Photo: Steven Maybury

Madeleine Ruggi (b.1991) is an artist working in London, UK. Ruggi’s artistic practise seeks to grasp her own body’s position among infrastructures of trade and processing that are often concealed to consumers of the global West. She uses conversations, site visits, radio communications, field recordings, found and gifted objects as well as steel, collage and print to ask how she can responsibly engage with the  world in which she lives, understanding how decisions in her immediate setting may impact the world at large.

Her often ordinary and small-scale materials — a slice of ship exterior, a VHF radio scanner or a piece of wire mesh fencing—literally embody a fragment of gargantuan, often unseen industries. These act as departure points for Ruggi to confront the cycle of trade and consumption that she too is inextricably involved in. Her direct, bodily engagement with these loaded materials connects states of desire with demand, as well as with the macro-constructs of mediation and power that serve them.

Madeleine has a BA from Central Saint Martins, London and an MFA from Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Her work has been presented at Tate Modern, London; Camden Arts Centre, London; Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable; European Cultural Centre, Venice; Guest Projects, London and Bussey Building, London, amongst others.


Email: madeleineruggi(at)                                    


The gateway as a point of encounter [duo show with María José Crespo], PuntWG, Amsterdam, 2023

This Is Reality and It Was But One Chat Away
group show, Ubik, Rotterdam, July 2022

commission, Whitstable Biennale, June 2022

I Must Be Living Twice
group show, curated by Shimmer, Palazzo Mora, European Cultural Centre, Venice, April- November, 2022

A High Hang
group show, Eccleston Project Space, London, 2019

inNeoss shop, London, 2019

group show, Guest Projects, London, 2019

Forced Collaboration
[online], Forced Collaboration, 2018

12ø Collective,
[online], 12ø, 2018

inNeoss shop, London, 2017

Up Hill Down Hall: An Indoor Carnival [collaborative sound performance with Georgia Gendall], Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, 2014

group show, The Vinyl Library, London, 2014

group show, Arcane Gallery, London, 2014

Artists in Residence
group show, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2012

Resembling Ham in Taste
group show, Mori and Stein Gallery, London, 2012

group show, Bussey Building Art Space, London, 2012


Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, 2023

The Eaton Fund, 2023


The gateway as a point of encounter
[performance presentation by Madeleine Ruggi and María José Crespo], PuntWG, Amsterdam, 2023

Witnessing as a method of getting through gateways [performance presentation by Madeleine Ruggi and María José Crespo], Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam,  2022

Proxyerotics [performance presentation by Madeleine Ruggi and María José Crespo], Royal College of Art, London, 2021


13 June 2022, The Elemental Pull of Whitstable Biennale, by Chris Sharratt, read here

25 July 2022, Graduation Shows - Piet Zwart Institute, by Jorne Vriens, read here


POP Adriatico
Trieste, Italy, May-June 2024 


2020 - 2022 MA Fine Art
Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam

2010 - 2014 BA (Honours) Fine Art
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London

2012 - 2013 Diploma in Professional Studies
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London

2009 - 2010 Foundation Fine Art
Byam Shaw School of Art, Central Saint Martins, London