Biography

BR1 was born in Locri (Reggio Calabria) in 1984, lives and works in Turin.

BR1’s artistic research develops with urban interventions in large public spaces as well as indoor works. He investigates multi-ethnic relations, the prejudice surrounding migratory phenomena, the disintegration of democratic and liberal ideals that have stemmed racial preconceptions; and the ambiguities of a globalized society which instead of attenuating limits and borders, creates new levels of social exclusion.

BR1 obtains his Law degree in 2009 in Islamic Law. He practices law, and in 2014 becomes a lawyer, which leads him to focus on the position of women both in contemporary Islamic society and in the Euro-Mediterranean area. In art, BR! focuses his attention on the veil worn by women, as a visual device and also as a watershed symbol between Western and Islamic cultures.

His work is among the most appreciated at the Urban Art Biennale (2017), which takes place in Volklingen (Germany), in an old steel mill, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. BR1 receives a special mention at The Golden Dark Age (2018) from the European Photography Commission in Reggio Emilia, a project dedicated to the theme of migration, considered one of the most important Italian photography festivals. BR1 is invited to participate at Manifesta 12 Biennale (2018), with a public art project in the Ballarò district of Palermo, included in the OFF circuit.

In 2019, BR1 is selected as one of the official artists of Matera European Capital of Culture, for a public art project in collaboration with the main local realities that deal with the protection and integration of migrants in the Lucania region.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020

WHEN URBAN ATTITUDES BECOME CONTEMPORARY ART, group show, curated by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, 21Gallery, Treviso, Italy

2019

Urban art biennale, curated by Frank Kramer, UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte, Germany

Lunetta11, group show, Lunetta11 gallery, curated by Eva Menzio, Mombarcaro Italy

2018

MANIFESTA 12, official collateral event, microcosmi project, Palermo, Italy

Happy habitat, group show, Neurotitan Gallery, curated by Annika Hirsekorn, Berlin, Germany

2017

Urban art biennale, curated by Frank Kramer, UNESCO, Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte, Germany

HandMade, solo show, The Don Gallery, curated by Giacomo Spazio, Milan, Italy

2016

Freedom as Form, group show, Wunderkammern Gallery, Milan, Italy

The Stranger arrives with a new dress, solo show, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin Germany

2015

Chained, group show, Wunderkammern Gallery, Milano, Italy

2014

Fieno e asfalto, Artissima Art Fair, in collaboration with Artegiovane, Torino, Italy

Made in Italy, group show, GCA Gallery, curated by Christian Omodeo, Nice France

From Street to Art, group show, Italian Culture Institute, curator Simone Pallotta,  New York

Positions, group show, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin Germany

Costumi da mare, solo show, Fondazione per l’arte Bartoli-Felter, Cagliari, Italy

2013

Integration/disintegration, solo show, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin Germany

Public arena, group show, Barriera Artegiovane, curated by Roberta Pagani, Torino Italy

Women between, solo show, FARM cultural park, Favara, Italy

From the city to the world, group show, Newart center, curator Diane Pontius, Boston USA

 

Projects

2019

MATERA EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE, official public art project in collaboration with Il Sicomoro, curated by Stefania Dubla, Matera, Italy

Reversible, public art, curated by Madrid Street Art Project, Madrid, Spain

2017

Le Mur, public art, association Le Mur, rue Oberkampf, Paris, France

2015

Hydra 2, public art project, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy

 

2018

FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA, official collateral exhibition, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2013

A di città | international public art festival, Rosarno, Italy

Cheap poster art, poster art festival, curated by Elastico, Bologna, Italy

2012

Street art doping, public art festival, curated by Susan Pietrzyk, Warsaw, Poland

2010

Urban arts Madrid, street art festival, Madrid, Spain

2009

Pop up!, public art festival, Ancona, Italy

Residencies

2016

Torino e le Alpi, curated by Arteco, Valle Cervo, Biella, Italy

C-Fara and MAAP Atelier Arte Pubblica, curated by Stefania Dubla, Matera, Italy

2015

Kahinarte, curated by Francesco Bondanini, Melilla, Morocco

2014

BR1 and ELFO, AiR Pasaj, curated by Giorgio Caione, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Public collections

2014

Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bourdeaux, France

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018

FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA, mostra evento ufficiale collaterale, Reggio Emilia, Italia

2013

A di città, festival di arte pubblica internazionale, Rosarno, Italia

Cheap poster art, poster art festival, a cura di Elastico, Bologna, Italia

2012

Street art doping, progetto di arte pubblicaa cura di Susan Pietrzyk, Varasavia, Polonia

