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.

Timeline

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.

Exhibitions

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.