Elisa Giardina Papa

ABOUT

Elisa Giardina Papa’s research-based practice investigates the performance of gender, sexuality, and labor in digital AI economies. Working across large scale video installation, drawings, sculptures, and theoretical texts, she documents how past and present forms of capitalism have extracted our capacities for labor and living—including sleep, intimacy, and emotion. With witty and poetic framing, her work calls attention to those parts of our lives, desires, and embodiments that

remain radically unruly, untranslatable, and un-computable.

Elisa Giardina Papa is also a founding member of the artist collective Radha May. Together with Bathsheba Okwenje and Nupur Mathur, they develop performances and art installations that reveal forgotten archives, hidden histories, and peripheral sites, exploring their relation to gender, and colonialism.

SELECTED WORKS

“U Scantu”: A Disorderly Tale
2022
Cleaning Emotional Data
2020
Labor of Sleep, Have you been able to change your habits??
2017
Technologies of Care
2016
When the Towel Drops Vol.1 Italy
2015
Brush Stroke
2012 – Ongoing
Drawing from Life
2012
Archive Fever
2011 – Ongoing
need ideas!?!PLZ!!
2011

EXHIBITIONS

Elisa Giardina Papa
Sep 09 – Nov 04, 2023
Flock – She Preferred the Lineage of Goats and Ducks
Between the Lines
Nov 25, 2023 – Jan 13, 2024
Elisa Giardina Papa, Šejla Kamerić, Kapwani Kiwanga, Pınar Öğrenci, Grit Richter, Anna Steinert & Angelika J. Trojnarski
Frieze London 2023
Oct 11 – 15, 2023
With works by Annabel Daou, Elisa Giardina Papa, Šejla Kamerić, Kapwani Kiwanga & Grit Richter
Vidéothèque
Feb 4 – Mar 4, 2023
Angelika J. Trojnarski, Anna Steinert, Anna Witt, Annabel Daou, Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Elisa Giardina Papa, Kapwani Kiwanga, Laurel Nakadate, Melanie - Jame Wolf, Pınar Öğrenci, Radha May, Šejla Kamerić, Ulf Aminde & Christoph Grund.
Empathic Device –
It's Hard to Get Enough of Something That Almost Works
Mar 05 – Apr 14, 2022
Group exhibition curated by Anna Witt and Claire Koron Elat
With works by Caroline Garcia, Tra My Nguyen, Elisa Giardina Papa, Coralie Vogelaar

VIEWING ROOM

CHANNEL

Artist Talk
Elisa Giardina Papa
Jan 28, 2020
Notes on Post-Work

NEWS

Elisa Giardina Papa
A Wounded Matrix: CRACKS IN ARTIFICIAL CREATIVITY
Group exhibition curated by Manuel Cirauqui and Rosa Lleó
Polytechnic University of Valencia
Apr 25 – Jul 12, 2024
Elisa Giardina Papa
Work between meaning and imbalance
Group exhibition
Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
Apr 30, 2024 – Jan 19, 2025
Elisa Giardina Papa
Italia 70. Nuovi Mostri
Group exhibition curated by Massimiliano Gioni
Apr 8 – Apr 23, 2024
Elisa Giardina Papa
"U Scantu": A Disorderly Tale
Solo exhibition
City Dome Gallery, Collective, Edinburgh
Mar 1 – May 19, 2024
Elisa Giardina Papa
Leaking Subjects and Bounding Boxes
Group exhibition
Secession in Wien
Feb 16 – Feb 18, 2024
Elisa Giardina Papa
Sortir le travail de sa nuit
Group exhibition
CCC OD - Jardin François, 1er F-37000 Tours (France)
Feb 16 – Sep 1, 2024
Elisa Giardina Papa
Darker, Lighter, Puffy, Flat
Group exhibition curated by Laura Amann
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Nov 29, 2023 – Apr 14, 2024
Frieze London 2023
With works by Annabel Daou, Elisa Giardina Papa, Šejla Kamerić, Kapwani Kiwanga & Grit Richter
Booth No. G08
Frieze London 2023
Oct 11 – 15, 2023
Elisa Giardina Papa & Duendita
Gallery Weekend Festival
Group exhibition curated by Sandra Teitge
Sep 16 – Sep 17, 2023
Screening and Performance: Sep 17, 3 pm
Elisa Giardina Papa
Artist Talk with Elisa Giardina Papa & Mimi Ọnụọha
Artist talk
Sep 1, 2023, at 6 pm
Elisa Giardina Papa
Ether’s Bloom – A Programme on Artificial Intelligence
Solo exhibition
Gropius Bau, Berlin
Aug 10, 2023 – Jan 14, 2024
Elisa Giardina Papa
Reflex Blue
Group exhibition curated by Michael Hill
TEMPLE BAR GALLERY + STUDIOS, Dublin
Jul 28 – Sep 24, 2023

BIOGRAPHY

ELISA GIARDINA PAPA

Born in Medicina, Italy
Lives and works in New York and Sant’Ignazio, Sicily.