2010

Urban arts Madrid, Festival di street art, Madrid, Spagna

2009

Pop up!, festival di arte pubblica, Ancona, Italia

Residenze

2016

Torino e le Alpi, a cura di Arteco, Valle Cervo, Biella, Italia

C-Fara and MAAP Atelier Arte Pubblica, a cura di Stefania Dubla, Matera, Italia

2015

Kahinarte, a cura di Francesco Bondanini, Melilla, Morocco

2014

BR1 and ELFO | AiR Pasaj, a cura di Giorgio Caione, Istanbul, Turchia

Collezioni pubbliche

2014

Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bourdeaux, Francia

Biografia

BR1 was born in Locri (Reggio Calabria) in 1984, lives and works in Turin.

BR1’s artistic research develops with urban interventions in large public spaces as well as indoor works. He investigates multi-ethnic relations, the prejudice surrounding migratory phenomena, the disintegration of democratic and liberal ideals that have stemmed racial preconceptions; and the ambiguities of a globalized society which instead of attenuating limits and borders, creates new levels of social exclusion.

BR1 obtains his Law degree in 2009 in Islamic Law. He practices law, and in 2014 becomes a lawyer, which leads him to focus on the position of women both in contemporary Islamic society and in the Euro-Mediterranean area. In art, BR! focuses his attention on the veil worn by women, as a visual device and also as a watershed symbol between Western and Islamic cultures.

His work is among the most appreciated at the Urban Art Biennale (2017), which takes place in Volklingen (Germany), in an old steel mill, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. BR1 receives a special mention at The Golden Dark Age (2018) from the European Photography Commission in Reggio Emilia, a project dedicated to the theme of migration, considered one of the most important Italian photography festivals. BR1 is invited to participate at Manifesta 12 Biennale (2018), with a public art project in the Ballarò district of Palermo, included in the OFF circuit.

In 2019, BR1 is selected as one of the official artists of Matera European Capital of Culture, for a public art project in collaboration with the main local realities that deal with the protection and integration of migrants in the Lucania region.

Opere

Selezione mostre personali

2020

WHEN URBAN ATTITUDES BECOME CONTEMPORARY ART, group show, curated by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, 21Gallery, Treviso, Italy

2019

Urban art biennale, curated by Frank Kramer, UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte, Germany

Lunetta11, group show, Lunetta11 gallery, curated by Eva Menzio, Mombarcaro Italy

2018

MANIFESTA 12, official collateral event, microcosmi project, Palermo, Italy

Happy habitat, group show, Neurotitan Gallery, curated by Annika Hirsekorn, Berlin, Germany

2017

Urban art biennale, curated by Frank Kramer, UNESCO, Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte, Germany

HandMade, solo show, The Don Gallery, curated by Giacomo Spazio, Milan, Italy

2016

Freedom as Form, group show, Wunderkammern Gallery, Milan, Italy

The Stranger arrives with a new dress, solo show, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin Germany

2015

Chained, group show, Wunderkammern Gallery, Milano, Italy

2014

Fieno e asfalto, Artissima Art Fair, in collaboration with Artegiovane, Torino, Italy

Made in Italy, group show, GCA Gallery, curated by Christian Omodeo, Nice France

From Street to Art, group show, Italian Culture Institute, curator Simone Pallotta,  New York

Positions, group show, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin Germany

Costumi da mare, solo show, Fondazione per l’arte Bartoli-Felter, Cagliari, Italy

2013

Integration/disintegration, solo show, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin Germany

Public arena, group show, Barriera Artegiovane, curated by Roberta Pagani, Torino Italy

Women between, solo show, FARM cultural park, Favara, Italy

From the city to the world, group show, Newart center, curator Diane Pontius, Boston USA

 

Projects

2019

MATERA EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE, official public art project in collaboration with Il Sicomoro, curated by Stefania Dubla, Matera, Italy

Reversible, public art, curated by Madrid Street Art Project, Madrid, Spain

2017

Le Mur, public art, association Le Mur, rue Oberkampf, Paris, France

2015

Hydra 2, public art project, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy

 

2018

FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA, official collateral exhibition, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2013

A di città | international public art festival, Rosarno, Italy

Cheap poster art, poster art festival, curated by Elastico, Bologna, Italy

2012

Street art doping, public art festival, curated by Susan Pietrzyk, Warsaw, Poland

