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Romina Shama’s finished pieces remain in a transitory state, then, at once present and withdrawn.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
Shifted Condition of Presence, video projection, Le Boudoir2.0, Les Rencontres d’Arles.
Invisible Wall, Place de la République, Les Rencontres d’Arles.
Self exhibited (With Pauline Klein), Performance within Pistoletto’s Installation, VnH Gallery, Paris
Floor Invisible Wall, Place de la République, les Rencontres d’Arles
Paris Photo Los Angeles Galerie E.G.P
Fragments, Galerie E.G.P, Paris
Tarentel 1, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, curated by Christoph Tannert, Berlin
Rachel Rom, Galerie E.G.P, Paris
Naked and Hurt, Visionnaire’s Gallery, Paris (solo)
Escape and Wander, Three Seven Us, Paris (solo)
Run, SAKS Gallery, Geneva (solo)
Selected group shows
If the Rich Stopped Reproducting, AutoItalia, London
Pointless vanishing point Video installation and Land Art in situ displacement piece, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne
Silk, curated by Andreas Krueger, Wilner Bauerei, Berlin
Party Pooper at Franzkowiak and Westphal Gallery, Berlin
Poesis in collaboration with artist Anthony Bannwart
Mother Serie exhibited at «Portrait(s)» Festival in Vichy
Rachel Rom vs Irina Ionesco commissionnée by Anna Alix Koffi, Portrait
La chambre double performance avec Olivier Bardin,
Centre Pompidou, Metz
Tainpings avec Pauline Klein, Baselland
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
Face up, curated by Dior’s suite Cannes Film Festival
Transparent portrait photo exhibition at Visionaire’s Gallery, Paris
Summer show, SAKS Gallery, Geneva
Portrait exhibition, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes
Portraits, Galerie Joyce, Paris
Visionaire, Galerie de la Bourse, Paris
Ten Deluxe Gallery, Hoxton square, London
No Title Show Covent Garden Gallery, London
The Group show St Martin’s Gallery, London
RACHEL ROM, limited edition of 20 published by Préféré
SHIFTED CONDITION OF PRESENCE
POINTLESS VANISHING POINT
PLATEFORME 2018 FOTOMUSEUM WINTERTHUR
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