Projects Info

Contact

info (at) marilisacosello.com
IG: marilisacosello

Current

October, 2021

  • Try #3, performance
    • Biennolo, Milano IT

Statement

Trained in photography, fine arts and film, she worked for 5 years as a news photographer, before understanding that reality doesn’t exist and therefore moving to a conceptual approach in her research and art practice. Her practice is deeply contemporary, characterized by body participation and performance construction, activating a dialogue between history, culture and social structures. Rethinking the role of society as a family and the private as collective, Marilisa Cosello's work merges different forms of investigation concerning power, overlapping public and private, family rituals and collective archetypes, reflecting on the political nature of the individual body as a subject and the impact of power dynamics on personal and communities' history. Her photography, performances, videos focus on “social and individual themes and political power issues” such as social structures, family structures, systems of super imposition and body control, envisioning the body itself and society’s archetypes as a stage, articulating political ideas, personal struggles, and highlighting several cases such as female condition, collective supremacy over individual will, society’s expectations, supremacy, female identity- in wich the body becomes a political subject. Working with performers, musicians and actors, and creating herself the costumes and set of her works, she investigates the political, social and philosophical impact of the body and on the body. Her work has been exhibited throughout Italy and abroad, including: Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Mediterraneasn Biennal of Art in Sarajevo, Central Dupon Paris, Kunsthalle Lana, Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia, Fondazione francesco Fabbri. She’s won twice the Fotografia Europea Prize, Honourable Mention Photoespagna, Descubrimientos Braga Photo Festival, Berlin Photo Festival.

Biography

Born in Eboli (Salerno, IT) in 1978. Works and lives in Milan, IT.
After graduating in Visual Arts in the UK, a University Degree in Cinema History in Milan, IT, and a Master in Photography at Noorderlicht School NL, she studied with François Cheval in Paris. She worked for 5 years as news photographer, focusing on political and social issues and publishing on the main national newspapers and magazines, before understanding that reality does not exist and engaging in a conceptual approach in her research. Her practice is deeply contemporary, characterized by body participation and performance construction, merging different forms of investigation concerning power, overlapping public and private, family rituals and collective archetypes. The subject of her research is the political body and the impact of power dynamics on personal and communities' history. Her photographs, performances, videos stage the body and society's archetypes to articulate political ideas, personal struggles, women's conditions, society's expectations. The costumes and props of Marilisa Cosello’s works are a vital element in her artistic research: through the customization of each item of clothing worn and used by the performers in photos, videos and performances, she adds another semantic element to her narrative.
Her works have been exhibited in Italy and abroad at important institutions and events, including Fotografie Forum Frankfurt; Mediterranean Biennial of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo; Circulations Festival, Paris; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Museum of Santa Giulia, Brescia; European Photography, Reggio Emilia; Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Treviso; Kunstalle West, Lana; Centrale Festival, Fano. She's won twice the European Photography Award (Fotografia Europea) and the Lugano Photo Festival; she received honorable mention at PhotoEspagna, Descubrimientos Braga, and Berlin Photo Festival. Her works are in the Collezione Donata Pizzi and Collezione Castelli.

Awards

2018

  • Digital Video Wall – Metronom Gallery, Modena IT
    — Winner
  • Premio Francesco Fabbri Fotografia Contemporanea, Pieve di Soligo (TV) IT
    — Shortlisted
  • Gomma Grant, London UK
    — Shortlisted

2017

  • PDN Emerging Photographer Award
    — Winner
  • Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia IT
    — Honorable mention

2016

  • Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia IT
    — 1st prize
  • Winner Lugano Photo Festval 2016, Lugano CH
    — 1st prize
  • Descubrimientos Braga Photo Festival, Braga PT
    — Finalist
  • Emergentes Book Award Braga Photo Festival, Braga PT
    — Finalist
  • Descubrimientos PhotoEspagna, Madrid ES
    — Finalist