Education

2022
PhD candidate, Film and Media, University of California Berkeley, USA

2020 -2021
Institute of Speculative and Critical Inquiry, Queer Theory Rewilded. Faculty: Jack Halberstam, Tavia Nyong’o, and Damon Young.

2013
MFA – RISD (Rhode Island School of Design), Providence, RI, USA.

2007
BA – Politecnico di Milano, Facoltà del Design, Milano, Italy.

Scholarships and awards

2022
STARTS Prize, Honorary Mention

2019 –2020
Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology Fellowship, Connecticut College, New London. 

2019
Leuphana University Summer Fellowship, Center for Digital Culture.

2016 – 2021
Mellon UC Berkeley Fellowship

2015
Forbes Foundation, Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies Fund. Creative Arts Council, Brown University, Arts Initiative Fund.

2014
Brown University, Italian Studies Department Fund.

Brown University, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women Fund.

Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Patrocinio for the project When The Towel Drops.

2013
Rhode Island School of Design, Digital + Media Thesis Award.

2011
Rhode Island School of Design MFA Fellowship.

Solo exhibitions, performances and projects (selected)

2024
“U Scantu”: A Disorderly Tale
City Dome Gallery, Collective, Edinburgh

2023
Flock – She Preferred the Lineage of Goats and Ducks
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

Ether’s Bloom – Ein Programm zu Künstlicher Intelligenz
Gropius Bau, Berlin

2022

Technologies of Care, Labor of Sleep
Digital Kunsthalle Imago Mundi, Fondazione Imago Mundi, Treviso

2020
When The Towel Drops I Vol.1
ICA Milano (Institute for Contemporary Art Milano)

Cleaning Emotional Data
Aksioma Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

2018
Labor of Sleep, Have you been able to change your habits??
Videokunst, Bern

2017
Labor of Sleep, Have you been able to change your habits??
Whitney Sunrise/Sunset Commission, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2016
The Download: Technologies of Care
Rhizome The Download Commission, rhizome.org

When The Towel Drops I Vol.1 – Italy
with Radha May, Area Ricerca Progressiva, Studio Azzurro
La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan

2015
When The Towel Drops
Granoff Center for the Arts, Brown University, Providence

Group exhibitions (selected)

2024
Work between meaning and imbalance
Kunsthaus Graz, Graz

Italia 70. Nuovi Mostri
Fondazione Trussardi, Milan

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin
HKW, Berlin

Leaking Subjects and Bounding Boxes
Secession in Wien, Vienna

Sortir le travail de sa nuit – (Taking the work out of its night)
CCC OD – Jardin François, Tours

2023
Darker, Lighter, Puffy, Flat
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna



Digital Capture: Southern California and the Origins of the Pixel-Based Image World
California Museum of Photography , California

Between the Lines
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

New Cinema and Contemporary Art
Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris

Lighea
UNA Galleria, Piacenza

Gallery Weekend Festival
Gallery Weekend, Berlin

Reflex Blue
TEMPLE BAR GALLERY + STUDIOS, Dublin

Their Volumes
Cristella Collection, Cortemaggiore

Where the wild things are
Horst Arts & Music, Vilvoord

Spaziotraccia
Andersen Museum, Rome

Salto Nel Vuoto. Arte al di là della materia
GAMec, Bergamo

Techno Sapiens
M Plus Museum Limited, Hong Kong

Vidéothèque
Galerie Tanja Wagner

2022
Safe Mode: Amplified Realities
The Project Gallery, Athens

STARTS Prize
Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria.

