Rä di Martino (b.1975 Rome) deals principally with our perception of reality and fiction, drawing attention to the absurdity of representing either. The artist’s background in theatre and her passion for film emerge not just in her videos, but in photographic and installation work. Sets, actors and props are used variously to pick apart subjects as diverse as human relationships, cinematographic traditions, the theatre of war, and the fabrication of history.
Di Martino studied in London where she graduated with an MFA at the Slade School of Art. She won a fellowship at Columbia University, spending a few years in New York, before moving back to Italy. Her practice explores the passage of time, as well as the discrepancies that differentiate epic narratives from lived experiences. Her works are characterised by a tension between pathos and a certain detachment: a disconnectedness that interrupts the synchronicity binding image and text.
Her films, video installations and photographs have been shown in various institutions, museums and film festivals including: MoMA-PS1, New York; Tate Modern, London; MCA, Chicago; Palazzo Grassi-Punta della Dogana, Venice; Artists Space, New York; Museion, Bozen; Magasin, Grenoble; the Busan Biennial; Manifesta; Torino International Film Festival, Kino der Kunst, Munich, Viper Basel and Transmediale Berlin. In 2014 she presented her first medium length documentary The Show MAS Go On at the Venice International Film festival winning the Gillo Pontecorvo award and SIAE award and winning a nastro d’argento for best docu-film. In 2018 her first feature film Controfigura, winner of the l’Eurimages Lab Award, was presented at the Venice Film festival and was nominated for the Nastri d’Argento best docufilm. In 2018/2019 she won the Mibac - Italian Council and developed the video installation and a monographic book for the project Afterall shown at Mattatoio, Rome and at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Zurich (2020).
Her group exhibitions include: Io dico Io, Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna, Rome (2021); Metamorphoses Overdrive, KunstMuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2020); Stardust: Convergence – 5 MOSTRE, American Academy in Rome (2020); Insieme, mura aureliane, Roma (2020); Wall Eyes, Looking at Italy and Africa, curated by Ilaria Bernardi, Fondazione Musica per Roma (2020); ; 100% Italia (International), Mastio della Cittadella, Torino (2018); Arabesques, Terme Di Diocleziano, Rome (2018); Please Come Back, Maxxi, Rome (2017); Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Le Gaîté Lyrique, Paris (2017); From Generation to Generation, Jewish Museum of Cont. Art, San Francisco (2016); XVI Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2016); 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival, Nanjing China (2016); High Line Channel 14, The High Line, New York (2016); Time and Detail, Ca’ Foscari, Venice (2016); Levitate, Quarter 21, Vienna (2015); Reverse Inequality, Patrick Ebensberger Galerie, Berlin (2015); Concrete, MUMA, Melbourne, Australia (2014); Worlds In Collision, Samstaag Museum, Adelaide (2014); Ruins in Reverse, Tate Modern, London & MALI, Lima (2013); Mardin Biennale, Mardin, Turkey (2013); Mission Afterviews, Victoria Theatre, San Francisco (2012).
For her most recent solo exhibition with the gallery please click here