BARBARA NICOLI – Semiotica della natura


Tuesday 9 June 2015, from 6.30 pm


9 June – 14 July 2015
Monday – Friday:
10.00 am – 1.00 pm / 3.30 pm – 7.00 pm
Saturday: by appointment only


Fabbrica Eos Arte Contemporanea
Piazzale Baiamonti 2, 20154 Milano


Barbara Nicoli

Visual Artist, performer, actress, Barbara Nicoli graduated in Conservation of Cultural Heritage – History of Contemporary Art at the University of Parma in 2000, and has studied acting at Susan Batson Studio in New York. From 2002 she undertook a personal path between visual and performing arts. Her work uses a broad panorama of techniques: from painting to installations, from sculpture to the intaglio etching.

Within this latter technique she develops, from traditional methods, a peculiar, innovative experiment of language by placing the work in a border territory between tradition and innovation. The performative actions originate from its visual route: using the body, the voice, and the movement, the artist arrives at a unity and synthesis of languages.

In the performance ‘Foglie d’Albero 2015’ (Leaves of Tree 2015) – a site-specific installation especially conceived for the show – the artist blends harmoniously the meanings of the symbolic space with those of the performer.

The search for Barbara Nicoli arises from a deep reflection on the nature, and is stretched to highlight the richness of the interior life of the plant world. This theme was dedicated to the exhibition “Nature, Interrupted” at the Hong Kong Arts Center in September 2014, in concomitance of the show at Fine Art Asia 2014 in Hong Kong.

In 2012 she founded Locus Solus – the place of the arts, born from the meeting with various artists from various disciplines with the aim to promote artistic projects, art editions and residences.

The theater activity is intense and develops in Italy and abroad with directors such as Franco Brambilla, Cesar Brie, Danio Manfredini and in New York with Susan Batson and Jordan Bayne. Among the last works, directed by Franco Brambilla, is included ” 63×50 “: show designed for the 50 years of the group ’63, which debuted in Rome at the Auditorium Parco della Musica (2013), “Orfeo, sings.” taken from the sonnets to Orpheus of Rainer Maria Rilke and debuted in Milan at the Museum of 900 and the Monumental Cemetery in Milan (2014). Always directed by Franco Brambilla, she is currently working on ‘a Da Dada a Dada’, a project dedicated to dadaism through the texts of Tristan Tzara, Pablo Picasso and Daniel Spoerri, and at ‘la Tempesta perfetta’ (the perfect storm) by Nanni Balestrini, inspired by a painting by Giorgione that will debut in Venice in the context of the Biennale 2015.

Among her latest exhibitions, “Nature, interrupted”, organized in Hong Kong by 29 Arts In Progress.

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Guest Curators:
– Manuela Gandini Download curatorial text (English version / Italian version)
– Nanni Balestrini Download curatorial text (Italian version)