Alessandra Ferrini is a London-based artist, researcher and educator.

Her practice is rooted in lens-based media, (post)colonial and memory studies, historiographical and archival practices. Experimenting with the expansion and hybridization of the documentary film, she is interested in the way historical narratives are produced and how their implied ideologies create subjects - be they individuals or societies. In particular, her work is preoccupied with questioning the legacies of Italian colonialism and fascism with a specific interest on the past and present relations between Italy and the African continent. 

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Alessandra's work has featured in international exhibitions, screenings and conferences, including: the 2nd Lagos Biennal (2019), Sharjah Film Platform (2019), Manifesta 12 Film Programme (Palermo 2018), Villa Romana (2018 and 2019), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin 2018), the 6th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition (Hong-gah Museum, 2018), Document Film Festival (Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, 2017), the 16th Rome Quadriennale (Rome, 2016-17). She is the recipient of the BFI Experimenta Pitch Award at the 2017 London Film Festival (organized by FLAMIN, LUX and the BFI), the 2018 Mead Residency at the British School at Rome, and of an AHRC/Techne PhD scholarship at the University of the Arts London.

 

She is currently collaborating on a long-term project with Archive Books/Kabinett (Berlin). Since 2016 she is affiliated with InteRGRace, the International Group on Race and Racisms, and has co-directed the research platform Mnemoscape between 2013 and 2016.

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EDUCATION 

ongoing

PhD Candidate at the Screen School, LCC, University of the Arts London​ UK

2014

MA Art and Visual Culture, University of Westminster, London UK

2010​

BA Fine Art, University of Westminster, London UK

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & SCREENINGS

2019

Exhibition: How to Build a Lagoon with a Bottle of Wine, 2nd LAGOS Biennal, Nigeria

Exhibition: When the Present is History, Depo Gallery, Istanbul Biennal collateral programme

Solo exhibition: A Bomb to be Reloaded, Villa Romana, Florence IT

Screening: Sharjah Film Platform, Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates

Solo exhibition: Se la realtà non è solo un fotogramma... (If reality is not just a photogram...), Casa Testori, Milan IT. With Jacopo Rinaldi

Exhibition: The Recovery Plan: Pop-up Black Cultural Center, Fondazione Biagiotti, Florence, Italy. Curated by Black History Month Florence

Screening: Global Perspectives on Fascism & Antifascism, Colgate University, NY, USA

Screening: Peer Session, APT Gallery, London UK

Screening: Conversation Pieces, curated by Michelangelo Corsaro and Archive Kabinett, Santards, Milan, Italy

Exhibition: Our Skins are Porous Too, Skelf online platform, curated by Adam J B Walker

2018

Screening: Manifesta 12 Biennale, Film Programme, Palermo, Italy

Exhibition: Offline Browser: 6th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition, Hong-gah Museum, Taipei

Exhibition: COMING SOON, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin IT

Exhibition: Directing the Real. Films d’artistes et vidéos des années 2010, Passerelle Centre d’Art Contemporain, Brest, France

Exhibition: Amnistia, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Brera Art Academy), Milan IT​

Exhibition: LO-FI, Studium P, Vilnius, Lithuania

Screening: Black Archive Alliance, organised by Villa Romana and Black History Month Florence

2017

Screening: Document Film Festival 2017, CCA Glasgow (Centre for Contemporary Arts), Scotland UK

Screening: Sound of Memory, Curzon Cinema, Goldsmiths, University of London UK

Exhibition: Directing the Real: Artists’ Film and Video in the 2010s, Lo Schermo dell'Arte - Artists' Moving Image Festival, Galleria delle Carrozze di Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence IT

Exhibition: Global Learning - MaGa Gallarate's Contemporary Art Museum, Milan IT

Exhibition: Postcolonia Italia, S.a.L.e. Docks, Venice IT​​

Screening: Rights and Might: cultural counter-narratives of the migrant and refugee experiences part of the 2017 London Refugee Week - University of Westminster, London UK​

Screening: Insurgent Projections, Anarchist Film Festival, Montreal, Canada

Screening: 30th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille/Milan

2016​

Exhibition: Orestiade Italiana, La 16º Quadriennale di Roma (16th Rome Quadriennal) IT

Screening: A-i-R Wro Talk 2.0, Wroclaw PL

Screening: Genesis Cinema / CinemaItaliaUK, London UK

Screening: SOAS University, organised by SOAS History Society, London UK

 

Screening: Mende International Film Festival, Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Screening: WE ARE ALL THE OTHER Symposium, The CERA Project, London​

2015

Solo exhibition: Negotiating Amnesia, solo exhibition at P.A.C. Le Murate, Florence, IT

56th Festival dei Popoli, International Documentary Film Festival, Spazio Alfieri, Florence, Italy

 

