Biography

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

In 2009 he graduated in Islamic Law at the university of Turin. He practices law since 2014, which leads him to focus on issues of migrants and the position of women both in contemporary Islamic society and in the Euro-Mediterranean area. BR1 chooses to focus on the veil worn by women as a visual device and a watershed symbol between western and Middle Eastern culture.

Through actions in public space on billboards, performances and numerous urban interventions, BR1 has addressed various social and political issues, focusing mainly on the deconstruction of euro-centric and western values. BR1 has always investigated the ambiguity of a globalised society, which instead of softening borders creates new levels of social exclusion. BR1 explores the issue of migration, the inability of governments to manage it, contributing to discriminatory and racist attitudes, which have come to dominate and influence public opinion. He also investigates the concept of borders, physical and mental, as he believes that we are just individuals who need to experience the world without any fear, because everyone is a stranger in this world.

BR1 was selected at Manifesta 12 Biennale 2018 in Palermo and was one of the official artists of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019. He has participated twice in the Urban Art Biennale in Volklingen Hutte, a Unesco heritage site in Germany. He has exhibited in Europe and United States.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022

Ritratti di confine, Mucciaccia Contemporary, Rome, Italy

2017

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

2016

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

2014

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

 

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

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

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

2022

Swinton Gallery, curated by Madrid Street Art Project, Madrid, Spain

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

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

Chained, group show, Wunderkammern Gallery, Milan, Italy

2013

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

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

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

2012

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

2010

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

2009

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

Residenze

2016

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

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

2015

Kahinarte, a cura di Francesco Bondanini, Melilla, Morocco

2014

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

Public collections

2014

Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bourdeaux, France

Biografia

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

In 2009 he graduated in Islamic Law at the university of Turin. He practices law since 2014, which leads him to focus on issues of migrants and the position of women both in contemporary Islamic society and in the Euro-Mediterranean area. BR1 chooses to focus on the veil worn by women as a visual device and a watershed symbol between western and Middle Eastern culture.

Through actions in public space on billboards, performances and numerous urban interventions, BR1 has addressed various social and political issues, focusing mainly on the deconstruction of euro-centric and western values. BR1 has always investigated the ambiguity of a globalised society, which instead of softening borders creates new levels of social exclusion. BR1 explores the issue of migration, the inability of governments to manage it, contributing to discriminatory and racist attitudes, which have come to dominate and influence public opinion. He also investigates the concept of borders, physical and mental, as he believes that we are just individuals who need to experience the world without any fear, because everyone is a stranger in this world.

BR1 was selected at Manifesta 12 Biennale 2018 in Palermo and was one of the official artists of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019. He has participated twice in the Urban Art Biennale in Volklingen Hutte, a Unesco heritage site in Germany. He has exhibited in Europe and United States.

Opere

Selezione mostre personali

2022

Ritratti di confine, Mucciaccia Contemporary, Rome, Italy

2017

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

2016

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

2014

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

 

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

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

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

2022

Swinton Gallery, curated by Madrid Street Art Project, Madrid, Spain

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

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

Chained, group show, Wunderkammern Gallery, Milan, Italy

2013

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

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

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

2012

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

2010

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

2009

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

Residenze

2016

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

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

2015

Kahinarte, a cura di Francesco Bondanini, Melilla, Morocco

2014

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

Public collections

2014

Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bourdeaux, France

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2022

Ritratti di confine, Mucciaccia Contemporary, Rome, Italy

2017

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

2016

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

2014

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

 

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

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

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

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