Beatrice Catanzaro
Italy, Germany
Milan, Weimar




Master course in Public Art at Bauhaus, Weimar
She studied Social Sculpture with Shelley Sacks at Oxford Brookes University, UK, in 2003-2004.


Unidee Projects

Beatrice has worked together with Margarita Vazquez Ponte and Matteo Ferrari under the banner of F.lli Fortuna. Their practice developed through brief actions in public space and is now concentrated on an abandoned commercial area on the outskirts of Biella: the Aiazzone complex. The visitors will be driven to the site and once there taken on a guided tour based on sounds, that highlight the past and present of the building. The group wants to lay emphasis on the pseudo historical and poetic experience rather than the physical exploration of the site. The Aiazzone intervention and previous ones, focus on investigating samples of the economic boom in the 1980's and how these buildings now stand as simulacra of a "golden age".
At the end of September Beatrice performed the first of several actions of a larger project, that took place in London, in Trafalgar Square. Joining the crowd of human “advertising signs” pointing out the nearest hamburger bars, Beatrice carried a sign that said: “1997 footsteps from here the queen awaits your presence!” (with the times for the changing of the royal guards). There's something highly contradictory, she says, in doing voluntary pubblicity for one of the richest people in Britain. The action focuses on the indifference most immigrants are met with when they arrive in the so-called “civilized world”.


Beatrice believes in collaborative practice among artists as being the only way to avoid the traditional concept of the artist as an author. Her work generally focuses on the public sphere and it often takes the shape of outdoor interventions. Her aim is to reveal contradictions and paradoxes in the public domain and the way people relate to it. Art practice is a tool with which the artist can challenge accepted norms in society as well as point out alternative perspectives.




Staying at Cittadellarte is like being in a world where time doesn't exist, says Beatrice. It's "being" without the necessity of producing anything. She would have liked, though, to have gone deeper into the concept of "responsible social transformation" and to have dicussed more its meaning and premises more thoroughly.



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