medina zabo (b.1979, arezzo) is an italian  interdisciplinary artist  currently 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 her job in 2012 and decides on pursuing exclusively her art path as a career. 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 & new media at ied_european institute of design (rome campus) 

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

moved to london in january 2020, medina currently shuttles between the capital city of england and perugia seeking to carry out her investigation between pop art, land art and techniques from renaissance painting.

my approach aims to foreground disturbance and faults in different semiotic patterns towards its potential to effect unforeseens, thereby fosters the issue of metamorphosis in nature as a metaphor of social frameworks, by reversing semantic relations between conceptions and materials, beyond human ends and actions.

my mixed background and a six months cohabiting in 2013 with a colony of swarming bees in the then dining room of my house have led me to deepening similarities between man and honeybees in social learning; hence to explore and evoke phenomena of colonization in different environments and matters, up to transcode it in a multifaceted art practice.

at the core of my investigation is calcified beeswax from parasited honeycombs, that is  colonized by great wax moth (aka galleria mellonella), finally processed in the manner of manmade construction materials eventually recoded according to human aesthetics.  

this special kind of bone tissue-like matter gets from dismantled beehives thus it meant to be destroyed, as far as unproductive for human activity. on such a vision, bees construct nests made of cells, moths keep on colonizing them and build a new scenario, endlessly: although our standpoint acknowledges any epiphany from real world by itself, we go furtherly manipulating it to create our candy-coloured simulacrum of nature. 

the artistic process seeks to trigger a dialogue between never-ending processes of nature and the serial character of man-made features, mostly focusing thereof on stainless steel and RAL-colours, as well as iconographies and further materials used relate to occurrences and remnants of domestication or change of state.  the working methods are those from renaissance oil painting and street art as well, plugged in through various sculpting techniques. with bees.. get a peek

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

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

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

artist in residence pilotenkueche international program_leipzig  quarter april-june 2021 


emerging artists testimonial at IAF international author forum 2018

exhibition record 2016-2021
reimagining hope_ MOP month of photography denver, curated by samantha johnston and colorado photographic 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, extreme form of video art worldwide, curated by natalia monakhova and andrey slaschilin, khodynka gallery, moscow october 2020;  #tempofermo, curated 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 conventuale 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; *l’accordo quadro si usa solo per le manutenzioni*– 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 performing 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 

workshops/ collaborating 

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

artists’ residency at beverly pepper’s studio focused on restoring the maquette of ascension (within the exhibiton opera pr1ma off_beverly pepper), sponsored by beverly pepper foundation and aba perugia, todi, january 2017

artists’ residency at beverly pepper’s studio, setting up 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

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

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