Benedetta Panisson

People Do Water I, 2013

Lambda print on photographic paper

35 x 60cm

Edition 1/5

  • Awards – include the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti International Award, Venice; International Prize For Performance, at the Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea di Trento, in collaboration with Marina Abramovic.
  • Exhibitions – include TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Tenerife; ‘Structure of Revenge’  Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens; ‘Contingent Movements Archive’ in the Maldives Pavillion, 55th Venice Biennale, 2013.

In her alluring photo series ‘People do water’ (2013- 2019), Italian artist Benedetta Panisson notably creates a visual archive of interactions between people and the sea through her eclectic seascape photography. Together with this, Panisson depicts her observations of these moments through a partially voyeuristic lens. Importantly, ‘People do water’ portrays the sea as a metaphor. It is here that the artist assigns aesthetics of sexuality to each image. Therefore producing a photographic analysis on human bodies. As well as this, of their physical relation to water through seascape photography.

Likewise, Panisson works with photography, video installation, live performance and drawing. Equally important, within her research, she dedicates herself to meticulous processes. In addition to this, she works on the union between photography and the aesthetics of sexuality, she concentrates on the sea as a ‘sexual metaphor’ in her seascape photography.