Elisa Caldana is an artist working primarily with sculpture, performance, film, and writing. Her works are united conceptually by the use of abstraction and imagination to draw attention to political and social issues, analysing the paradoxes and liminal spaces that generate from the coexistence of plural standpoints. Architecture, public spaces, monuments, and collective identity are recurrent themes within her work.
Elisa Caldana (b. 1986, Pordenone, Italy) studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt, where she was a student of Simon Starling in his Fine Art class (2010-2013) and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from the IUAV University of Venice. Her work has been exhibited in exhibitions and presentations internationally, including at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (upcoming); at the Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo, Tokyo (2019); at the MAMbo Museum in Bologna (2018); at ar/ge Kunst, Bolzano’s Kunstverein (2017); at the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin (2016); at Museum for Moderne Kunst MMK, Frankfurt am Main (2013). She has been awarded the Hessische Kulturstiftung (Cultural Foundation of Hesse) studio scholarship in London, a one-year residency administered by Acme Studios London (2016-2017). In 2018, she is artist in residence at the Tokyo Arts and Space, a division of the Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art; in 2020-2021, she will be artist in residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. In 2021, she will be artist in residence at the “ROSE” Residency in Bologna, Italy, an international program promoted by MAMbo Museum of Modern Art (Bologna), where she will conceive together with Osaka-based artist Aki Nagasaka a specific exhibition for the historical space of Villa delle Rose. She is grant holder of Nctm e l’Arte (2018), Moving Up (2013), and Portikus e.V (2012-2013)