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Paola Telesca
Paola Telesca
Geographic location General artist, Berlin, Germany
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Paola Telesca, Berlin, GermanyPaola Telesca lives and works in Berlin. Her work includes photography, media, installations and drawings. She mainly works thematically and conceptually, in cycles and series.
Seit 1985 lebt und arbeitet Paola Telesca in Berlin - "Galerie+Atelier Bianco A Nero"

Artistic approach
The artist has had the opportunity to live in both West- and East-Berlin. Four intense years of life in the German
Democratic Republic left many impressions and from this experience Telesca has created a series of conceptual
works dealing with East and West where she approaches and analyses aspects of the economy and its associated
sense of time. The artist shows, among other artworks, a photographic approach, a zooming from soldiers and
past newspapers through backyards and windows into a kitchen with patterned wallpapers. In another work
headlight rings of Trabant cars become watches that describe a new concept of time and production. This series
of works titled 'My GDR' is a testimony of changing time and history.
The perception of time and movement, its optical awareness and the interaction of the viewer play an important
role in Telesca's installations. In a series of works titled 'Give me a Swing' and 'Rotunde - Room laboratory' the
artist examines a general sequence of movement. She works with speed, changing tempos and opposite
directions; she plays with the perception of time by fixating on rest points, creating equilibria and dissolution
phenomena - a game with the visual perception and viewing habits of the audience.
While „travelling through the perception of movement“ Telesca has also found an important inspiration in dance.
The artist likes to work „live“ with dancers and tries to adapt her lines to the pace of their actual movement
through reducing the number of strokes. Whilst drawing, Telesca concentrates on the movements of the dancer
until she experiences herself the feeling of dancing. She describes it as a "stenographic recording of movement
and space on the paper“. The resulting series of works bears the title: „I drew. Let her dance. Until the music
picked me up“.
An additional „stenography of the line“ is created in the series „Blind Drawing“. The Italian artist creates a
whole work of art with just a few lines and dashes. The line is clear, decisive, spontaneous and self-confident.
The definition of the stroke in its minimalistic form creates a narrative structure.
In the series „Piercing the Mask“ Paola Telesca continues to explore body movements and focuses on the
expressive language of the Japanese dance, Butoh - the dance of the soul. She explores the variety of „images“
displayed in this particular dance. The emotions, vibrations and tensions in the surrender to the dance offer the
artist the possibility to catch, penetrate and interpret human fears; the darker and the „grey“, naked side to each
human being. These expressions are partially serious, fearful, „grey“ and insecure, and yet they represent beauty
to her. „They are a state that constantly changes, a flow in which nothing is constant, where two polarities seek a
balance, a harmony. An internal struggle, a duality; the polarization of black and white, of emotions and feelings
that search for a balance which comes and goes ... and yet it is never permanently there“. Contrasts here are
strong, defined, hard. The surfaces dissolve themselves in fine lines and directions. They represent for the artist
the memory; the traces of an ever-changing condition. This series is produced in collaboration with the Butoh
dancer Makiko Tominaga and the saxophonist Marcel Schmid. She finds here an artistic universe that she
explores with joy. These works invite to meditation and questioning.
Telesca's photographs show a gradation scale ranging from black through all greyscale to white. Here again two
polarities play a role: the yin and yang; the positive and the negative; in a game of mirroring and reversing. The
interpolated figures affirm one another in expressing the polarity of things, the two sides of the coin creating new
images and associations.
Since 2017 Paola Telesca has been working on the expression and gestures of hands. Hands have no face and
their language is universal. In their gestures she finds emotions like pain, need and greed. These observations
led to the series "Need&Greed" - two series of photos and one film. Water and shadows are important elements
in these very last works: water as an unexplored element of nature, in constant motion, and shadows of hands
moved by the currents of water, swaying and rocking like seaweed. These souls have no graves. They rise like
whispering voices from the depths of the sea aiming to create moments of reflection. They do not want to be
Telesca shows touching works of art that interlace music, dance, movement and perception searching for a
universe of poetry and a new magic.

1961 born in Rome, Italy
2000-2001 multimedia conception, Academy for Digital Media, Berlin
1996 Master's degree, Universität der Kunste, Berlin (UdK)
1989-1995 Universität der Künste, Berlin (UdK)
1987-1988 Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Berlin
1980-1983 Scuola Interpreti e Traduttori, Rome (Italian, English, Spanish)

Awards and prizes
2017 - ND AWARDS PHOTO CONTEST - honorable mention in fine art: conceptual category
2010 - TEMPELHOF-SCHÖNEBERGER ART PRIZE, ZEITges(ch)ehen - Town Hall Gallery, Berlin
2000 - 1st ART PRIZE - 4th JESTEBURG ART WEEK, Jesteburg, Germany ℗
- INTERNATIONAL ART AWARD, Kunsthalle werkP2, Hürth/Cologne ℗
1995 - project funding, Senate for Cultural Affairs, Berlin, Hausblick, SKULPTUREN PARK, Tacheles
1993 - ART PRIZE and project funding, „KUNST IM GÖRLITZER PARK“, Berlin
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