• Silvia Sarsano’s entire practice is dedicated to witnessing and tell the stories of common people. Following the portraying tradition from modern to contemporary painters, Silvia Sarsano presents the unfixed beauty of real people without idolization, a pretence of perfection, in their happiness and sorrow.

    Finding inspiration in Kehinde Wiley works, Silvia Sarsano started experimenting with background, which at the first glance seems to take over the painting but instead it highlights the portrayed person even more. Applying stark shapes, commonly used as a clothes print, Silvia Sarsano spans them beyond the figures into the background blending depicted person into it. In 2019 Silvia Sarsano was invited to participate at Chander Haat artist residency in Kolkata, India. During the stay she worked on the “Kalighat project” - a series speaking about human trafficking and representing Arts & Crafts as a way of reintegrating sex workers into society.

    Kolkata is the biggest hub for human trafficking in Asia. Many victims of human trafficking are reintroduced to society by learning new work skills. One of them is Block printing - the earliest method of printing patterns on textile, usually linen, silk or cotton. Adopting this wooden blocks printing technique for this series of works, Silvia Sarsano portrayed six women. One of them is not an actual sex worker but it is not said who to stress the dignity of a woman regarding her profession or social status.

  • Solo Exhibitions
    • 2018 | Gallery Mainoeuvre, Berlin, Germany

      'Kartlis Deda'

    • 2010 | Sala degli almadiani, Viterbo, Italy

      'Essere è solo un ruolo'

    • 2009 | Caffè Letterario La Galleria, Cefalù , Palermo, Italy

      'Eros e dintorni'

    • 2007 | Art‘n‘Beat. Rome, Italy

      'Gloss'

  • Group Exhibitions
    • 2019 | Studios Id , Berlin, Germany

      'Lange Nacht der Bilder Lichtenberg'

    • 2018 | Green Hill Gallery, Berlin, Germany

      'IN // BETWEEN #3'

    • 2018 | Centre Mad´Art Carthage, Tunis

      Chouftohonna : 4. Festival of feminist art

    • 2017 | Kulturamt Steglitz- Zehlendorf, Boulevard, Berlin, Germany

      'Kunst Boulevard 2017'

    • 2016 | Centre Mad´Art Carthage, Tunis

      Chouftohonna : 2. Festival of feminist art

    • 2015 | Kulturamt Steglitz- Zehlendorf, Boulevard, Berlin, Germany

      'Kunst Boulevard 2016'

    • 2015 | Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany

      'Sinn- Licht (The art of Inclusion)'

    • 2012 | Transformationsalon, Berlin, Germany

      48 Stunde Neukölln

    • 2011 | Plasticine Factory, Acquire Art Gallery, London, UK

      'Star(t)dust'

    • 2010 | Infantellina Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

      'Girls, Girls, Girls'

    • 2010 | Plasticine Factory, Acquire Art Gallery, London, UK

      'The Dream Machine –chapter 1: diary of a dna'

    • 2010 | Alte Post, Berlin, Germany

      'Polymorphoenix: 1.transformance festival'

    • 2009 | Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany

      'Look at me'

    • 2009 | Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany

      'I‘m Blue'

    • 2009 | Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany

      'Humans & Gods'

    • 2009 | Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany

      'Strange Things'

    • 2009 | Caffè Letterario La Galleria, Cefalù , Palermo, Italy

      'Highway to Berlin'

    • 2009 | Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany

      'One World'

    • 2008 | Infantellina Contemporary , Berlin, Germany

      'Italians do it 2'

    • 2007 | Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy

      New Unknown Artists

    • 2007 | Stardust Village, Rome, Italy

      La Notte Bianca 2007

    • 2004 | Alpheus, Rome, Italy

      'M-Arte Live 2004'

  • Art Residencies
    • 2019 | Kolkata, India

      Chander Haat Artist Residency

    • 2018 | Berlin, Germany

      Green Hill Gallery Art Residency

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