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30.08.2011

 

GoSee Tip : Paolo Ventura - The Automaton of Venice, the new works on show at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery and on GoSee

After 'Winter Stories' in 2008 & 2009 and 'War Souvenir' in 2009, 'The Automaton of Venice' is the fourth solo exhibition by Paolo Ventura showing at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York.

Here is an extract from the exhibition’s very interesting press release: ‘The Automaton of Venice was created based on a story Ventura was told as a child. The fictional story centers around an elderly, Jewish watchmaker living in the ghetto of Venice in 1943, one of the darkest periods of the occupation of the Nazis and the rule of the fascist regime in Italy.

The city where the watchmaker has lived his entire life, now desolate and fearful, is the stage where this story unfolds. The old man decides to build an automaton (an anthropomorphic robot), to keep him company while he awaits the arrival of the fascist police who will deport the last of the remaining Jews in the ghetto.

Paolo Ventura's creative process for The Automaton of Venice was first to write the story as he wanted to tell it through the photographs. He then builds elaborate models in his studio out of sets and miniature figurines. The final works are the photographs of the scenes created within the models.

The Automaton of Venice is a photographic narrative from beginning to end. Five photographs from Ventura's newest body of work, "Behind the Walls", will also be exhibited.’

Paolo Ventura's works are currently on display in the Italian National Pavilion at the Biennale, as well as in the 'Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities' exhibition at the New York Museum of Art and Design.

The 'Automaton' project is accompanied by a book that has already been published and is available at the gallery (official release date 2012).


PAOLO VENTURA - THE AUTOMATON OF VENICE

September 8 - October 15, 2011

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010

Hasted Kraeutler : Paolo Ventura, Automaton, 2010