Elena Redaelli


I'm a visual artist and researcher,
My practice is based on sculpture and installation created through a deep relationship with the place (environmental art) and society (participatory, socially engaged projects).
I explore the matter, transformation, and processes of generation and decay involving different levels of control and challenging the boundaries of authorship and active intervention.
Sometimes the material takes the lead; other times, the participants or the environment itself does, resulting in a constant transformation, improvisation and exchange.
I apply a practice-based form of knowledge using a cross-pollination of different techniques from craft, sculpture, textiles, and drawings. I value, research and utilise ancient practices: hand-weaving, knitting, crochet, felting, embroidery and paper making. In my large-scale immersive installations, slow-paced production techniques are combined with new media such as video and sound.


I hold a MA in Fine Arts from UCA, London, UK and a MA in Sculpture, Academy of Fine Arts, Rome.
I've been learning, researching and sharing Knowledge in Europe, Asia, the USA, and Africa.

Since 2010 I have exhibited internationally in Norway, Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Korea, Australia, China, Taiwan, and Russia, and I have been an active member of international environmental art movements.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING PROJECTS 2022-2023

- ZAC (Zest Art Collective). A collaborative platform for creation and discussion around environmental, site-responsive arts.

Members: Sally Kidall, Karin van der Molen, Lucia Loren, Imke Rust and Elena Redaelli

- Contextile Biennial, Guimares, Portugal (Speaker, Textile talks)
- Manibus – AIR program, Fasano, Puglia IT
- The soft Revolution, group show, Busto Arsizio Textile Museum
- Fiberstorming, BAF (Bergamo Art Fair)
- Cafka Biennial, Canada (ZAC, invited Artis)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2020  Uendelig langsomhed, Trappe Galleriet, Viborg Kunsthall, Denmark.

2019  Care, preserve, connect - Kunst Treff Punkt, Verein für Internationale Waldkunst e.V, Darmstsdt, DE 2018  NORI MONIGATARI, Tokiwa Museum, Ube Biennale: International sculpture competition, Ube City, Japan. Unravelled backgrounds, Zarya Centre for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, RU 2017  Story of a place, Tsung-Yeh art and cultural centre, Tainan, Taiwan

Vestige, Upper Ray Gallery, Treasure Hill, Taipei, Taiwan, Curator: Nicole Lai

Weaving a better future, WAB, Beijing, China 2016  Faden werk, Kunstverein in Bad Godesberg, Bonn, Germay.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2022
Isola Prossima, site specific Art project, Lago Trasimeno, PG
Imago Insecta, Dak’Art Off Biennial, Dakar, Senegal (ZAC)
An infinite adventure, AiRV VESTERAALEN, one year project, Bo, Norway
Dialogue with the clouds, Villoslada De Cameros, La Rioja, Spain (ZAC)
Residenza Insecta, RespirArt Parco d’arte a Pampeago, TN (ZAC)


2021
Enclave LandArt, Val de Gallinera, Spain
Land of the flunen – Threads of the past, Neukirchen-Vluyn, De
Environmental Art symposium 2020 "Interruption. Appearance and Disappearance of Man-Made" on
Tammiku-Kohila trajectory, Kohila, Estonia
Andorra LandArt, Andorra (ZAC)
Duck Residency 2021 ‘Norderns Lys / Nordic Light’, Viborg, DK


2020
Ram – land light festival, Amsterdam, NL
WasteArt – travelling exhibition, Viljandi / Varbuse, Estonia
EB, Museum Schokland, NL
Homar International Performance Art Festival, Arta Art Contemporary Art Institute, Khorammabad, Iran

2021

Land of the flunen – Threads of the past, Neukirchen-Vluyn, De

Environmental Art symposium 2020 "Interruption. Appearance and Disappearance of Man-Made" on Tammiku-Kohila trajectory, Kohila, Estonia

Andorra LandArt, Andorra.

