Egle Oddo

Egle Oddo. Photo: Jussi Aalto.

Egle Oddo is a visual artist born in Sicily in 1975. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo in 2001; her practice focuses on narration as an art form.

Her work has been shown in private and public institutions: Venice Biennale, Museum Soares dos Reis, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Manege gallery State Museum Hermitage, Finnish Museum of Photography, Baltic Biennale, Transmediale, EMMA Museum of Modern Art Espoo, Russian State Museum of Ethnography, Loop Barcelona, National Centre for Contemporary Arts Moscow.

Her works are in private collections across Europe and in public collections in Italy and Mexico.
Among the curators who have been interested in her work: Vittorio Sgarbi, Marita Muukkonen, Hamm & Kamanger, Ahmed Al-Nawas, Hanna Johansson, Maria Stella Bottai, Otso Kantokorpi, art historian at Hermitage Tatyana Yurieva, and art critic Gianluca Marziani.

She has been awarded with the Felice Casorati archive prize, and she has been working under the auspices of Kone Foundation, Oskar Öflund Foundation, Frame fund, and other supporters.
Between the end of '90 and 2005 she has been moving between several European countries, Nicaragua and Cuba. Since 2005 she lives and works in Helsinki, where she founded Namastic Art Collective, a non-profit organization dealing with exhibitions, workshops and events. She is member of various collectives including Pixelache, Catalysti and Muu association of artists in Finland.

Egle Oddo: PPP - The Heart of the Screen, 2015, a series of 20 photographs
(photo: Timo Nieminen).

I play with linear and non-linear narrative structures combining different media. While experimenting I wish to divert from my own path, and realize cultural alternatives. I am one, I am many.

I use photography, moving image, experimental live art, installation, sculpture, and environmental art, to satisfy different creative drives. My senses are voracious.

My work consists in discovering and telling stories. Always it is fragments that I collect from situations apart and lives afar, assembling historical facts with fictional anecdotes.

My practice has been influenced by professional experience in different fields. In Spain I have been digging away the floor of abandoned military quarters, searching for hidden archives; during the process I have produced a site-specific installation resembling an island on fire.
While working as restorer of ancient books in Florence, I have recovered the recipes of meals eaten by medieval poets; years after I have proposed them in my performances, preparing them with contemporary ingredients and gorging like an ant bear.

I have started early studying traditional photography and I have continued using it as a process to produce images. Since 2005, nearby the birth of Facebook, Skype and Youtube, I created my own method to interbreed digital textures with analogue film supports. This research led me to the production of a photo series called SCREEN, exploring the intersection of identity and technology.

As sculptor, I forge the mechanisms for an army of catapults. They are devices to spread natural plant seeds in public spaces. Lately my environmental art consist of collective telepathic exercises, which seem a consistent way to prevent more trash in the ecosystem. The gathering of selected trash is itself a great part of my work. I collage, or melt, or write, merging together the fragments. And when it appears it is done.

I see the arts powerfully influencing collective imagination, and I perceive them as a non-violent opportunity to change History.

Egle Oddo: The Word for Freedom, 2015, installation-performance (photo: Timo Nieminen). The work is a combination of a mechanical sculpture and performance. The premiere of the performance was at the opening, June 13th and the second rendition August 8th.

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