MDR (Maria D. Rapicavoli)
MDR’s photography, video and installations explore conditions and experiences of power, alienation, invisibility and displacement, through a critique of global economic and political systems. Her work call into question dominant historical narratives, disrupting perceived notions of the post-war era with an investigations into the materiality of evidence and the status of knowledge. Her current project draws attention to airspace as a place of military power and global economic struggle and to all the invisible maneuvers that happen in the air.
MDR was born in Catania (Italy) and lives and works in New York. She received her B.A. from the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania and her M.A. from Goldsmiths University of London. She was a fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2012. She was a 2016 AIRSpace Award Recipient at the Abrons Arts Center, a 2014 resident at the ISCP and a 2013 artist in residence at the LMCC Swing Space Residency Program in NY. She was granted the NCTM e l’arte award (2013) and the DE.MO/Movin’UP grant (2011) in Italy.
She has exhibited in several group shows including at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Museo di Villa Croce, Genova (Italy); Palazzo Reale, Milan; Guest Projects, London; Riso, Museum for Contemporary Art, Palermo, Italy; Strozzina, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; Sala Rekalde Bilbao; Italian Cultural Institute London and New York.