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 the performance flows between visual art venues and performing art festivals, with a special attention to sound in all its forms and registers. Grilli has developed several projects around the concept of the resistant body. In the earlier performative projects the body was engaged as 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 concept of being consumed. Present in every artwork is in fact a disappearance, which is the result of an action contained in the work itself.

Her work has been exhibited in many international 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) and Manifesta7 in Bolzano (2008).

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

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