Marinella Senatore

Marinella Senatore

Born in 1977, in Cava de’ Tirreni, Italy. 

Lives and works between Rome, Italy and London, United-Kingdom.

Marinella Senatore is a multidisciplinary artist trained in music, fine arts, and cinema. Her practice is characterized by a strong collective and participatory dimension; her work combines aesthetic research with the transformative power of social engagement. 

Marinella Senatore is a multidisciplinary artist trained in music, fine arts, and cinema. Her practice is characterized by a strong collective and participatory dimension; her work combines aesthetic research with the transformative power of social engagement. 

The theme of light is one of the crucial aspects of her research since her training at the National Film School in Rome, where she studied direction of photography and camera. The light, both electric and optic, material and metaphorical, proves to be a tool for narration and poetic creation, as well as for resistance and cohesion. As the artist explains, "the light sculptures are generators of energy that - under the form of light beams - is propagated across a space, that changes it and modifies its structures as well as the individuals in it.” 

Senatore’s works and performances have been commissioned and exhibited by Italian and international institutions alike, including: Palais de Tokyo, Paris; High Line, New York; Queens Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou Paris; Kunsthaus Zürich; Pearl Art Museum; MAXXI; Palais de Tokyo; Schirn Kunsthalle; Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago; Berlinische Galerie; Museo del Novecento, Milan; Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen; Faena Art Forum, Miami; Bozar; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo; Museums der Moderne Salzburg; Serpentine Gallery; CCA Tel Aviv; Museo Madre; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; ICA, Richmond; Petach Tikva Museum of Art; BAK Utrecht; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo; Palazzo Grassi; Museo Boijmans Van Beuningen; Moderna Museet. 

The artist has participated in the following contemporary art biennials: São Paulo Biennial; Venice Biennale; Lyon Biennial; Thessaloniki Biennial; Liverpool Biennial; Athens Biennial; Havana Biennial; Gothenburg Biennial; Cuenca Biennial; Pune Biennial; South Tyrol Biennial; Bangkok Biennial and Manifesta12, Palermo. 

In 2012, Senatore created The School of Narrative Dance (SOND), a nomadic, free of charge, and non-hierarchical school that proposes an alternative educational system based on emancipation, empowerment, and self-education. With SOND, the artist creates platforms that invite professional and non-professional community members to create site-specific collective movements and storytelling activities, aligned with the collective rituals of public festivals and protests alike. So far, the school’s activities have taken place in over 23 countries, involving about 7 million people. 

Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Marinella Senatore, Paris
February 09 - March 18, 2023



The School of Narrative Dance, CCA, Tel Aviv, Israel

The School of Narrative Dance, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria 
Marinella Senatore.

We Rise by LIfting Others, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Bodies in Alliance, Ceysson & Bénétière, Paris, France 


Bodies in Alliance. Festival. Carte blanche to Marinella Senatore, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

Marinella Senatore. Remember the first time you saw your name, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany

Marinella Senatore: Art meets city, Baden Baden, Germany

Marinella Senatore. Afterglow, Mazzoleni, London, United-Kingdom

Marinella Senatore, Embassy of Italy, Bucarest, Romania

Something about you, Blitz, Malta 


Make it Shine, Mazzoleni, Turin, Italy

Invito 2021, Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy

The School of Narrative Dance, Taak, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Marinella Senatore | A salir a le stelle | To Climb to the Stars, Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia, Italy


We Rise by Lifting Others, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

Un corpo unico/Un cuerpo unico, IIC Madrid, Madrid, Spain

I’m going to make everything beautiful around me, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal


The School of Narrative Dance, The Centre for the Less Good Idea, in collaboration with Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Johannesburg, South Africa

The School of Narrative Dance, Magazzino Italian Art, New York, USA

Feminism in Italian Contemporary Art, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, United-Kingdom


The School of Narrative Dance, curated by Hayward Gallery, The National Theater Mannheim and Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany 

WE the KIDS, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy 


Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration sonic version, BAK Basis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht York Symphony, York Museum, York, United-Kingdom

Zurich Parade, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland

The School of Narrative Dance, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Procession, Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon, Portugal

Piazza Universale/Social Stages, Queens Museum, New York, USA


The School of Narrative Dance, Faena Forum, Miami, USA

Modica Street Musical, Laveronica arte contemporanea, Modica

MétallOpérette, Les Laboratoires d‘Aubervilliers, France

Marinella Senatore, Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales, United-Kingdom


The Word Community feels good, MOT International, London Estman Radio, INSITU, Berlin, Germany

Public Secrets, Kunst Halle St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland


