Three Works and A Script
curated by Sara Dolfi Agostini
31 January 2019, 7:30 ~ 9:30pm
Exhibition dates: 1 February – 23 March 2019
Open times: Tuesday – Friday: 1.00 – 6.00pm, Saturday: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Public event: Saturday 2 February, 5:30pm – Artist talk by Rossella Biscotti
Blitz, 68 St Lucia Street, Valletta
Entry is free.
Blitz is pleased to announce the opening of a solo show by internationally acclaimed artist Rossella Biscotti (Molfetta, 1978; lives in Brussels and Berlin). The exhibition portrays the artist’s practice with a selection of her key artworks along with a work in progress, her most ambitious to date, originally presented at Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (2016) and intended to be produced in Malta over the coming year.
Rossella Biscotti’s solo exhibition will mark a new beginning for Blitz, as it launches the 2019 season. From now on, Blitz will continue its pursuit of internationalisation and interdisciplinary dialogue by presenting a series of curated exhibitions of established international artists whose works have never been exhibited in Malta before – yet specifically resonate with Malta’s unique history, culture and social landscape.
Rossella Biscotti explores modern society reclaiming moments in our present or recent history which unveil the relation between individuals and the power structures that interfere with their identity and freedom. Every artwork is a context-specific project embedded in a different social reality, taking her practice to new territories she commits to through long-term collaborative research. In more than ten years of artistic practice, she has sourced expertise from a wide spectrum of disciplines including law, science, engineering and economics.
This new direction reflects Blitz’s dynamic and experimental identity, and its firm commitment to Malta’s artistic community at a crucial time when an accelerated development of the institutional ecosystem is encouraging a quest for greater international integration and dialogue. The show will be accompanied by a free illustrated publication with an essay by the curator, visuals from the exhibition and more insights about the artworks.
A public talk between the curator and the artist will take place on 2 February 2019 at 5:30 pm, followed by drinks at the Blitz Bar.
Blitz is supported by Arts Council Malta through a Cultural Partnership Agreement.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rossella Biscotti was born in Molfetta, Italy (1978), and currently lives in Brussels and Berlin. She graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples in 2002, and later attended the prestigious Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 2010-2011. She took part at major international exhibitions, including the 55th Venice Biennale and the 13th Istanbul Biennale (2013), dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), and Manifesta 9 (2012). Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Baselland and Protocinema Istanbul (2018), V-A-C foundation at GULAG History State Museum in Moscow (2016-2017), Museion in Bolzano (2015), Haus Lange Haus Esters in Krefeld (D), Wiels in Brussels and Sculpture Center in New York (2014), Secession in Vienna and e-flux in New York (2013), CAC Vilnius (2012). She has also exhibited in a number of group exhibitions including at the Kunstmuseum StGallen (2018), Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and the Swiss Institute New York (2016), the IMMA, Dublin (2015), ICA London and Pinchuk Art Center Kiev (2014), Castello di Rivoli (2012), MAXXI, Rome (2010–11) and Museu Serralves, Porto (2010). Since the debut in the international art scene, she has received many awards. Among others, the ACACIA Prize for Contemporary Art (2017), Premio della 16^ Quadriennale d'Arte di Roma (2016), The Mies van der Rohe Stipend (2013), the Premio Michelangelo at XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara (2010), the Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea of MAXXI Museum, Roma (2010), the 2nd Prix de Rome in the Netherlands (2009), The City of Geneva Grand Prize at the 12th Biennial of Moving Images (2007), and the Premio NY, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Italian Academy and the Columbia University in New York (2006).