Elisabetta Benassi was born in 1966 in Rome, where she lives and works. Using cultural, political, psychoanalytical, and artistic references to the Twentieth century as well as to salient and controversial contemporary issues, Elisabetta Benassi creates works that move along a difficult space, that of our times.
She uses installations, video, and photography as a device to create strong emotional evocations allowing the viewer to bring things into a different moral focus. On the backdrop of her works are questions on the condition and identity of our present, on its connection to the historical past, which she prompts us to reconsider, reading it against the light. Reconstructing an interpretation of the material world and extending the field of human knowledge are fundamental aspects of her work.
Recent Exhibitions: 2013 Venice Biennale 55th International Art Exhibition, Italian Pavillon Vice/Versa, Venice. (upcoming show), Voglio fare subito una mostra (upcoming solo show) Fondazione Merz Torino; 2012 Newtopia: The State of Human Rights. Exhibition for the City of Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium; 2012 Mutatis Mutandis, Wiener Secession, Wien; 2012 Blind Spot, Berlin Documentary Forum 2, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; 2012 Art and Press. Martin -Gropius-Bau, Berlin, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe; 2011 A proposito di Marisa Merz, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome; 2011 Venice Biennale 54th International Art Exhibition ILLUMInazioni/ ILLUMInations, Arsenale, Venice; 2011 Tutto è connesso 2, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli; 2011 Soledad, Fiac! Grand Palais, Paris; 2010 All I Remember, Magazzino, Rome; 2010 Chartrese Jeune, Casa Tabarelli, Cornaiano, Bolzano; 2009 Unlimited, Art| 40 | Basel, Basel; 2008 Mimétisme, Extra City for Contemporary Art, Antwerpen; 2008 Dai tempo al tempo Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba.