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Alba Zari

Alba Zari

Since childhood, Alba Zari has led a nomadic life that brought her to live in different cities and countries. She was born in Thailand and lived there until the age of eight. In Italy, she lived first in Trieste then Bologna, where she graduated from the DAMS with a degree in film. She went on to study documentary photography at the International center of photography in New York, then continued her studies in photography and visual design at the NABA in Milan. Her experience as a traveller influences and is reflected in her photographic practice, with the intention to explore social themes; for example, her visual studies of mental health centres since the Italian Basaglia Law, and of the widespread eating disorders in the American society. She has also completed projects on scenes from daily life in urban landscapes. She regularly collaborates with fashion brands and newspapers. Her style is distinguished by her very painterly use of the color of the material, and by her images featuring unresolved melancholic environments. Her recent works include “Places” (2015), a book and a photographic project executed with Sharon Ritossa (ElementWo) that deals with the analysis of the visual communication of ISIS propaganda; “Radici” (2013), a documentary project on the vegetation of the Mesr desert in Iran; “The Y – Research of Biological Father” (2017), born out of a journey in search of her origins through the father she never knew. For “The Y”, Alba Zari won the Prize Graziadei 2019, and her work has been exhibited at the London Art Fair, MAXXI museum in Rome, Festival Circulation in Paris. With “The Y” and “Occult” she is part of the FOAM Talent 2020. She was born in Bangkok in 1987 and now lives and works in London.

 

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