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My name is Filippo Minelli, I was born in Italy in 1983 and I have created Arts in public space by the late 90′s, most of the time branding non-places.
I studied Arts at highschool and then got my BFA in ‘Arts and New Media’ with honors by ‘Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera’ in Milan. During the Art Academy years I mostly learned how to perfectly grill sausages in the classroom along with other talented artists. And even if I don’t eat sausages anymore, thanks to the precious teachings I received I can now grill fish, which I still eat, with the same ability.
I’m interested in Politics, Geopolitics in particular, though I try not to read daily-news as they prevent from understanding the complexity of issues. This is also the reason why most of my work is composed of ongoing-series rather than single artworks: I consider the complexity and diversity the key to deciphering and portraying reality, investigating in different directions.
I’m interested in the border-areas rather than States, and I’m lucky enough to spend most of my working and free time travelling or documenting myself on various issues. I appreciate the ‘uncertainty’ as it’s synonymous with ‘freedom’, and this approach affects everything I do.
An aunt who raised me when my parents were at work was deaf, this is the probable reason why I’m trained to look for the most simple way to express concepts in the presence and absence of speech. I have always been fascinated by the power of words and language as a replacement to the figurative representation.
Sometimes my works are published by major publishing houses, magazines and newspapers or exhibited in galleries, museums and foundations, but my favorite is being involved into projects or to build them myself.
Silence / Shapes_Ongoing
Various locations, Europe. Starting 2009
Decontextualization of a violent tool changing quickly the surroundings, creating chaos, blinding the eyes, used in natural landscapes. The result proves that beauty can be found in clashing visions with an approach and aesthetic similar to romanticism. Showing the power of nature with the implication of religious aspects. Juxtaposing violence and beauty as a political statement. Giving silence a physical shape to be aware of its presence in the age of information and communication technology. The idea of 'hidden manifest' is contemplated in most of religions: Orthodox, Islamic, Catholic, Jewish mysticism, 'Yin Xian' for Taoism, and also in great philosophies like Buddhism.

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