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'Paolo Ventura: The Last Days of Vacation' at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto

Paolo Ventura, Ultime sere d'Inverno, 2017, Unique hand-painted photograph with collage, 48 x 56 in.
(Courtesy: Nicholas Metivier Gallery)

Nicholas Metivier Gallery is currently hosting a solo exhibition by Paolo Ventura, titled "The Last Days of Vacation". 

The exhibition presents a collection of photographs by the ace photographer. This is Ventura’s first solo exhibition at the gallery and in Canada. The works exhibited in this exhibition have been created by  painting over sections of the photographs and creating collages on human figures. The photographer uses a complex process in his works, depending on the  creation of sets and enlisting actors to tell his stories. First, he starts by sketching ideas and then fabricates elaborate dioramas made out of simple materials. He and his family including his twin brother, wife and son, play the characters, dressed up in working-class suits, war uniforms or clown costumes and then he completes the process by taking the photographs. Born in 1968, the artist currently lives with his family in a small village in Tuscany.

His distinctive approach to photography has been inspired by loosely historical or entirely fabricated narratives. The artist has studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan and his work has been exhibited internationally including at the Forma International Center for Photography, Milan, Museum of Contemporary Art of Roma and The Hague Museum of Photography.

The exhibition will be on view through September 30, 2017, at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, 451 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K4, Canada.

For details visit: www.metiviergallery.com

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.