Luigi Francischello, Mystico 9, 2013. (Acrilico su tela)
Interview: Luigi Francischello
Luca Curci talks with artist Luigi Francischello during WHY SELF exhibition in Venice on May 2015.
Luigi Francischello was born in Zurich, he’s lived his early ages in Switzerland and Australia,
before settling in Italy. He has a graduation degree in “Academy School of Fine Arts” and been working in the art scene since the early nineties. He has exhibited his works in England, France, Australia, Sweden, Germany and across Italy. Francischello’s paintings have been included in exhibitions by the A.i.a.p Unesco, in Paris, Tel Aviv and Montecarlo.
Luigi Francischello, Lotus Eaters 1, 2013. (Acrilico su tela)
He exhibits at the 53rd Biennale of Venice: “Parallel Dimensions”, ScalaMata Exhibition Space, 2009. In London he exhibits with “Plasticine Art Factory” (2010) and at the “Persona Art Festival” (2011). Lately in Amsterdam, Naples, and at the “Temporary Museum”, Palermo, Italy (2013). Latest shows “Ajatus: Idea, Concept, Art” in 2014 at Galleria Unique, Turin, Italy and at “NORDART 2014” International Art Exhibition, Kunstwerk Carlshutte. Budelsdorf, Germany.
Luigi Francischello, No Tags 6, 2010. (Acrilico su tela)
Luca Curci – Can you talk about your personal experience in Venice? What did you think about the whole organization of the event, the artists’ selection, the communication management and opening nights?
Luigi Francischello – Unfortunately I couldn’t attend the openings of the events, but videos and images of the venues are on various websites, and it all looks cool. Anyway, I’ve visited both exhibitions last week. Palazzo Cà Zanardi and Venice Art House are functional locations in “Cannaregio” and they are about 15 minutes distant one from another and close to other exhibitions: Icelandic Pavilion, the Mongolia Pavilion and other collateral events of the Venice Biennale 2015. I think that the communication management and the organization of the event has been successful.
Luigi Francischello, Lotus Eaters 16, 2015. (Acrilico su tela)
L. C. – What do you think about the collaboration between It’s LIQUID and Ca’ Zanardi/Venice Art House?
L. F. – Well, I think it’s multifunctional. I’ve seen that lately there have been several venues in the city of Venice organized by It’s Liquid and Cà Zanardi/Venice Art House. International artists working with photography, video art, installations, paintings, live experimental dance and art performances. Great!
Luigi Francischello, Lotus Eaters 13, 2014. (Acrilico su tela)
L. C. – Can you talk about the artwork you presented in Venice? How is it linked with the festival’s theme?
L. F. – “WHY SELF – Adventures of social identities is focused on the analysis of the identities in relationship with the social context”. Art is advanced communication, it is related to physical places, people and spaces; the introspective dimension and sense of belonging related to others is the possibility for artistic events to compose in a social and creative experience. Identities and “Memory Identity”.
Luigi Francischello, Lotus Eaters 2, 2013. (Acrilico su tela)
The artwork I presented for the event is part of the series “Lotus Eaters”, the lotus flower is the plant that makes you forget your physical condition and identity memory/habitual experience of knowledge and it makes you forget the union with everything; it produces oblivion of what we really are and where we came from. “We forgot who we are”, “I forgot who I am”: it’s a metaphor for social identity and it paradoxically conducts us to an intensive investigation about the SELF evolution of the idea of identity. “Lotus-eater lives in a drugged, indolent state from feeding on the lotus. Stargazer, daydreamer, woolgatherer.”
Luigi Francischello, Lotus Eaters 17, 2015. (Acrilico su tela)
L. C. – What are you currently working on?
L. F. – I am currently working on themes related to spiritual and mental spaces and exploring the unknown, where consciousness and unconsciousness struggle to create substance and colour in an idealized space. A “non-didactic, non-specified and non-identified” voyage across the undisclosed: the ambiguity and the paradox becomes the “concept”, an “unrevealed” mystery.
Luigi Francischello, No Tags 4, 2010. (Acrilico su tela)
L. C. – What is art for you?
L. F. – I believe that Art is invention and intervention, a vivacious performance, a psychedelic journey. It derives from the experience and observation of the vast archive of images from art history of the past, and my natural desire to converse with the great masters of the “iconography”, leads me to a trip across memory and history, and life’s experiences is the making of art itself. My work is the use of energy aimed to a specific purpose: aesthetic and sublime bliss through art. I’m mostly entertained by sacral symbols, baroque ornaments, applied art, performing arts, literature, the plenty of details, the incomparable beauty and otherwise the complexity of it all, is true inspiration and precious material for my thought.
Luigi Francischello, Lotus Eaters 10, 2014. (Acrilico su tela)
L. C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo and It’s LIQUID organizations? Do you think they can represent an opportunity for artists?
L. F. – They certainly can, real good organization and a great opportunity for artists.