Elisa Sighicelli  (Italian, 1968) 

Elisa Sighicelli (Italian, b.1968) is a photographer and video artist known for her installation-based studies of objects and their relationship to space. Born in Turin, Sighicelli lived in Brazil from the ages of five to eight. The experience of growing up in a diverse cultural environment influenced the exploratory nature of her work. Upon returning to Turin, Sighicelli continued her education through high school, later moving to Florence where she studied Textile Design. The artist finished her undergraduate degree at Kingston University in London and received her Masters of Art at The Slade School of Fine Art. While living in London, Sighicelli began exploring photography and video art, creating and honing her aesthetic. Initially photographing details of domestic life and commercial imagery, her work developed into a series of studies in fluctuation—light and shadow, motion and stillness, real and abstract. The artist has traveled the world, photographing architectural details and objects with the intention of making the image look as though it could have been taken anywhere. To create her photographic installations, Sighicelli prints her photographs on matte paper rather than transparent film, and then pastes them onto Plexiglas constructions, which are blacked out with paint and highlighted with back lighting. The result is a play on space, shadow, and light that asks the viewer to derive their own meaning from the work. Sighicelli has exhibited at major institutions such as the MCA in Sydney, Australia, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderne e Contemporanea in Turin, and at the Italian Pavilion of the 53rd Venice Biennale. Sighicelli currently lives in and works in Turin.

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Elisa Sighicelli, Las Vegas Curtain


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Las Vegas Curtain

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Elisa Sighicelli, Kitchen


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Elisa Sighicelli, Chairs (in 2 parts)


Elisa Sighicelli
Chairs (in 2 parts), 2002
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Elisa Sighicelli, Bed


Elisa Sighicelli
Bed, 2000
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Elisa Sighicelli, Near to nothing


Elisa Sighicelli
Near to nothing, 1998
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1968   Born in Turim, Italy, currently lives and works in London
1998 - 1990   Higher Diploma in Textile Design, Polimoda, Florença, Itália.
1991 - 1992   Foundation Course in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, Londres.
1992 - 1995   BA (Honors) in Sculpture, Kingston University, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Londres.
1995 - 1997   MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, University College, Londres.
2003   Elisa Sighicelli, Fondation pour l'art contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France. (solo)
2003   Secrets in the Light of Day, Galeria Andre Viana, Porto, Portugal.
2002   Cohan Leslie & Brown, New York. (solo)
2001   Frost, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills (solo)
2000   Lucid Moments, Galerie Friebe, Lüdenscheid, Alemanha. (solo)
2000   Nuits d’hotel, Galerie Zürcher, Paris, França (solo)
2000   Santiago, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Espanha. (solo)
2000   Is There Anyone Home? Gallery Westland Place, Londres.
2000   Residual Property, Portfolio Gallery, Edimburgo, Escócia.
2000   Le pratiche della percezione, Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporaneo, Trento, Itália.
1999   Quadriennale d’Arte, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma, Itália.
1999   Word to Save a Life, Word to Take a Life (curated by Simon Morrisey), Clare College Mission Church, Londres.
1999   In Vitro, Galerie Zürcher, Paris.
1999   Restheaven, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales. (solo)
1999   Not at Home, Giò Marconi, Milan. (solo)
1999   Never Never Land, Galleria Carbone, Turin, Itália. (solo)
1998   Without World, Laure Genillard Gallery, Londres. (solo)
1998   Close to Home, UFF Galéria, Budapeste, Hungria.
1998   Sightings: New Photographic Art (curated by Tim Dawson), ICA, Londres.
1998   Instruments of Deceit, Gasworks, Londres.
  1999 Boise Fellowship, Londres.
  1998 Torino Incontra…L’Arte 2, Turin, Itália, finalist prize.
  1997 First Base, Londres, awarded studio for one year from ACAVA.
  1995 Picket Fellow Travel Scholarship, Kingston Upon Thames, Inglaterra.