Alter + Ego
ERES Foundation, Munich, Germany

Labor
CAL Chaleroi, Belgium

Feu d’artifice /rafale de chorales
Centre Pompidou, Paris

Il latte dei sogni. The milk of dreams
59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

Video arte in Italia, il video rende felice
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome

Need Ideass!?! PLZ !!
Cinema Nova, Brussels

Techno Romance: Data, Dating, Desire
Le Commun, Genève

House of Mirrors – Artificial Intelligence as Phantasm
HMKV Hartware Medien Kunst Verein, Dortmund

Empathic Device –It’s Hard to Get Enough of Something That Almost Works Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

Screen Matters – The Screen As A Place Of Work
Screening for online symposium

Desire Is Something Boundless
Pars Pro toto – Peer to space

2021
Cuerpos-quimeras
Miranda Bosch Gallery, Timbre Arte, Argentina

Daedalus
OVNi Festival, Nice

Dixit Algorizmi
Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Vogliamo tutto
OGR, Torino

Swipe Right!
IMAL, Brussels

Broad Underground: Home series
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Michigan State University, Michigan

Smile! Emotions at Work
Musée d’art de Joliette, Joliette, Québec

Don’t Be Evil
UQ Art Museum, Brisbane

Linz FMR Art in Digital Contexts and Public Spaces
Mühlkreisbahnhof in Linz Urfahr

Maratona di Visione – Rassegna online di Videoarte
Online Show

Ibrida Festival delle arti intermediali
EXATR, Forlì, Italy

2020
Conflict in My Outlook
UQ Art Museum, Brisbane Qld, Australia

The Sea Is Glowing
Exportdrvo, Rijeka, Croatia

Bohemia Exhibition
Haifa Museum of Art, Israel

Algotaylorism
La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Centre D’art Contemporain, France

Fitart | Connected in Isolation
Roehrs & Boetsch Gallery, online show

Human Sovereignty
Pistori Palace, Bratislava

[Re]Generation
Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology, New London, USA

Human Services
Lavitrine, Limoges

Empathy Loading
Furtherfield, Online Show

2019
When The Towel Drops I Vol.1
Italy – Performance, Fondazione Il Lazzaretto, Milan

The Time of “Women’s Work”
Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Berkeley

Io non sto lavorando noi stiamo facendo
Real Academia de España en Roma, Rome

Who Does What?
Drugo More, Rijeka

ArtsFeedr™
Deptford X Festival 2019, Art Hub Studios CIC, London

Zero Autonomy
Némo Biennial, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

New Convenience
Gallery.Delivery, Berlin

Hyperemployment
Aksioma, Ljubljana

Technocare
Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna

Computer Grrrls
La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris

Computer Grrrls
MU, Eindhoven

Do or Delegate: Entrepreneurial Means and Precarious Ends
Onomatopee, Eindhoven

The Overkill Festival
De Museum Fabriek, Enschede

Asolo Art Film Festival 2019
Post Internet Art, Montebelluna

2018
Seoul Mediacity Biennale 2018
Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul

Roma Europa Festival
Digital Live, Mattatoio, Rome

Computer Grrrls
HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein), Dortmund

Sortir du Désenchantement du Numérique
Espace Multimédia Gantner, Bourogne

1 iJ, EKKM
Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tallin

Labor of Sleep, Have you been able to change your habits??
Museo de Artes Visuales – MAVI, Santiago

What Can Be Seen, with Radha May
Spring Break Art Show, New York

2017
The Following Scenes will be Deleted
UNIONDOCS, Center for Documentary Art, New York

Escaping the Digital Unease!
Kunsthaus Langenthal, Langenthal

#exstrange
online exhibition on eBay

2016
Bitcoins Love AKA Karaoke Show
KTV, Milan

Getting to Know the Middleman
SIA, New York

Children
New Media Gallery, New Westminster, Canada

Flaherty NYC, WILD SOUNDS
Anthology Film Archives, Flaherty Seminar, New York

XVI Quadriennale di Roma
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome

A/rrivederci Roma
online show

Your Digital Self Hates You
Stadtgalerie, Bern

2015
I.ch _ wie online leben uns verändert
Vögele Kultur Zentrum, Pfäffikon

6PM Your Local Time Europe
Castello di Brescia and online, Link Center for The Arts, Brescia

Labor of Love
250 Varet Street, Brooklyn, New York

Sun Screening Vol.II, Videology
308 Bedford Ave, New York

Interrupt 3 – New Forms of Language Art
Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, USA

2014
No Place To Hide
Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Montefalcone

Visioni OFF – V.A.I.
Chiesa di San Francesco, Pordenone

2013
MoMA Modern Mondays, Millennium Film Journal
Museum of Modern Art, New York

Back to The Reality
Projeckt722, New York

Elisa Giardina Papa: Drawing from Life
Link Center for the Arts, Brescia

Brush Stroke
Granoff Center for the Arts, Brown University, Providence

More and More, More Is More
Gelman Gallery, Chace Center, Providence

2012
Pixilerations [v.9]
Providence, Rhode Island

Trickle Down Electronics
CAVE Gallery, Detroit

Collect the WWWorld, The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age
Basel House for Electronic Arts, Basel

