Marinella Senatore is a multi-disciplinary artist, trained in music, fine arts and film. With a practice characterised by a strong collective and participatory dimension, her work merges forms of resistance and local vernacular with popular culture, dance, music mass events and activism. Through various assemblies, Senatore rethinks the political nature of collective formations and presents an opportunity for the public to generate social change. Intertwining with the artist’s personal autographical experiences and collectively shared narratives, her practice encompasses collage, performance, sculpture, photography and video. In 2013, Senatore founded The School of Narrative Dance, a nomadic school focused on non-hierarchical learning and emancipation. The multidisciplinary school, conceived as alternative training ground, is characterised by free workshops engaging local groups and the general public through energetic and soulful processions, where the artist and participants together orchestrate narratives, tracing new connection between contemporary relations.
Senatore lives and works in Rome and Paris. Forthcoming solo exhibitions include CCA, Tel Aviv (2020); Taak, Amsterdam (2020); National Gallery, Cape Town (2019); Kunsthraum Innsbruck (2019); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2019); and SMAC Gallery, Cape Town (2019). Her work has been exhibited at prestigious venues around the world, with performances and projects held in collaboration with the National Theatre Mannheim and Kunsthalle Mannheim (2018); 'Activating Public Space,’ High Line, New York (2018); Art Night, London (2018); ‘WE the KIDS’ public project with OVS and Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (2018); and Centre Pompidou (2017), amongst several others. In 2018, Senatore was the winner of the 4th edition of the Italian Council of the Directorate-General for Contemporary Art and Architecture and Urban Peripheries (DGAAP). In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious MAXXI prize and was the recipient of the ‘Museum Calls Artist’ commission of the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums (AMACI). She won the Fellowship for Young Italian Artists at Castello di Rivoli, Turin in 2011 and in 2010 was awarded the New York Prize, the 21st Bellisario Award, the Gotham Prize and the Terna Prize.