Neapolitan in origin and in soul, John Francis Frascino It was in the Neapolitan city that he graduated in architecture in 1998. In 2000, he opened his professional studio and since 2004 he has been teaching and holding conferences and seminars at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Naples 'Federico II', the Tarì Design School in Caserta, the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples and the IULM Free University of Languages and Communication in Miano.
There are numerous international competitions in which he participates, while he continues to carry out research in Masters and Architecture workshops all over the world.
He served as designer for the Treccani Foundation, the Venice Biennale, the IVAM Museum of Modern Art in Valencia, the Federico II University of Naples.
Today John Francis Frascino is a lecturer for Italian Design Institute at Visual Museum Specialisation Coursea new course specifically designed for those who have passion and sensitivity for art and want to specialise in the Design of museum layouts and routes.
We caught up with him to hear a little about his work.
What was the most challenging work you did?
I remember with emotion the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 2015. Working on such an extraordinary theme as memory, proposed by curator Vincenzo Trione, was like digging into the roots of Italian culture. Preparing the spaces of the Pavilion, I was able to look inside the hearts of artists such as Peter Greenaway, Vanessa Beecroft, Mimmo Paladino, Jannis Kounellis, Claudio Parmiggiani, Jean Marie Straub, William Kentridge and others. An extraordinary experience!
What is the most beautiful part of your work?
An exhibition is the result of a sequence of moments ranging from the research phase to the conception phase to the execution phase where the exhibition finally takes shape: it is an exhilarating journey where every moment brings excitement and knowledge.
What skills does a designer/outfitter need to possess?
Gift of synthesis in the proposed solution, ability to identify which form of dialogue to engage in with the exhibition space, competence in the use of materials and ability to govern light.
Why can this course be useful for the career of a future fitter?
Setting up a space means responding to different demands that can often challenge the creative process. This course offers a solid method for untangling oneself from the labyrinthine world of the "art of showing", this rigorous approach allows one to stimulate and release the imaginative capacity that is latent in each of us.