in to or struggles against the conceptof being consumed. Present in every artwork is in fact a disappearance, which is the result ofan action contained in the work itself.

Her work has been exhibited in many internationals venues such as Kaunas Biennal (2019),Palais De Tokyo (2017), Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (2015-2017), MAXXI Museum inRome (2016), viceversa - Italian Pavillon at 55th Biennale di Venezia (2013), MADRE Museod'arte contemporanea Donnaregina in Naples (2012), Serpentine Gallery, London (2010) andManifesta7 in Bolzano (2008).

She has also participated in numerous Performative Venues including: Buda / Kortrijk (2021),SAAL Biennal (2019), Balticcircle (2019), Santarcangelo Festival (2017- 2019), KunsthalleOsnabrueck, Germany (2017), Serralves Foundation, PT (2017), Homo Novus Festival inRiga (2016), Drodesera Festival (2006/2017), Romaeuropa Festival (2011), Rencontreschorégraphiques in Paris (2010).

Francesca Grilli was an Associated Artist of Santarcangelo Festival 2017-2019.