Daniele Barbieri is an Italian semiologist. He is interested in textual analysis and, more generally, in issues concerning visual, image narration and poetry, themes on which he has published twelve books (two translated into foreign languages) and more than 400 articles. He has taught at the University of Bologna (1995-96 and 2001-2009), the University of Rome (1996-98), the University of Urbino (2001-2009), the Polytechnic of Milan (2007-2008), SUPSI of Lugano (2007-2013), the University of S.Marino (2014 to date), at the ISIA of Florence (1996-97) and Urbino (1996 to date), at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna (since 2007, where he is now a permanent member) and the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts of Turin (2012-2013).www.danielebarbieri.it
Enrica Casentini is an Italian artist based in Paris. Her work spans drawing, sculpture and installation, through which she investigates our collective or personal experience of space. She has been awarded prizes and has exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including: the Saatchi Gallery, London, Officine Saffi gallery, Milan, Palazzo di Archiginnasio, Bologna, Hackney Museum, London, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje. She was a resident artist at Amfora studio, Finland and Kammerhof Museum of Gmunden, Austria. Her work was recently selected for the prestigious 14th Westerwald Prize, Westerwald Museum, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany.www.enricacasentini.com
Gaëtan Chevrier is a trained designer and self-taught photographer. He perfected his practice through workshops in Paris and Arles and since 2006, he has been working as an independent photographer. His artistic work focuses on the representation of the landscape and how this is transformed by the human hand. In parallel, he undertakes commissions for architects and urbanists, always maintaining a sensitive and human approach towards built and developing spaces. In 2019, he co-founded with Jérôme Blin the photography publishing house 'Sur La Crête'. He lives in Nantes, and works in France and abroad.www.gaetanchevrier.com
Joey Chin (1986) is an artist and a Pushcart-nominated writer and poet. Her work is located at the intersection of text, narrative and visual art, staged through poetry, acts and modes of reading, and various disruptions. Her key focus is in the development of personal communications between the self, markings of territoriality, and the inner conversations between the two. She explores etymologies and language use of the Chinese and Greek language through the English lyric and prose. Joey holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the City University of Hong Kong, and her work has received scholarships, grants, and awards from numerous organisations including ArtHub Asia, Asia Europe Foundation, the Royal Over-seas League Arts (United Kingdom), the Dorothy Cheung Foundation (Singapore), the National Arts Council (Singapore), the Run Run Shaw Library (Hong Kong), and the Society for Humanistic Anthropology (US).www.joeychin.com
Originally from Venice, Maurizio Cinquegrani is a Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of Kent and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. After the dark and beautiful winter months spent at the Swedish Film Institute all those years ago, and mentioned in this article, Maurizio has written widely about film, memory, history and place and his work includes the monographs ‘Of Empire and the City: Remapping Early British Cinema’ (2014) and ‘Journey to Poland: Documentary Landscapes of the Holocaust’ (2018).
Vittorio Curzel is a psychologist and holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Padua. He is author and director of documentary films, RAI radio programs dealing with film music (‘I suoni del cinema’) and with the music of nomadic peoples of the world (‘Canto Nomade. Musiche, parole e immagini di popoli in viaggio’), essays. He designed and coordinated the Centro di Documentazione Visiva of Trento. He was a professor at the Universities of Bologna and Trento and director for the study, research and documentation of the territory, at TSM – Step Trentino School of Management – School for the Governance of the Territory and the Landscape. In 2016 he established the Chorus FilmFactory, a company dedicated to the production of documentary films.
Filmography: 2018, ‘Storie di terre e d’acqua: Adige Etsch’ (German vers. ‘Geschichten von Ländern und Wasser: Etsch Adige’); 2011, ‘Fino a quando …’ (‘Wie lange noch…’); 2006 ‘Nach Dresden’; 2000, ‘Art note book n.1: Paolo Tait’; 1994, ‘Canto dell’arte contro la guerra – To Sarajevo’
Antigoni Geronta is an architect and independent researcher based in Greece. She holds a PhD in Architecture (Polytechnic University of Catalunya, 2019) and a Master’s degree in Theory and Practice of the Architectural Project (UPC, 2011). She is co-founder of the association AntiArq established in Barcelona which takes an interdisciplinary approach between anthropology and architecture, conducting classes, workshops and seminars. Using the ethnographic method as an analytical tool of the socio-spatial structure of everyday life, her research and practice are concerned with the hermeneutics of architectural experience through time, childhood, community life, urban conflicts and dialectics of power. She is also a member of the Research Group Observatori Antropologia del Conflicte Urbà (OACU) and Grup de Recerca en Exclusió i Control Socials (GRECS) of University of Barcelona.
