Bressan Michele


photography and video

Born 10.07.1980 in Trieste, Italy
From 1993 lives&works in Bucharest, Romania

Michele Bressan (b.1980) is a visual artist working with photography and film, based in Bucharest since 1993.

His work focuses on documenting aspects of the romanian post-communist reality, using the photographic medium as a means of artistic research. By the practice of portraying his surroundings through series having the typology of a subjective journal, or by a more distant approach, he offers a comment, and in the same time the possibility to relate to a scene, witnessing the particularities and mechanisms of a society in a slow transition process.



2011: BA in photography and dynamic imaging, Academy of Fine Arts Bucharest

2009: Academy of Fine Arts Bucharest, photography and video department

 Selected solo exhibitions:

2012: ”Waiting for the Drama”, H’art Gallery Bucharest
2011: ”Vita, Morte e Miracoli”, LC Foundation for Contemporary Art, Bucharest
2011: ”Passato Prossimo”, Instituto Culturale Italiano di Bucharest
2010: ”Memories for my Children”, Rue de l’Exposition Gallery, Paris
2009: ”Rerevolution”, Romanian Cultural Institute, Paris

Selected group exhibitions:

2015: ”Inventing the Truth”, Romania partecipation at 56th Biennale di Venezia, Italy
2014: ”The Source Collage Open Call ”, Tate Britain, London, UK
2014: ”Pasaj”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Foto Anexa, Bucharest
2014: “Les Rencontres Internationales”, Gaite Lyrique and Palais de Tokyo, Paris
2013: ”Recorded Memories”, Museum für Photographie Braunschweig, Germany
2013: ”FIVAC”, San Juan de Dios Museum, Cuba
2012: ”Monumental”, CBC Space, Timisoara, Romania
2011: ”E-cite”, Muse d’Art Moderne Saint Etienne, France
2011: ”Les Rencontres d’Arles” Photo Festival, Huit Gallery, Arles, France
2011: ”Gate11 international departures”, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Italy
2011: ”Voiaj”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Foto Anexa, Bucharest
2011: ”Padiglione Italia nel Mondo”, 54th Biennale di Venezia, Italy
2011: ”Funeraria”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, MNAC, Bucharest
2011: ”Paysages Interieurs”, Galerie Rue de l’Exposition, Paris
2010: ”Multi-pli-cites”, Apollonia Gallery, Strasbourg , France
2010: ”Mois de la Photo”, “Ne Tourne pas la tete”, ICR Paris, France
2010: ”Videozone V”, Video Art Biennial, Tel-Aviv , Israel
2010: ”As far as i can tape”, Performance Art Institute, San Francisco, USA
2009: ”ESSL Award winners exhibition”, ESSL Museum, Wien, Austria
2009: ”Romania: 20 of december, 20 years”, Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu
2009: ”Postcards”, Neuen Museum, Bauhaus Universitat, Weimar
2009: ”Spazi Aperti”, Accademia di Romania, Roma, Italy
2009: ”Where i Belong”, National Museum of Contemporary Art, 3/4, Bucharest
2009: ”RoArchive”, Institut d’ Etudes Superieurs des Arts, Paris, France
2009: ”Romanian Film Festival” Cervantes Institute of Chicago, USA
2008: ”From the Archive/RoArchive”, Futura Gallery/ Karlin Stdios, Prague, CZ
2008: ”Bucharest – between melancholia and hysteria”, Czech Centre Gallery, Prague

 Grants&Residences :

2015: Kulturamt Dusseldorf artist in residence program, Germany
2010: Constantin Brancusi fellowship, Cite’ Internationale des Arts Paris, France
2009: Romanian Cultural Institute artist in residence program, Paris, France


2009: Winner of the ESSL Award for photography, Romania
2009: Henkel Award nominee

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