Photography and Digital Art Prize Finalist 2015
Molon, Padova by Marco Maria Zanin
About the artwork
In every European country, during the 20th century, agriculture as a principal economic sector progressively gave way to industry and the services sector. In some areas this occurred more quickly, as in the Veneto, in the north-east of Italy, which in the 1960s and 70s transformed from one of the poorest regions into one of the wealthiest. And so, in the hurry to forever escape from the 'condemnation' of the land, a place of hardships and fatigue, a deep fracture was created between the rural millennial civilization with its rites, rhythms, and ethical and ecological values and today's, youthful, industrial and post-industrial civilization. The rural Cathedrals are the vestiges of this fracture. These are not religious buildings, but farmhouses where the families of farmers who cultivated the land lived; or rather, cathedrals, symbols of the sacred bond that people in the past knew how to establish with the land. An ancient relationship, to be remembered once again in the modern day.
About the artist
Marco Maria Zanin was born in Padua in October 1983. An eclectic humanist, he first took a degree in Literature and Philosophy, and then in International Relations, obtaining a Master’s degree in Psychology. At the same time he developed his artistic career, and travelled widely in different parts of the world, putting into practice the “displacement” so essential for a critical analysis of social contexts, and to fuel his research aimed at identifying the common spaces of the human community. Myth and archetype as the submerged matrices of modern behaviour are the focus of his investigation, which is based on observation of the relationship between man, territory and time. His instrument of choice is photography, which is often used combining different techniques and transcending the borders of other artistic disciplines. Lives and works between Padua and São Paulo, Brazil.