The performative practice of Italian artist Chiara Fumai belongs to the tradition of female psychics, who are 'spoken by' different controversial entities. Entities which the artist freely (mis)interprets and combines into new stories, while questioning their symbolic meaning and representation in the mind of the viewer. Dealing with radical feminism, media culture, language and repression, Fumai's starting point is performance, later transformed into installations, videos, collages and performative displays.
Chiara Fumai was born in Rome (1978), but lives and "unworks" in Brussels. Recent one-woman-shows include: With Love from $inister at A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia (2013 – 2014); С любовью от $инистера at Victoria Gallery, Samara (2014); I Did Not Say or Mean 'Warning', Fondazione Querini Stampalia (2013). Recent group shows include Fiorucci Art Trust, London (2014); Stigter Van Doesburg, Amsterdam (2014); MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2013); Muzeon, Moscow (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012). The artist was the winner of the ninth edition of the Furla Art Award (2013).
Chiara Fumai was a student at the DAI in the academic year 2009-2010 and returned as a visiting professor in 2014 and 2015.