Interested in visualising socio-political issues, artist Rossella Biscotti created a series of weavings depicting the demographics of Brussels from 2001 and 2006. She translated the historic details into an abstract woven pattern. The series was commissioned by the Wilfried Lentz Gallery in Rotterdam.
In her designs, Biscotti combines a fascination with early data processing and the punch card system of the first automated jacquard looms. With this series, Biscotti questions to what extent statistics and quantitative analyses reflect reality and contain unreadable data. Other is a follow-up to the series 10x10, which Biscotti made in 2014 in the TextielLab. Using a black or white warp, she experimented with up to 25 different shades of grey, going from light to dark. She used traditional bindings from the TextielMuseum collection, adapted for modern software and machines to create a contemporary fabric.
Born in Molfetta, Italy in 1978, Biscotti graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Naples in 2002 before attending the Royal Academy of Arts in Amsterdam from 2010-2011. In her cross-media practice, she predominantly combines installations, performances and video. Her work has been displayed worldwide in solo and group exhibitions, biennials and festivals and is featured in the collections of a number of museums, including the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museion in Bolzano, Italy and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has won numerous prizes, including the Mies van der Rohe Stipend in 2014. She lives and works in Brussels and Rotterdam.