The video comes from a series of footages made on the island of Pantelleria (the Italian island geographically farther south, its coasts are closer to African than European ones), in the aftermath of revolutionary movements that during 2011 have changed the sociopolitical conformation of North Africa. In those days, thousands of young Tunisians, after obtaining the freedom in their country, have decided to escape and sail towards the Italian coasts, landing in Pantelleria and Lampedusa.
Ideally the video wants to bring together the point of view of the emigrants with the one of the residents, but, as in the head of a Western child, the life in the southern hemisphere is held upside down and so in the work you will see two sunsets in two opposite seas. During the slow flux of the sun the only things that break the quiet are some little boats; they are not bringing the expected "revolutionary fugitives", but tourists who return to port before night falls.
Francesco Fossati (1985) is visual artist and curator, lives and works between Milan and Macherio.
In 2008 he recived the BFA in Painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti of Brera, Milan, and from the same institution in 2010 received the MFA in Painting.
In 2008 took part in the 1st Festival Internazionale dell’ Arte Contemporanea, directed by Carlos Basualdo, Pier Luigi Sacco and Angela Vettese, in Faenza, Italy.
In 2009 he is the artist selected by ARTHUB (a project of the association Free UnDo.net) to take part to the artist-in-residency program organized by the Dena Foundation For Contemporary Art in Paris at the Centre International d'Accueil et d'Echanges des Récollets.
Since 2011 he is a member of the collective that has revived the artist's magazine E IL TOPO, a publishing project born in 1992, the brainchild of Gabriele Di Matteo, Vedovamazzei, Franco Silvestro and Piero Gatto, and originally ended in 1996
Between the exhibitions realized in these years there are the solo shows at Mon Ego Contemporary, Como (Manifatture,2009), Apeiron Gallery, Macherio (Hippy Architecture, 2010), Galleria 42 Contemporaneo, Modena (quattro o cinque volte F) and VANNI, Turin (Volume 2, 2011), instead the group shows at Contemporary Art Museum, Mendoza, Argentine (No Boundaries, 2008), GAMeC of Bergamo (Alberi d’artista 2007-08), Museo Carlo Zauli of Faenza (Gradisca, 2008), Kaiserliche Hofburg of Innsbruck (Dialog Und Identität, 2009), Isola Art Center in Milan (L’ Indiano in Giardino, 2009), Museo Centrale Montemartini in Rome (Talent Prize, 2010), in 2011 the partecipation in the 26th Biennial of art humour in Tolentino (MC, Italy), at Palazzo Appiani in Piombino (déjà made_ready vu, 2012) and at Museum of Castel Sant'Elmo, Naples (Un'opera per il castello, 2012).
In 2011 he has curated the retrospective of the Italian artist Giannetto Bravi titled “1965-1975” (Apeiron Gallery, Macherio, MB).
2012 Solo Show at Galleria Cart, Monza (IT) (Forthcoming...)
2011 Volume 2, VANNI, Turin, curated by Olga Gambari
2010 quattro o cinque volte F, Galleria 42 Contemporaneo, Modena – Italy
2010 Hippy Architecture (and more and fun and peace and love), Apeiron Contemporary Art Gallery, Macherio (MB - Italy)
2009 Manifatture, Mon Ego Contemporary, Como, curated by Nicola Cecchelli
Selected Group Shows
2012 Un Certain Regard, Galleria Cart, Monza, curated by Giorgio Viganò
2012 Un'Opera per il Castello, Museum Castel Sant'Elmo, Naples, curated by Angela Tecce
2012 déjà made_ready vu, Palazzo Appiani, Piombino (IT), curated by Nicola Cecchelli
2012 Extradelicato, Corfone Studio, Milan, curated by Claudio Corfone
2011 26th Biennial of art humour, Tolentino (MC, Italy), curated by Andrea Gualandri
2011 Envie, Ex Chiesa di San Carpoforo, Milan, curated by Andrea Del Guercio
2011 Experience, Officine 100 db, Comenduno di Albino (BG Italy), curated by Stefania Scaccabarozzi and Sara Adobati
2011 The Light Cone, Art On Stage, Vigevano, curated by Gaia Rotango
2011 Ti Racconto Una Storia, Art On Stage, Vigevano (Italy), curated by Gaia Rotango and Chiara Milesi
2010 Talent Prize, Museo Centrale Montemartini, Roma, Curated by Nicoletta Zanella
2010 Sull’ invisibile, Avvistamenti, appuntamenti e pedinamenti dell’arte contemporanea, Ciocca arte contemporanea, Milan, curated by Francesca Alfano Miglietti (FAM)
2009 Camping 42, Galleria 42 Contemporaneo, Modena (Italy)
2009 L’ Indiano in Giardino, Neighborhood Isola (various locations), Milan, Organized by Alek O. and Santo Tolone, in collaboration with Isola Art Center
2009 “Art Day Night”, viamoronisedici/spazioarte Bergamo (Italy), curated by Francesca di Nardo and Rudina Hoxhaj
2009 Aspetti che non ti aspetti, Agro of Castiadas (Cagliari - Italy), curated by Mauro Cossu
2009 Group Show, Studio Apeiron, Macherio (MB - Italy), curated by Dario Brivio and Giulio Pace
2009 VideoArtYearBook 2009, Chiostro of Santa Cristina, Bologna, curated by Francesca Grandi, Renato Barilli, Alessandra Borgogelli, Paolo Granata, Fabiola Naldi and Paola Sega
2009 Group Show, Chiostro dei Glicini, Società Umanitaria, Milan, Curated by Gabi Scardi, Roberto Pinto, Athos Collura and Ornella Piluso
2009 Dialog Und Identität, Kaiserliche Hofburg, Innsbruck (Austria), Curated by Angela Madesani and Ester Caiani
2008 Mastermind, Neon>Campobase, Bologna (Italy), curated by Riccardo Giacconi, Michela Lupieri, Nataša Vasiljević, Daniele Zoico
2008 1st Festival Internazionale dell’ Arte Contemporanea, directed by Carlos Basualdo, Pier Luigi Sacco and Angela Vettese, diverse venues, Faenza, Italy. (Gradisca, Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza, curated by Daniela Zangrando and Alberto Garutti)
2008 AMOENA, curated by Simone Frangi in the 3rd Sardinia Art Fair, Ex Carceri of Castiadas (Cagliari - Italy), curated By Mauro Cossu and Francesca Sassu
2007 / 2008 Alberi d’Artista, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy
2007 / 2008 No Boundaries (maestri e allievi),itinerant exibition: Contemporary Art Museum Genar Perez, Cordoba (Argentine); MAC Contemporary Art Museum, Salta (Argentine); Contemporary Art Museum, Mendoza (Argentine), curated by Antonia Iurlaro
2007 Lo Schermo Ansioso, Teatro Peroni, Varese (Italy), curated by Matteo Chini and Bruno Muzzolini.
2006 Wireless, Galleria Unorossodue, Milano, curated by Alessandro Mancassola and Bruno Muzzolini
2006 Salon 1, Museo della Permanente, Milan