Rossella Biscotti

Rossella Biscotti was born in 1978 in Molfetta, Italy
She lives and works between Rotterdam and Brussels

She uses montage as a gesture to reveal individual narratives and their relation to society while simultaneously revealing the supports that create these narratives. In her cross-media practice, cutting across filmmaking, performance and sculpture, she explores and reconstructs social and political moments from recent times through the subjective experiences of individuals often posed against the backdrop of violent institutionalized systems. By integrating her personal experience and oral narratives into the recounting of new stories, she undertakes the construction of an unofficial account of history that lives on the margins of official discourse. 

Often using a site of investigation as a starting point, differing and even contradictory accounts are sensibly weaved together into novel visual narratives. By examining the relevance of the recovered material from a contemporary perspective, Biscotti creates links and networks to the present, empowering the spectators’ imagination, culture and experience.

Rossella Biscotti graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples in 2002 and attended the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2010-2011.

She took part at major international exhibitions, including the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), the 13th Istanbul Biennale (2013), Documenta 13, Kassel (2012), and Manifesta 9, Genk (2012).

Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Salzburg International Summer Academy for Fine Arts (2021); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2019); Fondazione Ratti, Como (2019); daadgalerie, Berlin (2019); Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel (2018); Protocinema Istanbul (2018); GULAG History State Museum, Moscow (2016), Museion Bolzano (2015); Haus Lange Haus Esters, Krefeld (2014); WIELS, Brussels (2014); Sculpture Center, New York (2014); Secession, Vienna (2013); e-flux, New York (2013); CAC Vilnius (2012).

She has also exhibited in a number of group exhibitions including the Gropius Bau, Berlin (2023); Villa Arson, Nice (2022); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Bozar, Brussels (2022); the 2nd Autostrada Biennale, Prishtina (2021); the 21st Beaufort Triennale (2021); MAXXI, Rome (2010, 2017 & 2021); the 15th Bienal de Cuenca (2021); Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka (2020); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2018, 2019); IVAM, Valencia (2018); Kunstmuseum St Gallen (2018); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2018); Fondazione Memmo, Rome (2018); the 8th Contour Biennale, Mechelen (2017); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2016);  Swiss Institute, New York (2016); Sonsbeek, Arnhem (2016); IMMA, Dublin (2015); ICA London (2014); Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2014); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2012); Museu Serralves, Porto (2010); among others.

Biscotti has received several art awards including ACACIA Prize for Contemporary Art (2017), Premio della 16e Quadriennale d’Arte di Roma (2016), the Mies van der Rohe Stipendium, (2013), The Premio Michelangelo at XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrare (2010), The 2nd Prix de Rome in the Netherlands (2009), The City of Geneva Grand Prize at the 12th Biennial of Moving Images (2007), and the Premio NY, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Italian Academy and the Columbia University in New York (2006).

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