“My poetics deals with the relationship between man and the environment he lives in and has to reckon with in everyday life. Mostly following an anthropological approach, this analysis investigates and documents an identity both personal and collective, relating to a specific territory, and giving rise to different forms of exchange and transformation.”
Elena Mazzi was born in 1984 in Reggio Emilia (Italy). Mazzi received a BFA in 2007 in History of Art from Siena University, and a MFA in 2011 in Visual Art from IUAV, Venice University. She was selected for an exchange program at Royal Academy of Art (Konsthogskolan) of Stockholm. Mazzi has participated in several solo and group show, among others the 14° Istanbul Biennale, 17° BJCEM Mediterranean Biennale, EGE-European Glass Experience, Fittja Pavilion at the 14° Architecture Venice Biennale, COP17 in Durban, Festival of Contemporary Art in Slovenia, and among others she exhibited at Botkyrka Konsthall in Stockholm, Italian Institute of Culture in Stockholm, XIV BBCC Expo in Venice, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation.
Mazzi has attended different residency programs and workshops such as HIAP (FI), GuilmiArtProject (IT), Via Farini (IT), Foundation Botin (SP), Bevilacqua La Masa (IT), Future Farmers A.I.R. (USA), Fondazione Spinola Banna in Turin (IT), Dolomiti contemporanee (IT), Botkyrka Konsthall Air (SE). She was one of the finalists at Celeste Prize, Fabbri prize, Meru prize and Termoli prize and the winner of VISIO Young Talent Acquisition prize, Eneganart prize, Illy grant for Unidee, Pistoletto Foundation 2016, ntcm e l’arte 2016, m-cult media and technology program 2016, Special mention for Arte Patrimonio e diritti umani, Antworks award 2015, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo prize 2015, Lerici Foundation grant in 2012 and Movin’up Italian prize for young Italian artists abroad in 2011.
Mazzi has lectured in several museums in Italy and abroad and for the year 2016-2017 she is a tutor and visiting professor for the project ‘Energy atlas’ at Spinola Banna Foundation in collaboration with GAM Modern Art Gallery of Turin.