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Beatrice Bertini of Ex Elettrofonica

March 15, 2012

We talk with the founder and curator of one of the most unique art space in the city

  • Text by Valerio Mannucci

Beatrice runs Ex Elettrofonica, one of the most active and interesting independent art space in Rome. The story of the space goes back to Mario Bertini, who in 1968 created "ELETTROFONICA", a rome-based company which manufactured electrical systems applied to communication. Its stores were in a typically Roman building owned by the Bertini family. After about 40 years, since no one has continued that activity, Beatrice and her familiy decided to revive that space in a different way. Ex Elettrofonica is now a well established independent art space which presents a continued program of exhibition, mainly based on specific solo projects, in a very particular and connoted space specifically designed by architects Federico Bistolfi and Alessandra Belia. 

Satellite Voices: Can you introduce your background?
Beatrice Bertini: I studied Iconology. For me contemporary art was a kind of release from the constrictions imposed by the history of modern art's scientific method. However, I can't deny that my studies still influence my curatorial choices. After a Masters in Aestethic and Museal Communication, I worked extensively within several public institutions: the Papesse of Siena, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna and the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.

SV: How did the Ex Elettrofonica project start?
Beatrice Bertini: Ex Elettrofonica born out of my impatience with times and manners of the art system, especially the one tipical of the Italian cultural institutions. In our contemporary world we need a fast connection between thought and action. An emerging artist needs to reach his sixties to be hosted in a museum. So, it's mainly in small profit or non profit places that innovative cultural projects take actual place.

SV: How does the city where you live influence your work?
Beatrice Bertini: Our project space is in this town, and if it was elsewhere it would have been different. So it's obvious that Rome's cultural history and its anthropological composition influence us both positively and negatively. In any case, my priority is to look a little further than my specific surroundings. But I think it's difficult to do it thoroughly. 

SV: What do you think about Rome in terms of art and creativity?
Beatrice Bertini: Confronting myself with artists from abroad or from other Italian cities I realize that Rome is actually perceived as a place where there's a big cultural turmoil. Maybe it's for my presbyopic perspective that I dont see it so positively, however I think that our place has been very active from a creative point of view since the time of Grand Tour. The actual problem is that we are not able to export what we produce.

SV: What's your dream project?
Beatrice Bertini: Growing up before becoming old.

SV: What would you recommend on checking out?
Beatrice Bertini: The latest exhibition by Angela Marzullo at Ex Elettrofonica! No seriously, the last TV season of Misfits broke my heart, as La neige était sale by George Simenon.

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