Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Artists | Mario Rizzi


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.



Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Artists | Michael Kienzer


group show
may 27th, 2021 - october 2, 2021

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Artists | Michael Kienzer


al intithar – l’attesa
december 9th, 2015 - january 20th, 2016


Mario Rizzi
Born 1962 in Barletta, Italy and Based Berlin, Germany

Selected Awards:

Italian Council Award. Italian Ministry of Culture & Pecci Contemporary Art Center, Italy

Production Program Award. Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 2005 Best Artist Prize. 7th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

The Mulliqi Best Artist Prize. Kosova Art Gallery, Pristina, Kosovo/UNMIK Selected Solo


BAYT. Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

ب]ت Bayt. Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
My Dear Lamis. Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Beirut, Lebanon

Bare Lives. Galerie Wedding, Berlin, Germany

L’Attesa. Galleria Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy

Karagöz. Galleria Gagliardi, Turin, Italy
The Waiting. Villa Romana, Florence, Italy

Partial Truths. Podbielski Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

La vie est à nous. Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland

Murat ve Ismail. Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, Finland

The Sofa of Jung. MART Museo Arte Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy

Drafting Moods. Diana Stigter Galerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Seven Finnish Identities. Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland Selected

Group Exhibitions and Main Film Festivals:

1st Helsinki Biennial. Vallisaari Island, Helsinki, Finland
39th EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. Limerick, Ireland Blocks.
Real Albergo delle Povere, Palermo, Italy

Art is always public. Villa Romana, Florence, Italy

Territorium: Tijuana. Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura, Tijuana, Mexico
Moving Women. Magda Danysz Galerie, Paris, France

VAM Festival 2018. BABYLON Film Theatre, Berlin, Germany
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Residents 2017-2018 Tokyo Arts and Space, Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful Distress. Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
#resist. Goethe Gallery, Hong Kong, China
Images du monde laborieux. HEC Paris, Jouy-en-Josas, France
The Absence of Paths. Tunisian Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, Italy
Artapes #1. Walking Around the Clock. MAXXI Museo Nazionale Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy
IN SITU. Palazzina Reale, Florence, Italy Deconstructing Borders. Tonala, Tijuana, Mexico

Zehn Positionen aus der Türkei. Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany
When Home Won’t Let You Stay. Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Univ. Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
27th Ankara International Film Festival. Ankara, Turkey
We Refugees – Of the Right to Have Rights. Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury. MAXXI Museo Nazionale Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy
Where are the Arabs? Al Riwaq Art Space, Manama, Bahrain
The World of Shadow Theatre. Linden-Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
Sublime de Voyage: Biennale Art Nomad. Arnac-la-Poste, France + Hauterives, France + Marseille, France + Venice, Italy
26th Ankara International Film Festival. Ankara, Turkey
Layalina Festival. Spoutnik, Geneva, Switzerland
Too Early Too Late. Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, Italy

17th Randevu Istanbul. French Cultural Institute, Istanbul, Turkey
Open Museum Open City. MAXXI Museo Nazionale Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy
Open Memory: Echoing Borders. Amman Lab, Amman, Jordan
Refugees and Borders Film Series. Studio-X, Istanbul, Turkey + GSAPP Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, New York, USA
Water is on the house. Polistar, Istanbul, Turkey Video Forever. Galerie Vanessa Quang, Paris, France
24th Festival del Cinema Africano, d’Asia e America Latina. Milan, Italy
Open Systems. GPL Contemporary, Vienna, Austria Where are the Arabs? VW Dome, Museum of Modern Art PS1, New York, USA

Giornata del Cortometraggio. Museo del Cinema, Cinema Massimo, Turin, Italy
Arabian Nights _ 10th Dubai International Film Festival. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Villa Romana 1905 – 2013. Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany
Iskele 2. TANAS, Berlin, Germany + Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
Süden. DB KunstHalle, Berlin, Germany
Summer Shorts. Strelka Institute, Moscow, Russia
Off Side. La Rada Space for Contemporary Art, Locarno, Switzerland
15th Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos. Buenos Aires, Argentina
10th El Espejo Film Festival. Bogotá, Colombia
5th Cinéma Arabe. Rialto, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
4th Middle East Now Film Festival. Cinema Odeon, Florence, Italy
63rd Berlinale Shorts Official Competition. Berlin, Germany
Signs Taken in Wonder. MAK Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria + Kunstverein Hannover, Germany

In Spite of it All. Collections Building, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Parco Nomade. Padiglione Italia, 13th Int. Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
The Road not Taken. Chung Hwa Centenary Arts Festival, Muar, Malaysia
State of Transit. Open Space, Vienna, Austria