Duck Residency 2021 'Norderns Lys / Nordic Light', Viborg, DK

2020

Ram – land light festival, Amsterdam, NL WasteArt – travelling exhibition, Viljandi / Varbuse, Estonia EB, Museum Schokland, NL / Homar International Performance Art Festival, Arta Art Contemporary Art Institute, Khorammabad, Iran

2019  

Abidjan Green Art Biennial, Banko Forest, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Africa/ Interminable Prescriptions for the Plague, Cur. Kairon Lu, MOCA Taipei, Taiwan / I-Park Site-Responsive Art Residency & Biennale, Invited Artist, Connecticut, USA / Shinano Primitive art festival, Invited Artist, August 2019, Nagano, Japan / Duodecimal, Civic Gallery, Barnsley, the UK / NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind, Reuse of Waste through Arts and Crafts / January 2019 – January 2021 Latvia-Estonia / Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project, Cheng  Long village, Taiwan / GROUNDSPEAK, invited Artist, Schokland, Holland / FLOM, Dalane Kulturfestivalen, Bjerkreim, Norway / IN RESIDENCE: from the collection of Zarya Centre of Contemporary Art Cur. Alisa Bagdonaite, Andrei Vasilenko, Adel Kim, Zarya, Vladivostok, RU / Madou sugar industry art triennial, Cur. Yves Chun, Eric Chen, Tainan, Taiwan

2018

"Tissage, Tressage", Fondation Villa Datris, France / ErTem, Art festival and Symposium, Budapest, Hungary / Toortuumik Art Festival, Estonia / AIR 2018 exhibition ; Austrlian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Au / Dialoghi di fili", Spazi museali del Filatoio Rosso di Caraglio (Cuneo) 8 giugno - 30 settembre 2018

2017

Proyecto en sitio, Intervention de Paisaje 2017, Umecuaro, Michoacan, Mexico / 'Insideout', Collaborative, environmental tapestry, a collaboration with 再生藝術工坊 CRC – Creative Reuse Centre- Taipei for Jidori Khiang Project, Taipei, Taiwan / Ocean+Human, environmental art festival, Stavanger, Norway / Open Studios at Red Gate Gallery Feijiacun, Beijing, China / "Kunsthåndverkernes stipendsøkerutstilling", Rådhusgalleriet, Oslo, Norway.

2016  

"Based on a true story", Guandu International Nature Art Festival, Taipei, Taiwan; "Art transformation", International forest Art path, Darmstadt, Germany; "Rest Art – Trame d'autore", Imbiancheria del Vajro, Torino, IT; Cheng Long Wetlands International Environmental Art Project, Cheng Long, Taiwan.

2015 Forest Art Chengdu “Flowing Inspiration” Du Jiang Yan, China; “Muse diffuse”, Gressoney, Italy; “Kunsthåndverkernes stipendsøkerutstilling”  Rådhusgalleriet, Oslo, Norway.

2014 Juleutstillingen , Gallery Puls, Noreimsund, Norway/ “Merletto contemporaneo”, Rosignano Monferrato, Italy/ "Muse diffuse", Gressonay, Italy

2013 “Biennale Giovani Monza” , Villa Reale Monza, MB, Italy/“14 International Triennial of Tapestry”, Muzeum Wlokiennictwa, Lodz, PL ."Buste dipinte, 2013" Spazio Oberdan, Milano, Italy/  “Arte Tessile, Design, opere e spazi” Casa Logrand, Gressonay S.J. Italy

2012 “Nature, human being & Sound, Geumgang Nature Art Biennale ”, Gongju, Korea/“E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle… Il viaggio”  San Fedele Gallery, Milan (Italy)/“Fiori d’acciaio / Energia e leggerezza nell’arte delle donne”, Osnago, Milano

2011“Poetic Forest”, Mount Lushan (China)/“Ecoanimali”, Artefiera off, Bologna (Italy)/“Arcaicità e Futuro ecosostenibile”, Novara (Italy)/“Streetartpiu”, Monza, Milan (Italy)/“Science en plein Art”, Museo tridentino di scienze naturali, Trento (Italy)

2010“Space”, Hiroko, via Tortona, Milano (Italy)/“5 International Forest Art-path: Freedom and wilderness”, Darmstadt (Germany)/“Mangia le prugne” Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Como (Italy)/“Mini-art - textil a Montrouge” Hotel de ville de Montrouge, Paris  (France)

2009“Miniartextilcosmo” San Franceso’s Church, Como (Italy)/“European art exhibition” La Dante in Cambridge and Alliance Francaise, Cambridge (UK)/“La natura senza mani” (Nature without hands) Villa Greppi, Monticello Brianza (Italy)

ARTISTIC RESIDENCIES:

2022 

Manibus, Puglia, IT

2021- 2022

AIRV Vesteraalen, Norway.

