Paolo Ventura: The Man with the Suitcase
Paolo Ventura is a multidisciplinary artist who uses photography to document a fictional reality of his own creation. He carefully builds his own decors consisting of miniature cities, streets, buildings and interiors populated with small men and women.
Often, Ventura includes himself into the frame like in his series Le Storie, where he appears dressed as zany and poetic characters.
As a photographer, narrator and painter, Ventura usually depicts a simpler time from Italy’s past, but with a dark shadowy backdrops and retreating figures that seem to be forgotten by History. As if Time stood still and we were transported to that place. A place that looks like the materialization of a childhood dream reconstructed by the artist.
The Man with suitcase was specially conceived for the exhibition at Studio Fotokino presenting photographs from three series: The Storie (2013), Winter Stories (2008) and The Automa (2011).
L’Homme à la valise Until July 27, 2014
Studio Fotokino | 33, allée Gambetta Marseille, France
Paolo Ventura (born in Milan, 1968) studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan in the early 1990s. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Forma International Center for Photography, Milan; Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France; Fotomuseum Den Haag, Netherlands; and Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris. Ventura is represented by Hasted Kraeutler, New York. He lives in New York City.