Eleonora Agostini

London , UK

Italian artist Eleonora Agostini’s practice encompasses photography, performance and sculpture. It is driven by her interest in the reconsideration and redefinition of the every-day. Through the study of preconceived structures, whether physical or psychological, she aims to investigate the difficulties of how human experience is constructed. Whether it is through the fabrication of scenarios for the camera or the documentation of conventional activities, she is interested in finding a possible fracture within our socially constructed rules and the spaces we inhabit. She uses humour and absurdity as vessels for the discovery of new meaning within the mundane, and to transform an ordinary space into a place of experimentation.

Her most recent series, ‘A Blurry Aftertaste’, consists of a collection of photographs and one sculpture that consider the complexity of the domestic space. They question relationship powers in her family and the role of labour within the borders of the home. Previous works include ‘A Study on Wait(ress)ing’, a reflection on labour, visibility and rituals, ‘One Must Imagining Him Happy’, an observation of non-narrative domestic scenes, and ‘Something is Missing’, an exploration of the ideas of temporality and transition.


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  • Education – MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London (2016-2018) & BA Photography, Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan (2010-2013)
  • Exhibitons include: Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London & Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK 2019; Future Shock, Fonderia Napoleonica, Milano, IT; Coscienza, Conoscenza, Diecixdieci Festival, Gonzaga, IT; National Museum of Gdansk, PL; Format Festival, Derby, UK; UK Parliament, London, UK; A Blurry Aftertaste, Premio Francesco Fabbri Per Le Arti Contemporanee, Pieve di Soligo, IT; Hastings Art Forum in Collaboration with Brighton Photo Fringe, Hastings, UK; Beyond The Camera, PingYao Photography Festival, PingYao, China; Window 187 (solo), London, UK; Cultural Traffic, Firstsite Gallery, Colchester, UK 2016 F/10, Casale Monferrato; OffPrint Book Fair, Tate Modern, London, UK; Portrait Salon, London – Tokyo; Progetto 1:13, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea – Lissone
  • Awards & Residencies: Bloomberg New Contemporaries Artist;
    Premio Francesco Fabbri per le Arti Contemporanee, Finalist;
    Metro Imaging Lab Award, Shortlisted; European Photography Prize, Shortlisted;Selected Artist in Residence, School of Visual Art, New York
  • Public and private collections including the Government Art Collection