Riccardo Giacconi studied fine arts at the University IUAV of Venezia. His new solo exhibition will be presented at Grazer Kunstverein, as part of the steirischer herbst festival. His last film premiered at Visions du Réel, Nyon. He is a PhD candidate at PhDArts (Leiden University / KABK Den Haag).www.riccardogiacconi.com
Tommaso Gorla is an Italian artist and researcher with an interdisciplinary approach to the Visual Arts. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris and is currently a member of LAS – Laboratoire d’Anthropologie Sociale, France. He is founder and chief editor of the visual culture journal Anima Loci, as well as a founding member and curator for El Cocuy Projects, an itinerant curatorial project focused on contemporary music and sound art. His interests mainly revolve around topics of image agency and psychology of perception, which he explores through a variety of means, in particular, drawing. He currently teaches Visual Anthropology at Accademia Santa Giulia, Brescia, and works as a Visual Arts Tutor at the Verona Academy of Fine Arts.www.tommasogorla.co.uk
Sarah Gray is a Senior Research Analyst for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. By engaging with discourses from different fields Sarah aims to promote interdisciplinary research approaches to Africa. She has an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford and Graduate Diplomas in Arabic and Law. She has lived in London, Paris and Beirut and is currently studying for a PhD in History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Giorgio Guernier is a film-director based in London. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Screenwriting. His documentary feature film, Suburban Steps to Rockland (2017), has been presented at various film festivals around the world, receiving critical acclaim. It has been sold internationally and recently, has been bought by SKY UK. Never A Master Plan, his second feature film and drama debut, is currently in post-production. Giorgio also writes, edits and produces.www.imdb.com/name/nm6736835
Hania Halabi is a Palestinian Architect from Jerusalem currently working at Balmond Studio in London, which she first joined as the personal research assistant of Cecil Balmond OBE, to help with his latest research on a new theory of form. Within the studio, she also worked on a collaborative project with Utopia that aims at reimagining the future of slums in Mongolia through the application of emergence theory in planning. In 2014, Hania was awarded Goldsmiths Humanitarian Scholarship to pursue her masters at the Center for Research Architecture where she developed her interest in the interplay between space, power and conflict. In 2015, Hania joined the UK-based team of ‘Open Gaza’ project at Westminster University, pursuing individual research, which inquires into the relationship between Architecture, Time and Emotions. This project was later presented as part of the ‘Architecture, Democracy & Emotions’ conference, held at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin in 2016. Her most recent research entitled ‘Mind the Trap: A Glimpse into Occupied London’ was presented at London Design Biennale in 2018.www.haniahalabi.com
Alžběta Kovandová is a documentary film director and researcher, originally from Prague, Czech Republic. She is currently based in London, works as a freelance filmmaker and is undertaking a PhD in ‘Film: Practice as Research’ at the University of Kent. Her PhD project lies in between documentary film and anthropology and focuses on the topic of home in London. Alžběta has made several short documentary and experimental films, which were screened at international film festivals and shortlisted for awards such as the best Czech short documentary award or Magnesia Award for the best student film. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Department of Documentary Film at FAMU in Prague and subsequently studied Master of Research in Art and Design at Liverpool John Moores University.www.alzbetakovandova.com
Dario Li Gioi
Dario Li Gioi was born in Erice (Trapani) and works as a freelance photographer based in Rome. In 2016 he founded L.I.S.A. Collective with Santolo Felaco and Gian Marco Sanna. In his photography, he explores social and anthropological issues. He studied documentary photography at Officine Fotografiche, Rome and continued at WSP Photography, Rome. His work has been published in books and magazines including, L’Espresso, D di Repubblica, Phaidon, Nobel Prize, Witness Journal, Lensculture, Vice Italy, and Click Magazine. His Gymnasium series won first prize at the MIFA sports category in 2015, and has been exhibited in 2016 at WSP Photography, Rome, Italy, and in 2019 at Studio Tiepolo 38, Rome, Italy.www.darioligioi.org
