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.