medina zabo is a visual artist based in italy. graduated in communication studies at university of perugia with a degree thesis in semiotics, thereafter specialized in new media at ied_european institute of design in rome, she has been working for six years as a registered journalist (member of national council order of journalists) interested above all in environmental reports and social aspects. in 2012 medina gives up her job and retreats to the etrurian country, whole devoting to the artistic research, interested in antique restoration techniques and by observation of organic phenomena, as related to social connections. in 2013 for six months she has been living with a colony of swarming bees in the then dining room of her house. thus her artistic path has been drawing to the observation of metamorphosis process of organisms and the study of similar features between humans’ language and bees’ behaviour, following von frisch’ studies (nobel prize 1973). (clic here to see photo gallery living with bees)

in the meanwhile,until 2019, for four years she has been attending the school of painting at the fine arts academy “pietro vannucci” in perugia – bestowed with the chen ming award for best students since the first year of the course – and at the fine arts academy in rome.

working performer for andreco (“the end of anthropocene era”, contemporary art center luigi pecci, prato, february 2017), eliza soroga (re-enactment of “women in agony”, venice, march 2017) and for aram bartholl (“weeping angels” 57th venice biennale, hyper pavilion, may-september 2017); two artist residencies at beverly pepper studio, sponsored by beverly pepper foundation (in january 2017, restoration of the sculpture “ascent”; in november 2018, set up activities for the solo exhibition “beverly pepper tra todi e il mondo”); selected by fuis (italian writers federation) as a witness to young emerging artists at the international author forum 2018; member artist of the international collective sciame-project; collective group de rooms de lollis underground (rome)

medina currently works and lives between rome and perugia

winner of the international o.r.a prize 2018

finalist at 13th international art prize laguna, land art section

special mention premio nazionale antonio ranocchia 2017

 

permanent installations

procura della repubblica, palazzo martorelli orsini, spoleto, perugia, 2017

 

solo shows & main exhibitions 

2016

anopticon_ panopticon (trebisonda, contemporary art center perugia) may

opera prima curated by lucilla ragni, sistema museo, spello pinacoteca, july_november

2017

mimmo paladino and the young artists,  mole vanvitelliana, ancona, curated by museo tattile omero mibact and contemporary art center tactus, june_july

shingle22j curated by andrea mingiacchi, forte san gallo, rome, september

use the grand bargain only for current maintenance – duo solo show zabo_moroni perugia, august-september

self- portraits, raw rome art week curated by medina studio gallery, october 

2018

brana _ altri mondi curated by andrea baffoni at contemporary art center fuseum, perugia, feb- april

in buono stato, solo exhibition, curva pura gallery, rome, june_ september

dentro e fuori, group show, curated by aba, park of civitella d’arna castle, perugia, august

F-U-T-U-R-A 3018 experimental arts curated by subsculture, site specific performance, porta santi quaranta, treviso, october 

2019

arte laguna prize, arsenale of venice, march-april

diversioni, curated by davide silvioli, centro luigi di sarro, rome, june

materia prima, curated by michela becchis, featuring curva pura&boccanera gallery, castello aliprandi laifenthurn, trento, june_july

natura naturans, curated by valeria guglielmichiesa di san francesco, cortemilia, cuneo august

paratissima art in the city, by simonetta pavanello and giovanna santoro, art week turin

 

publications

cam catalogo arte moderna, editrice mondadori 2018, opera prima catalogo, Dg editrice,spello 2016; mimmo paladino e i giovani artisti,cultura e culture senza barriere, museo omero 2017;shingle22j quale futuro, 00042 project anzio 2017; brana mondi paralleli_omaggio a brajo fuso, fabbri editore perugia 2018, arte laguna prize catalogo 2018.19, europrint venezia 2019; diversioni artists’ book, 2019, materia prima edited by curva pura gallery

 

living with bees