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■ Monica Mura (Cagliari, Italy,1979). Interdisciplinary artist and performer. She grew and studied in Italy where she obtained her title of Dottoressa magistrale in D.A.M.S., Discipline dell’Arte, della Musica e dello Spettacolo with Speciality in Multimedia Language by the University of Torino. Her work has been selected for national and international individual and collective exhibitions: Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum of Madrid, MAC Museum of Contemporary Art of A Coruña, Museum of Pontevedra, House of Arts of Vigo, San Paio de Narla Fortress Museum (Spain), Sala Dogana – Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Grillo of Genova (Italy), José Malhoa Museum of Caldas da Raihna (Portugal), amongst others. Standing out among her more recent individual exhibitions is Who(se) are you?, a multi-sensorial route through the milestones of her artistic research on power and control, that shows the evolution of the reflection on memories, genders and identities from the paradigm of Intersectionality, in the Compañía Church of Santiago de Compostela in 2018. She has been invited to carry out her action projects in venues of recognized prestige such as the XX Biennial of Art of Cerveira, 2018, the Gaiás Museum Centre of the Cidade da Cultura of Galicia, 2018, and the Museu Jose Malhoa, Caldas da Raihna, 2015. In 2018-2019 she participated in different performances directed by the artist Esther Ferrer in the Palace of Velázquez of the Reina Sofía National Museum Arts Centre, Madrid. She is member of the MAV Women in the Visual Arts Association, and has participated in projects of fight against gender violence and to promote the visibility of women in cultural production (Violence Zero, Deputación of Pontevedra, curated by Paula Cabaleiro, No more dyed bedsheets, Concello of Ribadavia, MMM Mujeres Mirando Miujeres (Women Watching Women), Cultur3 Club, V National Fair of Artists, Gijón, Be present, be visible, ARTSevilla, International Meeting of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain, No una di meno, Tonio Theatre, Lanusei, Italy). Her work is present in public and private collections, such as the Provincial Museum of Lugo and the Museum of Contemporary Art Florencio de la Fuente of Huete. At present, she lives and works setting bridges between Italy and Spain.


She has received different recognitions, awards, scholarships and residences (Special Mention Exile, Galerías VII, La Cárcel, (Galleries VII, The Prison), Centre of Creation, Segovia, 2019, Kaldarte No-nexo, Caldas de Reis, 2019, I Residence MAC Museum of Contemporary Art Florencio de la Fuente, Huete, Cuenca, 2019, Mujeres que cortan y pegan, Miradas en femenino (Women that cut and paste, Glances in Feminine, Mulafest, Ifema Madrid, 2018, 12 miradas Riverside (12 Looks Riverside), cultural action programme, curated by Carlos Quintàns, Creative Laboratory Vilaseco, 2017). She has presented her interdisciplinary projects (photography, audible landscapes, videos, installations, actions, delegate performances, digital art, net art, web art, life art) extensively through lectures in conferences and festivals such as the III International Conference Re-Think the Museums, (Thyssen- Bornemisza National Museum of Madrid), Conference of Gender, Museums, Art and Migration (Provincial Museum Network of Lugo), the WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia, (Cidade da Cultura of Galicia), Páxina Par II Meeting on Architecture and Literature (Eugenio Granell Foundation), “Acción Spring (t)” IV Action Art Congress, UCM Madrid,CO(M)XÉNERO” Permanent Seminar on Communication and Gender (USC Santiago de Compostela), Spain.


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Mixed technique + Performance (5 fiberglass rods, ORALITE GP 340 (Highlight – Imagine – Shadow) fluorescent lime yellow Reflexite © Brand Conspicuity Tape (tested acc. to: EN ISO 20471: 2013+A1, ANSI / ISEA 107-2015. 300 cm diameter, 942 cm circumference).

In response to the new needs arising from the worldwide spread of Covid-19, Mura explores the difficulties in maintaining interpersonal physical distance in public spaces. As a result, she redeems the traditional 19th century crinoline, adjusting its structure to create The New Armour, a circular artifact which has a circumference of almost 10 metres, a diameter of 3 metres and a radius of 1.5 metres. Created with 35 metres of fibreglass bars and more than 70 metres of high visibility reflective tapes, the new armour offers a greater lightweight and flexibility. The artistic action shows once more the social impact that art can have, acting as a means of information that can teach, in a graphic and universal way, the minimum safety distance that people should keep.