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Nicholas Metivier Gallery, with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, is pleased to announce an art exhibition of works by Paolo Ventura: THE LAST DAYS OF VACATION. This is Ventura’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and in Canada.

Artist Reception: Thursday, September 7, 6 – 8 PM

The exhibition runs through September 30, 2017
Infoline: 416-205-9000 - 

Paolo Ventura was born in Milan in 1968 and currently resides with his family in a small village in Tuscany. His unique and
inventive approach to photography is inspired by loosely historical or entirely fabricated narratives. Growing up his father, a
children’s book author, would regale Ventura and his twin brother with stories. Many of these were embedded in Ventura’s
consciousness and re-emerged later, as visual depictions in his work.

Ventura’s process is complex and relies heavily on the creation of sets and enlisting actors to tell his stories. He begins by
sketching ideas and then fabricates elaborate dioramas made out of simple materials. He and his family including his twin brother,
wife and son, play the characters, dressed up in working-class suits, war uniforms or clown costumes. Once everything is in place,
Ventura’s final step is taking the photograph. His narratives can unfold within a single photograph or play out over several
tableaux. In his most recent works including those featured in this exhibition, Ventura adds another dimension by painting over
sections of his photographs and collaging on human figures. Sometimes the same character is repeated several times, implying a
dream-like state of confusion.

Ventura’s work oscillates between reality and illusion as well as the historical and contemporary. It evokes elements found in both
Italian surrealist painting and mid-20th-century Neorealist film. Theatre is not only an integral part of his process but a recurring
theme in his work. He was recently commissioned to design the sets of two major operas, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel in
2015 and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci in 2017, for which he received great acclaim.

Paolo Ventura studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan in the early 1990s. His work has been exhibited
internationally including at the Forma International Center for Photography, Milan, Museum of Contemporary Art of Roma and The
Hague Museum of Photography. In 2012, he was selected to create a series of works for the Italian pavilion at the 54th Venice
Biennale. Four monographs of Paolo Ventura’s work have been published, War Souvenir, 2006; Winter Stories, 2009; The
Automaton, 2011 and Lo Zuavo Scomparso, 2012.


Date: From Thursday, September 07, 2017 To Saturday, September 30, 2017

Organized by : Nicholas Metivier Gallery

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free



Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King Street West Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1K4