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Gian Paolo Minelli

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Gian Paolo Minelli is a recognized photographer born in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 1999, he divides his time between Chiasso (Switzerland) and Buenos Aires.  His photographs have been seen in more than 75 collective exhibitions all over the globe and he has exhibitions in many cities, among them: Berne, Chiasso, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Miami, Lugano, Asuncion, Bellizona and Geneva.

Among other prizes, he has won one of the Swiss Art Awards (2008) and an honorable mention from thpanelry at the 10th edition of the Federico J Klemm prize for Visual Arts (Buenos Aires, 2006). Between 2009 and 2010, he was artist in residence at the Cité des Arts, Paris, and during 2012, six month artist residency in Berlin.

He has also published several books of his work. In Argentina his practice unfolds in public space, engaging inhabitants from marginal areas of the metropolis. He has been working at Galpon Piedra Buena Arte in Villa Lugano, one of the poorest suburbs in Buenos Aires where he combines Arts and Solidarity.  From this work he has printed the book Piedra Buena - Zona Sur (2001-2006) and directed a film screened at International Festivals.




Born: 1968, Geneva, Switzerland
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Individual Exhibitions
2012 Sur: Cierre + Apertura, El ojo Salvaje 2012 III mes de la fotografía en Paraguay, Fundación R.

Migliorisi/Museo del Barro.
2011 Il nemico è lʼetà | Cité Desnos | Arrastre. Gian Paolo Minelli a Bellinzona, Parigi e Buenos

Aires, curated by Anna Lisa Galizia, Museo Civico Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona, Switzerland. SUR: CIERRE + APERTURA, curated by Florencia Malbrán, Museo Emilio Caraffa,

Córdoba, Argentina.

2010 Villa Lugano 2008-2009 + Zona Sur, curated by Florencia Malbrán, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2009 Buenos Aires Villa Lugano 2008-2009, Città di Lugano, Switzerland.
Vacío – Vuoto, curated by Florencia Malbrán, Galerie Zavaleta Lab., Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2008 Zona Sur Barrio Piedra Buena, Fédéral Office for Migration, Bern, Switzerland.
Zona Sur Barrio Piedra Buena – Cárcel de Caseros PanAmerican Art Galerie, Miami, USA.

2007 PLAYAS, Galerie Madonna#Fust, Bern, Switzerland.
Zona Sur Barrio Piedra Buena, Muro de la Universidad de Cundinamarca, Fotologia Bogota, Colombia.

2006 Zona Sur Barrio Piedra Buena 2001 – 2006, Espace dʼart Contemporains Attitudes, Geneve, Switzerland.

2005 Zona Sur Barrio Piedra Buena – Galpón Colon, Museo DʼArte di Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland.

Galpón Colon 2004 – 2005, Groeflin Maag Galerie, Basel, Switzerland.

2004 Cárcel de Caseros, Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain.
Minelli & Repetto Distanza, Galleria Palladio, Lugano, Switzerland.
Cárcel de Caseros 2000-2002, Galería Dabbah Torrejon, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2003 Cárcel de Caseros 2000-2002, , curated by Prof. Laura Buccellato, Museo de arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Cárcel de Caseros, Bernhard Bischoff Galerie, Thun, Switzerland.

2002 Acqua, CACT, Ticino Contemporary Art Center, Bellinzona, Switzerland.

2001 “Paisajes disturbados”, Photogallery of the Centro Cultural San Martin, curated by Juan Travnik, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2000 Minelli & Repetto, Leonardi – V – idea Gallery, Genova, Italy.

1997 Notturni, Cons Arc Gallery, Chiasso, Switzerland.
Buenos Aires, encuentro con treinta artistas, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

1996 Rave – y made, Installation, CACC, Contemporary Art Center, Chiasso, Switzerland.

1995 Passagio, Installation, Morbio Inferiore, Switzerland. Notturni, Sala del Torchio, Balerna, Switzerland.

1994 Immagini in Galleria, Chiasso, Switzerland. 1992 Incontri, ACP, Balerna, Switzerland.

Group Exhibitions

2012 "a.i.r.5 - artists in residence", Substitut, Berlin, Deutschland.
NEAR BY NIGHT 4 - Projection de photographies, Lausanne, Switzerland.
“Collezione opere dal Cinquecento a oggi | Nuove acquisizioni”, Museo Civico Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona, Switzerland.
The Flood Wall / slide shows, Exposure 12, Berlin, Deutschland.

