Elisabetta Cuccaro (Italy, *1992) is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and writer, based between Italy and the Netherlands. She studied in Milano at Brera Academy of Fine Arts, then she moved to Switzerland, where she attended the Master in Contemporary Arts Practice at HKB, in Bern. In 2021, she graduated with a Master's in Arts, Cognition and Criticism from the University of Groningen, with the thesis "After-Taste of Self-Help. Towards a Possible Theory of Exhibition". Questions concerning the epistemology and the history of the arts, and notions related to geneaolgy and structuralism - repetition, system, origin, oppositions, and also the gap between concept and matter- define the extension of her research and sustain her personal inquisitive approach. Lately her practice is based on collaborations where she explores connections between art practices and writing. While working with artists to help them positioning their practice within broader artistic discourses, she pursues her personal investigations of contemporary art and art theory. In 2018, she curated the exhibition series The Trilogy for the artist-run intitiative SuperEgo, and she was the second-place winner of ArtAsiaPacific’s 2021 Young Writers Contest.
- De.CompositionDe.composition developed within the framework of a collaboration between the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and the Frank Mohr Institute. The paradigms of artistic research are investigated using a practical approach, which took the shape of an installation on the notion of time. The work consists of two parts: a photographic archive of the process of research itself, which shows the different experiments and reflections that formed it and the final elaboration on the concept of fungal time. De.com
- Judith and Salomé. Twin engravings for an Art ExhibitionJudith and Salomé are identical, yet different. Both show in a progressive order the 36 permutations, all the possible variations of the system. The manual process to make them creates the differences between the two pieces, otherwise perfeclty alike. Sameness and differences play on the surface of the paper, in the texture of the black signs. Only 10 plates have been used to print each paper, that was processed four times in a row. Between 12-15 hours were needed only to print each of them.
- Rotations. Engravings for an Art ExhibitionThe artistic series "Rotations" is based on the use of permutions and its laws, triggered by the physical means of engraving. Only ten copper plates are able to give life to 36 different permutations of the same, basic unit element: a little square in which two parts out of nine are coloured black. Rotations, etching and aquatint on paper, 68 x 90,5 cm, 2017 (framed 84 x 118,9 cm) In order: 1rst Rotation, 2nd Rotation, 3rd Rotation and 4th Rotation Photos by Sebastien Verdon
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Projects credited in
- Trilogy / SuperEgoIt is an artist-run initiative, started in 2017. Its activities are based both on virtual spaces and physical ones. SuperEgo explores a horizontal and open mode to expe- rience and produce art, acting as a self-critical conscience for those who enter in its network, constantly inspired by the re ection and questioning of social standards. Its operations proceed as pop-up interventions, able to settle in speci c contexts with exibility and irony.
Guest WriterHanze University of Applied Sciences - Groningen
- Groningen, NetherlandsFreelance
I was invited to write the artists'profiles for the Final graduation show of the Master students of the Frank Mohr Institute. Based on in-depth studio visits and conversations, I produced 25 short texts, divided within 5 thematic clusters, intended as possible interpretative tools of their artistic production.
Student AssistantUniversity of Groningen
- Groningen, NetherlandsPart Time
Support for teaching modules and presentations, and feedback for university assignments based on the collaboration between art students of the Frank Mohr Institute and University students for the course: Media, Materials and Makers.
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- Painting/ Drawing
- Art Writing
- Artist Mentor
- Creative Writing
- Art Performance
Master in Arts, Cognition and CriticismUniversity of Groningen
- Groningen, Netherlands
The track Arts, Cognition and Criticism delves into the relations of the arts with different fields, such as cognitive sciences, sociology and the recent dvelopment of artistic research. Graduated with summa cum laude and writing the thesis After-Taste of Self-Help. Towards a Possible Theory of Exhibitions, which investigates the discourse on, and the conceptions of exhibition as art.
Master in Contemporary Arts PracticeHochuschule der Künste Bern
- Bern, Switzerland
thesis: "Turning Salomé. A Journey between Symbolism and Conceptual Art" pratical work: series of 4 works "Rotations", etching and aquatint on paper, 68 x 90,5 cm. "Judith", etching and aquatint on paper, 68 x 90,5 cm "Salomé", etching and aquatint on paper, 68 x 90,5 cm Exhibition in the Centre PasquArt, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, 2017
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