Francesco Arena

Europa 11 novembre 2015

Europe 11 November 2015

Mixed media
2015 - 2016

Collection of Sprovieri Gallery

Francesco Arena (b. 1978) is known for his abstract and conceptual works aiming to re-present significant events from the past. His primary subjects include historic occurrences of trauma, violence, and struggle, and their manifestation as statistical facts in narratives and collective memories, particularly in the context of Italian politics and society.

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  • The artwork title references a news article regarding the operation to control migration into Europe by closing the Slovenian-Croatian border with a 2,100 meter-long barbed wire and metal netting. In response, the artist created a rope of the same length, tying together shoe laces, lanyards, ribbons, cables, and other kinds of scrap cords which he collected from friends, family, and acquaintances. The rope is then gathered into a spool and stretched all throughout the space, crossing from wall to wall. It symbolizes the web of human connections which recalls not only the artist’s personal relationships but also the global linkages borne out of the history of human migration.

  • The artwork title references a news article regarding the operation to control migration into Europe by closing the Slovenian-Croatian border with a 2,100 meter-long barbed wire and metal netting. In response, the artist created a rope of the same length, tying together shoe laces, lanyards, ribbons, cables, and other kinds of scrap cords which he collected from friends, family, and acquaintances. The rope is then gathered into a spool and stretched all throughout the space, crossing from wall to wall. It symbolizes the web of human connections which recalls not only the artist’s personal relationships but also the global linkages borne out of the history of human migration.

  • The artwork title references a news article regarding the operation to control migration into Europe by closing the Slovenian-Croatian border with a 2,100 meter-long barbed wire and metal netting. In response, the artist created a rope of the same length, tying together shoe laces, lanyards, ribbons, cables, and other kinds of scrap cords which he collected from friends, family, and acquaintances. The rope is then gathered into a spool and stretched all throughout the space, crossing from wall to wall. It symbolizes the web of human connections which recalls not only the artist’s personal relationships but also the global linkages borne out of the history of human migration.

  • The artwork title references a news article regarding the operation to control migration into Europe by closing the Slovenian-Croatian border with a 2,100 meter-long barbed wire and metal netting. In response, the artist created a rope of the same length, tying together shoe laces, lanyards, ribbons, cables, and other kinds of scrap cords which he collected from friends, family, and acquaintances. The rope is then gathered into a spool and stretched all throughout the space, crossing from wall to wall. It symbolizes the web of human connections which recalls not only the artist’s personal relationships but also the global linkages borne out of the history of human migration.