Elisa Caldana (IT)
Elisa Caldana (b. 1986, Pordenone, Italy) is an artist working primarily with sculpture, performance, film, and writing. Her works are united conceptually by the use of abstraction and imagination to draw attention to political and social issues, analysing the paradoxes and liminal spaces that generate from the coexistence of plural standpoints. Architecture, public spaces, monuments, and collective identity are recurrent themes within her work.
Elisa Caldana studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt where she was a student of Simon Starling (Fine Art class) and received her BA and MFA in Visual Arts from the IUAV University of Venice. Her work has been exhibited in exhibitions and presentations internationally, including at ROZENSTRAAT, Amsterdam (2020); Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo, Tokyo (2019); MAMbo Museum, Bologna (2018); ar/ge kunst Kunstverein, Bozen (2017); Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin (2016); Museum für Moderne Kunst MMK, Frankfurt (2013). Her public sculptural interventions include Shutterstreet presented within the inner court of Palazzo Carignano, Turin (produced by Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, 2019) and Monuments to Nonexistent Streets (winner of the In Sesto Award, 2020). She was awarded the Hessische Kulturstiftung (Cultural Foundation of Hesse) studio grant in London, a one-year residency administered by Acme Studios London (2016-2017). Caldana has been an artist in residence at the Tokyo Arts and Space, a division of the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan (2018); Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (2020); “ROSE” Residency Programme - Villa delle Rose, promoted by MAMbo Museum of Modern Art, Bologna (2021). She is recipient of the VII edition of the Italian Council Award (2019); nctm e l'arte (2018), Portikus e.V. (2013), Moving Up (2013).
Image: Elisa Caldana, Shutterstreet at Palazzo Carignano, 2019, Turin