Lives in Los Angeles
Pioneer of the Post War neo avant-garde, Simone Forti was born in Italy and grew up in the United States, where she studied dance. The body is the main instrument for her exploration of reality in a process of discovery driven by a kinaesthetic awareness.
In Zuma News (2014) and in A Free Consultation (2016), the body of the artist permeated by the elements interacts with the newspaper pages and with the sound of the radio, which guide and limit her movement in space. The drawings from the series Animal Study – Gorilla (1990) recount her investigation on the body of animals in captivity she conducted since the ‘60s and which originated during her visit to the Rome zoo. The two small drawings from 1967 refer to Simone Forti’s visit to Italy with her father, after having fled the country with the family during the 1938 racial laws. In the vitrines, a selection of images recounts the presence of the artist in Rome between 1968 and 1972 and her participation in the performance programme of Galleria L’Attico directed by Fabio Sargentini, where Forti introduced for the first time on the Italian artistic scene many artists of the American avant-garde.