Simona Ghizzoni


B. 1977
italian
Based in Roma

Simona was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1977. She began her career studying Music and Arts, an influence that continues to be present in her work. After gaining an MA in History of photography, she’s been selected for the Reflexions Master class, held by the photographer Giorgia Fiorio and the curator Gabriel Bauret (2006), and in 2009 for the 16th World Press Photo - Joop Swart Master class.

Since 2005, Ghizzoni has committed herself to long-term documentary projects concerning the condition of women; at the same time, she has been conducting a personal research, entitled Rayuela, exploring, almost in the form of a diary, her own femininity.

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She uses the medium of photography, writing and video to capture people and places around the world, blurring the lines between documentary and personal research: many of her images are taken on socially-inspired assignments, but she employs compositions that impose a dramatic, at times even fantastical, narrative.

Examples of (long-term) projects are Odd Days, concerning eating disorders and women’s long and hard path towards recovery, by living for long periods of time in a treatment centre in Italy; Afterdark, her latest work about the consequences of war on women’s psychological life in the Mediterranean area: Jordan, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Western Sahara; UNCUT, a documentary project about women’s alliances against female genital mutilations in Africa and Europe, produced by the European Journalism Centre and ActionAid, now shortlisted at the Sony World Photography Award 2016.

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Selected works

Il mare non bagna Napoli

Il mare non bagna Napoli

Simona Ghizzoni

The subway train exits on a causeway in the northern suburbs of Naples: popular blocks, an almond field, concrete terraces. Piscinola/ Scampia is the last stop. Known since a few years ago as Europe's largest open-air drug market and for the bloody massacres of Camorra (La Faida/ the feud), Scampia is experiencing a period of…

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Rayuela

Rayuela

These are the last things, she wrote. One by one they disappear and never come back. I can tell you of the ones I have seen, of the ones that…

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Uncut

Uncut

Women’s alliances against female genital mutilations An ordinary room, or a dark hut in a rural village. A razor blade bought at a market will suffice, or a sharp knife,…

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Odd days

Odd days

Quod me nutrit me destruit I first met Simona in March 2008 at Palazzo Francisci in Todi, a rehabilitation centre for the treatment of Eating Disorders. She got rushed to…

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Tutto parla di te

Tutto parla di te

Pauline's dream / photographs created for "Tutto parla di te" , a movie by Alina Marazzi. With Charlotte Rampling, Elena Radonicich, Valerio Binasco, Maria Grazia Mandruzzato (Italy, 2012) Director's notes.…

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Interviews