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Simona Frillici

Italy 1966

Installation, Video Art, Painting

Simona Frillici
Simona Frillici
December 18, 2015

Simona Frillici is an Italian artist. Man, as a human being, is the main subject in her body of work – paintings, videos, and installations. Born in Foligno, Perugia in 1966, Simona got her education from the Academy of Fine Arts in Perugia, where she got her degree in Painting in 1988. Interested in the energetic, spiritual and emotional aspects that a particular object or image has lived, Frillici attempts to perpetuate these features. As a result, each piece of her art lives in a balance on that imaginary axis that divides the real and the artificial.

Riflessi by Simona Frillici

Art and Life

Frillici’s works often originate from photography, a technique that allows recording the world around. Each photo records fragments of reality and the artist wants to insert life fragments into her artwork. She chooses photos from war news and crime news, newspaper or web, photos of faces. In today’s world, we are continuously stimulated by many images, which flow on the screens that surround us. We are used to not dwell our eyes and our attention, we are accustomed to indifference. Those faces are the center of her artworks, they look straight into the eyes of the viewer and drag him emotionally into the darkness that marked their lives. The artist tries to impress the viewer emotionally. She tries to give “heaviness” to the images she uses, in contrast to the levity of the images. The boundary between art and life is increasingly vague. There are no clear lines of demarcation, but they are mobile and changing.

Simona Frillici - Face to Face, 2017, Montefiascone, installation view
Simona Frillici – Face to Face, 2017, Montefiascone, installation view

Face to Face

In 2017, this attempt to cancel the barrier between work and spectator, between art and life, has found new solutions that have produced three events/exhibitions. The first one was FACE to FACE, an artistic event that involved many artists in the abandoned prison of Montefiascone in August 2017. Each artist was locked up in a cell for two days, from 17 to 22, and every ten minutes a visitor entered the cell and related to the artist. Each artist involved had to propose a specific project on how to interact with each visitor. Frillici’s project, was entitled 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 10. In the cell, she had a photocopier connected to the smartphone. She took a picture of each visitor and immediately made copies on paper. Each visitor could draw, paint, modify the photocopy of his portrait, during the ten minutes spent in the cell. The transition from the real person to his photocopied image was almost immediate. The final work was a collective painting that occupied the entire space of the cell.

Simona Frillici - Face to Face, installation view, Montefiascone, 2017
Simona Frillici – Face to Face, installation view, Montefiascone, 2017

Ex-Voto Suscepto

EX-VOTO SUSCEPTO was held on May 7th, 2017 at the Madonna Delle Grazie Church in Uncinano, Spoleto. During the event, Frillici involved the participants of the afternoon mass to realize a collective ex-voto.

Ex-Voto Suscepto by Simona Frillici

Cazzotto (Punch)

CAZZOTTO (PUNCH), from the original name of the famous chocolate Bacio di Perugia, was held between 7th and 9th of April 2017. It an artistic event conceived and created together with the artist Giassi Piagentini. Three days of art disseminated in the historic center of Perugia, coinciding with the Festival of Journalism. The proposed art intends to immerse the spectator in the real world, the purpose is to make people aware, the same purpose of journalism. They used alternative places to exhibit art: abandoned kiosks, abandoned shop windows, a cinema and a bookstore in the city, abandoned and recently renovated and active again. The Artist’s Studio, and above all the streets as a place of interaction between art and life.

Simona Frillici - in her studio
Simona Frillici – work in progress

The Big Question: What is Art?

In 2011, Frillici participated in the Venice Biennale. For the occasion, she made the video What is Art, in which she expresses a series of emotions and perplexities that border the anguish, for the present state of the art system. The video is constructed from the shot of the artist’s face wrapped in a cotton gauze while she undergoes a sort of endurance performance, constantly repeating the question What is Art? like a mantra, for 25 minutes. The same video was also presented in Milan in TufanoStudio25.

Simona Frillici - What is art, 2011 (video still)
Simona Frillici – What is art, 2011 (video still)

Frillici’s Unusual Approach: Objects Muti Exhibition

Simona Frillici’s first solo exhibition was held in 1998. Titled Objects Muti, the show was conceptualized as an installation of hundreds of similar objects covered with paraffin and placed in wooden boxes painted white, enclosed with tissue paper or frosted glass. For the exhibition, Simona temporarily occupied an empty commercial space for ten days in the historical center of Perugia. As an addition to the whole concept, an external camera recorded the reaction of passers-by in front of the unusual ‘merchandise’ in the store.

Simona Frillici lives and works in Perugia, Italy.

