About the Artist
Italian artist Anita Sieff studied at the Ca'Foscari University in Venice where she earned a BA in Foreign Languages and Literature and an MA in communications. Since 1980, she has been actively involved in the visual arts and her photographs, films, videos and installations have been shown in Europe as well as in the United States. From 1989 to 1990, she worked with the Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni in Rome, and this experience inspired her to move to New York City to study film. Over the last decade, Sieff has focused on communication as a means for social inquiry and representation. From 1996 to 2001, she was Project Director of Guggenheim Public
, a convivial gathering of authors and artists held weekly at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice. EthTV followed in 1998, a larger ethical project which aimed to establish through the web site www.ethicstv.com an international community sharing in the role of art as a participatory system. Sieff co-founded in 1999 the organization Planetwork
, a project of social and environmental entrepreneurs based in San Francisco, California. Between 1998 and 2001 she taught video art at the New York University MA program in Venice. In 2001, Sieff launched Public
, an independent project at the Museum Fortuny in Venice and founded the fashion brand Moda é Modo
(Fashion is a Way). Currently, Sieff lives in Venice where she works with film, video, photography, and music.