Bio

Romina Shama is an Italian-Egyptian artist born in Switzerland. After a degree in anthropology at the University of Lausanne, she studied at the Central Saint Martins School in London, and then settled in Paris. Romina is a photographer and her work is an inquiry into the condition of presence. She seeks to transform exhibitions into sites of questioning, and to interrogate representation within the new, immaterial era, one in which the image alone is no longer sufficient.

 

In 2012, questioning our modes of representation, she created a personal doppelgänger by reversing her name: Rachel Rom, who fractures Romina’s identity just as she binds it together. It is under this “negative” pseudonym that the artist introduced the almost obsessive mise en abîme of the portraits and objects she creates, and then began to appropriate the objects, work and texts of other artists.

 

"I reinterpret my working materials infinitely, creating tautologies through which to interrogate the possibilities of a given work. If the subject-object is transitory,

it invites the onlooker to reflect upon its genesis, upon the time already elapsed, where we can never be, the time before. The object announces the future. It never stops, remains forever uncompleted."

 

Romina Shama’s finished pieces remain in a transitory state, then, at once present and withdrawn. But if her work tends unfailingly toward the absence of form, it is the form of this progression that interests her. 

 

In 2019, she founded the Musée Transitoire. 


 

 

Selected solo exhibitions

 

2017

Shifted Condition of Presence, video projection, Le Boudoir2.0, Les Rencontres d’Arles.

Invisible Wall, Place de la République, Les Rencontres d’Arles.

2016

Self exhibited (With Pauline Klein), Performance within Pistoletto’s Installation, VnH Gallery, Paris

Floor Invisible Wall, Place de la République, les Rencontres d’Arles

2015

Paris Photo Los Angeles Galerie E.G.P

2014

Fragments, Galerie E.G.P, Paris

Tarentel 1, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, curated by Christoph Tannert, Berlin

2013

Rachel Rom, Galerie E.G.P, Paris

2010

Naked and Hurt, Visionnaire’s Gallery, Paris (solo)

Escape and Wander, Three Seven Us, Paris (solo)

2008

Run, SAKS Gallery, Geneva (solo)

 

 

Selected group shows

 

2019

If the Rich Stopped Reproducting, AutoItalia, London

2018 

Pointless vanishing point Video installation and Land Art in situ displacement piece, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne

2016

Silk, curated by Andreas Krueger, Wilner Bauerei, Berlin

Party Pooper at Franzkowiak and Westphal Gallery, Berlin

Poesis in collaboration with artist Anthony Bannwart

June-Sept 2015

Mother Serie exhibited at «Portrait(s)» Festival in Vichy

2015

Rachel Rom vs Irina Ionesco commissionnée by Anna Alix Koffi, Portrait

Festival, Vichy

La chambre double performance avec Olivier Bardin,

Centre Pompidou, Metz

Tainpings  avec Pauline Klein, Baselland

2014

Be my Guest group show at Galerie E.G.P

Arts et Mobile à l’Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, INHA, Paris

Performance exhibition  avec Olivier Bardin, le Louvre, Paris

Poesis» Art Basel Miami

Fashion for future Art exhibition fundraiser

Replica curated by Martin Margiela Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris

2012

Face up, curated by Dior’s suite Cannes Film Festival

2009

Transparent portrait photo exhibition at Visionaire’s Gallery, Paris

Summer show, SAKS Gallery, Geneva

Portrait exhibition, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes

2007

Portraits, Galerie Joyce, Paris

Visionaire, Galerie de la Bourse, Paris

2002-2006

Ten Deluxe Gallery, Hoxton square, London

No Title Show Covent Garden Gallery, London

The Group show St Martin’s Gallery, London

 

Livres

 

RACHEL ROM, limited edition of 20 published by Préféré

SHIFTED CONDITION OF PRESENCE

WITHIN WITHIN

INVISIBLE WALL

POINTLESS VANISHING POINT

L’OSPITE

 

Nomination

 

PLATEFORME 2018 FOTOMUSEUM WINTERTHUR

 

Education

 

2019 Curating, Sothebys

2003 BA(HONS) Fine ART Media, Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, Londres

1998 Licence en Antropologie, Université de Lausanne

1996 Maturité Fédérale à l’ENSR, Lausanne