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Rossella Biscotti

Press release

Rossella Biscotti – The City

Rossella Biscotti’s »The City« investigates the temporal dimensions of history and its relationship to the present. In a subtle yet impressive way, Biscotti creates a narrative of the Neolithic archaeological site Çatalhöyük in southern Anatolia, which is considered one of the first urban centers in the world. In the course of her research as part of the team, the artist spent several months on site and documented the working and living community during the excavations. In a subjective montage of recorded image and sound material, Biscotti weaves together a narrative that draws links between the organization and ways of living of the ancient society at the site with today’s community and ways of working together. Time and again, incidents within this narrative occur where it remains uncertain when in time these actions are happening, thus leaving us as viewers to connect the words and images with imagined realities both now and then. Only the closure of the site after the attempted military coup in Turkey in 2016 brings us back to the here and now.
The relevance of history, its questionable official narrative, and alternative historiography are recurring themes in Biscotti’s work, often guided by extensive research and artistic forensics. This contemporary approach toward remnants of the past results in »The City« revealing a subjective and political analysis of our being in the world.

Rossella Biscotti (born 1978, Italy) is a current fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Residence Program. Her work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions across various contexts and institutions around the world.