Older Than Bambi
Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence

2011
BYOB Art Basel Miami
Grand Central, Miami

Unofficial Internet Pavilion
54th Biennale di Venezia, The Island of Internet & BYOB, Venice

Open
New Gallery London

De-zer
web exhibition

Monographs

Elisa Giardina Papa, Leaking Subjects and Bounding Boxes: On Training AI, Munich: Sorry Press, 2022.

Catalogues

The Milk of Dreams: Il Latte Dei Sogni: 59th Biennale Arte, First ed. Venezia: La Biennale di Venezia, 2022.

Videoarte in Italia: Il Video Rende Felici, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. Edited by Valentina Valentini. Roma: Treccani, 2022.

House of Mirrors – Artificial Intelligence as Phantasm, HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany, 2022. Edited by Inke Arns.

Conflict in My Outlook edited by Anna Briers, Nicholas Carah and Holly Arden. Melbourne: Perimeter Editions, The University of Queensland Art Museum, 2022.

Vogliamo tutto, OGR, Torino. Edited by Samuele Piazza and Nicola Ricciardi. Milano: Lenz Press, 2021.

COMPUTER GRRRLS, HMKV Hartware Medien Kunst Verein, Dortmund, and La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris. Edited by Inke Arns and Marie Lechner. Dortmund: Kettler, 2021.

Hyperemployment – Post-work, Online Labour and Automation, edited by Domenico Quaranta and Janez Janša. Roma: NERO and Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2020.

When The Towel Drops I Vol.1, Edited by Clauda d’Alonzo. Milano: Fondazione ICA, 2019.

Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age. Edited by Domenico Quaranta. Brescia, Italy: LINK Editions, 2012.

The Milk of Dreams: Il Latte Dei Sogni: 59th Biennale Arte, First ed. Venezia: La Biennale di Venezia, 2022.

Videoarte in Italia: Il Video Rende Felici, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome. Edited by Valentina Valentini. Roma: Treccani, 2022.

House of Mirrors – Artificial Intelligence as Phantasm, HMKV Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund, Germany, 2022. Edited by Inke Arns.

Conflict in My Outlook edited by Anna Briers, Nicholas Carah and Holly Arden. Melbourne: Perimeter Editions, The University of Queensland Art Museum, 2022.

Vogliamo tutto, OGR, Torino. Edited by Samuele Piazza and Nicola Ricciardi. Milano: Lenz Press, 2021.

COMPUTER GRRRLS, HMKV Hartware Medien Kunst Verein, Dortmund, and La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris. Edited by Inke Arns and Marie Lechner. Dortmund: Kettler, 2021.

Hyperemployment – Post-work, Online Labour and Automation, edited by Domenico Quaranta and Janez Janša. Roma: NERO and Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2020.

When The Towel Drops I Vol.1, Edited by Clauda d’Alonzo. Milano: Fondazione ICA, 2019.

Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age. Edited by Domenico Quaranta. Brescia, Italy: LINK Editions, 2012.

Articles and Book Chapters

Catricalà, Valentino and Luigi Maccalini. “Elisa Giardina Papa e la nuova fabbrica digitale” in Wired, August 8, 2022.

Arns, Inke. “Can Artificial Intelligence Be Biased? On the Critique of Ai’s ‘Algorithmic Bias’ in the Arts.” In Training the Archive. Dortmund, 2022.

O’Dwyer, Rachel. “ Elisa Giardina Papa interviewed by Rachel O’Dwyer.” In Neural – Issue 68, 2021.

Eichwalder, Manischa. “Data Cleaning.” In Who Cares, Engagée #10, 2021/2022.

Morucchio, Giulia and Banfi, Riccardo. “Disclosure #3” CACTUS, Spring/Summer 2021.

Giardina Papa, Elisa. “Invisible Boyfriends and U/users.” In COMPUTER GRRRLS, edited by Inke Arns and Marie Lechner, 46-55. Dortmund: Kettler, 2021.

Cotimbo, Daniela. “Episode VI. Sex and Desire in the Age of Artificial Intelligence,” Flash Art, March 2021.

Deggiovanni, Piero. “Estetica accelerazionista e popoli della rete” Jiuliet, May 18, 2021.

