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Barbara Agreste

Reptilica
5'57'' 2008

Cyanide
4'23'' 2010

The Checkered Tunnel
1'51'' 2005

Pescara, 1971


My films are experimental, I work very much with animation, but I often mix two dimensional successions of drawings and three-dimensional settings (animated using the “stop motion” technique) with real life shots.

I like crossing over layers of different bits of film that were created with these different techniques. A lot of time based images in my films are abstract, I do not use narrative, action, or talking, and the narration is for me what happens through the succession of images and places that appear on the screen one after the other with their elements moving into and out of the frame.

Very often I include figurative elements to the scenes that I construct: they could be objects created with clay carefully put in the right place to signify a particular concept, real human beings moving and conveying particular emotions, or falling plants and water to give to the viewer the sense that a change is in progress.

I think the most important thing in a movie is the shape of the objects or their colors that alone can express a mood or send a message without the need of words.

It is useful for me to stop for some time working with the camera, and start dealing with materials like paper, water, glue, canvas and clay: my video work is very much connected to the making of art, I think more like a sculptor, or a photographer, I am much more a maker of shapes that when interlaced with time and sound make things happen, than a story teller.


Education:
  • 2004: Master of Arts, Fine Art, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, UK.

  • 2000: Bachelor of Arts (with First Class Honours), Visual Communication, Kent Institute of Art & Design, University of Kent at Canterbury, Maidstone, UK.

  • 1997: BTEC Diploma, Foundation Studies in Art & Design, Kensington & Chelsea College, London, UK.

  • 1989: Diploma, Liceo Artistico "G. Misticoni" - Pescara, Italy.


Recent events:
  • LIQUID IMAGE, VideoArt Event, Tarii Crisurilor Museum, Oradea, Romania. Curated by Gabriela Diana Gavrilas.

  • 100x100=900 (100 videoartists to tell a Century) www.9hundred.org/century.php

  • VOTE ART, Cultural Art Movement, CAM Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Naples/Strasbourg.

  • La Video Arte nel Mondo del Software, curated by Giovanni Viceconte, Lino Strangis & Veronica D’Auria , MACRO Contemporary Art Museum of the City of Rome, Italy.

  • On Videos for hours and hours, curated by Visual Container, Boccanera Art Gallery, Trento, Italy.

  • CAMMovie Videoart Platform, CAM Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, curated by Antonio Manfredi, Naples.

  • Arakne, Primo Piano Living Gallery, curated by Dores Sacquegna, Lecce, Italy.

  • Magmart Video Under Volcano VI edition, in partnership with CAM - Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, and the Foundation Universal Forum of Cultures, Naples.

  • Language is a Virus, Primo Piano Living Gallery, curated by Dores Sacquegna, Lecce, Italy.

  • ITALIAN CONTAINER The emerging Italian video art comes to Yerevan, curated by Carolina Lio. ACCEA | Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia.

  • "Art Shake Festival Berlin", 91mQ Art Project Space, Berlin, curated by Emanuela De Notariis.

  • "Pixelation V.7", a showcase of digital media and interactive performance part of the FirstWorks Festival. Providence, Rodhe Island, USA.

  • "Unbroken beat of soul", International Video Art at Laity Festival, Ex Aurum, Pescara, Italy, curated by Antonio Zimarino.

  • "Videococktails", video art exhibition, fës showroom - Minori - Costa d'Amalfi, curated by Pasquale Ruocco and Marcella Ferro.

  • "Tracce 2010", 7^ Young Artists' Biennale, Castello Di Sarzano, Casina – ReggioEmilia.

  • "Art Shake Festival", Mondo Bizarro Gallery, Rome, curated by Emanuela De Notariis.

  • "31 Artisti Vs 20Mq", Visualcontainer.box ProjectSpace, Via Federico Confalonieri 11, Milan. Curared by: Alessandra Arnò, Giorgio Fedeli.

  • "RED: The Gendered Color in Frames", International Videoart Exhibition, curated by Evelin Stermitz, Photon Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

  • Nigredo, Ex Lavanderia, Rome. Curated by Lori Adragna, Barbara Collevecchio, Micol di Veroli.

  • Toys... What a pleasure. Atelier 777 Gallery, Pescara, Italy.

  • Videholica 2009, International Biennial of Visual Arts, August in Art, Archeology Museum, Varna, Bulgaria.

  • International Video Programme, Cepa Gallery, The Art of Photography, curated by Adriane Little - Buffalo, NY, USA.


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