2015

  • Atelier DueGobbiTre Portfolio prize, Reggio Emilia IT
    — 1st prize

2014

  • Fotografia Europea Festival, Reggio Emilia IT
    — 1st prize
  • Colorno PhotoFestival, Pavia IT
    — 1st prize
  • Descubrimientos Braga Photo Festival, Braga PT
    — Finalist
  • 6th European Month of Photography, Berlin DE
    — Honorable mention

Exhibitions

2021

  • Try #2, performance, organized by Galleria Alberta Pane and Marina Bastianello Gallery
    • M9 Museum, Venezia Mestre IT
  • Esercizi Obbligatori atto III, photography installation
    • Vicino Lontano Festival, Udine IT
  • Try #1, performance curated by Luca Panaro
    • Centrale Festival, Fano IT
  • La Figlia Preferita, curated by Elisabetta Mero
    • Trento Art Festival, Trento IT

2020

  • Resistance & Sensibility – Collezione Donata Pizzi: Women Photographers from Italy
    • FFF Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt DE

2019

  • (before) Parade, curated by Luca Panaro
    • T14 Contemporary, Milano IT
  • Corpora, curated by Angela Madesani
    • Il Pomo da DaMo, Imola IT
  • Dietro l’obiettivo. Fotografe italiane 1965-2018, curated by Alessandra Capodacqua
    • Museo Santa Giulia, Brescia IT
  • Esercizi Obbligatori, curated by Francois Cheval and Audrey Hoareau
    • Circulation Festival, Paris FR

2018

  • Digital Video Wall, curated by Marcella Manni
    • Metronom Gallery, Modena IT
  • Premio Francesco Fabbri Fotografia Contemporanea, curated by Carlo Sala
    • Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Pieve di Soligo (TV) IT
  • Kunstalle West, curated by Angela Madesani
    • Lana (BZ) IT
  • L’altro sguardo – Fotografe Italiane 1965>2018, curated by Raffaella Perna
    • Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma IT
  • Corte Zavattini 31, Talk & Performance
    • Cristallino, Cesena IT

2017

  • Esercizi Obbligatori, curated by Niccolò Fano
    • SiFest Off, Savignano sul Rubicone (FC) IT
  • f/4 Un’idea di Fotografia, curated by Carlo Sala
    • Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Pieve di Soligo (TV) IT
  • Ape(x)Mentis, curated by Luca Panaro
    • Bottega Immagine, Milano IT
  • La figlia preferita, curated by Luca Panaro
    • Festival Centrale Fotografia, Fano (PU) IT
  • Modus Operandi, curated by Matilde Scaramellini and Elena Vaninetti
    • T14Contemporary, Milano IT
  • Matrimonio
    • Gallery Vision Quest, Genova IT
  • Matrimonio
    • MIA Photo Fair, Milano IT

2016

  • Compleanno, curated by Roberto Mutti
    • Milano Photofestival, Milano IT
  • Compleanno
    • Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia IT
  • Compleanno
    • Lugano Photo Festival, Lugano CH

2015

  • Compleanno, curated by Caroline Stein
    • Central Dupon, Paris FR
  • Memories
    • Colorno Photo Festival, Pavia IT

2012

  • Memories, curated by
    • Copenhaghen Photo Festival, Copenhagen DK

2007

  • Sarajevo, site specific installation
    • Mediterranean Biennal of Art, Sarajevo BA

Residences

2016

  • Novia Art School, Jakobstaad FI

Published on

Atpdiary
Hestetika Magazine
Foto Femme United
Artribune
9lives Magazine
Internazionale
D Repubblica
Generazione Critica
Modus Operandi
Aesthetica Magazine
YET Magazine, Memories
Agora, Cult Memories
Private Magazine
Fotografia Europea 2016, Portfolio Europa
Gente di Fotografia
Fotografia Europea 2014, Portfolio Europa

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Design: Multiplo
Code: Iperstudio

