Until November 14th, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Italian photographer Paolo Ventura’s latest body of work, La Città Infinita.
Known for constructing and photographing elaborate dioramas to tell cinematic visual storiese, Ventura takes his process one step further by painting the photographs of constructed scenes and adding collage. The works, which are evocative of 1940s and 50s Italian Neorealism film, present lonely yet dreamy cityscapes punctuated by human figures, always Ventura himself, in varying costume. Although the scenes differ, the horizon lines remain the same, creating a never-ending cityscape, La Città Infinita.
Paolo Ventura studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan in the early 1990s. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at 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 to create a series of works for the Italian national pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, he also received a commission from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome. And recently Ventura was invited for a commission by the MART, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Italy. Four monographs of Paolo Ventura’s work have been published: War Souvenir (Contrasto, 2006), Winter Stories (Aperture and Contrasto, 2009), The Automaton (Peliti Asociati, 2011) and Lo Zuavo Scomparso (Punctum Press, 2012).
Paolo Ventura, La Città Infinita Until November 14th, 2015 Weinstein Gallery 908 West 46th Street, Minneapolis www.weinstein-gallery.com