Senatore achieved a Bachelor Degree (Naples, 1980) with honors and special mention in
industrial drawing for fashion; supervisor, Professor Vincenzo Trione; and internship at the
laboratory of Professor and Architect, Richard Dalisi. She followed, among others, the Antinapoli workshops (Professor and Architect Cherubino Gambardella, and Photographer Francesco Jodice) and Fuoriasse (Architect Fabrizia Ippolito,) connected to the Napoli Assediata project; (Writer Giuseppe Montesano and Professor Vincenzo Trione).
In the last 20 years, as a Consultant, she has been involved in graphic design and
communication, with specific skills in the management of corporate communication. In parallel, she dedicated herself, with success, to a prolific and personal artistic research which
periodically flows into the production of drawings, objects and sometimes writings which, over the years, have aroused a wide interest, providing her with invitations to participate in exhibits, publications and various national and international events.
In 2014, her first individual exhibit took place in Rome. Idealistic, passionate and independent,
she does not homologate herself and defends her freedom of thought.
After her high school in classical studies in 1980, Cristina Senatore graduated in Industrial Design for Fashion in 2006 at the Second University of Naples, with honors and special mention (supervisor: Prof. Vincenzo Trione). Her professional and personal training was influenced by meetings and training experiences with leading figures in the world of Italian design and architecture such as, to name a few, Riccardo Dalisi, Alessandro Guerriero, Stefano Mirti, Cherubino Gambardella, Beniamino Servino.
She has been involved in graphic design and communication for 20 years, her interests ranging from concept design to corporate communication. Her artistic research, carried on with passion and success, leads to the creation of drawings, objects and sometimes writings that continue to arise interest worldwide. She has been invited to participate in exhibitions, publications and various national and international events. Her drawings have been exhibited in Naples, Rome, Milan, Venice, Alghero, Camogli, Caserta, Miami (Florida), San Salvador di Bahia (Brazil); at the Milan Triennale; at the Venice Architecture Biennale; at the House of Literature, at the Central National Library of Rome and at the MAM, Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, and also been published in various magazines, such as Domus web. In 2014, thanks to the hospitality of the critic and architecture historian L. Prestinenza Puglisi, her first personal exhibition took place in Rome, curated by Roberta Melasecca.
Venice: City From The Future
The "Venice Masked" project gives me the opportunity to reflect on the city of Venice and looking at it from the perspective of the recent pandemic, I realize how it is already a city of the future: in its distinctive features it presents those characteristics and even those devices that respond to the protection needs that are currently emerging. Venice reveals itself as a city that is a friend and accomplice of water, anticipating the current directions of research, which urgently requires the creation of a new balance with the natural elements. The public space, the maze of streets, narrow bridges and waterways that, like a genetic trait, is reflected in the dense textures of Burano's lace, protects the city forcing it to remain on a human scale, and in so doing also defending humanity from its own excesses.
In a time of hyper-connections and revelations, Venice preserves the salvific dimension of mystery: you can still get lost or lose your tracks. In the cloak of night, in the dim light of the street lamps, without the hustle and bustle of cars, people become pure presences, masks in a forest of architectures. The city (the place and its inhabitants) turns out to be a perfect self-regulating "natural" organism.
As a basis for my two works, I chose photographer Mariano Dallago’s photos.
Venezia: Città Dal Futuro
Il progetto “Venice Masked” mi dà l'occasione per riflettere sulla città di Venezia e guardando ad essa dalla prospettiva della recente pandemia, mi rendo conto di come sia già una città del futuro: nei suoi tratti distintivi presenta quelle caratteristiche e persino quei dispositivi che rispondono alle esigenze di protezione che attualmente si vanno profilando; si rivela città amica e complice dell'acqua, anticipando gli attuali indirizzi della ricerca che richiede con urgenza di stabilire un nuovo equilibrio con gli elementi naturali; lo spazio pubblico, il dedalo di calli, stretti ponticelli e vie d'acque che, come un tratto genetico, si rispecchia nelle fitte trame dei merletti di Burano, protegge la città obbligandola a mantenersi a misura d'uomo, difendendo così anche quest'ultimo dai suoi stessi eccessi.
Al tempo delle iper-connessioni e degli svelamenti, Venezia custodisce la salvifica dimensione del mistero: ci si può ancora smarrire o far perdere le proprie tracce: nel mantello della notte, alla luce fioca dei lampioni, senza il trambusto delle auto, le persone diventano pure presenze, maschere in un bosco di architetture. La città (il luogo e i suoi abitanti) si rivela un perfetto organismo "naturale" autoregolante.
Come base per le mie due opere ho scelto gli scatti del fotografo Mariano Dallago.
Cristina Senatore, Napoli, Italia.