Photo exhibition of the melting beauty of Antarctica at the Venice Biennale

Fragmentation of the Antarctic sea ice

Penguins traverse part of the Antarctic melt

The desolation of a collapsing world

Portrait of Paola Marzotto on site - Antarctica January 2020

Photographer on site

The exhibition by Italian artist Paola Marzotto seeks to provoke action on the climate.

“A trip to the abyss”.

– Paola Marzotto

MILAN, ITALY, September 12, 2021 / – Paola Ruotolo, coordinator of the “Global South” section of “Resilient Communities”, in collaboration with the Italian Pavilion of the 17th arrondissement. International Architecture Fair Venice Biennale, promoted by the Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea of ​​the Ministero della Cultura and curated by Alessandro Melis, is pleased to announce the temporary exhibition “Antarctica, Melting Beauty” by photographer and founder of Eye-V Gallery Paola Marzotto, to be held from September 15 to 25, 2021 at the Conservatory Benedetto Marcello.

The temporary exhibition, which is part of the official calendar of the Italian Pavilion, is promoted and organized by the architect and author Paola Ruotolo, with the work of mounting the exhibition by the architect Patrizia Serpe.

Marzotto took the haunting photographs of Argentinian Antarctic seascapes in the early 2020s, when the current pandemic was starting to spread around the world, and created the Venice exhibit as an urgent call to action in defense of the collapsing planet.

Marzotto’s images portray 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.

September 15-25, 2021 / Monday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello / Sestiere di San Marco, 2810 Venice

Paula Lattes
Eye-V Gallery
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