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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Rossella Biscotti

Residency period

7 January – 27 March 2020

About

The cross-media practice of Rossella Biscotti (b. 1978, Italy/Belgium/Netherlands) cuts across sculpture, performance, sound works, and filmmaking. Stemming from extended research processes, conceptual excavations, personal encounters, interdisciplinary collaborations, and the subtle interrogation of sites and stories, her works encapsulate meticulous stratifications of materials and meanings. She has taken part in major international exhibitions such as Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2020); 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); 13th Istanbul Biennale, Turkey (2013); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany (2012), and Manifesta 9, Belgium (2012). Recent solo exhibitions were held at Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2019); Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, Switzerland (2018), and V–A–C Foundation, Moscow, Russia (2016). Biscotti received several awards including ACACIA Prize for Contemporary Art (2017) and Mies van der Rohe Stipendium (2013).

Focus

Sourcing oral histories and female accounts, delving into archives, and mapping sites associated with different forms of mining, exploitation, and confinement, Rossella Biscotti will deepen her research interest into colonial structures of power and management at the turn of the 20th century and the way in which these structures are interwoven with contemporary practices of production and distribution. Expanding on a recently produced body of works that explore the physical and aesthetic properties of rubber—notably its resistance and its resemblance to human skin—the artist aims to research its production process on site. She will conduct archival research on colonial trade, botanical imports, and intensive cultivations in preparation for her field trips to rubber and oil palm plantations in the region.

Residencies brochure (January – March 2020)

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: Oral Histories and Female Accounts, Artist talk by Rossella Biscotti (Italy/Belgium/Netherlands), Artist-in-Residence
18 Feb 2020, Tue 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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In this talk, Rossella Biscotti interweaves thoughts and methodological considerations on some recent works that engage collective voices and female figures. She will present the research process that led to the making of Surati (2019), a work inspired by a character in Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s tetralogy Buru Quartet (1980-88) who contracts smallpox voluntarily in her efforts to escape subjection as a concubine under Dutch colonialism, and Clara (2016), a work related to the eponymous female Indian rhinoceros imported to Europe by a captain of the Dutch East India Company in the 18th century. Finally, she will touch upon I dreamt that you changed into a cat (2013), a complex audio and sculptural work created through a one-year long “oneiric laboratory” with the female inmates of Venice’s women prison during which night dreams were shared and vegetable organic waste was turned into a compost installation.

 

BIOGRAPHY

The cross-media practice of Rossella Biscotti (b. 1978, Italy/Belgium/Netherlands) cuts across sculpture, performance, sound works, and filmmaking. Stemming from extended research processes, conceptual excavations, personal encounters, interdisciplinary collaborations, and the subtle interrogation of sites and stories, her works encapsulate meticulous stratifications of materials and meanings. She has taken part in major international exhibitions such as Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2020); 55th Venice Biennale, Italy (2013); 13th Istanbul Biennale, Turkey (2013); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany (2012), and Manifesta 9, Belgium (2012). Recent solo exhibitions were held at Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2019); Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, Switzerland (2018), and V–A–C Foundation, Moscow, Russia (2016). Biscotti received several awards including ACACIA Prize for Contemporary Art (2017) and Mies van der Rohe Stipendium (2013).

 

Image: Rosella Biscotti, Surati, 2019, natural rubber, detail. Rossella Biscotti, new work (2019), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Photo by Kristien Daem. Courtesy the artist.