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Castello di Rivoli is pleased to announce Title One, I dreamt, Clara and other stories, the first institutional anthological exhibition of Rossella Biscotti (Molfetta, 1978), an Italian artist based in the Netherlands and Belgium. A key member of a generation of Italian artists dedicated to exploring the modern history of Italy by bringing to light its stratified layers, Biscotti has created an art of investigation and research which places questions of collective interest at the centre of her work. Though early on in her career Biscotti focused on the structural amnesia marking recent history, her latest works look at resources, raw material extraction, process and circulations and how nature politics, economy and gender intersect in complex narratives. Biscotti combines research with the powerful agency of sculptural forms and vibrant matter to create work with suggestive power and forensic precision.

Biscotti often collaborates with other disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, geopolitics and environmental science. She uses a wide range of creative languages – including installation, sculpture, performance, sound and film – to make work that is grounded in a concept of history understood as an ecosystem of active relationships. Her works involve long periods of investigation and study aimed at uncovering the complex power structures that condition the unresolved dimensions of our present.

This exhibition fills the entire third floor of Castello di Rivoli, presenting more than 20 works. Among them large installations and body of works, from the early beginning to the present time that illustrate the research processes conducted by the artist over her 20-year career. The artist engages with themes and subjects such as the overlap between the private and public domains; the relationship between the past and the present, between the monument and the document. The works on display show how, from the beginning, Biscotti has based her practice on the power of gesture and word, on the process of unveiling and excavation, through a multi-vocal language in which the use of sound predominates. The layout of the exhibition follows a polyphonic narrative composed of minor stories and investigations of major ecological, political and gender issues, highlighting the connections between different uses of the techniques of extraction and archiving and asking questions about what we choose to explore and how we record it.

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