Eleonora Agostini

The first time Yana, Carl and I arrived in Bosco Chiesanova it was March and we had four days of exploration awaiting us. I did not know anything about Lessinia, despite being born and grewing up relatively close by.
For three days we did not see much of the landscape, it was snowing at night and during the day the fog was so dense that our visual experience was completely compromised. We had to use our imagination while waiting for the landscape to reveal itself.
The visual inaccessibility meant that we had to access the land through its people – those that we met upon our arrival or we read about in books and diaries in which traditions, places and popular legends were told.
Most of the articles and interventions on Lessinia had a male voice.
In On Carrying and Knowing I question the idea that men were and are the only legitimate holders of knowledge within this rural landlascape, and traditonally male oriented field focused on phisical labour and bodily demanding tasks.
Instead, I focused on the female working body as as a site of knowledge and for knowledge, to reflect upon its function within this specific socio – political context.
I met and collaborate with women of different ages, backgrounds and experiences. Some of them grew up in Lessinia, others moved from the cities, some work with animals, others on the land. All of them perform challenging phisical labour with extreme force and care.
These images look on women’s contribution to the land of Lessinia, focusing specifically on the strength, the movements and the gravity of the body in relation to different materials and evironments. Weight plays an important role in the making of these images and in the quests for answers. The photographs show bodies that maintain and uphold, bodies in tension, strong bodies, traces of bodies, heavy bodies, tired bodies, resting bodies.
If having a body means carrying a weight, what kind of weight are we carrying?


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.
Eleonora’s practice shifts between photography, moving image, performance and sculpture, exploring and analysing the difficulties of how human experience is constructed.
Her research is strongly connected with the experience of our surroundings and she is interested in finding a possible fracture within our socially constructed rules and the spaces we inhabit.
Eleonora refers to the every-day as a space full of potential and possibilities for quests, incorporating ordinary objects and activities within her images to express and navigate its different layers and meanings.
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions including galleries and museums such as Almanan in Turin, L21 Gallery in Palma de Mallorca, South London Gallery and Borough Road Gallery in London, Leeds Art Gallery in Leeds, Museo Castromediano in Lecce, MAR Ravenna, National Museum of Gdansk, and festivals such as Getxophoto International Photo Festival, Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia, Photo OpenUp in Padova, Circulations Festival in Paris and Format Festival in Derby.
She 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.
Eleonora’s work has been featured in multiple printed and online publications such as Der Grief, Unseen Magazine, Wallpaper, GUP Magazine, among others.
Her work A Blurry Aftertaste is part of the Government Art Collection.