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Paolo Ventura: Winter Stories

Paolo Ventura: <EM>Winter Stories</EM>Photo courtesy of Hasted Hunt Kraeutler
Paolo Ventura: Winter Stories
Photo courtesy of Hasted Hunt Kraeutler
Paolo Ventura: Winter Stories
NEW YORK  •  Hasted Hunt Kraeutler  •  Ongoing
Italian photographer Paolo Ventura’s Winter Stories are narratives set in a small fictional Tuscan village in the early 1950’s; an imagined place full of dream-like memories. The exhibition is in conjunction with the release of a new monograph Winter Stories, published by Aperture.  This is the first exhibition of Paolo Ventura's ink drawings and watercolors. Hasted Hunt Kraeutler will also have one of the artist's unique, hand-made, tabletop installations on view. Ventura designs and fabricates these small-scaled theatrical settings: room interiors, streetscapes and carnival midway, especially to be photographed.

Based in New York, Mr. Ventura (b. 1968) made his international gallery debut in 2006 with War Souvenir, an equally fascinating, but less understood series of fictional World War II narratives set in Occupied Italy. Through his reconstruction of wartime scenarios using puppets and dummies dressed as soldiers,  Paolo Ventura uses ambiguity and the alteration of reality to comment on the pain of wartime memories and the real manipulation of “truth” , especially as presented by the media in its coverage of war. He has since had major solo shows in Arles, Milan and Rome, Moscow and The Hague.

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