Alba Zari









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London -Trieste



Alba Zari since childhood she 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 in 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, and then continued her studies in photography and visual design at the NABA in Milan. Her experience as a traveler is reflected in her photographic practice, which intends to explore social themes, for example her visual studies of mental health centres since the Italian Basaglia Law and of the widespread eating disorders of the American society. Zari has an introspective sensibility for photography. Her recent works include Places (2015), a book and a photographic project which analyses 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 (2016-), born out of a journey in search of her origins through the father she never knew. She often employs self-portraits.With The Y she is part of the Foam Talents 2020.  Her work has been exhibited in international festivals and museums such as MAXXI, Rome, London Art Fair, Circulation Paris and Athens Photo Festival; won  awards such as Backlight prize (Finland) and GraziaDei prize (Italy). Her work is held in private collections and musuems such as Fotomuseum Wintertur and Collezione Donata Pizzi. Alba is now working on an ongoing project called Occult, a visual study of the propaganda of the cult Children of God. She in postproduction with the short documentary FreiKörperKultur and she is developing her first documentary feature film White Lies.

She was born in Bangkok in 1987 and now lives and works in London.

Alba Zari, e’ un’artista visiva che predilige il mezzo fotografico ed il video.
Fin da piccola conduce una vita nomade che la porta a vivere in città e nazioni differenti. Nasce in Thailandia dove vive fino all’età di 8 anni. In Italia abita prima a Trieste, poi a Bologna dove si laurea al DAMS in cinematografia per poi specializzarsi in fotografia e visual design alla NABA di Milano, proseguendo gli studi in fotografia documentaria all’International Center of Photography di New York. L’esperienza di viaggiatrice influenza e si riflette nella sua pratica fotografica, volta ad indagare temi di contenuto sociale, come le ricerche visive sui centri d’igiene mentale dopo la legge Basaglia e i disordini alimentari diffusi nella società americana.

Zari ha una sensibilità fotografica introspettiva. Tra i suoi lavori recenti: Places (2015) libro e progetto fotografico condotto con ElementWo, sull’analisi della comunicazione visiva della propaganda dell’ISIS; Radici (2013), un progetto documentaristico sulla vegetazione del deserto del Mesr  in Iran, The Y - Research of biological father (2017), nato da un viaggio alla ricerca delle sue origini del padre mai conosciuto. La sua opera The Y - Research of biological father (2017), vincitrice del Graziadei 2019, è stata esposta in numerose mostre internazionali, tra cui a London Art Fair, al MAXXI di Roma e al Festival Circulation di Parigi. Con i progetti The Y e Occult, fa parte dei FOAM Talent 2020.

Attualmente Alba sta lavorando ad una ricerca sulla propaganda della Setta dei Bambini di Dio in India, Nepal e Thailandia, alla realizzazione del cortometraggio documentario FreiKörperKultur e a White Lies, primo lungometraggi documentario, in sviluppo.



Nasce a Bangkok nel 1987 vive a lavora a Londra.



C.V.


2021

Occult, Royal Photographic Society, Bristol.

The Y, Zapping the archive, Odessa Photodays, Bleschunov Museum, Ucraine. 

Nominee C/O Talent Award. Berlin.

Occult, Maxxi. Roma.

Lecture Forma Fondazione Fotografia, Selfportrait as Myself with Simona Ghizzoni.

Lecture Miniclick The Y and Encounter, with Silvia Rosi.

Refocus Prize, Ministero dei beni culturali.

December 2020-April 2021
The Y
Foam Talent, Foam Amsterdam

October 2020-Feburary 2021
Occult
Situations/Closure, Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH.

2020
The Y
Foam Talent, Kühlhaus Berlin, European month of Photography.

The Y
Lecture Camera Torino- Looking for Family- Sottodiciotto FilmFestival.

The Y
Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens.

The Y
Organ Vida Photography Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb.

The Y
Backlight Photo Festival, Winner Second Prize, Tampere- Finland.

The Y
Festival Circulation, Paris.

Lecture at Image Makers Webinar  Photography Studies College (PSC)  Melbourne. 

The Y-Occult
Special mention at Plat(t)form
Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH)

The Y
Resistance and Sensibility, collezione Donata Pizzi: Women photographers from Italy. Fotografie Forum Frankfurt.

2019
The Y
MAXXI, Rome, Italy

The Y
Lecture  at The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol. 
The Y
Lecture at Reclyart, Brussels.

The Y
Lecture, Micamera, Milan, Italy

The Y
Fotografario, Autori del Friuli Venezia Giulia per il CRAF

The Y
Jest fotografia. Turin, Italy

Gibellina PhotoRoad
The Y
Project Prize

The Y
Offspring Photomeet
London

The Y
Photo50, Who is looking at Family now? London Art Fair. 

Occult
Looking On, Sguardi e prospettive sulla nuova fotografia Italiana. The recent scene in Italian Photography. 
Museo D’Arte della città di Ravenna, Osservatorio Fotografico. 

2018
The Y
Self Reflection- NIDA International Photography Symposium

The Y
Winner Prize GraziaDei

The Y
Breda Photo Festival, NL

The Y
L’altro Sguardo, Italian women in Photography from 1965-2018. Palazzo Esposizioni. Roma. IT

The Y
COSMOS PDF AWARD
ARLES

2017-2019
The Y
Biennial Jeune Creation Europeenne, Montrouge (Francia), Hjorring (Danimarca), Wroclaw (Polonia), Cesis (Lettonia), Brno (Rep. Ceca), Cluj (Romania), Figueras (Spagna), Amarante, (Portogallo)

2017
The Y
Emerging Talent, Macro Testaccio Rome. IT

The Y
Exhibition Premio Francesco Fabbri per le arti contemporanee- arte emergente.

The Y
Festival Fotogra a Europea, Reggio Emilia (I)
Award Giovane Fotografia Italiana.

Lecture The Y
Artefiera, Bologna

2016
Places
Offcine Fotografche Rome, Meiner Gallery London, Oberkauf Gallery, LIfe Framer Gallery, Paris (FR)

Places,
XIV FOTOGRAFIA international festival Macro, Roma (I)

2015
Places, Dummy shortlisted and exhibition at PHOTOLUX, Self- publishing award, Lucca(I)

Places Il tempo delle donne-Corriere della sera, Triennale di Milano (I)

Places, Just another Photofestival Dehli (India)

Places, 11th -20th September Malmö Fotobiennal, Sweden (SWE)

Brutalisme, “F4 un’idea di fotogra a”, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo, Treviso (I)

Exhibition Make a book / Tre Terzi / Skinnerboox

Pedocin, Salone degli Incanti Trieste- Salotto Vienna
Trompe l’oeil collective exhibition,

FORMA Foundation for Photography, curated by Francesco Zanot and Luca Andreoni.

EDUCATION

2020
Circle Women DOC Accelerator (White Lies)

2019
EuroDoc – ReAct Section– Novi Sad: Workshop development of documentaries- feature films (White Lies)

2016
Residency at Fabrica, Benetton’s communication research center. Treviso, Italy

2012-2013
Master Program in Photography and Visual Design 110 CUM LAUDE at Naba Nuova accademia belle arti Milano

2010-2011
Documentary Photography course at International Center of Photography in New York

2006-2010
Graduated at Dams section Cinema, Faculty of Letters and Philosophy University of Bologna. Thesis on Photographic Story of the Mental Illness after Basaglia law.