Elisabetta Benassi and Returning to the Past

To say it in a new, unprecedented form…without deceit. Through multiple modes of expression, Italian artist Elisabetta Benassi recounts the socio-cultural and artistic traditions that have characterized the 20th century. From photography to videos, installations to performances, the Roman artist starts from her beginnings. We perceive, from her, an intense life marked by memories made from meetings with Maria Lai and Beatrice Merz, and coincidences that have defined an important historical period in Italian art and culture. But above all, they have defined her profile as an artist.

Elisabetta Benassi was born in Rome in 1966 and received her education at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma. Her work has been shown at the Venice Biennale on three separate occasions: at the Arsenale in 2011, at the Italian Pavilion (curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi) in 2013, and the Belgian Pavilion (Katerina Gregos) in 2015. Solo shows of Benassi’s work have been mounted at the Museo Nazionale Romano (Rome), MAXXI (Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome), the Grand Palais (Paris), and the 2009 edition of Unlimited at Art Basel (Basel).

Thoughtful and determined through her artistic practice, Benassi lives the concept of “return” as a memory, an object or a symbol, to be referred to in order to, somehow, free the collective past in a new interpretation.

FRONTRUNNER is pleased to present a brisk, enlightening chat with Benassi that will appear in our SPRING 2020 Issue. Continue… Frontrunner Magazine