NATURA MORTA: Photographs by Patrizia Zelano
Presented by Boca Raton Museum of Art
January 18 - March 18, 2012
Natura Morta (Still Life) presents eighteen color photographs by one of Italy’s most interesting and controversial photographers working today. Featured are works from three portfolios: Attesa silente (Quiet Wait), Cenci (Rags), and In Carne ed Ossa (In Flesh and Bone).
Zelano’s mysterious and compelling images address the symbolic power and emotional force of their subject matter, both real and imagined. In different ways, each of Patrizia Zelano’s photographs underscores the interconnectedness of nature and humanity, while evoking the psychological, political, ethical, and ecological ramifications of our tendencies to conceive of them as separate entities. Images of stored hay bales: Attesa Silente (Quiet Wait); bales of used American clothing: Cenci (Rags); and recycled slaughterhouse waste such as heads, hooves, intestines and bones from cattle, sheep, and pigs: In Carne ed Ossa (In Flesh and Blood) each record the consumption and discard of society and the confrontation between man and nature. Patrizia Zelano was born in 1964 and she lives and works in Verucchio (Rimini), Italy. Since 2001, her photography has won numerous awards throughout Europe and she has been featured in several publications.