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    Rossella Biscotti:
    The Undercover Man

    Rossella Biscotti: The Undercover Man

    Mar 2–May 12, 2014

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    SculptureCenter is pleased to announce the simultaneous presentations of new work by four artists, Rossella Biscotti, David Douard, Radam&eacutes "Juni" Figueroa, and Jumana Manna, each artist to have a solo project in an U.S. institution for the first time.

    SculptureCenter will present the U.S. premiere of Rossella Biscotti's film The Undercover Man (2008). Part of a larger project that includes sculptures, photographs, and a publication, the film is a portrait of Joseph D. Pistone, an FBI agent also known as Donnie Brasco. Pistone spent six years undercover with New York's Bonnano crime family resulting in the conviction of over 100 members of the mafia in the 1980s. To make the film, Biscotti worked directly with Pistone, interviewing him at length and reviewing with him photographs and documents she retrieved from the archives of the FBI and National Archives and Records Administration. Unlike the dramatic narrative of the 1997 Hollywood film, Donnie Brasco, Biscotti's film uses the stylistic tropes of film noir to present direct interviews with Pistone, original audio recordings and surveillance images, and symbolic objects such as a light bulb, a clock, and an audio recorder. The film explores the memories and identity of a man who lived a fictional role and now lives in the shadows to protect himself.

    Rossella Biscotti (b. 1978, lives and works in Brussels) recent exhibitions have included Secession, Vienna (2013); the CAC Vilnius (2012); Fondazione Galleria Civica di Trento (2010); and the Nomas Foundation, Rome (2009.) Upcoming solo exhibitions include Wiels, Brussels, (May 12 - August 17, 2014) and Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany, as recipient of the Mies van der Rohe Award 2010 (September 14, 2014 - February 15, 2015). She has participated in major group exhibitions including the Encyclopedic Palace at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); Manifesta 9, Genk (2012); MAXXI National Museum for 21st Century Art, Rome (2010-11); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2010); and Museu Serralves, Porto (2010). Biscotti received the Premio Italia Arte Contemporanea Award in 2010.

    The exhibition catalog can viewed online or purchased in our Store.