Rossella Biscotti uses montage as a gesture to reveal individual narratives and their relation to society. In her cross-media practice, cutting across filmmaking, performance and sculpture, she explores and reconstructs social and political moments from recent times through the subjectivity and experiences of individuals often posed against the backdrop of institutional system. In the process of composing her personal encounters and oral interrogations into new stories, the site of investigation tends to leave its mark on her sculptures and installations. Traces of people’s life, objects and ideas are sensibly weaved together into new 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 has taken 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 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).
Additionally, her works have been exhibited at institutions and international events such as the Beaufort Triennale (2021); the 15th Bienal de Cuenca (2021); Dhaka Art Summit (2020); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2018, 2019); Kunstmuseum St Gallen (2018); IVAM, Valencia (2018); Contour Biennale, Mechelen (2017); MAXXI, Rome (2010, 2017, 2021); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2016); the Swiss Institute New York (2016); IMMA Dublin (2015); ICA London (2014); Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2014); Castello di Rivoli (2012), and 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).