Sunday, September 9, 2012
6. Filippo Minelli
Filippo on Filippo:
My name is Filippo Minelli, I was born in Italy in 1983 and I like doing things.
I studied Arts at highschool and then got my BFA in ‘Arts and New Media’ by ‘Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera’ in Milan, where I obtained the highest marks. During the Art Academy I mostly learned how to perfectly grill sausages in the classroom along with other talented artists. And even if I don’t eat sausages anymore, thanks to the precious teachings I received I can now grill fish, which I still eat, with the same ability.
I have created Arts in public space by the late 90′s, most of the time branding non-places.
I’m interested in Politics and Geopolitics in particular, though I try not to read daily-news as they prevent from understanding the complexity of issues. This is also the reason why most of my work is composed of ongoing-series rather than single artworks: I consider the complexity and diversity the key to deciphering and portraying reality, investigating in different directions.
I’m interested in the border-areas rather than States, and I’m lucky enough to spend most of my working and free time travelling or documenting myself on various issues. I appreciate the ‘uncertainty’ as it’s synonymous with ‘freedom’, and this approach affects everything I do.
An aunt who raised me when my parents were at work was deaf, this is the probable reason why I’m trained to look for the most simple way to express concepts in the presence and absence of speech. I have always been fascinated by the power of words and language as a replacement to the figurative representation.
Sometimes my works are published by major publishing houses, magazines and newspapers or exhibited in galleries, museums and foundations, but my favorite is being involved into projects or to build them myself.