Francesca Vivenza’s work focuses on the reclamation of the old and its transformation into the new. Vivenza addresses themes of travel as migration and displacement, and exploit her ambiguous relationship between English and Italian, Vivenza’s first language, as a reference in developing her work.
Vivenza’s philosophy is informed by the historical and geographical attributes of her culture. The Mediterranean Sea is and has been the basin of confluence and collision of Southern Europe, North Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East.
Conceptually, Vivenza’s work describes dis-orientation. She questions the stability of taken-for-granted sites of personal identity as home, nation and native language. Thus her works offer a visual equation of the contradictory nature of human desire: the struggle between affirmation and negation, assimilation and marginality, complicity and escape.