Antarctica – Melting Beauty photo exhibition at the Venice Biennale

The desolation of a collapsing world

Close-up photo of fragmented ice floes in Antarctica

Fragmentation of the Antarctic sea ice

Portrait of Paola Marzotto on site - Antarctica January 2020

Photographer on site

Exhibition by Italian artist Paola Marzotto seeks to provoke climate action

A journey into the abyss “

– Paola Marzotto

MILAN, ITALY, September 12, 2021 / – The Eye-V Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition “Antarctica, Melting Beauty” by the photographer and founder of Eye-V Paola Marzotto, to be held from September 15 to 25, 2021 at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory, scheduled in the official calendar of the Italian Pavilion 2021, “Resilient Community” organized by Alessandro Melis, for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.

Architect and author Paola Ruotolo organized and architect Patrizia Serpe installed the exhibition of haunting photographs of Argentine Antarctic icebergs and seascapes shot in early 2020 as the current pandemic began to spread throughout the world, which Marzotto presents as an urgent call to action in defense of a collapsing planet.
Marzotto’s images represent the fragmentation of a landscape which until recently was depicted in its majestic vastness, now through its lens exposed as an environmental disaster affecting a region fundamentally vital to our planet. The archipelago of tiny drifting islets shocks us with the beauty and sadness of the melting icebergs, once monumental.

It is this emotional reaction that Marzotto hopes to bring to the fore, to shake a human race that has dissociated itself from Nature to the point of risking its own survival.

“The journey in search of his soul ends here, where space and light coincide, where the end of the world meets the end of the planet. What are we waiting for? ”Reads part of his manifesto for the series.

His shock at having witnessed the extent of the degradation of one of the most remote corners of the planet prompted Marzotto to call it “a journey into the abyss” and served as a galvanizing event towards the creation of his company focused on nature photography.

Paola Marzotto was born and raised in the province of Venice and on the mountainside of Cortina d’Ampezzo in one of the families that wrote the history of industrial Italy. In her teens she moved to Rome where she studied anthropology and psychology. Growing up immersed in the art world of 1970s Rome, she worked for the Contemporanea exhibition.

Marzotto started her professional life as a freelance photojournalist for various agencies and magazines in Italy, later becoming an author, television journalist and producer. She then ventured into high fashion and design. Currently, Marzotto is dedicated to environmental activism through art and showcases his work and worldview under the hashtag BetterEarththanMars, highlighting the urgency of resuming our connection with nature.

Eye-V Gallery was established in 2021 and focused on neo-naturalistic photography, welcoming an international community of photographers, and based in Uruguay, Milan and New York. Eye-V is global and associative, organizing shows and cultural events around the world in a variety of settings ranging from galleries, online as well as brick and mortar, to museums and art biennials.

Paula Lattes
Eye-V Gallery
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