PETRA GUT CONTEMPORARY
OPENING: SUNDAY, 30 DECEMBER, 2018 FROM 3 – 5 PM
Exhibition runs 31 December, 2018 – 30 June, 2019
Petra Gut Contemporary presents recent works from the acclaimed Italian photographer Stefano Zardini
In this exhibition Zardini presents recent works taken in the Alpine valleys of Engadin in Switzerland and Cortina d´Ampezzo in Italy. The photographer has returned time and time again to these famed areas, building a long-standing relationship and understanding of their unique, stark beauty.
Stefano Zardini, Schnee Nr. 19, Bernina Group, 2013, 70 x 50 cm, Ed. 8 © Artist
Stefano Zardini hails from a long line of photographers, stretching back to the medium’s earliest days in the late 19th century. Given this auspicious heritage, it is unsurprising that Zardini turned to photography from a young age, both as a livelihood and as a means of self expression. He has hardly been parted from his camera since.
Zardini started out working in the fashion industry, shooting for heavyweight publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Condé Nast Traveler. He went on to travel the world, documenting wars, disasters and momentous events in more than 60 countries, including shooting a series on human rights for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.
Stefano Zardini, The Sparkling Alp Icons Nr. 46, 2018, 60 x 60 cm, Ed. 8 | 90 x 90 cm Ed. 8 © Artist
While grateful for his early introduction to the medium of photography, Zardini chooses to eschew conformity, dedicating his whole career to experimentation in an effort to develop his own unique, ever-changing, undefinable style. The result? A freshness and vitality that travel throughout his images, regardless of the subject matter.
Stefano Zardini, M.I.N.E, Engadin, Skimarathon, St. Moritz, 2012, 194 x 61 cm, ed. 9 © Artist
More recently, the prolific photographer shifted his sights to fine art photography, which he has since dedicated himself to wholeheartedly. His works have featured in fairs and exhibitions across Europe, including Roma Fotografia, Art Basel and the Triennale della Fotografia in Venice.
Born and bred in the Alps, it is clear to see Zardini’s lifelong love of mountains and snow throughout his career, from his early days of documentary photography right up to his fine art pieces. Snow gains new shapes and meanings in front of his lense, with its starkly contrasting colours, fascinating textures, and abstract forms.
About Petra Gut Contemporary
Petra Gut Contemporary was founded in 2016 in the heart of Zurich with the focus on photography, conceptual and minimal art in different medias.
Petra Gut Contemporary will host an opening reception @ Talvo, Via Gunels 15, 7512 St. Moritz-Champfèr on 30 December, 2018 from 3-5pm with an exclusive Q&A and guided tour with artist Stefano Zardini.
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