2011 “URBANITAS”, PanAmerican ArtProjects, Miami, USA.
“Urban Marginalities”, Thomas Hauri, Gian Paolo Minelli, Niklaus Wenger
Edgar Frei Private Gallery + Projekt Madonna, Bern, Switzerland.
SINCRO, Galería Vasari, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“Memoria: 10 Años en Madrid”, Galeria Ferando Pradilla, Madrid, España.
“Leon Ferrari & Argentine Collective”, Carolina Sardi, Tomas Espina, Santiago Porter
Ana Fabry, Gian Paolo Minelli, Pablo Soria and Yaya Firpo, PanAmerican ArtProjects, Miami, USA.
“Re-Generation” Olaf Breuning, Georg Gatsas, Loan Nguyen. Matthieu Gafsou, Tobias Madörin, Gian Paolo Minelli, Curated by Mischa Haller, London Bridge, London, England.
100° Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales 2011, Fotografía, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
“Bordes y desbordes de una ciudad”, fotografía y video arte argentino 1930 – 2011, curated by Virginia Fabri, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
25 unidades disponibles, una obra de CYNTHIA COHEN Y GIAN PAOLO MINELLI, C.H.I.N.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina.
ALLʼ OMBRA, Mirko Aretini, Donato Di Blasi, Gian Paolo Minelli, Kunstraum Walcheturn, Zürich, Switzerland.
Imágenes e historias, Argentina 1848 – 2010, curated by Diana Wechsler, Sala Cronopios, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2010 Premio Federico Jorge Klemm a las Artes Visuales 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina. CHI SIAMO ABOUT US, Biennale dellʼImmagine, Spazio Officina Chiasso, Switzerland. II Premio AMEC de Fotografia contemporanea Argentina, Museo Caraffa,
Cordoba, Argentina.

Tales of resistance and change, Artist from Argentina, Frankfurter Kunstverein, curated by Rodrigo Alonso, Frankfurt am Main, Deutschland.
99° Salon Nacional de Artes Visuales 2010, Fotografia, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

FASE 2, Encuentro de Arte y Tecnologia 2010, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Fotografía de la Memoria deshabitada, Gian Paolo Minelli y Dino Bruzzone, Fundación FIART, Madrid, España.

2009 Argentina Hoy, arte contemporáneo Argentino, curated by Franklin Pedroso,
Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo – Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil.
Difesa della natura, exhibition organized by Elio Schenini, Museo Cantonale dʼArte,
Lugano, Switzerland.
Photo Suisse, Centro Cultural Borges, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Near Documentary, exhibition organized by NEAR, curator Nassim Daghighian, Nyon, Switzerland.
Photo Suisse, Museo Caraffa, Córdoba, Argentina.
Zona Sur, MACRO Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Rosario, Argentina.
Clik: A trigger – happy photography show, PanAmerican ArtProjects galery, Miami, USA.

2008 Premio Roggio a las Artes Visuales, Museo Caraffa, Córdoba, Argentina.
Víctor Grippo segundo cuerpo, Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Swiss Art Awards 2008, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland.
Bex Arts 2008, triennale di scultura contemporanea, Bex, Switzerland.

fama_fame, In der Bahnhofpassage - Künstlerhaus S11, Solothurn, Switzerland. ARTEBA, Ernesto Catena fotografía Contemporánea Galery, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Suisse, Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, México.
Photo Suisse, Centro de la imagen, DF, México.
fama_fame / fame_hunger, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, Holand.

2007 XI Premio Federico Jorge Klemm a las Artes Visuales 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Buenos Aires foto 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Photo Suisse, The Bunkier Sztuki Conteporary Art Galerie, Krakow, Poland. Homenaje a Héctor G. Oesterheld, Museo de arte y memoria, La Plata, Argentina. Galería El Museo, Bogota, Colombia.
Ernesto Catena fotografía Contemporánea, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2006 Photo Suisse, Shizuoka prefecture, former Building of Hamamatsu Bank Assoc., Hamamatsu, Japan.

X Premio Federico Jorge Klemm a las Artes Visuales 2006, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo Suisse, Centre PasquArt, Bienne, Switzerland.
Artista x Artistas, Galería Palatina, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Swiss Art Awards, ArtBasel, Basel, Switzerland.

Premio giovane arte Svizzera Italiana, Museo Cantonale dʼarte, Lugano, Switzerland. Photo Suisse, Museo dʼarte, Ascona, Switzerland.
Metropolitanscape, Paesaggi urbani nellʼarte contemporanea, Palazzo Cavour, Torino,Italy.

Re-Shuffle: Notions of an itinerant Museum, Art in General, New York, USA.

2005 Photo Suisse, Joshibi University of Art and Design, Sagamihara, Japan. Buenos días Santiago, Santiago de Chile, curated by Attitudes, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago de Chile.
Photo Suisse, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Rome, Italy.

