Elena El Asmar
Elena El Asmar was born in Florence in 1978 and lives in Milan. As Pietro Gaglianò writes, “Elena El Asmar’s work takes place as a continuous ‘exercise of the distant’, combining the mental dimension of places with their tangible reality. Starting from the figuration of memory, and in its encounter with materials, the artist’s Phoenician cities branch out along the borders of the Tuscan landscape, postmodern architecture, imagined space“. She is one of the founders of Madeinfilandia and C.O.S.M.O. (Come Ogni Semplice Movimento Ortogonale [As any simple orthogonal movement]).
Among her personal exhibitions, La Conservazione della Libertà, Berengo Foundation, Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice, curated by Pietro Gaglianò with Loredana Longo, Come Cenni di Mare sulla Spiaggia, with Sophie Ko, Riss(e)-Zentrum, Varese, Spargo, Lancio, Divido, Cospargo, Galleria Bianconi, Milan, Segni per Far Fiorire Vasi, with Concetta Modica by Ilaria Mariotti at Villa Pacchiani Exhibition Center, Santa Croce sull’Arno (Pisa), Reverie, by Francesca Pasini at La Quarta Vetrina, Libreria delle donne, Milan, Vespertine, curated by Matteo Innocenti at Galleria MOO, Prato, L’Esercizio del Lontano, curated by Pietro Gaglianò at SRISA Gallery, Florence.
She has participated in exhibitions in public and private spaces, including Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Galleria delle Prigioni in Treviso, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, Palazzo Magnani Foundation (Palazzo da Mosto) in Reggio Emilia, Manifesta XII – collateral events in Palermo, Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan, Palazzo Pratellesi in San Gimignano, Art Site Fest in Stupinigi (Turin), Risse in Varese, Assab One in Milan, La Fabbrica del Cioccolato Foundation in Bellinzona, Art for the World Europa, Maggiore Lake, Bianconi Gallery in Milan, Villa Romana in Florence, ex Fabbriche Lucchesi in Prato, Casabianca in Zola Predosa (Bologna), Eduardo Secci Gallery in Florence, University of Wisconsin-Madison in USA, Casa Masaccio in San Giovanni Valdarno (Arezzo), Villa Pacchiani in Santa Croce sull’Arno (Pisa), Gallery of Art – Temple University in Rome, Villa Croce Museum in Genoa, Zak Gallery in Monteriggioni (Siena), Dome City Center in Beirut (Lebanon) , Daniele Ugolini Gallery in Florence, ex-Synagogue in Nitra (Slovak Republic), Association of Visual Arts Trebizond, Rocca Paolina and Casa delle Culture in Perugia.