Mario Rizzi
Born 1962 in Barletta, Italy Based Berlin, Germany & Rome, Italy Web
Phone (D) +49 172 8814001 Phone (I) +39 327 9484830 Email
Selected Awards:
2022 Premio Gallarate, XXVI Edizione. MAGA Museo d’Arte Gallarate, Italy
2018 Italian Council Award. Italian Ministry of Culture & Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Pecci, Italy
2012 Production Program Award. Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
2005 Best Artist Prize. 7th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
2004 The Mulliqi Best Artist Prize. Kosova Art Gallery, Pristina, Kosovo/UNMIK
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2022 Exercices d'empathie. Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland
Mario Rizzi. A traveler with a camera. MAXXI Museo Nazionale Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy
Film Trilogy Bayt. Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2019 ﺑ9 Bayt. Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
My Dear Lamis. Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Beirut, Lebanon
2017 Bare Lives. Galerie Wedding, Berlin, Germany
2015 L'Attesa. Galleria Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy
2013 Karagöz. Galleria Gagliardi, Turin, Italy
The Waiting. Villa Romana, Florence, Italy
2011 Partial Truths. Podbielski Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2010 La vie est à nous. Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland
2008 Murat ve Ismail. Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, Finland
2004 The Sofa of Jung. MART Museo Arte Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
2002 Drafting Moods. Diana Stigter Galerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001 Seven Finnish Identities. Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Selected Group Exhibitions and Main Film Festivals:
2023 Fuori Tutto. MAXXI Museo Nazionale Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy
Ce que la Palestine apporte au monde. Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
6th Berlin Herbstsalon_GEZI TEN YEARS AFTER. Gorki Theater, Berlin, Germany
Palestinian Nakba 75. P21 Gallery, London, UK
Rainbow. Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland
2022 Sunbird Documentary Film Award Competition. 9th Palestine Cinema Days, Ramallah, Palestine
14th Manifesta. Centre of Narrative Practice Screening Space, Prishtina, Kosovo
Screens. Culture dello schermo e immagini in movimento. MAGA Museo d’Arte Gallarate, Italy
8th Festival Ciné-Palestine. Paris, France
Reinvention and Restlessness: Fashion in the Nineties. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of
Technology, New York, USA
2021 39th EVA International Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art. City Gallery of Art,
Limerick, Ireland
1st Helsinki Biennial. Helsinki Art Museum & Vallisaari Island, Helsinki, Finland
Blocks. Real Albergo delle Povere Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Palermo, Italy
Babies are knocking. Galleria Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy
30 + 30 ... IS THE NEW PUNK. Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland
2020 Art is always public. Villa Romana, Florence, Italy
2019 Territorium: Tijuana. Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura, Tijuana, Mexico
Moving Women. Magda Danysz Galerie, Paris, France
2018 VAM Festival 2018. BABYLON Film Theatre, Berlin, Germany
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Residents 2017-2018.
Tokyo Arts and Space, Tokyo, Japan
2017 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 XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy
IN SITU. Palazzina Reale, Florence, Italy
Deconstructing Borders. Tonala, Tijuana, Mexico
2016 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
2015 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
2014 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
2013 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
2012 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
2011 Videoforma. National Center for Contemporary Art, Saint Petersburg, Russia
(Dis)assembled. Röda Sten, Göteborg, Sweden
2010 29th International Istanbul Film Festival. Akbank Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
2009 Rotte Metropolitane. Villa Romana, Florence, Italy
2008 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
2007 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
2006 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
2005 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
2004 14th Sydney Biennale. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
2003 Anomalie _ Fuori Uso. Ferrotel, Pescara, Italy
2nd Bienalja e Tiranës. National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania
1st Prague Biennial. National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2002 Exit. Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
2001 The Gift. Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
Selected Screenings:
2023 The Little Lantern. Al Ma'mal Foundation, Jerusalem, Palestine
Anni, Kauther, Ekhlas. Fondazione Fulvio Croce, Turin, Italy
2017 Videoart at Midnight #88. BABYLON Film Theatre, Berlin, Germany
Limina @ Tunnel below / Skyjacking above. NGBK, Berlin, Germany
2014 Al Intithar. SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
Al riparo dalla tempesta. Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Rome, Italy
2013 L'attente. Palais des Arts, Marseille, France
Murat ve Ismail. SALT Ulus, Ankara, Turkey
2011 Kazın Ayağı Öyle Dil. SALT Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
2007 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
Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
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:
2021 In January 2021 Angelica Zucconi graduated from Pisa University with the thesis “The trilogy BAYT
by Mario Rizzi: analysis of the films and of the language of the artist”.
