bio

who’s the intruder? who really made it, a humans’ plan or the original phenomenon of the matter?

medina zabo is a visual artist based in italy. graduated at university of perugia in communication studies, presenting a degree dissertation in semiotics, thereafter specialized in new media at ied_european institute of design in rome. she studied art and painting at fine arts academy “pietro vannucci” in perugia – awarded with the chen ming merit scholarship since the first year of the course – and at the fine arts academy in rome.

for six years until 2012, she had been working  as a registered journalist (member of national council order of journalists) interested above all in environmental reports and social topics. in that year medina gives up communications field and withdraws to the etrurian country, whole devoting to the artistic pathway.  

interested by years in painting and restoration tecniques of the reinassance, the main core of her approach focuses on metamorphosis and further development phenomena, as related to social behaviour connections. in 2013 for six months she had been living with a colony of swarming bees in the then dining room of her house. this coexistence has been leading practice and thinking to concern similarities in chemical process of communication both in humans’ and bees’ language, out of karl von frisch’ studies (nobel prize, 1973) and notable neuroscientits in the contemporary.  

(clic here to see photo gallery living with bees)

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).

she achieved competencies and skills in metal working during two artist residencies at beverly pepper studio, sponsored by beverly pepper foundation (in january 2017, restoration of the sculpture “ascent”; in november 2018, setting up activities for the solo exhibition “beverly pepper tra todi e il mondo”). member artist of the international collective sciame-project

medina currently works 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 

hdemia de rooms collective, de lollis underground, rome, november

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

2020 upcoming events  

international bad video art festival, curated by natalia monakhova and andrey slaschilin, khodynka gallery, may moscow 

TTT – Tempo, Terra, Trame di vita, curated by Elisabetta Pozzetti – Mario Turci  meg parma2020 (delayed)

 

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 

 

living with bees