Contact

info (at) marilisacosello.com
IG: marilisacosello

Current

October, 2021

  • Try #3, performance
    • Biennolo, Milano IT

Statement

Trained in photography, fine arts and film, she worked for 5 years as a news photographer, before understanding that reality doesn’t exist and therefore moving to a conceptual approach in her research and art practice. Her practice is deeply contemporary, characterized by body participation and performance construction, activating a dialogue between history, culture and social structures. Rethinking the role of society as a family and the private as collective, Marilisa Cosello's work merges different forms of investigation concerning power, overlapping public and private, family rituals and collective archetypes, reflecting on the political nature of the individual body as a subject and the impact of power dynamics on personal and communities' history. Her photography, performances, videos focus on “social and individual themes and political power issues” such as social structures, family structures, systems of super imposition and body control, envisioning the body itself and society’s archetypes as a stage, articulating political ideas, personal struggles, and highlighting several cases such as female condition, collective supremacy over individual will, society’s expectations, supremacy, female identity- in wich the body becomes a political subject. Working with performers, musicians and actors, and creating herself the costumes and set of her works, she investigates the political, social and philosophical impact of the body and on the body. Her work has been exhibited throughout Italy and abroad, including: Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Mediterraneasn Biennal of Art in Sarajevo, Central Dupon Paris, Kunsthalle Lana, Fotografia Europea Reggio Emilia, Fondazione francesco Fabbri. She’s won twice the Fotografia Europea Prize, Honourable Mention Photoespagna, Descubrimientos Braga Photo Festival, Berlin Photo Festival.

Biography

Born in Eboli (Salerno, IT) in 1978. Works and lives in Milan, IT.
After graduating in Visual Arts in the UK, a University Degree in Cinema History in Milan, IT, and a Master in Photography at Noorderlicht School NL, she studied with François Cheval in Paris. She worked for 5 years as news photographer, focusing on political and social issues and publishing on the main national newspapers and magazines, before understanding that reality does not exist and engaging in a conceptual approach in her research. Her practice is deeply contemporary, characterized by body participation and performance construction, merging different forms of investigation concerning power, overlapping public and private, family rituals and collective archetypes. The subject of her research is the political body and the impact of power dynamics on personal and communities' history. Her photographs, performances, videos stage the body and society's archetypes to articulate political ideas, personal struggles, women's conditions, society's expectations. The costumes and props of Marilisa Cosello’s works are a vital element in her artistic research: through the customization of each item of clothing worn and used by the performers in photos, videos and performances, she adds another semantic element to her narrative.
Her works have been exhibited in Italy and abroad at important institutions and events, including Fotografie Forum Frankfurt; Mediterranean Biennial of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo; Circulations Festival, Paris; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Museum of Santa Giulia, Brescia; European Photography, Reggio Emilia; Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Treviso; Kunstalle West, Lana; Centrale Festival, Fano. She's won twice the European Photography Award (Fotografia Europea) and the Lugano Photo Festival; she received honorable mention at PhotoEspagna, Descubrimientos Braga, and Berlin Photo Festival. Her works are in the Collezione Donata Pizzi and Collezione Castelli.

Exhibitions

2021

  • Try #2, performance, organized by Galleria Alberta Pane and Marina Bastianello Gallery
    • M9 Museum, Venezia Mestre IT
  • Esercizi Obbligatori atto III, photography installation
    • Vicino Lontano Festival, Udine IT
  • Try #1, performance curated by Luca Panaro
    • Centrale Festival, Fano IT
  • La Figlia Preferita, curated by Elisabetta Mero
    • Trento Art Festival, Trento IT

2020

  • Resistance & Sensibility – Collezione Donata Pizzi: Women Photographers from Italy
    • FFF Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt DE

