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ZANATTA, Andrea [ ITALY ]
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Living and working in  Italy

   
 

 

Andrea Zanatta was born in Treviso on the September 3, 1967. Since childhood he has shown a great interest in the world of art. He has visited exhibitions and museums, in an attempt to understand what art is and, above all, what distinguishes a “normal” person from an artist. He wanted to be an artist but he did not feel like one.
After his first disappointing attempts at painting, which did not satisfy his thirst to express himself, he was struck by a phrase written by the Spanish writer Santiago Ramon Y Cajal, who says: “The camera lens alone can satiate the thirst for beauty for those who, born artists, have not had the time to practice their art methodically, to the point where they become ‘maestros’ of the paintbrush and the palette.”

 
1. LONELY PEOPLE (VENICE) 1 PHOTOGRAPH
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This sentence almost seemed to justify Andrea’s inability to paint and gave him the necessary strength to try photography with new and unexpected energy. He thus found in photography the answer to his questions on the subject of “real” art. How can one be original and create a new piece of work and therefore be a “real artist” when everything seems to have already been said, invented or photographed?  V. Sgarbi, an Italian art critic says: “a new work of art exists when we see in it a different way of perceiving reality. If we are used to perceiving reality in accordance with certain models, when we discover a new artist we will know that that artist is the greater the more he succeeds in making us perceive reality in a different way: in that variation, however small, resides his poetic vein, his style.” And if style signifies the thoughts of an artist about the world, then Andrea Zanatta is an artist.

            These thoughts cannot be the same as another person’s because, otherwise, they would already be portrayed in a previous photograph, and there would be no reason for taking that photograph again.

A photograph, if it is a work of art, offers us a different view of the world. By means of a photograph we see the world as we have never seen it before.

            For this reason, each artist is different from any other, because his style allows him to characterize in a unique way even parts of the world and events, which have been the subjects of other artists’ photos. This happens because each artist infuses his work with his own life experience, and his own vision of the world.

           By looking at his photographs we understand his poetic vein, which is not expressed by focusing on a precise subject matter, because life is expressed in many different forms. As a result, Andrea loves taking photographs of the countryside, taking portraits, photographing architecture, still life events, in a press fashion, because he says “everything which is around us is part of and is also the essence of life”.

            I believe that in photography he has found the way to liberate his feelings and to express himself unconditionally. Andrea Zanatta’s photographs contain the primeval instinct of the cave painters; that necessity which makes photography a physiological need, maybe because it satisfies the need to leave a trace of himself for posterity and therefore acquire a form of immortality, but, above all, because it is essential in order to “live” and not to “survive”.

            It is perhaps the exceeding variety of his subjects, which expresses his, will to overcome any obstacle and to knock down any barrier, of participating in any manifestation of life.