medina zabo (arezzo, 1979) is an italian interdisciplinary artist based between etruria and london. 

former journalist and video reporter (member of the national corporation ordine dei giornalisti) interested mostly in enviromental and social issues, quits in 2012 and decides on pursuing exclusively her art career path. after an early period of self-education, she begins to exhibit in institutional art venues in 2016 just enrolled at the fine arts academy.

2005_ MA in corporate communication at università degli studi di perugia, degree dissertation in semiotics

2010_ undergraduate course in web communication and new media at ied_european institute of design (rome campus) 

2015-2019 BA painting programme, alumna  of accademia di belle arti pietro vannucci perugia (awarded with the chen ming merit scholarship ay 2015-16); alumna of accademia di belle arti di roma

moved to london in january 2020, at the present commutes between the capital city of england and perugia.

her practice focuses on the breakdown of pre-structured settings and the search for metamorphosis in nature as a metaphor of human social patterns, all managed in terms of (misleading) semiotic relations.

in 2013 a six months coexistence with a colony of swarming bees in the then dining room of her house leads medina to the study of similarities between men’s and honeybees’ social learning; and hence to explore mechanisms of colonization in different realms, transcoding scientific essays in a multifaceted art practice. it follows an ever growing interest in calcified beeswax that is parasitized by galleria mellonella moths: a special kind of bone tissue-like matter got from dismantled beehives, since it’s considered unproductive for human activity, due to parasite infestation. thus the great wax moths ciclically may colonize the cells on artworks, building a new scenario. 

all the works set up a dialogue between the processes of nature and man-made features, mostly focused on stainless steel and ral colour system, as well as iconographies and further materials employed relate to (tamed/urban) habitat, within a kind of tradeoff in relation to one another.

parasited beeswax is processed in the manner of renaissance and fresco painting techniques as employed by perugino and piero della francesca, otherwise waterproofed and stabilized as if sculptures are made by manmade building material. in both cases after being shaped by bees and larvae in different stages (they can in fact co-habitate if bees’ family stays well).

medina achieves first skills and expertices in metal working at beverly pepper’s studio in todi during two art residencies sponsored by the fondazione progetti beverly pepper. coming in touch with the american artist, she grows close to the postminimalism.

_living with bees: take a look

award winning international o.r.a prize 2018 for artistic research selected by curva pura+roots

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

phantasmagoria award winning curators’selection, artrepreneur_arts org. new york

emerging artists testimonial at IAF international author forum 2018

exhibition record 2016-2020
reimagining hope_ MoP month of photography denver, curated by samantha johnston and colorado photography arts center, daniel &fischer clock tower, denver, march 2021; human perception, curated by anna isopo, group show, cogalleries, berlin, october 2020 (catalogue); international b_video art festival (selected artist), extreme form of video art worldwide, curated by natalia monakhova and andrey slaschilin, khodynka gallery, moscow october 2020;  #tempofermo, by christian ciampoli, text by chiara scarlato, online exhibition, 16 civico, pescara, may 2020;  paratissima art in the city (selected artist), by simonetta pavanello, art week turin 2019;  natura naturans, curated by valeria guglielmi, sponsored by municipality of cortemiliachiesa di san francesco, cuneo august 2019;  diversioni, curated by davide silvioli, centro della documentazione e ricerca artistica luigi di sarro, rome, june 2019; materia prima, curated by michela becchis, curva pura gallery + boccanera gallery, castello aliprandini laifenthurn, trento, june_july 2019 (catalogue);  arte laguna prize, arsenale of venice, march-april 2019 (catalogue);  f-u-t-u-r-a 3018 experimental arts festival curated by subsculture, sponsored by municipality of treviso, site specific performance, porta santi quaranta, treviso, october 2018;  dentro e fuorigroup show, sponsored by municipality of perugia, park of civitella d’arna castle, perugia, august 2018; *in buono stato*, solo show, curva pura gallery, rome, june_ september 2018; brana _ altri mondi omaggio a brajo fuso curated by andrea baffoni, group show, fuseum contemporary art center, perugia, feb-april 2018 (catalogue); raw event_ rome art week, group show, medina studio gallery, rome october 2017; *use the grand bargain only for current maintenance*– duo solo show zabo_moroni, palazzo moretti, perugia, august-september 2017; premio nazionale antonio ranocchia (honourable mention) sponsored by institutional partners, museo dinamico del laterizio marsciano perugia, may 2017; mimmo paladino and the young artists, (selected artist) curated by museo tattile omero, sponsored by mibact and tactus contemporary art center, mole vanvitelliana, ancona, june_july 2017 (catalogue);  opera pr1ma, various curators, artistic coordination by lucilla ragni, sponsored by sistema museo, regione umbria &aba, umbrian  museums_ spello pinacotheca, july-november 2016 (catalogue); anopticon_panopticon, audiovisual and performance arts _ international festival segnali, sponsored by institutional partners, group show, trebisonda contemporary art center perugia may 2016
 

permanent installation, procura della repubblica, palazzo martorelli orsini, spoleto, perugia, 2017, curated by accademia di belle arti di perugia 

workshop&residencies
member artist of the international collective sciame-project
 
playing performer for 
andreco _”the end of anthropocene era”, contemporary art center luigi pecci, prato, february 2017
eliza soroga _re-enactment of “women in agony”, arsenale of venice, march 2017 
aram bartholl _weeping angels, 57th venice biennale, hyper pavilion, may-september 2017
 

workshop lemniscate – the art of infinity curated by petia knebel– from augsburg university, sponsored by fine arts academy pietro vannucci, perugia, april 2016

art residency at beverly pepper’s studio for restoring the maquette ascension (within opera pr1ma off _beverly pepper), sponsored by beverly pepper foundation and aba perugia, todi, january 2017

art residency at beverly pepper’s studio, preparing the exhibition “beverly pepper tra todi e il mondo” curated by massimo mattioli sponsored by beverly pepper foundation, todi, november 2018

hdemia de rooms, delollis underground collective, rome, october 2018

creative writing&drawing teacher at jobel group, rome, autumn 2018

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