Mario Rizzi

Phone Germany  +49 172 8814001     Phone Italy +39 327 9484830    



Selected Awards:

2018         Italian Council Award. Italian Ministry of Culture & Pecci Contemporary Art Center, 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:

2021         BAYT. Helsinki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland

2019         بيت Bayt. Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy

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:     

2021         1st Helsinki Biennial. Vallisaari Island, Helsinki, Finland

39th EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, Limerick, Ireland

2020         Art is always public. Villa Romana, Florence, Italy

                  Visions du Réel International Film Festival. Nyon, Switzerland

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 del 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:

2019         My Dear Lamis. Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture, Beirut, Lebanon

2017         Videoart at Midnight. 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 Değil. 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

·      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:

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

2017         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)

2016         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

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:

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

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

l  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

l  Cristiana Perrella, The Outsider., 30 June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

l  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

l  Stefania Crobe, L'attesa del ritorno. Il Giornale dell'Arte, 18 June 2013

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

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

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

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

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

l  Simon Rees, Murat ve Ismail, In: "Signs Taken in Wonder", 2013, Hatje Cantz, Germany, p 154

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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