OPAF11_Elena Bellantoni

Elena Bellantoni (Rome, Italy): armed-body elenabellantoni
  • duration: 10 min
  • watch: 30th March 2019 at 2pm UTC


armed-body is a reflection on the idea of power as a body and the stereotypes related to this: the tank become the extension of body.

BIO: Elena Bellantoni (Vibo Valentia, 1975) lives and works between Berlin and Italy. Following her degree in History of Contemporary Art, conferred by the University “La Sapienza” in Rome with a score of 110/110 cum laude, she studied in Paris and London and received her MA in Visual Art from the University of Arts in London in 2007. She then furthered her studies in theatre-dance and performing arts, attending workshops in Italy and abroad. In 2007, she also founded the “Platform Translation Group” and in 2008 was co-founder of the no-profit space “91 mQ art project space” in Berlin and in 2015 she founded Wunderbar Cultural Project in Rome. In 2014, she entered the “Collezione Farnesina” at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs with her video work “The Fox and the Wolf: Struggle for Power”. She is currently a professor of Body Phenemonology at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and of Illustration at the Academy of Fine Arts in Frosinone. Her research work is centred on concepts of identity and alterity through relational dynamics that use language and body as tools for interaction. She formalises her projects through: video, photography, performance, sculpture and installations.

Elena has exhibited at: “You got burn to shine”, at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, 2019; “Ho annegato il mare”, at the Museo Mare Memoria Viva, Palermo, within the  Manifesta 12 “Collateral Events”, 2018; “Analogue Eye Harboured”, Silos’ District, Cape Town, South Africa, 2018; “Double Screen a Survey of Artists’ Film and Video in Italy (from 1960’s up to now)”, CAFA Art Museum, Peking, 2018; “I give you my word, I give you my world”, the Pietro Rossini Foundation, Briosco, 2017; “Artapes #3”, MAXXI-National Museum of 21st Century Art, Rome, 2017; “Here, There and In Between”, CFA Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2017; “Mapping the Town” – ‘SIX Performances in the Museums of Rome’, the Pietro Canonica Museum of Villa Borghese, Rome, 2017; “Beyond Borders. Transnational Italy”, British School in Rome, 2016; “The Picture Club”, the American Academy in Rome, 2016; “Capolavori dalla Collezione Farnesina. Uno sguardo sull’arte italiana dagli anni Cinquanta ad oggi” (Masterpeices of the Farnesina Collection. A look at Italian Art from the 1950s to today), Zagabria Museum of Contemporary Art, 2015; “Tempo Imperfetto”, the Filiberto Menna Foundation/Archaeological Museum in Salerno, 2014; and others. ARTIST’S WEBSITE