Francesca Agnesod

Francesca Agnesod was born in 1985, Italy. Four years later, a visit to Castello di Rivoli-Museum of Contemporary Art's collection leaves a permanent mark in her life. From 2004 to 2007, she attends Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM in Milan and earns a degree in Communication and Management in Culture and Arts Markets. During the same period, she starts to be interested in grotesque and fantastic medieval imagery, notably thanks to the woodcravings decorating the ceiling of the so-called Heads' Hall of Sarriod de La Tour castle (Saint-Pierre, Aosta), which later becomes the subject of her graduation thesis. She then decides to deepen her knowledge in art history at Ca' Foscari University in Venice with a Degree in Art History and Conservation of the Artistic Heritage. In the course of this cursus she has the opportunity to work as an intern at a contemporary art gallery, the Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice. Her thesis is entitled Contemporary Bestiary (2010): an essay on the hybridization of the human figure in contemporary art. She gets onto Cultural Semiotics during her research, which directs the reading of the treated artworks towards a redefinition of fixed limits of identity and alterity, by opening upon an interpretation of contamination with the other in the light of its semiotic role.