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"I am interested in the brief moment that is not perceptible to the naked eye. I arrest it, take it out of its movement and thus create sculptures of the moment. The focus is on the ephemeral, the uniqueness and the finiteness."
Sissa Micheli

Sissa Micheli questions the everyday and the familiar in a variety of photographs, video works and objects and opens up new perspectives. What can be perceived on the surface frequently refers to something else, something behind it, to a hidden story that can only be guessed at, to a riddle that can only be solved to a limited extent. Curious and inquiring, she approaches her fields of investigation and creates a sensual and enigmatic microcosm that moves between reality and fiction, past, present and future. Beyond their functional attribution, Micheli lends objects highly charged levels of meaning with surreal radiant power. For example, the artist is exhibiting two new photographic works from the series Museum’s Rhapsody - Objective Correlatives, in which she combines objects from the Palais Mamming Museum in Merano with each other without there being any compelling relationship between them. Through a sensitive, poetic as well as humorous arrangement, however, they are endowed with new meaning. This results in unusual as well as bizarre objects: in King of Pins an old decorated hair clip serves as a hair accessory for a skull, in Tears of the Past petrified tears of milky quartz protrude from a chipped marble head of the Empress Elisabeth associations with the Dolomites come to mind. Set against a black background in a highly dramatic manner, the photographs invite the viewers to continue the stories themselves, to find new meanings and interpretations. Staging the mise-en-scène is an essential part of Micheli’s work in general, the moving, dynamic image is a constant companion. Time and again, the artist blurs the boundaries between film, photography, and sculpture: she captures the smoke of a pipe photographically and transfers it to the floor as a large-scale carpet or transforms it as a lava-like mass into a surreal three-dimensional object. Using flying garments, she stages fascinating temporary sculptures that celebrate the ephemeral and transitory in a sensual and musical game. At the same time, the works also epitomise the basic characteristic of photography, to capture a moment and to freeze it visually in order to give it meaning. In the new triptych Scenarios of Existence created especially for this exhibition, mighty textiles reminiscent of animal heads or skulls hover in front of the face of a female figure. The human being, thrown into the world, is vulnerable, at the mercy of finite nature and of death.

Exhibitions

Among the main solo shows we remember: 2022, ON WAVELENGTHS, Sound-Gallery of Audioversum Science Centre Innsbruck (A); 2021, On Transient Phenomena, Galerie Estermann, Messner, Vienna (A) and Kunstforum Unterland (I); 2020, LUMEN, Museum of Mountain Photography, Brunico (I) and Scenography of Existence, duo show with Jürgen Klauke, Alessandro Casciaro art gallery, Bolzano (I); 2019, Museum’s Rhapsody, Palais Mamming Museum, Merano (I), On the verge of time, Festival of Photography Maribor (SL) and Ballad of Desires, Oberösterreichischer Kunstverein Linz (A); 2018, Dolomieu Transpressured, Transart 2018; 2017, On the Process of Shaping an Idea into Form Through Mental Modelling, Alessandro Casciaro art gallery, Bolzano (I), The Ballad of Interacting Objects, Sotheby's Quarterly, Palais Wilczek, Wien (A) and Metaphors for Survival II, Muratcentoventidue Artecontemporanea, Bari (I); 2015, Dance of Diplomacy, Palais Metternich – Italienische Botschaft, Marcello Farabegoli Projects, Wien (A); 2014, The Unknown Knows, Austrian Cultural Forum, London (GB) and Art Theft Reversed, Medienfassade Museion, Bolzano (I); 2013, Ice Cream & Politics, Galleria Goethe 2, Bolzano (I) and Fade in the Past Cut!, Kunst Meran (I); 2011, One for All, Künstlerhaus, Vienna (A).

He also took part to several group exhibition: 2022, sinNe - Wahrnehmung_Ausnahme, Kunstverein MillstArt (A) and 40 JAHRE Fotogalerie Wien (A); 2021, [K]EIN MENSCH IST EINE INSEL, Künstlerhaus Wien (A); 2020, LOCKOUT, Fortezza Fortress (I) and unlearning categories, Museion, Bolzano (I); 2019, Was Fotografie kann, NÖART 2019, Rathaus Gänserndorf (A) and Wohin geht die Reise - Alles ist Wechselwirkung, Künstlerforum Bonn (D); 2018, Schau 5, Kunsthaus Kollitsch, Klagenfurt (D) and Writing the Mountains, Biennale Gherdeina VI, Ortisei (I); 2017, Transition of Energy, Museum of Kymenlaasako kotka (FIN) and Ahead of the Game, Kunstverein Kärnten Klagenfurt (A); 2016, Kunstbergfried Schloss Tirol, curated by Karl Craus (I); 2015, Transition of Energy, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Bratislava (SK); 2014, Born in the Dolomites, Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt (A); 2012, PANORAMA 4 Neue Kunst in Südtirol, Forte di Fortezza (I); 2010, Triennale Linz 1.0 Gegenwartskunst in Österreich, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz (A); 2008, Tra-Monti, Gallery Museion, Manifesta7, Bolzano (I) and Fotografia Europea, Spazio Gerra, Reggio Emilia (I).

Biography

Sissa Micheli was born in Bruneck in 1975. From 1994 to 2001 she studied English and Romance languages and literature at the University of Vienna, where she attended the School of Artistic Photography from 2000 to 2002. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. From 2004 to 2006 she was curator of the Schaugrund exhibition. In 2006 she met Louise Bourgeois in New York. From 2007 to 2011 she taught at the Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. She lives and works in Vienna.
 

 
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