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Anita Sieff lives and works in Venice and Naples, Italy, she has a BA in Foreign Languages and Literature from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice with a thesis on contemporary aesthetics and an MA in communication.
Born in Italy, Sieff has been involved in the visual arts since 1990. From 1989 to 1990 she works with Michelangelo Antonioni in Rome, this experience inspires her to move to New York City to study film.
In 1996 Sieff focuses on communication as a means for social inquiry and representation and creates Public
, an on-going process based on dialogue, where audience becomes subject, love principle of integration, and art form of representation. From 1996 till 2001 she is Project Director of Guggenheim public
a convivial gathering of authors and artists held every Wednesday evening at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice. What follows in 1998 is EthTV
, a creative process of a larger ethical project which aims to establish, through the web site www.ethicstv.com, an international social network.
In 1999 she co-operates in founding the organization Planetwork
, in San Francisco California, a project of social and environmental entrepreneurs. From 1998 to 2005 she annually teaches video art for the New York University Masters of Art program in Venice. In 1999 Anita Sieff is selected to represent Italy at the New/Europe ’99
Festival sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. The purpose is to present those artists and performer who best portray the spirit of initial stages of change of the new Europe.
In 2001 Sieff launches Public
as an independent project at the Museum Fortuny in Venice. Also in 2001 Sieff founds and creates the fashion brand Moda é Modo: Fashion is Way of being
. From 2004 to 2009 Sieff collaborates with Yoko Ono as coordinator in the production of several shows and performances in Italy. In 2008 the Philadelphia Museum of Art holds a solo show devoted to Sieff’s film activity curated by Carlos Basualdo. In 2010 the Querini Stampalia Foundation holds a solo show of her general work curated by Chiara Bertola. In 2011 In conjunction with the 54th Venice Biennale, the Venice International Gallery of Modern Art, Ca’ Pesaro Museum, presents the site-specific video installation Psyche. Currently Sieff works with film, video, photography, and music.