Muna Mussie (1978) is an Eritrean artist based in Bologna. Mussie investigates the performing arts and the scenic languages to give shape to the tension that arises between different expressive poles, through gesture, vision and word. She began her artistic career in 1998, as actress/performer with Teatrino Clandestino and Teatro Valdoca.
From 2001 to 2005 she was an active part in the research collective Open, the project that marked her desire to investigate her own ways of being on stage. Since 2006, she has conceived, staged, and interpreted her own works.
Her recent productions, including the installation and performance Milite Ignoto (Unknown Soldier) (2015), the performances Oasi (Oasis) (2018), Curva (Curve) (2019), Curva Cieca (Blind Curve) (2021), and PF DJ (2021), investigate ghostly apparitions and minor history.
She designed the FFMM clothing collection with Flavio Favelli (2007-2009). Among her international theatre projects is Monkey See, Monkey Do (Chapter I-II, 2011-2012). Her object interventions include Punteggiatura (2018), sewing a project based on the practice of sewing, and Bologna St. 173 (2021), her solo show at Archive sites Milano, also presented at Savvy Contemporary Berlin, on the concepts of home, citadel, fortress and freedom. Her recent project Oblio (2021) introduces her research on public art.
Her work has been presented at Art Fall/PAC Ferrara, Xing Raum and Live Arts Week Bologna, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation Turin, Marino Marini Museum Florence, Workspace Brussels, MAMbo Bologna, Màntica Cesena, Santarcangelo Festival, Viafarini Milan, Ipercorpo Festival, Museion Bolzano, Festival Pergine Spettacolo, Sale Docks Venice, ERT Bologna, Manifesta 13 Marseilles, Happening! festival NAM Not A Museum Manifattura Tabacchi Florence, Zona K Milan, Short Theatre Rome, Savvy Contemporary Berlin, Democracy Biennial Turin, Oplà/Artefiera Bologna.