Featured image: Simona Frillici – portrait
All images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Ex- Voto SusceptMadonna delle Grazie Church, Uncinano (Pg) Italy, X ed Viaggiatori sulla FlaminiaSolo
2017Cazzotto, with Giassi PiagentiniPerugia, ItalyGroup
2017Face to Face/ The Maieutic MachineFormer Prison Montefiascone, VTGroup
2016The beauty of Art CollectionChashama Gala, 4 Times Square, New York, USGroup
2016Biennial of ViterboRocca dei Papi, ViterboGroup
2016Arte della ricerca per la ricercaCasa d’Aste Pananti, Firenze, ItalyGroup
2016BabelSchema Projects Gallery, New York, USGroup
2015Rose gardenHortus Artis/ Tangram design, PerugiaSolo
2014Survival strategyTufanoStudio25, Milan ItalySolo
2014Diary of an artistKino Cinema, Rome ItalySolo
2014AngelsS.Matteo Armeni Church, Perugia, ItalySolo
2014The MotherMadonna del Pozzo Church, SpoletoSolo
2014Apertamente 2014- 01 binario digitalePalazzo Palladini Biondi, Pescina (AQ)Group
2014Recon 2014CIAC Museum of Contemporary Art, FolignoGroup
2013July 30th 1945SpaceCamp Gallery, Indianapolis, USASolo
2013Terra di MaestriRocca Paolina, PerugiaGroup
2013TufffoTorre di Mola, FormiaGroup
2013Portas AbertasFondazione Eugenio De Almeida, EvoraGroup
2013Libriste alla ClassenseClassense Library, RavennaGroup
2013DraftedSchema Projects Gallery, Brooklyn New YorkGroup
2012Arte nel verdeParco Sgaravatti, RomaGroup
2011Artist’s studio 3: Permeability and ComraderyJudge studio, Brooklyn New YorkSolo
2011The artist’s studio 1via della Pergola 1b, PerugiaSolo
2011What is ArtTufanostudio25, MilanoGroup
2011Arte al cuboS.Domenico Church, NarniGroup
2011Venice Binnale, Italy Pavilion - Region UmbriaPalazzo Collicola, SpoletoGroup
2010Libero Libro d’Artista Libero 5Studio A’87- Ex Church S.Carlo Borromeo, SpoletoGroup
2009MèaS. Francesco Municipal Museum, Nocera UmbraSolo
2009In Chartis Mevaniae XIIPalazzo dei Consoli, BevagnaGroup
2009XX Trebisonda - Perugia Arti ContemporaneeTrebisonda Visual Arts Association, PerugiaGroup
2009OsservatorioWunderkammern Gallery, RomeGroup
2009XVI Esposizione Nazionale Artisti per EpicentroEpicentro Museum, Gala di BarcellonaGroup
2008XV Quadriennale di RomaPalazzo delle Esposizioni, RomeGroup
2008Molise Cinema 2008Municipal Gallery of Contemporary Art, CasacalendaGroup
2008Arti in cittàformer Male Prison, PerugiaGroup
2008Liberolibrod’artistaliberoState Archaeological Museum, SpoletoGroup
2007Terra di MaestriVilla Fidelia, SpelloGroup
20065 August 2006 - Madonna of the VeilWunderkammern Cultural Association, SpelloSolo
2006Close my eyesWooster Arts Space, New YorkSolo
2005Plotart.EuropaCastello Colonna, Genazzano, Rome and Senko Studio, ViborgGroup
2004I Giochi di BeslanBoutique Buonumori, PerugiaSolo
2004AppetizersAssociazione Contemporaneo, DerutaGroup
2004SassivivaciMuseum of Contemporary Art, BargeGroup
2004Arte Contemporanea 10Ettore Majorana State Scientific Secondary School, RomeGroup
2004Segni nella cittàSan Domenico square, FolignoGroup
2003Aarhus – Daybreak – 4th September 2003Senko Studio, ViborgSolo
2003RelicsAletheia Cultural Association, PerugiaSolo
2003Versanti Sibillini- alla ricerca del sacroGaribaldi Square, Cascia Group
2003Linea Umbra-01. Osservatorio GiovaniTrevi Flash Art Museum, TreviGroup
2002Liberolibrod’artistaliberoChurch of S. Carlo, SpoletoGroup
2002AngelinconventoS. Francesco Monastery, ArroneGroup
2001ExtravergineTrevi Flash Art Museum, TreviGroup
2001Numero ZeroTrebisonda Visual Arts Museum, PerugiaGroup
2000AmichevolissimevolmenteTrevi Flash Art Museum, TreviGroup
2000Premio del GolfoEuropean Biennial of Visual Arts, La SpeziaGroup