Alessandro Teoldi

Artist Biography:

Alessandro Teoldi is a New York-based artist born in Milan, Italy in 1987. He received his B.F.A. from Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan and an M.F.A. from ICP-Bard College, New York where he was awarded a merit-based scholarship. He has exhibited at venues including Spazio Morris, Milan; Artspace, New Haven; International Center of Photography, New York; Art Verona, Verona. Curatorial project includes Each Evening We See the Sunset at Spazio Morris, Milan (2013), a group exhibition about photography and materiality; Driveway (2014) and Collected Goods (2014) both at independent spaces in Brooklyn. NY.


Sometimes I wish I could forget what I know and — starting from the particular — build a new system that helps me understand the universal from a new perspective. I work intuitively, using different sources and appropriating various materials — thrift store paintings, YouTube videos, stock images or personal photographs. From these I create a new language, a vocabulary of visual signs that are different and disconnected from their original meaning. My practice is based on miscommunication. I’m interested in the kaleidoscopic nature of words and how their meaning changes depending on the language I speak. I see words – similarly to photographs and paintings – as containers on which we project intimate shades, thus making translation a very misleading process.

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