Exhibition: A Natural Oasis, Viafarini, special project for MEDITERRANEA17, BJCEM Biennale, Milan IT

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS & PERFORMANCE-LECTURES

2019

Performative-Lecture: Archive Kabinett, Berlin

 

Performative-Lecture: Depo Gallery, Istanbul Biennal collateral project

Between Myth and Memory: Contemporary Politics and the Performance of History, Centre for Performance and Urban Living, University of Surrey

Life of Crops: Towards an Investigative Memorialization, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria

2018

Performative-Lecture: Villa Romana, Florence, Italy

Performative-Lecture: Screen Research Forum, LCC, University of the Arts London

Italian fascism in the prism of contemporary art, Roma Tre University and École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris)

Identities in Motion: Precariato, Warwick University, organised by Gianmarco Mancosu and Gioia Panzarella

Artist Talk: Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Art Academy of Brera), Milan​

Live (T)Race Symposium, University of Padua, organised by

2017​

Artist Talk: Archival Resources and Ethnographic Film, RAI (Royal Anthropological Institute) Film Festival, Watershed Cinema, Bristol UK

Artist Talk: Orestiade Italiana / Florence Black History Month - with Simone Frangi, Museo Novecento, Florence IT​

Radical Hospitality, London Conference in Critical Thought 2017, South Bank University

2016

​Artist Talk: A-i-R Wro Talk 2.0, Wroclaw, Poland

Visuality and (anti)racism Conference – University of Padua, Italy

Educazione Come Pratica Artistica (Education as Artistic Practice) Museum Novecento, Florence

2015

Performative-Lecture: Performing History, The Garrison Library, Gibraltar UK

 

Artists' Moving Image Practice in Britain: From 1990 to Today, conference at Whitechapel Gallery (London), organised by The Paul Mellon Centre (Yale University) in collaboration with Film London Artists' Moving Image Network and LUX

AWARDS, RESIDENCIES, COMMISSIONS

2019

NIDA Doctoral Platform Summer School Fight the Power 2019/1989, held at the Lithuanian Pavilion and the Research Pavilion, Venice Biennale

2018

MEAD Residency at the British School at Rome

Q International grant - La Quadriennale di Rome - with Archive Kabinett, Berlin 

TECHNE Conflux: The Object of Research Residency, Cumbria Institute of the Arts, organised by Royal College of Arts, UAL, and Kingston University​ UK

2017

BFI Experimenta Pitch Award, London Film Festival. Prize organised by FLAMIN (Film London Artists' Moving Image Network), in collaboration with LUX, BFI and Arts Council England

VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images, Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival, Florence IT

Arts and Humanities Research Council / TECHNE: fully funded PhD scholarship at the University of the Arts London UK

 

Negotiating Amnesia included in the 2017 RAI (Royal Anthropological Institute) Film Festival's Library

2016

A-i-R Wro Residency, Open Call Europe "Art and culture during the migration crisis in Europe in XXI century" / Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016 PL

 

Rising Star: Best Short Documentary – Negotiating Amnesia. Mende International Film Festival, Florida, USA

2015

Artist in Residence and Film Commission - Alinari Contemporary, Florence IT. Curated by Livia Dubon Bohlig at Fondazione, Archivio Alinari

2014

Katalogos Workshop with Basma Alsharif - ViaFarini (Milan). Organised by Little Constellation in collaboration with ViaFarini and BJCEM. Curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi

 

A Natural Oasis Summer School in the Republic of San Marino. Organised by Little Constellation in collaboration with ViaFarini and BJCEM. Curated by Alessandro Castiglioni and Simone Frangi​

SELECTED EDUCATION PROJECTS & WORKSHOPS

2018

Week-long Workshop for post-graduate students on the Colonialità e Cultura Visivi in Italia (Coloniality and Visual Culture in Italy) at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera (Brera Art Academy), Milan IT

Guest Lecturer on the MA Documentary Film, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London UK​

2017

Commission for Education Project at MaGa Gallarate's Art Museum, Milan IT

Commission of 2 days masterclass at S.a.L.E. Docks Arcive-as-Method: Colonial Voices and Gazes - part of Postcolonia Italia​

2016

Radio Ghetto Relay, education programme in collaboration with Fundacja Art Transparent and A-i-R Wro, Wroclaw PL

Colonial Legacies and Visual Culture - guest lecturer at the course in Techniques of Visual Research at the University of Padua IT

2015

Negotiating Amnesia, education programme, P.A.C. Le Murate, Florence IT

 

A Natural Oasis, workshop for Academy Awards students at Viafarini, with Elisa Adami, Milan IT

Seminar for MA Public History course at University of Modena IT

2014

Family Workshop for CREATE London UK

2013

Propeller Youth Art Forum, Chisenhale Gallery, Victoria Park commission, London UK

CONFERENCES & ROUNDTABLES ORGANISATION

2019  

Study Day at Villa Romana (Florence, Italy): Developing Postcolonial Discourse in Art Education in Italy, organised by Alessandra Ferrini and Archive Books, in collaboration with Villa Romana, Black History Month Florence and with the participation of Savvy Contemporary

 

Archiving Protest: from Archives of Affect to Archives of Instantaneity, Workshop, Centre for Critical Legal Thinking, University of Warwick. Co-organiser.

