Long read, for Italian VoguePaolo Ventura
This stunning absurdist work by the great Italian artist Paolo Ventura (Milan,1968) proves to search for an inventive and personal language of photography. A unique universe that has led to the invitation of Ventura for the Italian national pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale and a grand exhibition at the Armani/Silos recently.
The work Long read, with Kim depicted, is a follow up on this fruitful relationship with Vogue. With her pale, fragile skin as a contrast against the bright green emerald, Kim is literally an embodiment of the fragile and scarce natural resources. The work is framed on a floating frame/on dibond within a walnut wooden frame with UV70 Museum Artglass by Wilcovak framers.
The artist makes images of what he calls “invented worlds” or “ir-realities”.
Just as Man Ray, Paolo Ventura enjoys the envious creative relationships with Vogue. In January 2020 Ventura was invited for the first illustrated cover (without photography) of the Italian Vogue that went worldwide.
Ventura graduated in 1991 from the renowned Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan (founded in 1776), where he was immersed in Italian history, techniques, and one of the most respected collections of Italian Renaissance paintings at the Pinacoteca di Brera.
Solo exhibitions include the Forma International Center for Photography, Milan; Museum of Contemporary Art of Roma (MACRO), Rome; The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome and during the Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles. In 2012, he was selected by curator Vittorio Sgarbi to create a series of works for the Italian national pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale. In 2018 Ventura received a large solo exhibition in Armani Silos, Milan. Other exhibitions of his work include Les Rencontres de la Photographie en Arles, Auditorium della Conciliazione, Italy; Camera Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, Torino, Italy; Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmagen, The Netherlands; Fotokino, Marseille and many more.
His work is included in the collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Art, USA; Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Lowe Art Museum, Miami, USA: MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy; Maison Européen de la Photographie, Paris, France: Museo Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy and Instituto Centrale per la Grafica in Rome, Italy.