"Both the Palestinian and the Israeli society are complex entities or, better, a system of parallel co-existing societies: for an outsider it is easy to remain on the surface, to get aware of the shell without ever getting to the core. Spending a large period of time in the area, especially while with Al-Ma'mal's artist-in-residence program in 2006, has allowed me to have a more intense exchange of ideas and consequently a deeper awareness of the hidden dynamics in human relations, which have logically benefited the work. In a social context where everybody lacks of something, materially and emotionally, the artist tried to concentrate on the events of individuals who can be considered the ultimate “other”, the exception as a hope for the totality. In the artist’s view, focusing on individuals who are exceptional or “different” by definition, contributes to underlining the importance of difference in a mature democratic society and the non-sense of any elitist separation or discrimination. No space whatsoever is anyway given in the work to any kind of political statement. The work is about singular individuals and their life stories. All these stories, assembled together, interact with each other in a complex puzzle of multifaceted humanity. The artist’s personal everyday experience in the area spontaneously flows in the work as an autobiographic element."
-Mario Rizzi, from the concept of Neighbours (working title).
Born in Berletta, Italy in 1962, Mario Rizzi now lives and works in Turin and Berlin.
Selected Solo Exhibitions: MART - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Rovereto e Trento, Italy, 2004; Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2002; Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland, 2001.
Selected Group Exhibitions: This Day, Tate Modern, London, UK, 2007; The London Palestine Film Festival 2007, Barbican Centre, London, UK, 2007; World Factory, Walter & McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, USA, 2007; Art, Life & Confusion, 47th October Salon, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade, Serbia, 2006.