Paolo Ventura, ‘Pagliacci, Teatro Regio Torino’, 2016, Weinstein Gallery - Minneapolis

About Paolo Ventura

There is a hazy sense of timelessness in the photographs of Paolo Ventura. The Italian artist makes images of what he calls “invented worlds” or “ir-realities,” using cardboard and found objects from flea markets and eBay to construct a universe of elaborate dioramas filled with tiny details, which he then photographs as though they were life-size. The result is a cloudy, undefined atmosphere where narratives play out like dreams, somewhere between fantasy and memory. Though placed in ambiguous settings, his work often references the period surrounding World War II, as well as fantastical stories told by his father, a children’s book author.

Italian , 1968 , Milan, Italy, based in Brooklyn, New York

Solo Shows

2018
ARMANI/SILOS, 
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy,
Racconti Immaginari
2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands,
Mystique Narratives
2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands,
Mystique Narratives II
2015
Museum het Valkhof, 
Nijmegen, Netherlands,
Un Mondo Infinito
2013
Hasted Kraeutler, 
New York,

Group Shows

2018
La Triennale di Milano Museum, 
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy,
New Perspective
2017
New York,
Great Journeys: The Magnum Square Print Sale In Partnership With Aperture
2011
54th Venice Biennale, 
Venice,
54th Venice Biennale
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