Rossella Biscotti
Carola Bonfili
Alice Cattaneo
Alex Cecchetti
Paolo Chiasera
Danilo Correale
Andrea Dojmi
Michael Fliri
Giulio Frigo
Christian Frosi
Anna Galtarossa
Nicola Gobbetto
Francesca Grilli
Simone Ialongo
Marzia Migliora
Valerio Rocco Orlando
Nicola Pecoraro
Alessandro Piangiamore
Farid Rahimi
Maria Domenica Rapicavoli
Davide Rivalta
Marinella Senatore
Luca Trevisani
Nico Vascellari
Enrico Vezzi


Palazzo Strozzi
23 January 2009 – 29 March 2009
Home l Programme l Education l Italian
194.9 MHz, 2006
video, DVD, 5'23" min.
Courtesy the artist
Photo: Valentina Muscedra
194.9 MHz merges performance art with the art of film and narrative. The video shows a performance that Francesca Grilli put on after conducting a series of interviews with members of her family. The artist focuses on a specific event in her father Franco's past. Franco, whose date of birth the title of the work alludes to, lost his younger brother in a tragic accident at an early age. His mother reacted to her intense grief by banning the sound of the radio from their home for ever. It is precisely the voice of Grilli's father that we hear off screen, telling us this story. But the voice sounds as though it has been picked up from an aerial carried on Grilli's back to the top of a mountain. The video allows us to partake in a kind of emotional repeat of the father's story, which his daughter relives through climbing a mountain in search of radio waves. This act is a way of overcoming age-old fear and grief, but it is also a symbol of the search for redemption, for deliverance and for a new emotional freedom in the father-daughter relationship, thus an act of historic self-awareness and of the conquest of new interior space.
194.9 MHz, 2006
video, DVD, 5'23" min.
Courtesy the artist