© Arianna Sanesi


espace(s) et sport, le corps À l'Épreuve

Arianna Sanesi is an Italian photographer based in Paris. After a Master’s degree in History of Photography at the University of Bologna, she studied at the CFP Bauer in Milan and the DMJX in Aarhus, Denmark.

In 2015, she received a grant from the Festival Photoreporter in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc to work on the theme of feminicide in Italy, and she exhibited her project in October 2015.

She is currently working on a number of personal projects and, with her colleague Francesca Loprieno, has set up ‘L’esprit de l’escalier’, an artistic duo that deals with creation, publishing and educational projects.

In 2021, the book “There’s no such thing as crimes of passion”, co-authored with historians Lydie Bodiou and Fréderic Chauvaud, was published by D’une rive à l’autre.

Arianna Sanesi is the winner of the Factory #15 residency.

She is in residence from 4 to 13 June at the Cité de l’espace in Toulouse for a project on the theme ‘Space(s) and sport, the body to the test’.

‘Since 2019, I’ve been working on a project that will soon be coming to an end, with the working title “Amore e Ginnastica” (Love and Gymnastics). Having had access by pure chance to the training of young professional (artistic) gymnasts, and at the same time having encountered health problems linked to my age, calling into question a life in which I have always practised sport, I couldn’t help but, beyond questioning the limits and potential of the body, find a huge affinity between top-level sport and a serious artistic approach: both require dedication, sacrifice, strength, repetition and obsession, often accompanied by pain; both deal daily with notions of success and failure.

So I want to work with circus artists so that they interact with the spaces in the Cité de l’espace. By ‘spaces’, I mean this word in its broadest sense: not only the spaces referring to the expeditions, but also the exhibition, administrative and outdoor spaces, with their functional and architectural specificities. What interests me is the notion of surpassing limits (up to the sky!) starting from a visible, real, reflected, calculated contact with the ‘landing and training grounds’, and what is generated (the trace) through this contact, both on the athlete’s body and on the surrounding objects.’

– Arianna Sanesi

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