Marinella Senatore. Building Communities, Castello di Rivoli, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli, Turin, Italy; travelled to Museum of Contemporary Art of Santa Barbara, USA

Gotham Prize, Italian Institute of Culture, New York, USA


Rosas, Viafarini DOCVA Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy

Rosas, Part one – Part two, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany

Rosas: The Attic, QUAD, Derby, United-Kingdom

Abierto por obras, Matadero Centro de Creación Contemporánea, Madrid, Spain

Perfect Lives, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany


Roommates, Macro Museum / Museo Macro, Rome, Italy

8. Furla Prize “Pleure Qui Peut, Rit Qui Veut”, Palazzo Pepoli, Bologna, Italy


Manuale per i viaggiatori, Madre Museum, Naples, Italy



Aria di Capri, Festival del Paesaggio, Anacapri 2022, Capri, Italy

BAG, Bocconi Art Gallery, Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy

Format Festival, Bentoville, USA

Colomboscope. Language is migrant, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Rosa Alchemico, Villa Olmo, Como, Italy

MANIFEST yourself!, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Il video rende felici. Videoarte in Italia, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy


Di tutti i colori, Galleria Continua, Rome, Italy

LUCREZIA. Omaggio per un’antieroina, Palazzo Fontanelli Sacrati, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Cantinca 21, Pearl Art Museum, Shanghai, China

Statements, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo, Italy

34th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Flying on the raven’s wing, Horst, Vilvoorde, Belgium

PANORAMA – an island wide exhibition, ITALICS, Procida, Italy

Sonsbeek 20-24, Sonsbeek, The Netherlands
Italian Twist, Fondazione Imago Mundi, Treviso, Italy

The Way Out, Steirischer Herbst ’21, Graz, Austria

Never cross the same river twice, Space 52, Athens, Greece

Park Platz, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Back to Nature 2021, Parco dei Daini, Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy

Claire Fontaine, Pasquarosa, Marinella Senatore, Museo Diego Aragona Pignatelli Cortes, Naples, Italy

Breaking the Monument (Images of Resistance), CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

I Say I, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

Dante nell’arte contemporanea italiana, ex teatro Piermarini, Foligno, Italy


Bangkok Biennial, Bangkok, Thailand

Protext!, Pecci Museum, Prato, Italy

Europe’s Kitchen, Artists’ Perspectives on Europe, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Claire Fontaine, Pasquarosa, Marinella Senatore, La Fondazione, Rome Biennale Gherdëina, Italy

The School of Narrative Dance, La Commun, Geneva, Switzerland


Bodies–Cities Collections and Excursions, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Germany

EMERGE, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Canada

Non-Places and the Spaces in Between, Italian Institute of Culture, New York, USA

The Quest of Happiness, Serlachius Museums, Mänttä, Finland

Hotel Europa: Their Past, Your Present, Our Future, Open Space of Experimental Art, Tbilisi, Georgia

L’ultimo Espaliú, Real Academia de España en Roma, Italy

Art Club 27 #VillaMedici, French Academy in Rome, Italy

The Social Ecosphere: Ecologies of Work and Migration, Oulu Museum and Valve Cultural Center Wall-Eyes. Looking at Italy and South Africa, Italian Institute of Culture of South Africa as part of Keyes Art Mile, Johannesburg, South Africa

Guerrilla of Enlightenment, < rotor > Association for Contemporary Art, Graz, Austria

ACT, Q18, Cologne, Germany
Cabinet Pique-Nique, Villa Cameline, Nice, France


THE STREET. Where the world is made, MAXXI, Rome, Italy

Conversation Piece | Part V, Fondazione Memmo, Rome, Italy

The Missing Image: Video, photography, performance, La Rada, Locarno, Switzerland

Manifesta 12 Palermo, Palermo, Italy

Ver as vozes dos artistas | Seeing artists voices, Metro, Porto, Portugal

First Person. Plural Empathy, Intimacy, Irony and Anger. Proposition #5: First Person Plural, INSAS, Brussels Declaration, ICA, Richmond, USA

Agora, Highline, New York, USA


Bi-City, Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen, China

Action!, Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland

Proposition #1: What we mean, BAK Basis voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Extra-Citizen, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium

Copenhagen Symphony, Code Art Fair, Copenhagen, Denmark

I Plan to Stay a Believer, Andrew Kreps, New York, USA

Good luck with your natural, combined, attractive and truthful attempts in two exhibitions, Fundação Eugénio de Almeida, Évora, Portugal

