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memory as the trace of the poetic within the words that distract us

selina bonelli is interested in the processing of anxieties where one reformulates them into motions and actions as a possibility of teasing out the inadequacies of language. By making images in the moment, they employ performance to explore the relationship between the uncommunicable and the unspeakable.



Royal College of Art, MA Printmaking & Performance


University of Kent, Chatham Historic Dockyard, BA (hons) Fine Art


University of Pretoria, BVSc Veterinary Science

Selected Group Exhibitions

Look what the cat dragged in, De Pimlico Project, Warwick Way, London, UK
Move Close, VFD, London, UK

Flowing Through Selves 2, Brick and Mortar Projects, Folkestone, UK
Future Ritual, Performance Space, Folkestone, UK
F.A.R.M., Firle, Lewes, UK
Dice Festival, Edinburgh, UK
Tempting Failure, Croydon, London, UK
States of Wake (book launch), Performance Space, Folkestone, UK
Till Time Is Through, Performance Space, Folkestone, UK
The Cruising Garden, Bohemia Place, London, UK
Flowing Through Selves, Safehouse 1, London, UK

All I Have Never Seen, Greenrooms, London, UK
WAKE Festival, Performance Space, Folkestone, UK
Bapoor Tabo (o), Artlicks Weekend, Regents Canal, London, UK
Pilot Nights, Fierce Festival, Birmingham, UK
On/Off, Nine Elms, London, UK
The Cruising Garden, New River Studios, London, UK

Liberté d’Action, Performance Works, L’amour, Paris, France
Steakhouse Live Art Festival, Richmix, London, UK
Lime-in-Aid, Lime Town Hall, London, UK
Tempting Failure, Hackney Show Rooms, London, UK
Being-Doing, Asylum Caroline Garden’s Chapel, London, UK
I Will Follow, Lychee One, London, UK
Revolve Performance Art Days, Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden
Performance Art Meeting, Galleria Labirynt, Lublin, Poland
Out Of That Forest, Köttinspektionen Gallery, Uppsala, Sweden


2019 ACE Project Grant for (re)collecting (f)ears: Soundmirror research, performances, walks and exhibition

2015-2016 Continuation Bursary, Royal College of Art

2011-2013 Fine Art Prize for Highest Average Mark in Stages 2 & 3, University of Kent




Dedication to Leeches, Wake festival, Jennie Klein - 

Memories of the Body, Tempting Failure Day 6, Chelsea Choon, Incident Magazine



(re)collecting (f)ears, ]ps[, 2019

States of Wake: Dedicating Performance, Ed. Diana Damian Martin, Unbound Publishers, 2018


Workshops and Talks

Whitstable Biennale Artist Showcase, UCA, Rochester, UK, 2019
Performance Art in Public Space, Weekend Workshop, FIAS, Folkestone, UK, 2018
On Materials/Materiality, visiting artist talk and workshop, Middlesex University, London, UK, 2017


Threads Micro-residency, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, UK, 2018
Pause and Affect, Performance Space, Folkestone, UK, 2019

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