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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Rêve Géologique

Rêve Géologique

Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official expert group who presented…

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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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Isola

Isola

“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.”

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Interviews