Notes on Italia Videoarte, Palazzo Valmarana, Vicenza, Italy

Due South 2017, The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, USA

Habit-co-habit, Pune Biennial, Pune, India

Writing about music, dancing, about architecture, Waterside Contemporary, London, United-Kingdom


Quadriennale di Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

Hotel des Arts, Toulon, France

The Big Other, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin, Germany

Long Night of Ideas: Unlearning the Given, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin, Germany


La Vie Moderne, 13e Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France

5th Thessaloniki Biennial of Contemporary Art, The State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

Good Luck with your Natural, Combined, Attractive and Truthful Attempts in Two Exhibitions, Crac Alsace, Altkirch, France

Do D!sturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

The School of Narrative Dance, New York Procession, High Line, New York, USA

The School of Narrative Dance: Die Große Parade, Festival of Regions, Ebensee, Austria

Community Symphony, Stockholm, Sweden

Re:Verb | At:Sain, Llandudno, United-Kingdom

The School of Narrative Dance, The Night Art Made the Future Visible, Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum, Venice, Italy


Open Museum, Open City, “Narrazioni”, Museo MAXXI, Rome, Italy

The Yellow Side of Sociality. Italian Artists in Europe, Bozar Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles, Belgium

Leisure, Discipline and Punishment, Part of Liverpool Biennial, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, United-Kingdom 
Glitch, Pac, Milan, Italy
Making Room (Spaces of Anticipation), Ar/Ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy

Portrait of the Artist as a Young (Wo) Man, Castello di Rivoli, Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy

MAXXI Prize 2014, Museo MAXXI, Rome, Italy

Set in Motion, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

Performative Resistance, as part of “Arena”, Coca-Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, Poland

Ir para volver / leaving to return, 12a Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador

The School of Narrative Dance, Roma, Museo MAXXI, Rome, Italy

The Third Paradise of M. Pistoletto, (performance orchestrated by Marinella Senatore), Bozar, Brussels, Belgium


Agora, 4th Athens Biennial, National Bank of Greece Building and Camp Contemporary Art Meeting Point, Athens, Greece

Leisure, Discipline and Punishment as Part of: Play! Recapturing the Radical Imagination, 7th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborg, Germany

Contour 2013, 6th Biennial of the Moving Image, Mechelen, Belgium

Screen Between Europe and Asia, 7th Shiryaeva Biennial, Victoria Gallery, Samara, Russia 

Open Form, Art-Athina, International Contemporary Art Fair of Athens, Greece

The 338 Hour Cineclub, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

Pan, 4th Maretti Prize, Naples, Italy

Benzine, La Triennale, Milan, Italy

How to Tell a Story, Depo, Istanbul, Turkey

The School of Narrative Dance: Little Chaos, Teatro Lirico and Teatro Massimo, Cagliari, Italy

A Theatre Cycle: Common Archive School, Teatro Valle Occupato, Rome, Italy


Offen Auf Aeg, Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany

Where is the here if the here is in there?, Pallas Projects-Studios, Dublin, Ireland

Under a Tinsel Sun, 3rd Moscow International Biennial for Young Art, Moscow, Russia

La Ciudad como Conflicto, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain

Art Practices and Social Imaginaries, 11th Havana Biennial, Wifredo Lam Center, Cuba Visible Award, Serpentine Gallery, London, Untied-Kingdom

Rosas: Berlin Parade, (public performance), Berlin, Germany


Dublin Contemporary, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, Ireland

The Power to Host, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York, USA

Sotto quale cielo?, Museo Riso, Palermo, Italy

ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale / 54° Biennale Internazionale d’Arte di Venezia, Venice, Italy


Sonrisas y Lágrimas, Museo Naval De Ferrol, Museo Naval De Ferrol, A Coruña Videoreport Italia, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone

SI Sindrome Italiana, Le Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble

Persona in Meno, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

Neither From, Nor Towards..., Art Pavillion, Zagreb, Croatia


The Italian Sight, Tea Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Tenerife, Spain

Emerging Talents, Cccs, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy


Italics: Italian Art Between Tradition and Revolution 1968-2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy – travelled to Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA 

The Rocky Mountain People Show, Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy


Carte Blanche, a project by C. Alemani, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, USA

Art Radio Live, a project by Moma Ps1 New York and Pan Naples, as Part of 52nd Venice Biennale Guestroom, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Vesuvius, 798 Space, Beijing, travelled to Moderna Museet, Stockholm Neverending Cinema, Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy


Thin Line, Viafarini, Milan, Italy

Video Zone 2, 2nd International Video-Art Biennial in Israel, CCA – The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

The Aesthetics of Resistance, FAR, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy

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