Rizzi's practice is an act of mediation through which to present fundamental aspects of the lives of specific individuals, who have been compromised by the uprooting forces of neo-liberal globalisation. His films consider the notions of border, particularly in relation to issues of identity and presence, and focus on the life of social outsiders, concentrating on collective memories and individual stories. His work has been shown in many international art exhibitions and film festivals, including We Refugees - Of the Right to Have Rights, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2016); Istanbul. Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI, Rome (2015); Too Early Too Late, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna (2015); Where are the Arabs?, MoMA PS1, New York (2014); Iskele 2, TANAS, Berlin and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2013); Signs Taken in Wonder, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna and Kunstverein Hannover (2013); Be(com)ing Dutch, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2008); 6th Taipei Biennial (2008); This Day, Tate Modern, London (2007); 9th Istanbul Biennial (2005); and 14th Sydney Biennale (2004).
In 2016 he was invited as a member of the jury at the Duhok 4th International Film Festival in Iraqi Kurdistan as well as at the 27th Ankara International Film Festival in Turkey. In 2012 Rizzi won the Production Program Award of the Sharjah Art Foundation, in 2005 the Best Artist Prize at the 7th Sharjah Biennial, in 2004 the Mulliqi Prize in Kosovo. His films were selected for the official competition of the Berlin Film Festival ("impermanent" in 2008, "Al Intithar" in 2013), for the Ankara International Film Festival (2015 and 2016) and the Dubai International Film Festival in 2013.
His work is in prestigious public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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Interview Cristiana Perrella: The Outsider. ibraaz, 30 June 2016.
Film Excerpts on Channel ibraaz Mario Rizzi: ‘You may say I'm a dreamer but I'm not the only one!’. ibraaz, 27 June 2016.
Review Ida Panicelli: L'Attesa @ Studio Stefania Miscetti in Rome. Critics' Picks, Artforum, December 2015 - January 2016.
Review Hamid Dabashi: Syrians, Camps and a New Cosmopolis. in “The Waiting”, 2013, argobooks, Germany, pp 5-15.
Interview Dorothea Schoene: A State of Exception. ibraaz, 8 May 2013.
News Invited to participate in the 4th Duhok International Film Festival as a member of the jury for the Kurdish Cinema Competition, Duhok City in Iraqi Kurdistan, 9-16 September 2016.
News A new short film, "Cumartesi" (Saturday), shot in Istanbul, is in the final stages of post-production.
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