WOP Art - Works on paper 2017

Heillandi Gallery

Margot Errante is an Italian-born performance artist and photographer. She traveled throughout the world and lived in China for 22 years, since the age of 19. She now spends most of her time between Hong Kong, Milan and Lugano.

Her body of artistic works explores human nature and identity. She calls attention on the psychological engagement between the photographer and the sitter, which often "leads to unpredictable results." She developed a passion for photography from an early age, and began shooting landscapes at 10 when she was given her first camera, a compact Olympus. Eclectic by nature, Margot speaks five foreign languages fluently, including Chinese, and became a researcher in cultural anthropology, applying her understanding of human behavior to her portraiture.

Professionally, Errante started out as a travel photographer in the late 1990s while studying Chinese at Beijing Language and Culture University. But photography was not her only interest: in 2004 she moved for a year to an indigenous village deep into the jungles of the Sino-Burmese border, where she conducted ethnographic research on the Wa people. The photographic fruits of this study culminated in a successful exhibition held in Como, Italy, in 2005, to raise funds for the village in which she lived. That same year, Margot was selected as the photographer for a diplomatic mission sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – a three months' journey from Italy to Japan by car, with a stopover in North Korea that won the team a Peace Award.

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Giuseppe Pennisi obtains his Federal Certificate as a Photographer in 1970 under the careful guidance of Di Neno Athos Brunel, owner of one of the most renowned photo studios in Ticino. After a long cooperation with the same studio, he starts his activity as an independent photographer and opens his own photo studio in Tesserete. For over 20 years he cooperates as an official photographer with the Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation, creating prestigious art catalogues for the publishing companies Electa and Mondadori.

With the advent of digital photography in 1998 he obtains his Federal Certificate as a Multimedia Operator at CSIA (Art Industries School Center). In 2000, in the role of Director of the Photography Department, he cooperates with the project AROUNDER, based on 360° Panoramic Photography, ensuring both the realization of photo shoots and the training and management of the freelance Photographers.

Giuseppe has taught Fixed Photography at CISA (International Academy of Audiovisual Sciences) in Lugano from 2004 to 2014. Speaker at workshops about Panoramic Photography at Digital Culture in Italy and organizer of workshops about Panoramic Photography at 798 Art District in Beijing, he has also worked with the Australian artist Simon Denny, for the preparation of his installation dedicated to the National Library of St Mark's at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

Among his main publications: Early German painting 1350-1550 Isolde Lübbeke - Electa publishing company; Early Italian painting 1290-1470 Mikl˜s Boskovits - Electa...
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