“Rosa Sentinella” by Rachele Maistrello presented at Vinitaly

Saturday, 13 April 2024


Art bursts into the most important fair dedicated to wine

Zenato Academy presents a new project at Vinitaly 2024

The photographic exhibition “Rosa Sentinella” by Rachele Maistrello

From early May on display at Tenuta Zenato in Peschiera del Garda (VR)


The photographic exhibition “Rosa Sentinella” by the artist Rachele Maistrello was inaugurated at Vinitaly at the Zenato stand, which opens a new phase of the international Zenato Academy project, with which the Venetian company wanted to invest in young people and promote a new reflection on the culture of wine, territory and traditions.

From May the exhibition will be set up in the Tenuta S. Cristina in Peschiera del Garda (VR), and will then participate in Italian and international events and exhibitions.

“After four years of experience in Wine. Beyond objects/landscape/portrait/photography, which saw the participation of students from four international photography schools, from the from the Academy of "Belle Arti di Brera",, to the F/16 school of Berlin, to the FMAV of Modena and to the School of Visual Art in New York - says Nadia Zenato - we decided to involve a single artist under 40, who was left completely free to represent the values she perceived in the company's estates and which pushed her to look at the places differently. And this year too we have decided to dedicate a large space of our stand to setting up the photographic exhibition to demonstrate the value we give to this project".

“The meeting with Zenato produced a work in Rachele Maistrello's research that is in continuity with the aesthetics of previous works - explains Luca Panaro, artistic director of Zenato Academy. - Unlike other commissioned projects, where the artist is invited to reinterpret the image of a company, in this case it is the company that enters into the artist's work".

“On this occasion a new geography has stretched an ideal line that has touched many different moments: Nadia Zenato's childhood sensorial memories; the sensations of Silvano, a winemaker, waiting for the always different and sometimes unpredictable harvest; the vibrations of Andrea's jeep and his story among the rows of his first meeting with Sergio Zenato - says Rachele Maistrello -. My work has managed to remain coherent because it is free by nature and has fed on these discoveries in an anarchic way, assembling them between the pages with a poetic coherence, illogical and sensible at the same time. Like a negative which, when brought to light, reveals a hidden image, taken by mistake, which gives a different meaning to all the others diligently taken".

Rachele Maistrello's silhouettes are a way to rediscover the wonder of childhood, they appear among the production tools, they have a purple color that is similar to the grape that gives life to Amarone and Ripassa. They represent the values that the artist perceived in the Estates and pushed her to look at the places differently, inserting cardboard shapes in unexpected contexts, ready to generate an alienating image. The shell recalls the identity of the territory of Lugana wine, produced in the lower Garda area on a particular soil left over from the last glaciations. The geometric figures refer to the love for the land and the bond with family tradition. The jewels to the preciousness of our wines and to the Zenato family's vocation for beauty and the world of art. The laboratory is the place designated by the artist to play with the shapes and make his cardboard diamonds shine. It is the environment in which wine is studied and where stills, scales and computers coexist, ready to test, predict and ensure the quality of the product.

The title of the project refers to the custom of the "sentinel rose", which in the past was planted at the head of the rows, as it was the first to show the symptoms of any diseases that could affect the vine.

Among the works that make up the exhibition set up at the stand, seven are analogue photographs framed and mounted under a passepartout. A video shows hands in the act of miming the gestures of pruning, which we similarly find on a large fabric print with the reproduction of the negatives made by the artist. In front of this blow-up and the video we can imagine a sort of dance.

The exhibition is completed with the printing of an artist's book in Italian and English, which contains more than forty images including photographs and graphic plates. Biblos Editions – Zenato Academy.

In addition to Nadia Zenato, the artist Rachele Maistrello and the curator Luca Panaro, the inauguration of the exhibition was attended by the President of the Veneto Region Luca Zaia and the Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Verona, Marta Ugolini, who underlined the ability and the courage of companies to invest in cultural projects that enhance the excellence of our country.


Rachele Maistrello (1986, Vittorio Veneto) is an Italian visual artist.
She trained at the IUAV University of Venice, the École nationale supérieure des beaux-Arts in Paris and at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste in Zurich.
His works are present in private collections and European museums, including: MAXXI – National Museum of 21st Century Arts (Rome), Galleria Civica di Modena, MUFOCO – Museum of Contemporary Photography (Cinisello Balsamo), Regione Emilia Romagna Collection, Gallery Civic of Modena, Castromediano Museum, Lecce.