Cárcel de Caseros, Museo Arte y Memoria, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2004 VIII Premio Federico Jorge Klemm a las Artes Visuales 2004 Fundación Klemm, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Colección de fotografía II, Museo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Urbanismo sintético, Visiones de la ciudad postmoderna, curated by Paco Barragan, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota, Bogota, Colombia.
Habitaciones II, El Museo Galery, Fotologia 2004, Bogota, Colombia.
Correlazioni non lineari, La Fabbrica, Losone, Switzerland.
Fotografía Contemporánea, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Buenos días Buenos Aires, Arte Contemporáneo suizo, curated by Attitudes,
Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2003 Ansia y devoción, curated by Alonso Rodrigo, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Che c`e di nuovo?, Museo Cantonale d`Arte, Lugano, Switzerland.

2002 Hoy o mañana, Dabbah Torrejon Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Autorretratos, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland.

Photographie a la carte, Kunsthaus Centre d`Art Pasquart, Bienne, Switzerland. Martin Krebs Gallery, Berne, Switzerland.
Bernhard Bischoff Gallery, Thun, Switzerland.
Global Priority, curated by Gordon Knox, Jamaica Centre for Arts and Learning, New York, USA.

2001 Italian Connection, Kornhausforum, Bern, Switzerland.

2000 Discarica, Kulturhallen Dampfzentrale, Bern, Switzerland.
Gottardo Gallery 1989-1999, Gottardo Galery, Lugano, Switzerland. Il San Gottardo, Museo delle Alpi, Bern, Switzerland.
Paysage, Musee des Beaux Arts, Tourcoing-Lille, France.

1999 Transfer, curated by Stefano Chiodi, Instituto Svizzero di Roma, Italy.
Visual Arts Federal Contest Award in Photography 1999, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland. FIT, curated by John Brady, Liverpool, England.

1998 Voi siete qui, curated by Daniela Lancioni, Ex Cartiera Latina, Roma, Italy.
Medienkörper, curated by Gerhard Johann Lischka Castel Burio, Costigliole d`Asti, Italy Performance, Kleines Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland.
Fragile, curated by Evelyne Dorothe Allmand, Musee des Beaux Arts, Tourcoing-Lille, France. Field by Kunsthaus Zurich, curated by Patrick Huber Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland. Hellbound 93 rmx, Veraghut Arte Contemperanea, Lugano, Switzerland.

Il San Gottardo in quattro momenti, Banca del Gottardo, Geneva, Switzerland. 1997 Notturni, Visual Arts Federal Contest Award, Museum Neuhaus, Bienne, Switzerland.

Collections, Museo Cantonale d`Arte, Swiss Foundation of Photography, Lugano, Switzerland.

1996 Rapaci, curated by Nando Snozzi Monastero delle Agostiniane, Monte Carasso, Switzerland. Made in Switzerland, Musee de l`Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Visual Arts Federal Contest Award in Photography 1996, Langenthal, Switzerland.
Il San Gottardo come Cuore, Gottardo Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland.

Fragile, 18 artisti per tre regioni europee, Museo Cantonale D`Arte, curated by Marco Franciolli, Lugano, Switzerland.

Grants and Awards

2012 Artistʼs residence in Berlin, Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr, (from 6 February to 25 July 2012). 2010 Secundo premio, II Premio AMEC de fotografía Contemporánea Argentina, Córdoba, Argentina. 2009 Artist's residence in Paris, Citè des Arts, (from 3 August 2009 to 30 January 2010).
2008 Swiss Art Awards, Basel, Switzerland.

2006 Mención del Jurado, X Premio Federico Jorge Klemm a las Artes Visuales 2006, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2003 Museo Cantonale dʼArte Lugano, Honorary Prize, Che cʼè di nuovo, Lugano, Switzerland. 2002 Ministry of Culture, Visual Arts Federal Contest Award in Photography, Berne, Switzerland.

Werkjahr Fundacion UBS, Zurich, Switzerland.
1999 Ministry of Culture, Visual Arts Federal Contest Award in Photography, Berne Switzerland.

Artist's residence in Istituto Svizzero di Cultura, Rome, Italy (from February 1998 to Mai 1999) 1996 Swiss-Italian Society of Arts, Aknowledgement, Photograpy Award, Lugano, Switzerland.

Ministry of Culture, Visual Arts Federal Contest Award in Photography, Berne, Switzerland.

Work Shops

.    1994  Workshop with the photographer Gabriele Basilico, Italy. 

.    1995  Workshop with the photographer Francesco Radino, Italy. 

.    1996  Workshop with the photographer Alberto Flammer, Switzerland. 

.    1997  Workshop with the photographer René Burri, Switzerland. 

2006 Workshop with the artist Antony Muntadas, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2008 Workshop with the artist Edgar Endress, Buenos Aires, Argentina. 



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