MARIO RIZZI is an Italian artist and filmmaker living in Berlin.
His films consider the notions of the border, particularly in relation to issues of identity and belonging, and deal with the life of social outsiders, concentrating on collective memories and individual stories, often forgotten or untold. In the last 20 years, his films and photographs were mainly focused on the Middle East and on the theme of migration.
His works were shown in art institutions and film festivals, including a recent solo show in Galerie Wedding, Berlin (Bare Lives, 2017), the Tunisian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), We Refugees in Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2016); Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury in MAXXI Museum, Rome (2015); Where are the Arabs? in MoMA PS1, New York (2014); Signs Taken in Wonder in MAK, Vienna and Kunstverein Hannover (2013); Be(com)ing Dutch in Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2008); the 6th Taipei Biennial (2008); This Day, Tate Modern, London (2007); the 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005); and the 14th Sydney Biennale (2004).
In 2012 Rizzi won the Production Program Award of the Sharjah Art Foundation, in 2005 the Best Artist Prize at the 7th Sharjah Biennial, in 2004 the Mulliqi Prize in Kosovo.
His films were selected for the official competition of the Berlin Film Festival (2008 and 2013), for the Ankara International Film Festival (2015 and 2016) and the Dubai International Film Festival in 2013. In 2016 he was a member of the jury at the Duhok 4th International Film Festival in Iraqi Kurdistan and at the 27th Ankara International Film Festival in Turkey.
His work is in prestigious public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
For further information visit MARIO RIZZI’s website.
all exhibitions by MARIO RIZZI with STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI.