Francesco Pedraglio

b. 1981 Como, IT – lives and works in London, UK and Mexico City, MX


(poema), performance, black vinyl and props, variable dimension, Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin 2015

The Protagonist, HD video, 17’39’’, 2015

The melody is in the eye (words are only the left hand), performance, 2 actors, 3 meters wooden pole, Artissima, Turin 2015

Los barbaros, HD video, 18’48’’, 2015

The malady of telling and being told (4:3), HD video, 12 min, 2014

(poema), C­print, yellow vinyl, plexiglass frame, 2015

Showing, not telling, white clay, white glaze scratched as to approximate16:10 ratio, 2015

07_ The thing in between, performance, props, variable dimension, Modern Art Oxford, 2014

Seriously now... laugh!, HD video, 17’01’’, 2014

With regards to the care of horses, performance, 6 performers, 1 car, props, variable dimension, Geneva 2013


Francesco Pedraglio is an artist working with writing, performance, film and installation. He was born in Como (Italy) in 1981. He lives in London and Mexico City.

Recent performances and exhibitions include: Parallel Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico (2015); Piano Nobile, Geneva (2015); Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin (2015); The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand (2015); Kunsthalle Wien (2015); DropCity, Newcastle (2015); MAZ-Museo de Zapopan, Mexico (2014); CCA Glasgow (2014); Hayward Gallery, London (2014); Rowing, London (2013); Jeu de Paume (2013), Kunsthalle Basel (2012); ICA (2012); Auto Italia South East (2012); Galerie Kamm, Berlin (2012); Hollybush Gardens, London (2011), The National Portrait Gallery (2011); Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2011).

His first novel A man in a room spray painting a fly was published by Book Works in summer 2014. Also in 2014 he was also the co-editor of the anthology of artists writings Cadavere Quotidiano, published by X-TRA (Los Angeles). The Object Lessons, a novella made in collaboration with Nina Beier and Marie Lund, was published by Mousse in 2012.

Pedraglio is a founding member of the London based curatorial initiative FormContent ( From 2015 he is represented by Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


The Protagonist, Piano Nobile, Geneva (CH)

Fig.2, ICA, London (UK)

Los Barbaros, Drop City, Newcastle (UK)


Seriously now… laugh!, De Sitio, Mexico City (MX)


Frank!, Rowing Projects, London (UK)

Please try to make sense please, Gallerie Kamm, Berlin (DE)

Selected Group Exhibitions


Description de una intervista, Parallel Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico (MX)

Group show at Bloc Project, Sheffield (UK)

Hardboiled City, The Physics Room, Christchurch (NZ)

Function Follows Vision, Vision Follows Reality, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien (AU)


Dr. Sinclair’s Drawer, Flat Time House, London (UK)


Verging on the Absurd, curated by Elinor Morgan, Contemporary Art Society, London (UK)

A Spoken Word Exhibition, curated by Mathieu Copeland, Jeu de Paume, Paris (FR)

One Hour Long Exhibition, with Marie Lund and Chosil Kil, New York Gallery, New York (US)


The way things go - part 3, curated by F. Loeffler, Frutta, Rome (IT)

One Hour Long Exhibition, Shanaynay, Paris (FR)

Auto Italia Live, 1 hour live TV, ICA, London (UK)


Dubious objects and made-up texts, Transmissions Gallery, Glasgow (UK)

Selected Perfromances


Three characters observed from a certain distance, performance at Museo de Arte Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico (MX)

The thing in the middle, performance with Rebecca Birch, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford (UK)

New World, curated by Alex Cecchetti, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)


.perf, Performance Festival at Piano Nobile/Pavillon Sicli, curated by Madeleine Amsler and Marie-Eve Knoerle, Geneva (CH)

The Everything and Nothing Problem, curated by Louisa Martin, Ceri Hand Gallery and Jerwood Visual Arts, London


Abstract Objects and the ship of Theseus, with Jochen Dehn for the ‘Wide Open School’, Hayward Gallery, London (UK)

Performance as Publishing, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (CH)

Dirty Literature, curated by Electra, National Portrait Gallery, London (UK)

Selected Books


A man / in a room / spry painting a fly, a novel published by Book Works, London (UK)


The Object Lessons, a novella published by MOUSSE Publishing, Milan (IT)

Selected Editing


Cadavere Quotidiano, co-editor with Alex Cecchetti and Paul Becker, anthology of artists writings, published by X-TRA, Los Angeles (US)

It’s moving from I to It, published by Mousse Publishing (Milan, IT) and FormContent (London, UK)


A Time Machine, 3 commissioned books published by Book Works, London (UK)

Selected Curatorial Projects


FormContent founders board member, London (UK)


Actively engaged with FormContent exhibitions activity, publishing and commissioning.

Selected Reviews/Articles


ATP Diary, interview with Francesco Pedraglio, by Marco Tagliafierro


Art Monthly, review of ‘Los Barbaros’ at Drop City, Newcastle


Art Review, review of ‘A man in a room…’ by Oliver Basciano


a-n magazine, Thoughts and observations on Francesco Pedraglio’s ‘Frank!’ by Carl Delver, Francesco Pedraglio: Frank! (part 2)

2012, Francesco Pedraglio: Frank! (part 1)

See website of Francesco Pedraglio

and Norma Mangione

For further information please contact Drop City via e-mail