Susana Ljuljanovic was born in Rome in 1987. She works and lives in Bologna, Italy. Her pictorial research explores the features and uniqueness of a person and their identity. Identity is considered through the body that acts as a mediator between us and the world.www.susanaljuljanovic.com
Born in Biella in 1977, Simone Ludovico is an Italian photographer who works as a teacher at secondary school (scuola media). He graduated in Territorial, Urban and Environmental Planning at the Polytechnic of Milan, with a thesis on the relationship between cartography and photography as a means to build specific territorial overviews. Since 2010 he has collaborated with institutions that work with people with mental and physical disabilities, as well as economic and social hardship. In 2013 and 2014 he worked with the Voghera prison conducting photography workshops with inmates. Since 2015, he has worked in different schools (primary and secondary), organising projects concerning the exploration of urban space.www.simoneludovico.it
Fantina Madricardo is a researcher at the Insitute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR- CNR) in Venice, Italy. She obtained a degree in Physics from the University of Padova, Italy and a PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Hamburg, Germany. In 2008, she was post-doc fellow at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. Her main research topics are applied geophysics and underwater acoustics with focus on seafloor mapping and geomorphology. She is interested in semi-automatic classification of seismic and of multibeam echosounder data for seabed sediment characterisation, benthic habitat mapping and geomorphometric analysis.
Pedro Maia is an artist and researcher. He is a Professor in the Drawing Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP), and a Guest Professor at the School of Architecture Lusófona University of Porto (ULP). He holds a PhD in Drawing and is presently engaged in an ARS&URBS Research Project connected with the representation of urban panoramas of the Iberic Peninsula with the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Granada. Maia has been a practising artist since 1988.
Andrea Morbio studied Anthropology at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale in Paris. He has presented artistic and research projects in various museums and institutions, including the 16th edition of the Rome Quadriennale and the Mudec – Museum of Cultures in Milan, with a work on Sarita Colonia. Along with Riccardo Giacconi, he is the author of the RAI radio documentary ‘Il Ritorno del Vendicatore’, on the shortlist for Prix Italia 71. He works as a Content Specialist at Logotel, Milan.
Andrea Mubi Brighenti
Andrea Mubi Brighenti is a professor of Social Theory and Space & Culture at the Department of Sociology, University of Trento, Italy. His research topics focus on space, power and society. His books include “The Ambiguous Multiplicities: Materials, episteme and politics of some cluttered social formations” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), “Visibility in Social Theory and Social Research” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) and “Territori migranti” [“Migrant Territories. Space and Control of Global Mobility”] (ombre corte, 2009). He is the founder and editor of the independent online web journal “lo Squaderno” (www.losquaderno.professionaldreamers.net) and has launched the publishing project “professionaldreamers”.www.losquaderno.professionaldreamers.net
Laura Phillips is a Sagittarius, non-smoking artist who lives and works between Bedminster, South Bristol and Southmead, North Bristol. Her work investigates the complexity of obsolescence and precarity as narrative devices. Phillips uses a mixture of photochemical processes, sounds and digital imagery and often makes work through conversation and collaboration. She makes films and plays waterphone in the audio-visual project Viridian Ensemble, who perform live improvised music and images (both digital and analogue) to produce an ethereal blend of film and noise which reimages folklore and femininity. Their recent releases include The Prelude commission for The Quietus and Aerial Festival 2020. Her work has been acquired by the Arts Council England Collection, and previous presentations of her work include at International Film Festival Rotterdam (2020); Supernormal Festival (2019) Oxfordshire; NAWR at BBC Studios Swansea (2019); and Arnolfini (2019/20), Bristol.www.lauraphillips86.co.uk
Francesca Piazzoni is a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool, School of Architecture. Her research explores the politics of public space with a focus on design justice, insurgent urbanisms, and critical heritage. A licensed architect, Francesca started interrogating authenticity by practicing preservation in Italy, Lithuania, and China, where she designed several “fake” towns herself. These experiences translated into a book titled The Real Fake: Authenticity and the Production of Space (Fordham University Press, 2018).
