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 in Pordenone, Italy) graduated from the Städelschule in Frankfurt, where she has been master 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 (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo), 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); Malta Museum of Contemporary Art, Valletta (2011). She has been awarded the Hessische Kulturstiftung London Atelier Stipendium, a 1-year international residency program managed by Acme Studios in 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. She is grant holder of Nctm e l’Arte (2018), Moving Up (2013), and Portikus e.V (2012-2013).