Rossella Biscotti – Positions #3

00:02:34 Van Abbemuseum
Rossella Biscotti (Molfetta, Italy, 1978) is one of the four artists in the exhibition Positions #3 organised by the Van Abbemuseum.

Rossella Biscotti focuses on forgotten social and political events in her work. Following meticulous preliminary research she re-circulates these stories in her reconstructions. Biscotti won the Premio Michelangelo in 2010. The prize, the choice of a marble block from the Carrara quarry in Italy, is used as the starting point for a new work: The Journey (2016). Biscotti dropped the marble block into the Mediterranean Sea. Inspired by scientific research and oceanography, she will identify the blocks new location through analysing the environmental complexity of the Sicilian canal. She will overlap maps that trace historical commercial routes, migrant routes, artefacts and military deposit, analysing the morphology of the seabed in the international water between Italy, Libya and Tunisia. The second new work in Positions #3 is called Clara (2016), an installation around the rhinoceros, who became famous during 17 years of touring Europe in the mid-18th century and was transported to Europe by the VOC.

Positions #3
Van Abbemuseum
3 December 2016 - 5 March 2017

Video credits

  • Produced by: Mals Media || Anna Jordans
  • Research & interview: Else Siemerink
  • Camera & edit: Florian Koch
  • The exhibition series Positions is made possible with the support of Ammodo, Danish Arts Foundation, Mondriaan Fund and Stichting Promotors Van Abbemuseum
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  • Positions #3

    For the exposition 'Positions #3' the Van Abbemuseum made a series with the featuring artists. In four short videos they tell about their work.