Discussing Anna Franceschini and nuclear power may seem a little absurd at first blush. The Italian artist (born in 1979, already featured in a number of museum and private collections and winner of the Ermanno Casoli Foundation award and the MacroAmici Prize) is known for her very personal use of the film medium and views reality and objects with obvious detachment, thus giving rise to a sort of alienation effect.


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She usually uses film as her point of reference. But at a metaphorical and thematic level, the artist takes her inspiration from energy sources in some of her works (It’s about Light and Death (to Joseph Plateau), 2011). Based on the particle and almost subatomic nature of the filmed objects, one often has the impression of seeing a bright and nuclear physical reaction with one’s own eyes, a cosmic explosion. In other videos, the young artist focuses her attention on the sun, our huge reservoir of clean energy (Doposole, 2013, and And now you’ll promise me you’ll never set again, 2013), contrasting it with dirty energy. As usual, we task art with inspiring our dreams and call on artists to help us imagine a different and perhaps better world.

In Anna Franceschini’s works, full of flavours, mystery, delicate sounds, flashes and particles, we perceive emotional and transfigured poetic responses even when they are linked to such strong issues. It’s worth following this young Italian artist who will no doubt continue to attract attention.

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