Silvia Mariotti

Italy 1980


Silvia Mariotti
Silvia Mariotti
July 5, 2013
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With photography as her main tool, but certainly not the only one, Silvia Mariotti, an Italian artist of rare expressive power, explores the habitat that surrounds us, identifying the linkages between artificial and natural. This research is mainly focused on the investigation of the natural landscape, and it’s a perfect vehicle for re-reading of history, with Karst region as the main object, with its natural confrontation made of ravines and sinkholes. Exploring the mysterious perspectives and chiaroscuro, Mariotti opens up questions about the re-semantization of these landscapes through both world wars, and the role they have in the memory of events, becoming a symbol of a painful history. Made of reinterpretations and manipulation, the karst landscapes and their natural elements arise today as the observer’s eye characterized by an inherent feeling of darkness, firmly stuck to the tragic memory of the world’s conflicts.

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Silvia Mariotti – Scogli di Zinco, 2015

Between Known and Unknown – the Visible Message of Foibe

For her most recent solo shows, Dawn on a dark sublime (2015) and Fronte Invisibile (2016), Mariotti brought together the historical thought and sublime concepts of nature through a subject that has never before been in the center of an artistic research – the foibe. Located in Istria and Karst, the foibe tell the history of the 20th century Europe. Apparent, but ideologically conceived a bit, there’s also a tale of nature that has spanned for millennia and the story of a number of literary, psychological, theological, mythological and aesthetic impressions. Through her photography, the artist documented the vertical caves, large sinkholes, and chasms, revealing to the viewers a double sublime suggestion: there is a strong historical connotation, but the magnificence of depicted nature that affects the perception must not be forgotten. The shows were enriched by sculptures, video and sound installations, all very different media brought together in order to tell a single, unique story. Wanting to express more aspects related to the issues of sinkholes and other natural phenomena, Mariotti used a variety of media, managing to present the project to the observers on several different reading levels.

The landscapes are gaining a new meaning through the prism of the World Wars and their consequences

Silvia Mariotti
Silvia Mariotti – Aria Buia (Abisso Plutone), 2015 (Left) / Aria Buia (Ičići), 2015 (Center) / Aria Buia (Pazin 2), 2015(Right)

Biography of the Artist

Born in Fano in 1980, Mariotti possesses an extensive artistic knowledge. In 2005, she received a BA in Painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Urbino; in 2007 she attended the Erasmus – Facultad de Bellas Artes Alonso Cano in Granada, Spain; in 2009 she received a Degree in Visual Art from the Accademia di Belle Ar ti di Urbino. Three years later she attended the Advanced Course of photographic technique at Spazio Forma in Milan, and in 2013, Mariotti won the prestigious Premio Celeste.

She is represented by A plus A gallery.

Silvia Mariotti lives and works in Milan.

Featured image: Silvia Mariotti – Aria Buia (Pazin), 2015 – detail
All images courtesy of A plus A gallery

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Fronte InvisibileVilla Manin, Codroipo, ItalySolo
2015Dawn on a dark sublimeA plus A Gallery, Venice, ItalySolo
2015Nessun dove, with Ryts MonetArtcore Gallery, Bari, ItalySolo
2015L’esprit de l’escalierDimora artica, Milan, ItalyGroup
2015ID-entityMars – artist run space, Milan, ItalyGroup
2015Non siamo mai andati sulla lunaMars – artist run space , Milan, ItalyGroup
2015Sempre piu di questo, Rebecca Moccia solo show - special project On air on air with Silvia MariottiGalleria Massimo De Luca, Mestre, ItalyGroup
2014Io sono quella che tu fuggiCivic Museum Villa Colloredo Mels, Recanati, ItalySolo
2014Reazioni perfettamente naturaliVilla Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo, ItalySolo
2014TraduzioniScatolabianca, Milano, ItalySolo
2014AttemptsMuseum of Contemporary Art, Lissone, ItalySolo
2014Premio Francesco Fabbri per le arti contemporanee III edition – photography section, exhibition of finalist worksPieve di Soligo, Treviso, ItalyGroup
2014Seance roomGalleria Cart, Monza, ItalyGroup
2014Porcospini vegetaliPalariviera, San Benedetto del Tronto, ItalyGroup
2014Combat prize VI edition, exhibition of finalist worksLivorno, ItalyGroup
2014Extradelicato 2Studio Via Pantelleria 5, Milano, ItalyGroup
2014Riflessioni sulla crisiHangar – La Fornace, Asolo, ItalyGroup
2014Chi vuol esser lieto, sia: del doman non c'e certezzaGalleria Marconi, Cupra Marittima, ItalyGroup
2013Il Delta delle lezioniSponge Living Space, Pergola, ItalySolo
2013Premio Francesco Fabbri per le arti contemporanee II edition, exhibition of finalist worksPieve di Soligo,Treviso, ItalyGroup
2013La sequenza del fiore di cartaScatolabianca incubatore, S.Elena – Venezia, ItalyGroup
2013Selezione Premio Celeste, exhibition of finalist worksPAN, Napoli, ItalyGroup
2013SimplegadiArtcore Gallery, Bari, ItalyGroup
20133rd Expo di Arte ContemporaneaMarche Centro d’Arte, S.Benedetto del Tronto, ItalyGroup
2013Le figlie di EvaFama Gallery, Verona, ItalyGroup