Rossella Biscotti’s (b. 1978, Molfetta, Italy; lives and works in Brussels, BE and Rotterdam, NL) artistic oeuvre encompasses videos, photographs and sculptural work.
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 obscured moments from recent times, often against the backdrop of state institutions. 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. By examining the relevance of the recovered material from a contemporary perspective, Biscotti sensibly weaves a link to the present.
Biscotti took part at major international exhibitions including Steirische Herbst (2018), Contour (2017), 55th Venice Biennale and 13th Istanbul Biennale (2013), dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), and Manifesta 9 (2012). Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Witte de With (2019), daadgalerie (2019), Kunsthaus Baselland (2018), V-A-C foundation at GULAG History State Museum in Moscow (2016-2017), Museion in Bolzano (2015), Haus Lange Haus Esters in Krefeld (D), Wiels in Brussels, Sculpture Center in New York (2014) Secession in Vienna and e-flux in New York (2013) CAC Vilnius (2012); and between others she has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum (2017,2019), Tate St.Ives (2018), Moderna Museet (2017), Van Abbemuseum (2016), IMMA, Dublin (2015), ICA London (2014) MAXXI, Rome (2017, 2010–11), Museu Serralves, Porto (2010).
In 2013 she was recipient of the Mies van der Rohe Stipend. In 2010 she won the Premio Michelangelo at XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara (IT), and the Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea 2010, Maxxi in Rome. In 2009 she was awarded the 2nd Prix de Rome (NL). She graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples in 2002, and attended the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2010-2011.
Biscotti’s work is held in important collections internationally, including those of Castello de Rivoli, Torino (IT), Centro Pecci, Prato (IT), Centre National des arts plastiques, Paris (FR), Centre Pompidou (FR), Groeninghe Collection, Brugge (BE), Kadist, Paris (FR), Maxxi, Rome (IT), Museion Bolzano (IT), Nomas Foundation (IT), Robeco, Rotterdam (NL), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL), The Ekard Collection, Wassenaar (NL), Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (NL), De Vleeshal Middelburg (NL), and the Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner collection (US).
Click here to read a recent review in Frieze on her installation The City, 2018.
Interview with Rossella Biscotti by Vassilis Vassilis Oikonomopoulos at
Protocinema, Istanbul, September 28, 2018 in the framework of the presentation of the video installation The City.