Michele Di Menna
In Michele Di Menna’s artistic practice, the contrast between time-based and static works are a central component, as well as performative and object-based aesthetics. Di Menna’s installations, performances, sculptures, videos and collages are the result of process-oriented work and research, which in turn often refers to what she has already created. Her artworks are never finished, form, content and function flow into one another and mutate into a self-referential system of meaning. The status of things is deliberately called into question: costumes turn into sculptures, props or stage elements are transformed with videos projected onto them, which also serve as a light source for her grotesque, surreal performances.
She studied at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and Städelschule in Frankfurt. Her work has been presented internationally at Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna), Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, Triennale Kleinplastik (Fellbach), Istituto Svizzero (Rome), Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture (Maastricht), Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), and Galerie Kamm (Berlin), and she is the recipent of prizes and residential scholarships such as the Sobey Art Award longlist in 2020, International Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia (Bavaria), SoART (Millstättersee, Austria), Fellowship in Contemporary Art at British School at Rome (Rome).