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Through an invented folklore and intertwined beliefs, Beatrice Celli (1992, L'Aquila) creates a personal mythology that invites to imagine new worlds.

 

In the mystical and popular culture, especially that of her region, Abruzzo in Italy, she seeks a spirit of independence to exorcise the tensions of the present time.

 

Her sculptures, performances, texts and installations integrate humble and raw materials, crafts technics or neglected stories. The magical power of its symbols is materialized with a gesture that is sometimes spontaneous and impulsive, sometimes careful and meticulous.

 

Her pieces are often imagined in groups, according to a scenographic, organic and immersive whole. By stimulating an anthropological perspective, his objects reveal an apotropaic, almost magical meaning, like contemporary cult objects freed from any religious dogmatism.

Beatrice Celli studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino (Italy), in Rome, and at the Villa Arson in Nice. In 2019, she was selected for Ecole Offshore, a postgraduate arts program in Shanghai. Her work has been exhibited among others at the Kleine Humboldt Gallery in Berlin, at the Venice Biennale, at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, and at Sonnenstube in Lugano, Switzerland.

 

She likes to work in heterogeneous contexts: in 2017, she created the project "CalceViva", which  revitalize of degraded public spaces, and in 2021 she presented the personal exhibition "Pandæmonium" in the municipal showcases of Castelli (Teramo, Italy) during the lockdown. She works between Castelli (Teramo, IT) and Marseille (FR).

Selected for the residence à la Kaunas Artists' House in Lithuania on 5 to 25 July 2021, in the cadre of the program "Kaunas - European capital of culture 2022" of the residence ACROSS # 31 Thankyouforcoming.