Elisabetta Benassi (b. 1966, Rome, where she lives and works). With references to cultural, political and artistic traditions of the 20th Century, from psychoanalysis and controversial themes of our contemporary age, the work of Elisabetta Benassi follows a difficult path: that of our times. Her work finds its form through the use of various media (installation, photography, video), as devices to create strong emotional suggestions and a different moral focus on the viewer. Emerging from the background of her work is a questioning of contemporary identity and conditions, their relation to the historical past and an encouragement to reconsider them through a backlit perspective.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Gallery Jousse Entreprise, Paris, 2015; Smog a Los Angeles, CRAC Alsace; Golden Rock, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv; Voglio fare subito una mostra, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2013; All I Remember, Magazzino, Rome, 2010.
Recent group exhibitions include: You Can’t Take It With You, Istitut Culturel Italien de Paris, 2014; We Have Never Been Modern, SongEun ArtSpace, Seoul, 2014; Corsaro in Non basta ricordare, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, 2013-2014; Vice/Versa, Italian Pavillon, 55th Venice Biennial, Venice; BOOK MACHINE (PARIS), Nouveau Festival 2013, Centre George Pompidou, Paris, 2013; Mutatis Mutandis, Wiener Secession, Vienna; Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, Exhibition for the City of Mechelen; Blind Spot, Berlin Documentary Forum 2, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Art and Press, Martin-Gropius-Bau, ZKM Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe & Museum of Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2012; Soledad, FIAC! Grand Palais, Paris; A proposito di Marisa Merz, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome; Illuminazioni, 54th Venice Biennial International Art Exhibition, Venice; Tutto è connesso 2, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, 2011.