Artist Bio


Aida Silvestri is an interdisciplinary artist and educator of Eritrean descent. She creates mixed media artworks that challenge the status quo of stigma, prejudice and social injustice concerning race, class, identity and health, often combining text, image and experimental techniques to manipulate the photographic surface.

Using innovative modes of mixed media portraiture, Silvestri’s celebrated projects Even This Will Pass (2013 – 2014) and Unsterile Clinic (2015) respectively address people trafficking by highlighting the dangerous journeys undertaken by economic and political refugees and advocate for survivors of gender-based violence by drawing attention to the widespread practice of female genital mutilation. Both projects were part of solo exhibitions in London- respectively at Roman Road Gallery and Autograph.

She has exhibited/exhibited in local and international group shows such as RECLAIMING & MAKING: ART, DESIRE, VIOLENCE at the Museum of Sex in NY, Time and the Other, Care | Contagion | Community - Self & Other: Autograph, London, African Cosmologies: Photography, Time and the Other (FotoFest, Houston, 2020), and at The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Saatchi Gallery, London; TEAT Champ Fleuri, Sainte-Clotilde; Musée National d’Histoire-aux-Poissons, Ville-Haute; The Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei; Benaki Museum, Athens; Cours de L’Archevéché, Arles; and Centquarter, Paris. In 2021 she was artist-in-residence at Light Work, Syracuse. Her works are held in the collections of the Sainte-Clotilde; Musée National d’Histoire-aux-Poissons, Arendt & Medernach, Museum of Fine Art, Houston (USA), Los Angeles Country Museum (USA) and Autograph, London (UK) and private collations.

Selected publications include: British journal of Photography, Autograph Newspaper, Blow photo, Looking for the Clouds (EMOP), Reframing Migration, African Cosmologies Photography, Time and the Other, Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other and African Artists: From 1882 to Now.


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