 

The Afterlives of Protest, conference at the People’s Museum, Manchester, organised by Warwick University

2018

Visuality, Race and Nation in Italy: Roundtable and Book Launch, Birkbeck, University of London. Speaker and co-organiser.

 

Circulation, appropriation and pixelated sources. Workshop at SIMposio di storia della conflittualità sociale (Zapruder), Isola Polvese, Perugia​ IT

 

Contemporary Art, Philosophy and Politics After the Postconceptual Condition, at the University of Surrey. Funded by TECHNE/AHRC. Co-organiser. 

2016

Working with Visual Documents of Italian Colonial Heritage: a methodological exploration, Seminar at the Centre for the Study of Cultural Memory, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. Speaker and organiser​.

2014

Archives for the Future - An Art and Visual Culture Conference (University of Westminster) and screening/event at Whitechapel Gallery (Autobiography and the Archive and Journal of Visual Culture’s special ‘Archives Issue’ launch). Supported by the International Association for Visual Culture (IAVC) and the Journal of Visual Culture. Organised by Mnemoscape (Alessandra Ferrini and Elisa Adami).

PUBLISHED WORK

2018

Negotiating Amnesia: forme di attivazione e traduzione dell'archivio fotografico coloniale italiano. Visual essay published in: Visual (Anti)Racism, edited by InteRGRace, Padua University Publishing,

A Hospitable Encounter: A Conversation Between “Radio Ghetto Relay”
and Tahrir, Shaimaa Abdelkarim and Alessandra Ferrini, London Journal of Critical Thought, 2018 (peer reviewed, upcoming publication)

2017​

La Responsabilità di un Impero (The Responsibility of an Empire) - Simone Frangi in Conversation with Alessandra Ferrini, Flash Art Italia 335, 50th anniversary edition, November 2017. Available here.

2016​

In My Computer # 11 | Photodump: “Achieving or archiving images today?”, edited by Valeria Mancinelli, Chiara Nuzzi, Stefania Rispoli, Link Editions

Outcross, A-i-R Wro, artist publication (edition of 1000 copies)

2015

Chapter 9, The Library: Shot/Counter-Shot, A Performative Tour of the Garrison Library by Mnemoscape, in The Voices of the Sirens, Mousse Publishing

2013

A Tourist in Other People's Reality, exhibition catalogue, Mnemoscape Publishing

2013-2016​

A selection of articles and interviews also appears on Mnemoscape Magazine and Mnemoscape Platform

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018

Gaia Giuliani, Race, Gender and Nation in Modern Italy: Intersectional Representations in Visual Culture, Palgrave

2017

Gabriele Proglio, Rimozione come archivio della memoria del colonialismo Dibattito storiografico e processi di memoria, Memoria e Ricerca, September-December issue, 2017, Il Mulino

 

Gabriele Proglio, L'eterna invenzione dell'altro da sé, Il Manifesto, Friday 22 September 2017

Camilla Boemio, La Quadriennale ancora protagonista. Il dibattito sulla ricerca dell’arte contemporanea in una conversazione con Simone Frangi, Exibart 1 febbraio 2017. Available here.

2016​

Valentina Celi, Italoeuropeo. La Nostalgia e l’Amnesia: le due facce del colonialismo italiano, Centro Primo Levi, New York, 2016. Available here.

Vincenzo Estremo, Generational Quadriennale, Roma 2016, Droste Effect Magazine, 4 November 2016. Available here.

Leonardo de Franceschi, Fra Rimozioni e Riscritture della Memoria, Cinemafrica, 2016. Link here.

 

Viviana Gravano e Giulia Grechi, Vuoti a rendere: memorie e amnesie del colonialismo italiano (Noi tutti siamo i monumenti), Roots&Routes Journal no.21, 2016. Link here.

2015

Antonio Capellupo, NEGOTIATING AMNESIA, distorcere la storia. Published in Cinema Italiano, 30/11/2015. Link here.

56th Festival dei Popoli - International Documentary Film Festival, catalogue, 2015

COLLECTIONS

MaGa Museo Arte Gallarate

Casa Testori Foundation

AFFILIATIONS

InteRGRace, Interdisciplinary Group on Race and Racisms (University of Padua) - core-member

Mnemoscape, Research Platform (2013-2016)