Eleonora Agostini "Leave the Door Open"

Eleonora Agostini
Leave the Door Open

Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm

2024, MARCH 1 – 12

Solo exhibition outcome of the artist residency New Trajectories. GFI in Stockholm

The tenth edition of Giovane Fotografia Italiana | Premio Luigi Ghirri 2023 introduced a novelty among the great opportunities for the seven finalists: the special mention Nuove Traiettorie. GFI in Stockholm. Promoted in agreement with IIC Stockholm, the mention includes an artist residency in Sweden, during which the selected artist will spend a period of study and research for the development of an artistic project whose outcome will be a solo exhibition curated by IIC Stockholm with Ilaria Campioli and Daniele De Luigi.

Among the seven finalists of Giovane Fotografia Italiana #10 | Premio Luigi Ghirri 2023, the jury, in consultation with the director of the IIC Stockholm, has entrusted the sensitivity of Eleonora Agostini with the task of creating an original production in Sweden.

On Friday 1 March, Eleonora Agostini’s solo exhibition opens in Stockholm.

In the original production for the Italian Cultural Institute in Stockholm, Eleonora Agostini has created a suggestive series of images ranging from natural landscapes to domestic ones. Driven by the difficulty of discovering a new place in a limited period of time, Agostini decided to use the act of walking as a way to connect with spaces, primarily natural ones.  At the centre of the research are therefore what can be considered as two primordial elements: the nature and the home.

Always interested in the ambiguity of the medium, Agostini starts from intimate and subjective experiences to then process and transform them through the artistic process.  Images of impenetrable and mysterious nature are associated with interiors photographs that appear quiet and silent, until a series of small clues start to reveal a sense of disorientation and restlessness. These elements, alongside with the impenetrable feeling of the natural landscapes, triggers a short circuit towards what are the most traditional representations of these same places, and invite us to reconsider the much more layered and complex relationship we have with them.




Eleonora Agostini (b.1991) is an Italian artist based in London. She received her BA from Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan in 2013 and her MA from the Royal College of Art in London in 2018.

Her work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo exhibitions including galleries and museums such as Venice Biennale, Fonderia 20.9, Almanan Inn, Forte Belvedere, L21 Gallery, South London Gallery, Borough Road Gallery, Leeds Art Gallery, Museo Castromediano Lecce, MAR Ravenna, National Museum of Gdansk, and festivals such as Getxophoto International Photo Festival, Fotografia Europea, Photo OpenUp, Circulations Festival and Format Festival in Derby. 

Agostini was one of the artists of Futures Photography 2021 (selected by Camera Torino) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019. She was nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award in 2021 and selected for FOAM Talent 2024. 

Her work has been featured in multiple printed and online publications such as Photoworks Annual, Der Grief, Unseen Magazine, Wallpaper, GUP Magazine, among others. 

Her work A Blurry Aftertaste is part of the Government Art Collection.