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Silvio Zangarini, photographer, complexity watcher

Born in 1981, Silvio graduated in Aesthetic Philosophy at the University of Turin. He started working as a photographer during his studies, digging into the concept of reality on an intellectual and visual level. Reflecting on the nature of the object, he pictures reality, disclosing its unveiled manifestations, turning them inside out.

Silvio has lived and worked in Torino, Aarhus and Utrecht. He is now based in Groningen. He collaborated with galleries, and cultural institutions in Turin, Rome, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Leeuwarden. Each city is a different angle, a different observation point, a different take on reality.

He also works as an architecture and event photographer. That’s an alternative way of observing society, trying to be a lens zooming in and out, getting away and coming back.


Layers of reality. Blink after blink after blink. Each glimpse an opportunity to reflect. Each layer a deflection from simplicity. Each angle its own variation. The juxtaposition of different perspectives turns the object into a subject, taking away the film between stillness and movement.

Not mere elements to observe, but a square to dialogue with, a staircase to fumble with, a face to be observed by, outdoor spaces to get lost in. His work is a cacophony of voices, a lull made of distorted perspectives, a contribution to complicate perceptions.

His work sets up a fluid tie between the spectator and the recollection of a space, of a person. His practice is a playful and light spell to go deep and get lost. Through his pictures, Silvio shows his understanding of reality: an ever-changing multifaceted relationship.


All text by Sergio Matalucci

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Solo Exhibition

2022 (expected), Stunning Staircases, Galerie Roos van Tudor, Leeuwarden
2017, Fantastiske trapper, Photographer’s Lab Gallery, Copenhagen
2016, Territories, Italian Embassy art space (curated by Irene Campolmi), Copenhagen Photo Festival
2015, Stunning Staircases, Grachtenmuseum Amsterdam, Amsterdam
2014, Zangarini & Loppies, Fotogalerie Utrecht, double solo
2013, Deserti di Pietra and other stories (curated by Maria Cristina Strati), Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Amsterdam
2012, Pladsen (curated by Maria Cristina Strati), Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Copenhagen
2012, Gellerup, Open the Wonder-Box, Kunsthal Aarhus
2010, Deserti di Pietra (curated by Chiara Manganelli), Studio Laboratorio Anna Virando, Torino

Collective Exhibition

2020, Liefhebbers, Galerie Roos van Tudor, Leeuwarden
2019, Multiversity, Paratissima, Torino
2019, LUNA Festival – Illusion; as part of Media Art Friesland 2019 Festival (curated by Andrea Möller), Leeuwarden
2018, Fotografie, Gallery X, Copenhagen
2017, Gellerupparken, Photographer’s Lab Gallery, Copenhagen Photo Festival
2014, La Grande Bellezza – Italië in Amsterdam, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Amsterdam
2014, Grand opening, Van den Doel & van Dun Galerie, Oisterwijk
2013, Vieni, vieni in città (curated by Maria Cristina Strati), Costantini art gallery, Turin
2012, Fotografia Europea 2012 – Vita commune (Common Life), Reggio Emilia
2012, Ortographie, Zamenhof, Milano
2011, Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia (curated by Vittorio Sgarbi) – Torino
2011, Italiensk Samtidskunst, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Copenhagen
2010, Paratissima 2010, Torino
2010, Gli universi di Bottega Indaco, Palazzo Oddo, Albenga (SV)

Art fairs


2019, Art Karlsruhe, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam

2017, Kunst RAI, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam

2017, RC Art Fair, Eduard Planting Gallery, Rotterdam

2016, Kunst RAI, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam

2016, Rotterdam Contemporary art fair, Eduard Planting Gallery, Rotterdam

2015, Kunst RAI, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam

2015, Rotterdam Contemporary art fair, Eduard Planting Gallery, Rotterdam

2015, Realisme 2015, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam

2014, PAN, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam

2014, Kunst RAI, Eduard Planting Gallery, Amsterdam

2014, Art & Antiques fair, van den Doel & van Dun, s’Hertogenbosch

2014, Raw art fair, Eduard Planting Gallery, Rotterdam

2013, Art in the Warehouse, Eduard Planting Gallery, Rotterdam

Recidencies and supporting programs

2017, KickstART, in4Art, Amsterdam
2012, Sigrid Stue, Århus Kunsthal, Gellerup, Aarhus

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