Maria Silvano (Venezia 1986) si occupa di fotografia dal 2007 quando, in occasione della sua tesi in Antropologia Culturale svolta in Spagna vive e testimonia il lavoro di una comunità di Gitani impegnati nella valorizzazione e nella salvaguardia della loro cultura originaria. Collabora abitualmente con il laboratorio per le arti e per il pensiero Stazione di Topolò - Postaja Topolove, con il centro culturale dell'Università di Klagenfurt Unikum e con il festival BalkaBarna di Barcellona. A Berlino ha lavorato tra gli altri per il festival Transmediale ed il Disruption Network Lab. Negli ultimi anni ha esposto le sue opere in occasione di mostre personali e collettive a Londra (Royal Anthropological Institute di Londra) Berlino (DADA Post; Raum für Drastische Maßnahme; Rosen Garten; Shaping Clouds, Venezia (Fondamenta 2.0; Venezia Inabottle Gallery; Carichi Sospesi), Firenze (Pitti Bimbo 2013) e Torino (Galleria Innerspace 17 con Franco Fontana). Vive e lavora a Berlino, dove porta avanti la sua ricerca, focalizzata sulla antropologia urbana e visiva.
2016 - Present Frames of Berlin, photo contest, Berlin Art Director, Co-Founder, Managing Director Frames of Berlin is a public contest that aims to discover and support talented new photographers attempting to redefine the boundaries of creative photographic expression.
August 2015 - November 2016 Disruption Network Lab, Berlin Official Photographer Photo documentation of on going platform of events and research focused on art, hacktivism and disruption. The Laboratory takes shape through a series of conference events at Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin.
May 2016 Home24 eProductions GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin Free lance photographer. Photo editing and postproduction .
April 2016 - June 2016 Shaping Clouds pop up space, Berlin Art Director, Co-Founder, community manager. Shaping Clouds it’s a pop-up is space in Berlin. It combines the works and visions of 4 artists and friends working with different media. It's an imaginative project, ever-changing and flowing and just like clouds it will eventually mutate, vanish or get more dense, laden with projects: the program pop-up presenting personal and collective exhibitions.
May 2014 - 2016 BalkaBarna Festival, Barcelona Official photographer and community manager. The Festival is dedicated to the music and culture of Balkans and East Europe
March 2012 - March 2016 ToBeContinued - Stop TB Day music marathon, Italy Technical support and official photographer ToBe Continued is a 24-hours-long music marathon organized by the Global Health Incubator of Topolò and Stazione di Topolò.
August 2015 - January 2016 Inkwell Paper, Scissor, Shop, Berlin Community manager and photographer. Inkwell is a shop and concept store in Berlin, Neukoelln, Kienitzer Str. 103. I contributed in the promotion of the events, workshops and shop activities: presentations, risograph workshops, book launches, presentations, roundtables, screenings.
July 2015 Berlin fashion Film Festival, Berlin Official photographer Every year Berlin fashion Film Festival brings together top creatives and thought-leaders to present and award the best film productions on fashion, beauty and lifestyle.
July 2010 - 2015 Stazione di Topolò - Postaja Topolove, Italy Official Photographer Since 2010 I worked as photographer for the annual festival Stazione Topolò / Postaja Topolove, taking place in the small mountain village of Topolò-Topolove on the extreme Italian border with Slovenian. The international festival is a crossroads for unique encounters bringing together a wide variety of musicians and artist from all over the word since 1994.
January 2015 - April 2015 Armin Linke Studio, Berlin Internship Preparation of an exhibition in the frame of the one year project “Globale” at the ZKM Museum for New Media in Karlsruhe that opened in June 2015: photographic archive preparation, interview with experts that selected images and create visual essays narrative, transcriptions, video editing, photography post production, installation and graphic design development, audio and video editing
August 2012 reSource 002: Out of Place, Out of Time, Berlin Official photographer A project a collateral event of Transmediale 2012 by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH Funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes In cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt
May 2010-October 2011 “KLOPFZEICHEN | COLPI | POTRKAVANJE”, Austria Official photographer A trans-border art project organized by the UNIVERSITÄTSKULTURZENTRUM UNIKUM Klagenfurt, (AT)
February 2010 - March 2010 Associazione Rom Kalderash, Italy Internship The association works in the field of social and health integration and socialization paths with the gipsy community of Marghera (Venice)
February 2009 - June 2009 Asociación de Mujeres Gitanas Romí, Granada, Spain Internship The association have as a goal the defense and protection of the Gipsy community of Granada.
