The art of Rossella Biscotti

Rossella Biscotti (b. Molfetta 1978) lives in Rotterdam.

Biscotti's work is characterized by the research, revelation and reactivation of objects, sites and archives, unfolding the stratifications of our history.
The result of her long and meticulous research is subject to a synthetic and formal elaboration whose reductivist character evokes a modernist and minimalist vocabulary.

Biscotti's work is characterized by the research, revelation and reactivation of objects, sites and archives.

The City, 2018
Supported by the Mondriaan Fund and produced in cooperation with Protocinema, Istanbul,
8-channel video installation, colour, 3-channel sound, 5 screens
Courtesy Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam, Mor Charpentier, Paris

With the work The Trial (2010-2017), for example, Biscotti has given new life to the “7 April Trial”, involving exponents and sympathizers of Autonomia Operaia between 1979 and 1988. In 2010 the Foro Italico Aula Bunker that hosted various sessions of the trial was ideally reconstructed at MAXXI Museum in Rome through concrete casts of the room. The Foro Italico, on the other hand, was transformed into the space of an action: a public visit with several witnesses of the trial.

Il Processo (The Trial), 2010 - 2012
sound piece (6 hours, loop), 8 casted sculptures, reinforced concrete, variable
photo: Ela Bialkowska, Okno studio
Courtesy The Artist and Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam

The work was proposed on several occasions at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012), Performa, New York (2013) and Wiels, Bruxelles (2014).
An integrating part of the work was an 8 hour extract of the audio recording of the trial found in the archives of Radio Radicale. The recorded text is at times reactivated through public and performative readings giving new life and new political strength to its words.

A shirt, blue pants, blue jeans, a towel, 2018
24 sculptures, concrete, various used textilesvariable
Photo: Christopher Clem Franken
Courtesy the artist and Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam

Biscotti has had several solo exhibitions in Italian and international institutions and has participated to the 55th Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial (2013), dOCUMENTA (13), and Manifesta 9 (2012), amongst others.

The Journey, 2016
Installation view Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2017
Photo: Peter Cox, Eindhoven
Courtesy Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam and Mor-Charpentier

She has won numerous prizes, such as the Premio della Fondazione Strozzina in Florence (2009), the Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea, the Premio Michelangelo (2010) and the Premio Quadriennale 2016.

Opening photo: On Walking, 2017
Concrete - Edition 1 + 1 A/P
Photo: Daniele Molajoli
Courtesy Fondazione Memmo and Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam