Rome, Italy. Marking its U.S. debut at Paris Photo New York, Spazio Nuovo, Rome’s only contemporary gallery specializing in photography, presents works by Marco Maria Zanin.
Blurring the lines between poetry, painting, and sculpture, photographs on view at the fair’s curated (RE)Emergence sector posit aspects of material culture into the realm of the readymade.
Addressing themes including memory and consecration, exhibited works feature three-dimensional quotidian objects, ranging from building rubble to carpentry tools, altered physically by hand, and via the photographic frame into still lifes and monoliths reminiscent respectively of Italian modernist Giorgio Morandi and Arte Povera.
Examining what remains in the wake of the chaos brought on by cyclical modernization, in works on view from the series Lacuna e Equilibrio, 2015, discarded materials taken from building sites in São Paolo morph into meditative still lifes. They will be joined with works from a later series, Ferite/feritoie, 2017, in which humble carpentry tools once used by the artist’s grandfather take on monumental significance. Transformed through the act of deconstruction and reanimation, they emerge as enigmatic artifacts — referencing both the death and rebirth of a vanishing artisanal tradition. Emphasising the importance of how, rather than what we see, Zanin’s interventions challenge us to question the methods by which we determine our heritage, our knowledge systems, and our future.
According to Guillaume Maitre, Co-Director of Spazio Nuovo, “We are delighted to introduce U.S. audiences to conceptually-driven work by an accomplished young Italian artist who has been the subject of major museum shows in Italy and Brazil, but has never exhibited in the States. Marco Maria Zanin epitomizes our gallery’s commitment to representing burgeoning artists whose work is steeped in Italy’s distinguished cultural heritage, and also reflective of the cross-cultural discourse shaping the world today.”
About Spazio Nuovo
Founded in Rome in 2010 by Guillaume Maitre and Paulo Pérez Mouriz, Spazio Nuovo is a contemporary art gallery dedicated to promoting work by emerging artists with a special focus on photography. The gallerists’ multifaceted connoisseurship provides collectors and cultural institutions the utmost creative insight and curatorial expertise with which to build their collections. Conceived to foster greater awareness of, and appreciation for, the latest developments within the fields of photography, painting, sculpture, and mixed media, Spazio Nuovo offers a vibrant single artist exhibition program.
Integral to the gallery’s program are collaborations with museums and cultural institutions at home and abroad. They include: National Roman Museum at Palazzo Altemps, Rome; French Academy in Rome – Villa Médici; Galleria Civica di Modena; Italian Embassy, Doha, Qatar; and Brazilian Embassy, Rome.
About Marco Maria Zanin
Zanin (b. 1983, Padua, Italy) studied photography at CFP Bauer, Milan, received his Laurea first in Literature and Philosophy, then in International Relations from the University of Padua, and continued his studies by earning a Masters in Psychology.
Throughout his career, the artist has traveled to many parts of the world, putting into practice the “displacement” essential for his critical analysis of social contexts. Myth and archetype as the submerged matrices of modern behavior are the focus of his investigation, which is based on observation of the relationship between man, territory, and time.
Recent exhibitions include: Musei Civici di Bassano, Italy, 2019; Museo Morandi, Bologna; Pivô Arte e Pesquisa, São Paulo, 2017 (curator: Jacopo Crivelli Visconti); Galleria Civica di Modena, 2017 (curators: Daniele De Luigi and Serena Goldoni); and Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Rome, 2015 (curator: Alessandra Mauro.)
His work is part of the following private and public collections: Museo di Arte Moderna di Trento e Rovereto; Museo Morandi, Bologna; Salsali Private Museum, Dubai; Joaquim Paiva Collection, Rio de Janeiro; Galleria d’Arte Civica di Moderna, Genova; Reyn van der Lugt Collection, Rotterdam; Archivio Italo Zannier, Venice; Paolo Brodbeck Collection, Catania; Cotroneo Collection, Rome; and Maccaferri Collection, Bologna.
Zanin lives and works between Padua, Italy, and São Paulo, Brazil.
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