Lives in Milan
Movement is a founding component of Anna Franceschini’s work, which combines art and cinema: the visual exploration of places, objects and procedures is articulated in a journey of the gaze that translates space in a cinematic way.
VILLA STRAYLIGHT (2019) is part of the line of research on screenless animation, in which the artist explores the possibility of doing cinema without the screen. Linking back to the avant-garde tradition of ballet mécanique, she builds a machine that puts a series of blonde wigs into constant movement. The title of the work refers to the science fiction novel Neuromancer, written in 1984 by William Gibson. The wig alludes to an erotic imagery that focuses on unregulated, oversized bodies such as that of Lady 3Jane Marie-France, portrayed in Gibson’s novel, or that of drag queens, whose performances employ the wig as a central and emblematic element.