Elisa Laraia - Born in Potenza in 1973
Her research is entirely centered on the themes of identity. Since 2005 she had carried forward the work Private Conversation, video projections on urban architecture that reveal the internal experiences in the view of the transfer of the private into the public. In 2001 she obtained a bachelor's degree in stage design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, continued her studies at the University of Paris 8 in Paris and at Wimbledon School of Art in London. In 2000s he made the first of his many interventions of public art in the exhibition “oltre il giardino” by Roberto Daolio. Critics such as Bruno Di Marino, Eleanora Frattarolo, Dede Auregli, Antonella Marino, Dores Sacquegna, Marta Massaioli, Rosalba Branà, Rosalba Praiano, Mili Romano had written of her and curated her solo and collective exhibition experience, since 2000 in Private Galleries and museums, such as the GAM in Bologna, the Biennial of Young Mediterranean Artists, Sarajevo, the XIV Quadrennial of Rome, the 54th Venice Biennale at Tese di San Cristoforo, Arsenale Nord in Venice. In January 2004 in Bologna she created the Orfeo Hotel contemporary art project, art work in progress on the concept of identity exchange, a project room in Potenza with Monica Nicastro and Mio D'Andrea, (www.orfeohotel.com). Her artistic activity since 2006 has developed between Bologna, where she curated the 4 editions of Art for Art's Shake, and Potenza, where she is part of the network Art Factory Basilicata with the project LAP Laboratorio permanente di arte pubblica. The identity suspended between the public and private sectors. For years, the multimedia artist Elisa Laraia continues her research on the themes of identity and memory. Since 2005 she has worked on the project "Private Conversation", which starts from the contamination of urban space through its large urban screen, to become brittle paper houses, which are home to small identity, then a theatrical performance, which reverses the point of view of the user by placing it on the stage, and finally it becomes precious in meticulous embroideries on Plexiglass. In "Private Conversation" the artist deals with the themes of the experience of the individual in contemporary society.