Francesca Fini video & performance art

live art by Francesca Fini
starring Francesca Fini and Inanna T
ph Roberto De Amicis @ Studio 154
music: Laura Sheeran - Lupine Rot (

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The piece is originally a live performance that produced this videoperformance of 6 minutes.

The action begins with my partner Inanna taking my blood, in front of a white table with an old Olivetti typewriter. She pours my blood into a glass cup, and there we dip a six meters long white satin ribbon, till it’s completely soaked in blood. Then we stretch the ribbon across the performative space, and use a golden hair-dryer to dry the ribbon a bit. Immediately, the space gets marked by thin blood lines that intersect one the floor, almost creating a map of our movements through the room. Then I open the typewriter and replace the old ink ribbon with the new one full with my own blood. I sit in front of the Olivetti and start hitting the keys. Without thinking, I write short surreal sentences that come spontaneously to my mind in that precise moment. When I finish writing, Inanna takes the paper sheets and attacks them to the almost invisible white wires hanging from the ceiling.
The last sentence I write is "Ofelia non annega" (Ophelia does non drown), in a celebration of female resilience against the romantic depiction of self-destructive female heroism.
The action is repeated in loop from the very beginning for about six hours, until the view of the performance space is completely covered.

performed at: TAG Gallery (Roma), Alfred Gallery (Tel Aviv), Passion For Freedom Prize (Londra), Artrooms Fair London.
The performance is part of my performance-based art film "Ophelia did not drown"

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