Cari Freno

Philadelphia, PA

Cari Freno (b. Cleveland, Ohio) is a video artist who has exhibited in numerous venues and locations. She received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and Her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Freno draws inspiration from the fields of psychology and education and their focus on the human condition. Her interest in psychology and magical thinking spurs her to access imaginative and “forbidden” realms by questioning societal notions of maladaptive behaviors. She does so through the documentation of choreographed actions as a tool to explore past affect and its intersection with identity, intimacy, and culture. Freno uses the landscape of childhood development to expose unconscious themes, encouraging viewers to make sense of themselves and their past. Recently Freno presented her work as a guest critic at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and was included in the 20/92 Video festival at the Icebox project space in Philadelphia. Freno lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is an assistant professor at Ursinus College.