Federica Zianni


Biography

Federica Zianni (Rome, 1993). In 2012 she moved to Milan in order to attend the triennium of Sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. Her sculptural works, initially representational, have evolved into organic and abstract artworks.

She achieved her Bachelor of Arts degree in sculpture in 2015 cum laude. In the same year, she exhibits at the Science and Technology Museum in Milan with Arnaldo Pomodoro, in an exhibition curated by Marco Meneguzzo. She attended the Hochschule für Bildende Künste of Dresden with Wilhelm Mundt and Nikolai Castern, until 2017. She has attended her Master’s Degree program of the Scuola di Scultura with professor Vittorio Corsini at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. She got her Master of Arts in sculpture in 2018 cum laude.

During 2018 she participates in art awards of international relevance as Combat Prize, Vittorio Viviani Prize, and Comel Prize for which she receives an honourable mention.

In 2019 she wins the Prs Talent Prize and the Rospigliosi Prize for the category under 30. In June, she exhibits at the GIFA (International Foundry Trade Fair) in Düsseldorf, shows her sculptures at the Swiss Art Expo in Zurigo, and she is a finalist at Artrooms Award in London.

During 2020 she exhibits for the first time at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale. She is a finalist at the Malamegi LAB15 Art Prize, at the Weir Gabbioneta Award, she wins the Arts in Rome Prize and at the Fregellae Sculpture Prize for which she wins the 2nd prize.

 

Statement

The practice of art as much as religions and myths formation, is common to all human beings and present in every culture since the dawn of humanity. In her artworks Federica Zianni tries to explore how art, conceived as a practice, can be the meeting point, the “terra franca” (or freedom land) where to oppose to the fears of contemporary issues such as identity and migration, directly and demonstratively, through public art installations and performances, She works mainly through the sculpture, using lights, mirroring surfaces and video projections.  The artist deals with the theme of identity and mourning. Her mute sculptures are born this way, perfect mechanisms that refer to nothing but themselves, to a closing circuit to the outside from which no sound derives. In her latest production, the artist also deals with the theme of self-introspection, creating moving and shiny surfaces that do not refer to a clear portrait of those who are mirrored.. Her latest series is a reflection on the of the human being and its facets, expressed through the use of artificial materials and her preferred technique: the lost wax bronze casting.

Awards

2020    Arts in Rome winner

           Fregellae Prize 2nd award winner

2019    Rospigliosi Prize winner

2019    PRS Talent Prize winner

2018    Premio Comel Honorable Mention 2018

 

Solo exhibitions

2021    Per voce muta, curated by Cristina Muccioli, Spazio Comel Arte Contemporanea, Latina, Italy

2020    Natura Nature, Galleria Triphè, curated by Maria Laura Perilli, Rome, Italy

2019    Silenzio come contatto, Fondazione Passarè, Milan, curated by Giulio Calegari, Italy

 

 

Collective exhibitions

2020    Fregellae Sculpture Prize, archeological park of Fregellae, Ceprano (FR), Italy                                                                                                                                               Arts in Rome Prize, gallery, Spazio Cima, Rome, Italy                                                                                                                                                                                   #DomaniInArte, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale, promoted by Assessorato alla Crescita culturale - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, Rome, Italy                   Weir Gabbioneta Award, Museo Studio Francesco Messina, Milan, curated by Angela Madesani, Italy                                                                                                               MalamegiLab 15 Art Prize, Malamegi, Udine, Italy

2019    Swiss Art Expo, with ARTBOX.PROJECT Zürich 1.0, Zürich, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                         Cortemilia in mostra, curated by Valeria Guglielmi, Cortemilia, Cuneo, Italy                                                                                                                                                   On Stage Project, a cura di Roberta Melasecca, Esponceda Center for Art and Culture, Barcelona, Spain                                                                                                             GIFA, International Foundry Trade Fair, Düsseldorf, Germany                                                                                                                                                                         Fluttuazioni, bipersonal curated by Giuditta Elettra Lavinia Nidiaci, Galleria Borghini Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy                                                                                     Rospigliosi Art Prize, “Visibile Invisibile”, 2nd edition,  Palazzo Rospigliosi, Rome, Italy                                                                                                                                   Divenire, curated by Giuditta Elettra Lavinia Nidiaci, Spazio Arte T24, Santa Maria in  Campitelli, Rome, Italy

2018    Vittorio Viviani Prize, 18th edition, Libera Accademia di Pittura Vittorio Viviani, Nova Milanese (MI)                                                                                                                 Comel Prize Vanna Migliorin, “Armonie in alluminio”, Spazio Comel Arte Contemporanea Gallery, Latina, Italy                                                                                                   Artika, 8th contemporary art exposition, Casa dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy                                                                                                                                                     Combat Prize, 9th edition, Villa del Presidente, Livorno, curated by Paolo Batoni, Italy                                                                                                                                   La Voce del Corpo, 5th edition, Della gioia e della libertà, curated by Bruno Freddi, City of Osnago, Lecco, Italy                                                                                               Artrooms Fair Roma, The Church Palace, Rome, curated by Cristina Cellini Antonioni, Chiara Canal e Francesco Fanelli, Italy

2017    Mixed pickles II, collective exhibition of artists from ten european nations, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, curated by Susanne Greinke, Dresden, Germany                             Mixed pickles, collective exhibition of artists from eight european nations, Hochschule für Bildende Künste, curated by Susanne Greinke, Dresden, Germany

2016    Elettricamente, collective exhibition born from the interaction between creative perceptions and electric energy, Museo della Tecnica Elettrica, Pavia, Italy                                   La voce del corpo, 4th edition, curated by Bruno Freddi, City of Osnago, Lecco, Italy

2015    L’invisibile si mostra, collective exhibition with Arnaldo Pomodoro, projects commissioned by Gruppo Bianchi with the employment of NSK materials, National Museum of Science and Technology of Milan, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, Italy

2013    Arti visive e biomimetica, collective exhibition, Orto Botanico Sperimentale Cascina Rosa, Milan, Italy

 

Residences
  

2020    Siamo tessuto, trame connesse, exhibition film, 12 artists in dialogue in the Valle dei Templi in Agrigento, Italy, artists residence in house (because of COVID 19) curated by Rossana Danile.

2019    Art Residency program “World of Co”, Sofia, Bulgaria

           Visibile invisibile, curated by L’Avugì Eventi, Palazzo Rospigliosi, Zagarolo, (RM), Italy

2018    No More Half Season, mentor artist Valerio Marazzi, LUISS Hub, Milan, Italy

 

 
Black cocoon, at Bat Gallery in a collective exhibition Labirinti, curated by Fabio Milani