medina zabo (b.arezzo,it, based in london and tuscany) is a transdiciplinary sculptor whose investigation reflects the fabric of domestication in social learning, across a process-based practice and a multifaceted array of methods borrowed from pop art, land art and renaissance painting. central to their approach are dynamics of metamorphosis and interbeing between human and non-human, as a sociological metaphor of adaptation in human and natural realms mutually, under the lenses of post-structuralism frameworks.  much of zabo’s work stems from a pivotal experience of a six months cohabitation with a honeybee colony swarmed indoors and a mixed background from an early career on investigative journalism.

zabo obtained a MA in communication studies from università degli studi di perugia, a PGCert in new media at IED istituto europeo di design, then went to earn a BA in painting at the fine arts academy pietro vannucci of perugia (awarded the cheng ming grant), and at the fine arts academy of rome (2015-2019).  currently pursuing a MFA in arts and humanities at the royal college of art (2023/24)

how do our cyborg-like habits reinvent the nature and the process of metamorphosis? 

the question dawned in my artistic practice from a cohabitation, in 2013, with a family of bees that suddenly swarmed and settled indoors. that first-hand experience gradually ended up intertwining the research on domestication and social learning from my previous career as a journalist with the extended process of metamorphosis in organic matter, being informed first by sociobiology and anthropology, then by visual arts and poststructuralism. the more i found out about pollinators’ dynamics within their habitat, the more compelling the analogies with human communities became. 

my viewpoint aims to foreground unresolvable positions and raise knowledge, throughout materiality and by assisting the endless process of life and death in natural matter previously  disturbed. the search for intimate agency finally involves both the audience and crafted objects. that enlightenment of staring at the hive in progress remains like an ephemeral timeframe i’m literally going after, while making art. 

the method of my creative process is overall shaped by the labor-intensive manipulation of a special organic waste from apiculture, considered unproductive due to moth infestation. its organoleptic specificity comes actually from interspecies cooperation and multilayered human interventions over time, including mere artistic techniques. further organic encounters eventually gather onto artifacts’, whether conceptually or physically, interfering with our gaze.  they define the ultimate design, out of certain degree of my control, rather embodying organisms’ purposes, which refers to algorithms or ecological contributors regardless.

is the metamorphosis a cyborg itself?

(2023) prompt for credentials, solo show, VO curations tower hill, london
(2022) contemporary abstract, curated by bob swearengin, hilliard gallery, kansas city US
(2022) esercizio di decenza VOL 1+2+3 * solo show, curated studio A’87, critical texts valeria de siero, sponsored spoleto council, chiesa museo madonna del pozzo IT 
(2022) nuovi reperti, brooks-laplante-zabo, MuST museo delle scienze e della terra del comune di spoleto IT
(2022) genetica della formagroup show, curated davide silvioli, palazzo collicola arti visive, spoleto (catalogue)
(2022) fuori fuoco_ angrisani, tancredi, tosti, zabo curated by davide silvioli, studio attilio quintili, perugia (catalogue)
(2021) il paesaggio futuro_rappresentazione/immaginazione, castelnuovo fotografia, site specific project, co_curated michela becchis, rome (catalogue)
(2021) oltre cenere_ mabos museo d’arte del bosco della sila_ (sense-residencies), permanent site specific project, catanzaro (catalogue)
(2021) language gaps, curated joanna glinkowska, galerie kub, leipzig DE
(2021) play deep play, contextual experiment around pilotenkueche international art program,  curated joanna glinkowska, leipzig DE on going;
(2021) reimagining hope_ MOP month of photography denver, curated by samantha johnston + CPAC colorado photographic arts center, daniel &fisher clock tower,denver US
(2020) IV b-video art festival, curated by natalia monakhova and andrey slaschilin, khodynka gallery, moscow RU
(2020) #tempofermo, group show part 1 curated by christian ciampoli, galleria 16 civico, pescara IT
(2019) paratissima art in the city, curated simonetta pavanello, art week turin 
(2019) natura naturans, curated valeria guglielmi, sponsored by cortemilia councilchiesa conventuale di san francesco, cuneo 
(2019) diversioni, curated by davide silvioli, centro della documentazione e ricerca artistica luigi di sarro, rome
(2019) materia prima, curated by michela becchis, curva pura gallery + boccanera gallery, castello aliprandini laifenthurn, trento IT (catalogue) 
(2019) arte laguna prize, arsenale of venice  (catalogue)
(2018) f-u-t-u-r-a 3018 experimental arts festival curated by subsculture, sponsored rete dei festival di treviso, porta santi quaranta, treviso
(2018) dentro e fuori, group show, sponsored perugia council + accademia di belle arti pietro vannucci, perugia IT
(2018) in buono stato* solo show, curva pura gallery, o.r.a. prize, rome
(2018) brana_altri mondi, omaggio a brajo fuso curated by andrea baffoni, 
fuseum contemporary art center, perugia (catalogue)
(2017) raw-rome art week, group show, medina roma art gallery
(2017) mimmo paladino and the young artistscurated museo tattile omero+tactus contemporary art center, sponsored ministero dei beni culturali e ministero dell’istruzione, mole vanvitelliana, ancona (catalogue)
(2016) opera pr1ma, various curators, sponsored by sistema museo, regione umbria + accademia di belle arti di perugia, *spello pinacotheque (catalogue);
(2016) anopticon_panopticon, international festival segnali, site specific project, sponsored by institutional partners+ accademia di belle arti pietro vannucci, trebisonda contemporary art center perugia IT

artrepreneur NY, curators’selection: phantasmagoria, award winner 2020; orange book 2022, top artrepreneur’s 100 artists, US

sense_residencies, mabos, museo d’arte del bosco della sila, art commission, catanzaro IT 09*21

pilotenkueche international program, artist in residence, leipzig DE quarter II *21  

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

13th international arte laguna prize, short-listed and finalist land art section

premio nazionale antonio ranocchia (honorable mention)museo dinamico del laterizio, marsciano IT

acting performer__andreco _”parata della fine – the end of anthropocene era”, contemporary art center luigi pecci, prato, february *17 __ eliza soroga _re-enactment of “women in agony”, arsenale of venice, march *17 __ aram bartholl _wannacry (weeping angels), 57th venice biennale, hyper pavilion, curated philippe riss-schmidt, produced by fabulous inc. may-september *17

artist residencies at beverly pepper’s studio sponsored by fondazione progetti beverly pepper _ (january 2017) (november 2018); opera pr1ma off/beverly featuring accademia di belle arti pietro vannucci; beverly pepper tra todi e il mondo curated by massimo mattioli, sponsored by beverly pepper foundation

creative writing&drawing lecturer, jobel group, rome, autumn *18 

private collections_ (rotterdam, NL)(florence, IT)(rome, IT)

public collections_ (procura della repubblica, palazzo martorelli orsini, spoleto, IT_curated accademia di belle arti di perugia) (mabos, museo d’arte del bosco della sila, catanzaro, IT)

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