2019 Structures of Displacement _ Symposium and Screenings. University Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
2017 Tokyo Arts and Space Residency Program. Tokyo, Japan
BARE LIVES _ Talk and Film Screenings. Accademia Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy (7.3.2017)
2016 Jury Member of the Kurdish Cinema Competition at 4th Duhok International Film Festival. Duhok,
Iraqi Kurdistan
Keynote lecture “BAYT”. Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome, Italy (19.5.2016)
Jury Member of the National Short Films Competition at 27th Ankara International Film
Festival. Ankara, Turkey
2015 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
2006 Al Ma'mal Foundation _ Studio Program. Jerusalem, Palestine
2005 Cité Internationale des Arts _ Studio Program. Paris, France
2002 Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2001 Internationales Atelierprogramm Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien. Berlin, Germany
Selected Bibliography:
Yasmin Khan, 75 Years After the Palestinian Nakba. HYPERALLERGIC, 15.05.2023
Elena Bordignon, FOCUS sulla mostra Screens. Culture dello schermo e immagini in movimento.
ATP DIARY, 21.09.2022
Jean-Paul Gavard-Perret, Mario Rizzi le féministe. Les Blogs _ De l’art helvétique contemporain,
Hamid Dabashi, Anni Kanafani Lives Here. In: “BAYT”, 2022, NERO Editions, Italy, pp 56-62
Stephanie Bailey, Portraits Of Bayt: On The Conviction Of Making Homes. In: “BAYT”, 2022, NERO
Editions, Italy, pp 74-81
Isin Õnol, Conditions Of Objection. In: “BAYT”, 2022, NERO Editions, Italy, pp 102-109
Simone Frangi, (Un)Certain Assessment: Unravelling The Documentary Form, Going On Strike At
The History-Making Factory, Listening To Anni. Notes On Mario Rizzi’s The Little Lantern. In:
“BAYT”, 2022, NERO Editions, Italy, pp 116-121
Roger Atta, Anni Høver Kanafani’s Lanterns. Almodon, 04.06.2022
Chiara Bontacchio, Con le mie opere cerco di dare voce alla marginalità. Berlino Magazine, Jan-Feb
Hanno Rehlinger, Die Andere. Der Tagesspiegel, 9.01.2022
Sabrina Vedovotto, Racconti da lontano. Telescope _ Quidmagazine, 15.03.2020
Manuela De Leonardis, Fiabe a Burj el Barajneh. Alias _ Il Manifesto, 13.4.2019
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”, 2 017, Arch ive Bo oks,
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., 18.10.2016
Isabel Mehl, Landkarten von Flucht und Ankommen., 24.5.2016
Sabine Weier, Migrant Identities After the Global Crisis. Camera Austria, #134/2016, pp 84-85
Cristiana Perrella, The Outsider., 30.6.2016
Pia Lauro, Io e il Medio Oriente., 25.2.2016
Manuela De Leonardis, L'arte sbocciata tra i rifugiati. Il Manifesto, 29.1.2016
Valentina Bruschi, Una mostra per scoprire Istanbul. Il Messaggero, 22.1.2016
Cristiana Perrella, La Primavera araba in un film., 9.12.2015
Ida Panicelli, Mario Rizzi at Studio Stefania Miscetti. Critics' Picks,, December 2015
Ludovico Pratesi, La crisi siriana vista con gli occhi dell'arte. Exibart, 14.12.2015
Tilman Spreckelsen, Der dunkle Lord ist so flach wie nie. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 16.11.2015
Rüdiger Otto von Brocken, Warten als Weg, um zu überleben. Husumer Nachrichten, 29.9.2015
Barbara Polla, L'humanisme envers et contre tout. L'Extension Suisse Mag., 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, 18.6.2013
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., 8.5.2013
Dorothea Schoene, An Unconventional Angle., 22.4.2013
Igal Avidan, Das lange Warten auf den Frieden., 11.2.2013
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, 29.5.2008, 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,, October 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