2019

  • (before) Parade, curated by Luca Panaro
    • T14 Contemporary, Milano IT
  • Corpora, curated by Angela Madesani
    • Il Pomo da DaMo, Imola IT
  • Dietro l’obiettivo. Fotografe italiane 1965-2018, curated by Alessandra Capodacqua
    • Museo Santa Giulia, Brescia IT
  • Esercizi Obbligatori, curated by Francois Cheval and Audrey Hoareau
    • Circulation Festival, Paris FR

2018

  • Digital Video Wall, curated by Marcella Manni
    • Metronom Gallery, Modena IT
  • Premio Francesco Fabbri Fotografia Contemporanea, curated by Carlo Sala
    • Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Pieve di Soligo (TV) IT
  • Kunstalle West, curated by Angela Madesani
    • Lana (BZ) IT
  • L’altro sguardo – Fotografe Italiane 1965>2018, curated by Raffaella Perna
    • Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma IT
  • Corte Zavattini 31, Talk & Performance
    • Cristallino, Cesena IT

2017

  • Esercizi Obbligatori, curated by Niccolò Fano
    • SiFest Off, Savignano sul Rubicone (FC) IT
  • f/4 Un’idea di Fotografia, curated by Carlo Sala
    • Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Pieve di Soligo (TV) IT
  • Ape(x)Mentis, curated by Luca Panaro
    • Bottega Immagine, Milano IT
  • La figlia preferita, curated by Luca Panaro
    • Festival Centrale Fotografia, Fano (PU) IT
  • Modus Operandi, curated by Matilde Scaramellini and Elena Vaninetti
    • T14Contemporary, Milano IT
  • Matrimonio
    • Gallery Vision Quest, Genova IT
  • Matrimonio
    • MIA Photo Fair, Milano IT

2016

  • Compleanno, curated by Roberto Mutti
    • Milano Photofestival, Milano IT
  • Compleanno
    • Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia IT
  • Compleanno
    • Lugano Photo Festival, Lugano CH

2015

  • Compleanno, curated by Caroline Stein
    • Central Dupon, Paris FR
  • Memories
    • Colorno Photo Festival, Pavia IT

2012

  • Memories, curated by
    • Copenhaghen Photo Festival, Copenhagen DK

2007

  • Sarajevo, site specific installation
    • Mediterranean Biennal of Art, Sarajevo BA

Awards

2018

  • Digital Video Wall – Metronom Gallery, Modena IT
    — Winner
  • Premio Francesco Fabbri Fotografia Contemporanea, Pieve di Soligo (TV) IT
    — Shortlisted
  • Gomma Grant, London UK
    — Shortlisted

2017

  • PDN Emerging Photographer Award
    — Winner
  • Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia IT
    — Honorable mention

2016

  • Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia IT
    — 1st prize
  • Winner Lugano Photo Festval 2016, Lugano CH
    — 1st prize
  • Descubrimientos Braga Photo Festival, Braga PT
    — Finalist
  • Emergentes Book Award Braga Photo Festival, Braga PT
    — Finalist
  • Descubrimientos PhotoEspagna, Madrid ES
    — Finalist

2015

  • Atelier DueGobbiTre Portfolio prize, Reggio Emilia IT
    — 1st prize

2014

  • Fotografia Europea Festival, Reggio Emilia IT
    — 1st prize
  • Colorno PhotoFestival, Pavia IT
    — 1st prize
  • Descubrimientos Braga Photo Festival, Braga PT
    — Finalist
  • 6th European Month of Photography, Berlin DE
    — Honorable mention

Residences

2016

  • Novia Art School, Jakobstaad FI

Published on

Atpdiary
Hestetika Magazine
Foto Femme United
Artribune
9lives Magazine
Internazionale
D Repubblica
Generazione Critica
Modus Operandi
Aesthetica Magazine
YET Magazine, Memories
Agora, Cult Memories
Private Magazine
Fotografia Europea 2016, Portfolio Europa
Gente di Fotografia
Fotografia Europea 2014, Portfolio Europa

.

Design: Multiplo
Code: Iperstudio