2010

Urban arts Madrid, street art festival, Madrid, Spain

2009

Pop up!, public art festival, Ancona, Italy

Residencies

2016

Torino e le Alpi, curated by Arteco, Valle Cervo, Biella, Italy

C-Fara and MAAP Atelier Arte Pubblica, curated by Stefania Dubla, Matera, Italy

2015

Kahinarte, curated by Francesco Bondanini, Melilla, Morocco

2014

BR1 and ELFO, AiR Pasaj, curated by Giorgio Caione, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Public collections

2014

Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bourdeaux, France

Selezione mostre collettive

2018

FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA, mostra evento ufficiale collaterale, Reggio Emilia, Italia

2013

A di città, festival di arte pubblica internazionale, Rosarno, Italia

Cheap poster art, poster art festival, a cura di Elastico, Bologna, Italia

2012

Street art doping, progetto di arte pubblicaa cura di Susan Pietrzyk, Varasavia, Polonia

2010

Urban arts Madrid, Festival di street art, Madrid, Spagna

2009

Pop up!, festival di arte pubblica, Ancona, Italia

Residenze

2016

Torino e le Alpi, a cura di Arteco, Valle Cervo, Biella, Italia

C-Fara and MAAP Atelier Arte Pubblica, a cura di Stefania Dubla, Matera, Italia

2015

Kahinarte, a cura di Francesco Bondanini, Melilla, Morocco

2014

BR1 and ELFO | AiR Pasaj, a cura di Giorgio Caione, Istanbul, Turchia

Collezioni pubbliche

2014

Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bourdeaux, Francia

Test personali POP-UP

2020

WHEN URBAN ATTITUDES BECOME CONTEMPORARY ART, group show, curated by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, 21Gallery, Treviso, Italy

2019

Urban art biennale, curated by Frank Kramer, UNESCO Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte, Germany

Lunetta11, group show, Lunetta11 gallery, curated by Eva Menzio, Mombarcaro Italy

2018

MANIFESTA 12, official collateral event, microcosmi project, Palermo, Italy

Happy habitat, group show, Neurotitan Gallery, curated by Annika Hirsekorn, Berlin, Germany

2017

Urban art biennale, curated by Frank Kramer, UNESCO, Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte, Germany

HandMade, solo show, The Don Gallery, curated by Giacomo Spazio, Milan, Italy

2016

Freedom as Form, group show, Wunderkammern Gallery, Milan, Italy

The Stranger arrives with a new dress, solo show, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin Germany

2015

Chained, group show, Wunderkammern Gallery, Milano, Italy

2014

Fieno e asfalto, Artissima Art Fair, in collaboration with Artegiovane, Torino, Italy

Made in Italy, group show, GCA Gallery, curated by Christian Omodeo, Nice France

From Street to Art, group show, Italian Culture Institute, curator Simone Pallotta,  New York

Positions, group show, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin Germany

Costumi da mare, solo show, Fondazione per l’arte Bartoli-Felter, Cagliari, Italy

2013

Integration/disintegration, solo show, Open Walls Gallery, Berlin Germany

Public arena, group show, Barriera Artegiovane, curated by Roberta Pagani, Torino Italy

Women between, solo show, FARM cultural park, Favara, Italy

From the city to the world, group show, Newart center, curator Diane Pontius, Boston USA

 

Projects

2019

MATERA EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE, official public art project in collaboration with Il Sicomoro, curated by Stefania Dubla, Matera, Italy

Reversible, public art, curated by Madrid Street Art Project, Madrid, Spain

2017

Le Mur, public art, association Le Mur, rue Oberkampf, Paris, France

2015

Hydra 2, public art project, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy

 

2018

FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA, official collateral exhibition, Reggio Emilia, Italy

2013

A di città | international public art festival, Rosarno, Italy

Cheap poster art, poster art festival, curated by Elastico, Bologna, Italy

2012

Street art doping, public art festival, curated by Susan Pietrzyk, Warsaw, Poland

2010

Urban arts Madrid, street art festival, Madrid, Spain

2009

Pop up!, public art festival, Ancona, Italy

Residencies

2016

Torino e le Alpi, curated by Arteco, Valle Cervo, Biella, Italy

C-Fara and MAAP Atelier Arte Pubblica, curated by Stefania Dubla, Matera, Italy

2015

Kahinarte, curated by Francesco Bondanini, Melilla, Morocco

2014

BR1 and ELFO, AiR Pasaj, curated by Giorgio Caione, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Public collections

2014

Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bourdeaux, France

TEST TECNICO

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