Hunger, Francis. “Data Workers* Of All Countries, Make an End!” In Hamburg Maschine Revisited: Artistic and Critical Investigations into Our Digital Condition. Edited by Isabella Kohlhuber and Oliver Leistert. Hamburg: Adocs, 2021.

Riva, Caterina. “L’età dell’algoritmo” Antinomie, April 12, 2021.

Parisi, Luciana. “Improper Commonness: the Surrogate Economy of Artificial Intelligence.” In Hyperemployment, edited by Domenico Quaranta. Ljubljana: Aksioma Press, 2020.

Quaranta, Domenico. “Work is Over: The Merging of Life and Labour in the Age of Automation.” In Hyperemployment. Ljubljana: Aksioma Press, 2020.

Demartini, Gianluca and Caroline Wilson-Barnao. “Artificial Intelligence (AI) Needs Human Intervention: A Reflection on Elisa Giardina Papa’s Technologies of Care (2016).” In Conflict in My Outlook_We Met Online, Provocation. University of Queensland, Brisbane, 2020.

Adler, Jazmín. ”Body/Machine Configurations: Perspectives on Humanized Technologies in the Electronic Arts” EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies, no. 7: issue 22, January 22, 2020.

Hu, Tung-Hui and Elisa Giardina Papa. “How Ai Manufactures a Smile: Tung-Hui Hu Interviews Artist Elisa Giardina Papa on Digital Labor.” Media-N 16, no. 1 (2020): 141–50.

Yue, Genevieve. “Gradivan Footsteps in the Film Archive.” In Girl Head: Feminism and Film Materiality, 182-229. New York: Fordham University Press, 2020.

Longhi, Lucia. “Technologies of Care: An Interview with Elisa Giardina Papa.” Berlin Art Link, Feb. 11, 2020.

Levin, Erica. “Toward a Social Cinema Revisited.” Millennium Film Journal 58 (58): 30–36, 2013.

Aude Launay. “Automate All The Things!” Zérodeux, Spring 2020. LINK or PDF

- Young, Damon R. “Ironies of Web 2.0.” Post45, Issue 2: How To Be Now, Feb. 05, 2019.

Giardina Papa, Elisa, Nupur Mathur, and Bathsheba Okwenje. “An Interview with the Artist Radha May: A Global Collective with a Single Identity.” Camera Obscura 31, no. 93, 177-183, 2016.

Chierico, Alessio. “Art and Materiality in Post-media Practice: Toward an Ontology of Digital and Its Devices.” In Archiving and Questioning Immateriality, Proceedings of the 5th Computer Art Congress, edited by Everardo Reyes-García Pierre Châtel-Innocenti Khaldoun Zreik. Paris: Europia Productions, 2016.

Sessa, Carlo. “Dialogando d’arte: Radha May (Elisa Giardina Papa, Nupur Mathur, Bathsheba Okwenje).” Playboy Italia, N.24, Jan 2020.

Di Biase, Antonella. “Questa video installazione riporta in luce le scene censurate nel cinema italiano.” i-D VICE, Nov 28, 2019.

Tanni, Valentina. “Studiare la censura per capire la società: intervista al collettivo radha May (Elisa Giardina Papa, Nupur Mathur, Bathsheba Okwenje).” Artribune, Dec 15, 2019.

Becker, Natasha. “In Conversation with Radha May, The Collective Unearthing: Censored Scenes from Postwar Italian Cinema.” C& (Contemporary And), Mar 19, 2018.

Yablonsky, Linda. “From Spring/Break’s riotous energy to radical ceramics at Salon 94.” The Art Newspaper, March 15, 2018.

Baumbach, Nico. “Cinema as Emergency Break: Agamben and the Philosophy of Media After Benjamin.” In Cinema/Politics/Philosophy, 126-169. Columbia University Press, 2018.

Elsaesser, Thomas. “The Essay Film. From Film Festival Favorite to Flexible Commodity Form?” In Essays on the Essay Film, edited by Alter, Nora M, and Timothy Corrigan, 240-258. New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.

McNeil, Joanne. “Endless Archive.” In Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age, ed. Domenico Quaranta, 38-47. Brescia, Italy: Editions, 2012.

Nastro, Santa. “Comunicare l’arte. O no? Parlano i protagonisti (II).” Artribune, March 31, 2016.

Jeffries, Adrianne. “Collect the WWWorld’ attempts to archive the internet through art.” The Verge, Oct 20, 2012.