Silvia Battista is a London-based, visual and performance artist, lecturer and writer. She started her career in 1998 with two funded projects: A Message Before Leaving (1997-1999) realized in the Death Row of the Maximum Security Prison In Huntsville, Texas (USA); and The Shock of the Real: McDonald's in Prague (1999) realized in Prague at the FAMU University.
In 2000 she moved to London and started assisting the artist Wolfgang Tillmans.
From 2003 to 2005 she worked on the project Icarus' Dream that consisted in the book and animation Icarus' Dream and the performance You Whisper, I Listen, He Speaks. Both animation and performance have been presented and exhibited in galleries, festivals and Universities in UK, Italy, Iceland and USA.
She completed in 2006 her Master at the Royal College of Art where she won the first prize of the Oberon Book Competition with a series of drawings on Emily Dickinson's poetry.
In 2008 she was assigned a scholarship to complete a PhD in performance studies and in 2009 she started working as visiting lecturer at the department of Drama and Theatre of the Royal Holloway University.
At the moment she is working on what she defines The Hermeneutic Project, researching and experimenting with processes of re-presentation and re-contextualization of religious practices, mythologies and iconographies through drawing, installation, photography, video and performance.