2021

Enclave land Art, Val de Gallinera, Spain

2020

Riddergade AIR Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg, Danmark (online)

2019

Cheng Long Air program, environmental art project and community market, Yunlin, Taiwan

Asaki Air, Shinano-Omachi, Japan.

MOKS, WasteArt AIR, Mooste, Estonia.

Dalane kulturfestivalen Flom, Dalane kulturfestivalen, March 2019, Rogaland, No.

2018 AIR program at Zarya Centre for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, RU

2017 AIR program at Bamboo Curtain Studio Taipei, Taiwan /AIR Tainan, Tsung-Yeh art and cultural centre, Tainan, Tainan / AIR Taipei, Treasure Hill, TAV, Taipei, Taiwan / Red Gate Gallery artist in residence program at the Western Academy of Beijing, China / Air program at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Au.

2016 Meet the future in Cheng Long, Cheng Long, Taiwan; International Forest Art Path, Darmstadt, Germany; Based on a true story, Guandu International Nature Art Festival, Taipei, Taiwan.

2014 Kunstrnerhuset Messen, Ålvik, Norge June-August 2014

2013 Peacock Gallery AIR, Auburn, Sydney, Australia.

Visiting Artist Program at the Sunshine Paper Studio, Sunshine is a non-profit organisation that supports people with a disability in Pymble, Australia.

CURATED PROJECTS AND COLLABORATIONS:


2020 – ongoing
Z.A.C. (Zest Art Collective) Art collective. Members: Sally Kidall, Karin van der Molen, Lucia Loren, Imke Rust and Elena Redaelli
2021
Natural dynamic connections – a six-week virtual residency program for Ainin – Curator
LAB SITE project, a virtual residency program to critically discuss and reframe site responsive,
environmental practices.

Participants: Sue Pedley, Lily Balasnova, Agnes Deli, Karin van der Molen, Elena
Redaelli – Co-Curator with Karin van der Molen

 

COMPETITIONS AND AWARDS:

 

2019 Reisestøtte fra NK for the project ‘ Care, Preserve, Connect’, Kunstreffpunkt, Darmstadt, DE

2018 1-årig fordypningsstipend fra Kunsthåndverkernes fond

2017 Reisestøtte: Proyecto en sitio, Intervencion de Paisaje 2017, Umecuaro, Michoacan, Mexico.

2016 Reisestøtte fra NK for the project “Natural weaving between Europe and Asia”, Taipei Art Village, Taipei, Taiwan;

Reisestøtte fra NK for the participation in the symposium and conference “Art Transformation”, Darmstadt, Germany.

"RestArt, Young fibre art contest", Special Mention for the novelty of the artwork and its performativity nature, Collezione Civica di Chieri, Torino, Italy

2013 "Biennale Giovani Monza", Artist selected to exhibit, Villa Reale di Monza, MB, Italy

2011 "Premio San Fedele" Artist selected to participate, San Fedele Gallery, Milan, Italy

2005 Winner of Academy of Fine Art award for the creation of a bronze sculpture at Massimo del Chiaro Art Foundry, Carrara, Italy

 

WORKS IN COLLECTIONS:

 

"Polyporus versipaper", I-Park Foundation, Heast Haddam, Connecticut, USA

"Unravelled backgrounds", Zarya Centre for Contemporary Art Collection, Vladivostok, Ru

"Two times wool, a new beginning", Zarya Centre for Contemporary Art Collection, Vladivostok, Ru

“Le forme del tempo”,2013, Collezione Civica di Fiber Art della Città di Chieri : Trame d'Autore 

“Respiro vitale, concetto d’attesa”, 2009, Arte&Arte, Miniartextil collection, Como, Italy

 

ART WRITING:

Artemorbida Magazine – Author

 

EDUCATION:

2016-2019

MA Fine Art, UCA, London

Master thesis: 'Dynamic and relational matter', Advisors: Michele Whiting.

2000-2005          

Rome Fine Art Academy, Roma, Italy, Sculpture;

Master thesis: 'Art as a form of therapy in Enrico Accatino's textile practice', Advisor: Dario Evola.

1995-2000 

Diploma in Fine Arts

Medardo Rosso, School of Art and Design, Lecco, Italy

 

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