Elisa Sighicelli was born in 1968 in Turin, Italy. She received her B.A. (Honors) in 1995 from Kingston University, London, and her M.F.A. in 1997 from Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London. Known for her experimental approach in the medium of photography, Sighicelli probes into the materiality of photos and its effect on our way of seeing. Merging with materials that have different tactile properties and textures, her photographs analyze the ways in which reality reflects itself and often times appears to be made from the very substance it represents. In a world saturated with virtual images, the artist sets out to restore the palpable tangible existence of images in a physical space.
Recent solo shows include “Santiago,” Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Spain (2000); Fondation Salomon, France (2003); Fondation pour l'art contemporain Claudine et Jean–Marc Salomon, France (2003); “Pitfall,” Národní Muzeum, Prague (2004); “Sottovoce,” Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Italy (2005); and GAM, (Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea), Italy (2007). Sighicelli’s work has been part of numerous group exhibitions including “No world without you,” Hertzliya Museum, Tel Aviv (2001); “De Gustibus,” Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Italy (2002); “Liquid Sea,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2003); “De leur temps,” Musée des Beaux–Arts, France (2004); “The Agony and the Ecstasy,” Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, England (2005); “Italy 1980–2007: Tendencies of Contemporary Research,” Vietnam Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi (2007); and “Focus on Contemporary Italian Art,” MAMBO, Italy (2008).