Spazio. Photoreportage by Roberto Apa and Laura Gianetti at the Mario Iannelli Gallery

07.06.23 — 28.06.23

Opening 07.06 - 6 pm


From 7 to 28 June 2023, the Mario Iannelli Gallery is pleased to present “Spazio. Photoreportage by Roberto Apa and Laura Gianetti at the Mario Iannelli Gallery", an exhibition that collects a selection of photographs taken by Roberto Apa and Laura Gianetti from the reports made for the exhibitions that document the works that have been related to the space by Joe Clark, Dario D'Aronco, Stanislao Di Giugno, Baldo Diodato, Paula Doepfner, Tom Esam, Panos Famelis, Cyrill Lachauer, Claus Philip Lehmann, Daniel Lergon, Felix Kiessling, Schirin Kretschmann, Nathan Peter, Vettor Pisani, David Prytz, Simon Mullan, Antoine Renard, Max Renkel, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld, Diana Sirianni, Yorgos Stamkopoulos and Philip Topolovac.


Forty photographs, twenty for each of the two authors, document the work of twenty-two artists.


The exhibition focuses on the role of the photographic documentation of the artistic work and its status as an authorial work in its function of narration and interpretation.
The author of documentary photography represents of the contemporary art audience in the sense of interpreter of an "open work" (Umberto Eco).
More than inviting you to observe the work, it allows you to enter it to complete it through interpretation, providing information necessary for a prior understanding and for a subsequent verification.


The two authors arrive at different results depending on the initial objectives, reflecting the potential of the photographed work according to the times and ways in which they relate to it.
The work of Roberto Apa was confronted with the documentary photography of the exhibition, focusing mainly on general and individual views of the works, while the work of Laura Gianetti concentrated more on the performance photography and more generally on moments of closer contact with the work and the artist.
Their original authorial practice respects the expressive presence in the space and the compositional rules of the artist’s work.


The collection of photographs offers the possibility of gaining an overview of the artistic practices that have followed and a review of some of the lines of research pursued by the gallery.
A series of photographs documents extensive research on painting in space by Dario D'Aronco, Stanislao Di Giugno, Baldo Diodato, Panos Famelis, Claus Philip Lehmann, Daniel Lergon, Schirin Kretschmann, Nathan Peter, Max Renkel and Yorgos Stamkopoulos, while another series shows the physical and conceptual confrontation with space in the works of Joe Clark, Paula Doepfner, Tom Esam, Felix Kiessling, Cyrill Lachauer, Vettor Pisani, David Prytz, Simon Mullan, Antoine Renard, Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld, Diana Sirianni and Philip Topolovac.


Roberto Apa (1980, Napoli) studied Politics at Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples. In 2004 he graduated in Photography at Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome.
He’s been working as a freelance since 2006 collaborating with photographic and advertising studios. From 2012 he works as an art photographer, collaborating with several galleries and institutions, such as T293, Frutta Gallery, MACRO, Villa Medici, BSR, Nomas Foundation, American Academy in Rome, CURA., Sadie Coles, Gavin Brown Enterprise, Emanuel Layr, Spazio A, ADA, Materia, Untitled Association.
His work has been published in various exhibition catalogues, artist monographs and national and international magazines and newspapers.
He lives and works in Rome.


Laura Gianetti (1980, Livorno) is a visual artist, researcher, photoreporter, graphic designer and art teacher. She studied Natural Sciences at Pisa University and she graduated in Painting with a Masters in Photography at the Fine Art Academy in Rome in 2008 with a thesis in Photography. After the BFA, she moved to Berlin where she worked as visual artist and photoreporter for artistic and musical events for more than 8 years. 
She collaborated among others with Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Bpigs, Node Center for Curatorial Studies, CTM Festival, Grimmuseum, Factory Art, Month of Performance Art Berlin, Sonic Acts Festival Amsterdam, Spot U Art Brussels and the Museum of Contemporary Art Roskilde.
Since the early 2000s she has realized art projects collected in private collections and published in magazines, newspapers, books, CDs, vinyl records, music videos.
 She showed in galleries and museums like among others Palazzo delle Esposizioni, the Museo Hendrik C. Andersen, Complesso Monumentale Sant’Andrea al Quirinale in Rome, Grimmuseum in Berlin, Galleria d’Arte Moderna alle Ciminiere in Catania (Premio Nazionale delle Arti) and the Ancienne Quincaillerie van AA in Brussels, where she was awarded with the grant as the Best Artist under 35 years.
She lives and works between Rome and Livorno.


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