April 2014 Franco Fontana FULL COLOR, Photography workshop.
September 2010 - February 2014 MA degree in Cultural Anthropology from Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Dissertation on “Topolò-Topolove”, 110/110
September 2011 Marc De Tollenaere Workshop: street photography
September 2006 - February 2010 BA degree in Demo-ethno-anthropology from Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Facoltà di Beni Culturali, presenting an anthropology research work on the “representation and self-representation of the gipsies of Granada”, 107/110
February 2009 - June 2009 Erasmus Placement in Granada.
September 2007 - June 2008 Erasmus Exchange in Barcelona .
I have wide knowledge of photography and specialist photographic techniques: digital and analogue cameras, b/w printing, photo-retouching (Photoshop),
My Italian, Spanish and English are fluent. I am taking German courses.
2016 I Stationery Fever - From Paper Clips to Pencils and Everything in Between, Vetro Editions Berlin* 2016 | Risomania, the new spirit of printing, Vetro Editions Berlin* 2016 | étapes: 233* 2016 | Robrida Magazine Book One* 2016 | Erodoto 108, Dalla Giungla due parole per le foto di Maria Silvano 2016 | Frizzi Frizzi | Flickr/Week(r) 2015 | Bitte Gerne 2015 | Sarmad Magazine Book Two* 2015 | FrizziFrizzi , I rami e le foglie di Berlino nelle fotografie di Maria Silvano 2015 | Notonoto 2015 | Aurora 2015 | Stazione di Topolò – Postaja Topolove, Catalogue* 2015 | Iso400 2015 | Saccades Project | Artist Series 2015 | Organiconcrete 2015 | iHeartBerlin, Ramificazioni – An Art Project Portraying the Italian Expats of Berlin 2014 | Sarmad Magazine Book One* 2014 | Stazione di Topolò – Postaja Topolove, Catalogue* 2014 | Il Mitte, Gli Italiani all’estero nelle fotografie di Maria Silvano 2014 | Corriere della sera, La nuvola del lavoro, Impara l’arte e usala a Berlino.
2016”Exquisite Corpse” Group show | 48 Stunden Neükolln, Berlin, Germany 2016 “The boiling life” Solo show | Shaping Clouds pop up space, Berlin, Germany 2016 “Sono radicata ma scorro” Group show | Shaping Clouds pop up space, Berlin, Germany 2015 “Wanderlust” Solo Show | Interno 12 Padova, Italy 2015 “Una Foresta” Solo Show | Rosengarten Kulturpavillion, Berlin, Germany 2015 “Ramificazioni” Solo Show | Sprach Salon, Berlin, Germany 2015 “Bailan” Group show | Online Exhibition 2014 “Winter” Group show | Le Articioche, Berlin, Germany
2014 “Aquae Mundi – Quelli di Franco Fontana” Group show | Galleria Innerspace 17, Torino, Italy 2014 “Each Box is a wish (my wish is in a glass bottle)” Solo Show | Venice in a bottle Gallery, Venice, Italy 2014 “Each box is a wish” Solo Show | Raum Für Drastische Maßnahem, Berlin Germany 2013 “Venice in a bottle” Group show | Fondamenta 2.0, imprevisti ed improbabilità, Venice, Italy 2013 “Joie De Vivre” Group show | Pitti Bimbo, JK Palace, Florence, Italy 2013 “Photo Opportunity: The Ubiquity of Photography” Group show | Berlin, Germany 2012 “RAI’s International Body Canvas Photography Competition” Group show | Royal Anthropological Institute, London, UK