Videoforma. National Center for Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia
(Dis)assembled. Röda Sten, Göteborg, Sweden

29th International Istanbul Film Festival. Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey

Rotte Metropolitane. Villa Romana, Florence, Italy

6th Doclisboa. Culturgest, Lisboa, Portugal
6th Taipei Biennial. Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
13th International Carrara Biennial. Centro Internazionale Arti Plastiche, Carrara, Italy
Be(com)ing Dutch. Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Working Men. Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland
58th Berlinale Shorts Official Competition. Berlin, Germany
Something from Nothing. Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, USA

Résidents. Espace Electra, Paris, France
4th Göteborg International Biennial. Röda Sten, Göteborg, Sweden
This Day. Tate Modern, London, UK
World Factory. Walter & McBean Galleries, SFAI Art Institute, San Francisco, USA

We are what we are. Rotor, Graz, Austria + 2B Galéria, Budapest, Hungary
Art, Life & Confusion. 47th Oct Salon, Museum Yugoslav History, Belgrade, Serbia
5 Tage bis zum Ende der Kunst. Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
6th EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. City Gallery of Art, Limerick, Ireland

3rd Bienalja e Tiranës. Kompleksi Goldi, Tirana, Albania
9th Istanbul Biennial. Antrepo Warehouse no. 5, Istanbul, Turkey
Identità & Nomadismo. Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
7th Sharjah Biennial. Expo Centre, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

14th Sydney Biennale. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

Anomalie _ Fuori Uso. Ferrotel, Pescara, Italy
2nd Bienalja e Tiranës. National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania
1st Prague Biennial. National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic

Exit. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

The Gift. Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy

Selected Screenings:

Videoart at Midnight #88. BABYLON Film Theatre, Berlin, Germany
Limina @ Tunnel below / Skyjacking above. NGBK, Berlin, Germany

Al Intithar. SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey Al riparo dalla tempesta. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome, Italy

L’attente. Palais des Arts, Marseille, France Murat ve Ismail. SALT Ulus, Ankara, Turkey

Kazın Ayağı Öyle Değil. SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey

Modern Mondays: Mario Rizzi. Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Selected Institutional Art Collections:

• The Fund for the 21st Century _ Permanent Collection. MoMA, New York, USA • MAXXI Museo Nazionale Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy

• Pecci Contemporary Art Center, Prato, Italy

• Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

• Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

• Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France

• Musée Réattu, Arles, France

• Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

Selected Residencies and Honors:

On January 11, in the Faculty of Cultural Heritage Science of the University of Pisa in Italy, Angelica Zucconi graduated, with honors, with the thesis “La trilogia BAYT di Mario Rizzi: analisi dei film e del linguaggio dell’artista” (The film trilogy BAYT by Mario Rizzi: analysis of the films and of the artist’s language).

Structures of Displacement _ Symposium and Film Screenings. University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria (18-19 October 2019)

Tokyo Arts and Space Residency Program. Tokyo, Japan BARE LIVES _ Talk and Film Screenings. Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy (7 March 2017)

Jury Member of the Kurdish Cinema Competition at 4th Duhok International Film Festival. Duhok City, Iraqi Kurdistan Keynote lecture “BAYT”. Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome, Italy (19 May 2016) Jury Member of the National Short Films Competition at 27th Ankara International Film Festival. Ankara, Turkey

Artist Residency. Fondazione Jorio Vivarelli, Pistoia, Italy 2011 National Center for Contemporary Arts _ Studio Program. Saint Petersburg, Russia 2010 The Fund for the 21st Century _ Permanent Collection. MoMA, New York, USA

Al Ma’mal Foundation _ Studio Program. Jerusalem, Palestine 2005 Cité Internationale des Arts _ Studio Program. Paris, France

Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Internationales Atelierprogramm Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien. Berlin, Germany

Selected Bibliography:

• Sabrina Vedovotto, Racconti da lontano, in Telescope _ Quidmagazine, 15.03.2020

• Manuela De Leonardis, Fiabe a Burj el Barajneh. Alias _ Il Manifesto, 13 April 2019

• Jonas Tinius, The privilege of life itself: sovereignty, power, and the figure of the refugee. In: “Bare Lives”, 2017, Archive Books, Germany, pp 68-75

• Charlotte Bank, Wandering Witness. In: “Bare Lives”, 2017, Archive Books, Germany, pp 56- 59 

• Solvej Helweg Ovesen, Giving shape to Life, Society and Oneself. In: “Bare Lives”, 2017, Archive Books, Germany, pp 24-31

• Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, On Scars and Scarifications. In: “Bare Lives”, 2017, Archive Books, Germany, pp 20-23

• Hamid Dabashi, Sacred Souls, Bare Lives. In: “Bare Lives”, 2017, Archive Books, Germany, pp 5-11 

• Cristiana Perrella, Altre voci, nuovi miti., 18 October 2016

• Isabel Mehl, Landkarten von Flucht und Ankommen., 24 May 2016

• Sabine Weier, Migrant Identities After the Global Crisis. Camera Austria, #134/2016, pp 84-85

• Cristiana Perrella, The Outsider., 30 June 2016

• Pia Lauro, Io e il Medio Oriente., 25 February 2016

• Manuela De Leonardis, L’arte sbocciata tra i rifugiati. Il Manifesto, 29 January 2016

• Valentina Bruschi, Una mostra per scoprire Istanbul. Il Messaggero, 22 January 2016

• Cristiana Perrella, La Primavera araba in un film., 9 December 2015

• Ida Panicelli, Mario Rizzi at Studio Stefania Miscetti. Critics’ Picks,, December 2015 – January 2016

• Ludovico Pratesi, La crisi siriana vista con gli occhi dell’arte. Pause d’Attenzione,, 14 December 2015

• Tilman Spreckelsen, Der dunkle Lord ist so flach wie nie. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 16 November 2015

• Rüdiger Otto von Brocken, Warten als Weg, um zu überleben. Husumer Nachrichten, 29 September 2015

• Barbara Polla, L’humanisme envers et contre tout. L’Extension Suisse Magazine, Printemps 2015, p 60

• Dorothea Schoene, À la recherche d’une redéfinition de la condition humaine. In: “Penser la Méditerranée au XXI siècle”, 2014, Éditions Parenthèses, France, pp 205-215

• Stefania Crobe, L’attesa del ritorno. Il Giornale dell’Arte, 18 June 2013

• Hamid Dabashi, Syrians, Camps and a New Cosmopolis. In: “The Waiting”, 2013, argobooks, Germany, pp 5-15

• Angelika Stepken, Al Intithar. In: “The Waiting”, 2013, argobooks, Germany, pp 3-4

• Dorothea Schoene, A State of Exception., 8 May 2013

• Dorothea Schoene, An Unconventional Angle., 22 April 2013

• Igal Avidan, Das lange Warten auf den Frieden., 11 February 2013

• Simon Rees, Murat ve Ismail, In: “Signs Taken in Wonder”, 2013, Hatje Cantz, Germany, p 154

• Dmitry Golynko, The Ethics of Human Biographies., January 2012

• November Paynter, Taipei Biennial. Bidoun, #16, pp 161-162

• Özge Ersoy, Hybrid Models in Art Infrastructure. RES, #4, pp 146-153

• Simon Rees, 6th Taipei Biennial. Frieze, #120, pp 147-148

• Vasif Kortun, The Chicken Soup. In: “TB 08”, 2008, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, pp 68-69 

• Domeniek Ruyters, Harteloos Nederland. De Volkskrant, 29 May 2008, pp 14-15

• Bruno Latour, Résidents. 2007, Editions du Panama, France, pp 192-195

• Katerina Gregos, Mario Rizzi. Contemporary, #86, pp 54-55

• Grant Watson, EV+A. Flash Art Italy, Vol. XXXIX, #248, p 1

• Michele Robecchi, Mario Rizzi. Flash Art Italy, Vol. XXXIX, #255, pp 68-71

• Sabine Vogel, International Istanbul Biennial. Critics’ Picks,, Oct 2005

• Charles Esche, Murat ve Ismail. In: “9th International Istanbul Biennial”, 2005, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, Turkey, pp 141-144 

• Jamie Robinson, Sharjah International Biennial 7. Contemporary, #76, pp 56-57

• Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Sharjah Biennial. Flash Art Italy, Vol. XXXVIII, #242, pp 71&90

• Isabel Carlos, Beyond Self-Expression. In: “Mario Rizzi 96_04”, 2004, Skira, Italy, pp 25-32

• Lilly Wei, South by Southeast. Art in America, #11, pp 58-65

• Christian Rattemeyer, Biennale of Sydney. Artforum, Vol. 43, #3, pp 238-239

selected works.

selected works by MARIO RIZZI’s shown at STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI.

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Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art gallery Rome | Catalogues | Paolo Canevari


group show

exhibition catalogue
SSM, rome 2021

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art gallery Rome | Catalogues | Paolo Canevari


al Intithar

exhibition catalogue
multiprint, rome 2015