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“My work is my biography”

“I started out as a travel photographer during the globetrotting years. When I settled down in China I focused on architecture and environment, but humans have always interested me the most. I went from the primitive tribes of the isolated jungles, to the most hitech and densely populated metropolis on earth. There I began my career as a portrait photographer.”

Margot Errante (b.1976) is an award-winning Italian-born photographer who lived and studied in China for two decades (1997-2017), witnessing the rise of the country from agrarian society to industrial power. She is fluent in five languages, including Mandarin Chinese, plus some Southwestern Chinese dialects.     

Torn between art and science since a young age, eventually she pursued linguistics studies and then specialised in East Asian Anthropology. In 2004 she moved for a year to an indigenous village into the jungles of South-West China, where she conducted ethnographic research on the Wa people, a minority group known in Asia as “head hunters”. The photographic fruits of her study marked her debut as a professional photographer: in 2005 she held in Italy her first solo exhibition to raise funds for the village where she lived, after which she was chosen as the photographer for a diplomatic journey sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – a three months' travel from Italy to Japan by car to deliver a peace message, with a stopover in North Korea that won the team a Peace Award. Errante then worked for a few years as a freelance photojournalist; she produced a short film on Canada's First Nations, and in 2008 she wrote and directed a tv program - Beijing Express - broadcast by CNBC. While witnessing the massive reconstruction of Chinese cities, she became interested in architecture and the psychological impact of post-Maoist urban development on dwellers lives. Some of her works were published in "Beijing Architecture & Design” (2008), and she later co-curated the Hong Kong Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of Venice Biennale. In 2009 someone broke into her Beijing flat and stole most of her photographic archive. Following that loss, Errante left the capital and never returned. She relocated to Hong Kong, where she opened her photographic studio and became well known for her chiaroscuro portraits. She developed an interest in performance art and combined it with photography in three solo performances that she held in Hong Kong (2015-2017) and were well received by the public. In 2018 she met kimono collector Prerna Chainani, with whom she elaborated Someone Else’s Silk, a performance about empathy.

Errante’s body of work investigates the notion of identity and our inner landscapes. With an academic path that led her from Anthropology to Neuroscience, she is a researcher who finds in photography the ideal medium to observe the human mind and represent its many manifestations. 

Currently based between Lake Como and Hong Kong, Errante works on commission and on personal projects. She is represented by galleries and her works are shown internationally at exhibitions and art fairs.

ART PERFORMANCES

2019 "I, Erotic", Heillandi Gallery, CH

2018 "Someone Else’s Silk", Hong Kong, CN

2017  "I, Erotic", Novalis Gallery, Hong Kong, CN

2016  "Unportrayed, Part II", Lightstage Gallery, Hong Kong, CN

2015  "Unportrayed, Part I", Lightstage Gallery, Hong Kong, CN


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018  "Transitions", La Cité du Temps, Geneva, CH

2017  "China Star", Vogue Photo Festival, Fondo Malerba per la Fotografia, Milano, IT

2017  "Departures", Novalis Gallery, Hong Kong, CN

2016  "Moments in Shadow", Lightstage Gallery, Hong Kong, CN 


COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

2018 “Emersio”, duo exhibition with artist Gabriele Corni, BIM, Milan, IT

2015  "HKID: Identity and Illusion", Lightstage Gallery, Hong Kong, CN


ART FAIRS

2019 Photo London, London, GB

2018  Shanghai Photo Fair, Shanghai, CN

2018  MIA Photo Fair, Milan, IT

2017  Fine Art Asia, Hong Kong, CN

2017  WopArt Fair, Lugano, CH

2017  Harbour Art Fair, Hong Kong, CN


PRESS

CATALOGO DELL’ARTE MODERNA N.54 . Mondadori Editore — IT 2018 | print

PHOTOFAIRS — INTL 2018

PRESTIGE — HK 2018

REDMAG — IT 2017

VOGUE ITALIA — IT 2017

ARTPIL — INTL 2017

RETE FOTOGRAFIA — IT 2017

BLEEK MAGAZINE — RU 2017

EDGE OF HUMANITY MAGAZINE — INTL 2017

BEYONDERN — HK 2017

LIGHTSTAGE — HK 2016

HOKKfabrica — HK 2016

PUBLICATIONS

2014  "Cinque secoli di italiani a Hong Kong e Macau", Francesco Brioschi Editore, Milano, IT

2013  "500 Years of Italians in Hong Kong & Macau", Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong, CN

2008  "Beijing Architecture & Design", Iberia Center for Contemporary Art Publications, Madrid, ES

2005  "Wa", Under the Patronage of Ministry of Culture, Como, IT


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

2017  "The Human Face: Identity and Portrait", Rotary Club, Hong Kong, CN

2016  "Twenty Years in China: An Artistic (R)Evolution", Lightstage Gallery, Hong Kong, CN        

2016  "Architecture & Interior Design Photography", Insight School of Interior Design, Hong Kong, CN 

2015  "Creative seeing: Reinterpreting Space and Spacial Relationships", Insight School of Interior Design, Hong Kong, CN

2005  "China Nationalism: Defining the relationship between ethnicity and the Chinese Identity", IULM University of Milan, IT  

2002  "Composing Space: Architectural Photography and Image composition", Chongqing University, CN