ARTE GLOBALE AT ZsONAMACO FOTO 2017
London, 10 August 2017 — Arte Globale is excited to announce its participating in the third edition of ZsONAMACO FOTO in Mexico City, taking place from 20-24 September 2017. The gallery’s showcase at the fair will mark the first-ever presentation of the series ‘Alone Together’ by Greek-born, London-based photographer Aristotle Roufanis, which also happens to be the photographer’s first show in Latin America. In addition, the gallery booth will feature arresting work from the ‘Leicestershire’ series by acclaimed Iranian-born, London-based photographer Mitra Tabrizian.
‘Alone Together’ (2017) is an ongoing photographic project by Aristotle Roufanis, for which he takes photos of large metropoles in a way that only tiny, individual apartment lights are visible. Hardly recognisable in the dark, some of the world’s most famous metropoles like London, Paris, Miami and Athens are transformed into sprawling canvases of anonymity, where countless people have decided to make their home but hardly connect to each other. The project takes this phenomenon of social alienation in urban centres as a starting point, and adds a positive, optimistic twist to it. To make each little light visible within the vast urban jungle, Aristotle Roufanis has deployed a technique of super high-resolution photography, which is then complemented by meticulous digital editing that can take up to one month for each photo. At ZsONAMACO FOTO, Arte Globale is presenting two images from the ‘Alone Together’ series, one of which spans an impressive three meters from side to side. This enables the viewer to immerse in the photo, and perhaps identify with particular lights or even people seen in the photos.
In her ‘Leicestershire’ (2012) series, Mitra Tabrizian subverts the methods of historical documentation to create a tribute to the forgotten citizens who once helped build the factories in Leicester, one of the most important industrial areas for textile and shoe manufacturing in post-World War II England. As manufacturing has gradually shifted to other countries and the UK now imports most of its goods, the factories in the county of Leicestershire now stand derelict and abandoned, and are either being demolished or fall into the hands of developers. Mitra Tabrizian uses the imagery of these monumental ruins to tell the story of the communities of immigrants that once built them and worked in them, but now remain jobless and in a kind of social and economical limbo. Touching upon the issues of exile and abandonment in the heart of one of the world’s most developed countries, the ‘Leicestershire’ series focuses on the life and fate of society’s marginal and unseen minorities, a theme that is recurrent in the photographer’s work. For ZsONAMACO FOTO, Arte Globale presents a large print from the series, that poignantly captures the bleak emotion and stillness of Leicestershire factory ruins.
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Aristotle Roufanis (b.1983 Athens, Greece) is a London-based art photographer whose work focuses on patterns, textures and human interactions defined by the condition of urban architecture. An active photographer since his early 20’s, Aristotle Roufanis is a self-taught artist, who has mastered his medium through several personal photographic projects. In 2016 he has participated in Scope Art Fair - Miami Beach and with a solo show in Fotofever - Paris; in the same year, his work exhibited at the Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts sold out before the show’s public opening. In 2017 he exhibited at Scope in Basel during Art Basel 2017 and he is scheduled to exhibit at the prestigious Zona Maco in Mexico City as well as other art events throughout the world. Aristotle Roufanis’ work is part of esteemed private collections in London, Paris, Milan, Miami, New York and Mexico City.
Born in Tehran, Iran, Mitra Tabrizian has published and exhibited widely and in major international museums and galleries. Solo shows include; Tate Britain (2008) - Moderna Museet , Stockholm -Museum of Folkwang, Essen, Germany - Fondazione Fotografia, Italy - Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin amongst others. Her work is represented in major public collections, including British Museum - Victoria and Albert Museum, London - National Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland, Australia - the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institution, Washington amongst others. She exhibited in Venice Biennale (Iranian pavilion) 2015. She is a recipient of several photographic awards, including the Royal Academy ‘Rose Award for Photography’ (2013). Her short films have been exhibited in premier festivals, including Berlin and Toronto as well as museums and public institutions, including the Tate, Moderna Museet, Stockholm– Queens Museum of Art, N.Y.- Barbican Centre and others. She just completed her first feature film entitled Gholam to be released later on in the year. Her current project, a major billboard commission by the ‘Art on the Underground’ for the launch of night trains, is on display at the Southwark Underground station until 2018.
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ZsONAMACO FOTO is the photography edition of ZsONAMACO, Latin America’s most important contemporary art fair. Founded by Zélika García in 2002, ZsONAMACO has established itself as one of the most notable platforms for selling, displaying, and promoting international contemporary art in the region. ZsONAMACO FOTO is holding its third edition this year, and will feature vintage, modern and contemporary photography.
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