The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011

The Prison of Santo Stefano,2011 is informed by research into the state of detention. Focusing on a prisoner’s general conditions, Biscotti analyses the psychological effects caused by isolation, the aim of which is to destroy physical and intellectual abilities. The project was developed inside the first prison built for life imprisonment, which opened its doors in 1793 on the island of Santo Stefano, 50 km from the Italian coastline. The prison is a Panopticon resembling the San Carlo Opera Theatre in Naples. The panoptic structure, developed by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832), expresses the desire of institutional powers to punish the prisoner and annul his identity with the constant sensation of being controlled.

As with her earlier works Il Processo (The Trial), 2010–11, the sculptures presented are based on imprints of specific parts of the prison’s floor, symbolizing its physical and existential restrictions. The sculptures have been made of lead sheeting in a process that involves the transport of the lead to and from the island. An artist’s publication in the gallery series, which documents the process of making the work, is part of the project. The publication can be ordered for 10 euro through the gallery or through Motto, Berlin, Pro QM, Berlin and Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam.

Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
2 sculptures (lead sheet), variable dimensions,
2 videos (10'16'' and 3'30'', b/w and color, no sound),
1 metal benche, printer matter, 1 agave plant
installation view: For the Mnemonist, S. , WIELS, Brussels (BE), 2014
photo: Sven Laurent.
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
2 sculptures (lead sheet), variable dimensions,
2 videos (10'16'' and 3'30'', b/w and color, no sound),
1 metal benche, printer matter, 1 agave plant
installation view: For the Mnemonist, S. , WIELS, Brussels (BE), 2014
photo: Sven Laurent.
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
7 sculptures (lead sheet), variable dimensions,
3 videos (10'16'' and 3'30'' and 3'30'', b/w and color, no sound),
1 metal bench, printer matter, 1 agave plant
installation view: The future can only be for ghosts, Museion, Bolzano (IT), 2015
photo: Nicolo DeGiorgis
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
7 sculptures (lead sheet), variable dimensions,
3 videos (10'16'' and 3'30'' and 3'30'', b/w and color, no sound),
1 metal bench, printer matter, 1 agave plant
installation view: The future can only be for ghosts, Museion, Bolzano (IT), 2015
photo: Nicolo DeGiorgis
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
8 sculptures (lead sheet), variable dimensions, video (10'16'', b/w and color, no sound)
2 metal benches, 1 agave plant
installation view: Isola, de Vleeshal, Middelburg (NL), 2012
photo: Leo van Kampen
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
8 sculptures (lead sheet), variable dimensions, video (10'16'', b/w and color, no sound)
2 metal benches, 1 agave plant
installation view: Isola, de Vleeshal, Middelburg (NL), 2012
photo: Leo van Kampen
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Production photograph of 'Courtyard 2'
275 x 120 cm
Unique
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Production photograph of 'Corridor'
120 x 105 cm
unique
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2011
still from super8 film transferred to video, 10'16'', color, no sound
edition of 3 + 2 A/P
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2013
Rossella Biscotti, The Prison of Santo Stefano, 2013
still from super8 film transferred to video, 3'30'', color, no sound
edition of 3 + 2 A/P