Flavio Pintarelli is a writer from Bolzano, Italy. He studied communication, semiotics and image theory at the University of Siena. He focuses on the exploration of digital, visual and urban cultures. He has published for several magazines, including ‘Internazionale’, ‘Prismo’, ‘The Towner’, ‘Rivista Letteraria’, ‘Vice’, ‘Il Manifesto’. He has also authored two books: ‘Su Facebook’ (:duepunti publishers) and ‘Stupidi Giocattoli di Legno’ (Agenzia X).
Amedeo Policante is a critical theorist and historian of political thought, based between the Brenta Dolomites and the University of Warwick, UK. He is the author of two recent monographs: I Nuovi Mercenari: Mercato Mondiale e Privatizzazione della Guerra [The new Mercenaries: The Global Market and the Privatisation of War] (Ombre Corte, 2014) and The Pirate Myth: Genealogies of an Imperial Concept (Routledge, 2016). His most recent project – On Molecular Production – will be published next year by Pluto Press.
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Hana Riazuddin is a doctoral candidate in Geography at King’s College London and director of The Body Narratives. Her research reflects on questions of young people’s mental health and wellbeing within the wider debate on urban and social transformation. Twitter: @hanariaz
Hannah Adeniji is a 16-year-old girl who lives in Lambeth and is interested in how her community is changing and how this affects people.
Amina Bouh a 16-year-old girl, lives in Lambeth and is fascinated by her community’s growth and how it has altered the behaviour of the people from her area.
Shamso Ali is a very curious 17-year-old girl who has a great interest in studying neuroscience. She is obsessed about the neurochemistry of the brain and wants to make her own documentaries surrounding the unseen truth about mental health.
Olamide Bamigboye is a 17-year-old girl from South London who is passionate about turning stories into power.
Francess Conteh is a 17-year-old girl and has lived in South West London her whole life. Although she’s moved around a lot, one thing that is prominent in all the areas she’s lived in is the variety of cultures and heritages; she wouldn’t change it for the world! She has a keen interest in music and the environment around her and would like to portray this through her work.
Elizabeth Kuyoro is a 16-year-old girl from South East London, she’s has an interest in her community, the diversity, and the changes within it. She hopes for there to be a change very soon.
Shahani Richards is a young, God-fearing female who is always ready to take on a challenge. She is always willing to explore and try new things and accepts that taking risks doesn’t always guarantee a happy ending.
Amina Sesay is a 17-year-old from South London. She’s lived in the city since she was eight weeks old and just can’t see herself leaving! Her interests include the study of black history, black archives, Anime, travelling, cooking and fashion.
Silvia Segalla is an Italian researcher and mountain enthusiast who lives and works in different cities in the Veneto region. She holds a Ph.D in Social Sciences from the University of Padua and, since 2015, has been working in an alpine refuge in the Belluno Dolomites.
Mark Stuart-Smith is a visual artist and researcher. He teaches art history at the City Literary Institute, London, and also runs art workshops for homeless adults in central London. Mark completed a PhD on silence in the work of the Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz in 2013 (Birkbeck) and holds an MA in Cultural Memory (Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London). His main research focus is on the history and memory of Francoism in Spanish art since 1945, and art education and homelessness. Recent articles have included ‘Opticality and Ventriloquism in Juan Muñoz’s The Wasteland (1986)’ (Art History, November 2017), and ‘From Mousike to Synaesthesia: New Interdisciplinary Agendas in Music and Visual Culture’ (Art History, February 2016, 173-181). The text published here relates to an upcoming exhibition of drawings and photographs: Peripheral landscapes: images of rural Spain and Wales. February 19-23, at the Four Corners Gallery in East London.markstuartsmith.co.uk
Raz Talhar was born in Malaysia and is a self-taught photographer. After working for over 2 decades as a freelance artist and designer, he now peruses his own personal photographic projects, with particular interest focused on the interactions at play between human society and the natural landscape.www.raztalhar.com
Christopher Thomson is a writer, photographer and filmmaker. His work concerns notions of home and the significance of place and landscape, often exploring the marginal spaces that give clues to our contemporary condition. His books include ‘The New Wild: Life in the Abandoned Lands’, ‘Travels Through Absence’ and ‘The Place Between’. The film ‘The New Wild’ premiered at various international festivals in 2017 and is now being distributed theatrically throughout Italy by Tucker film.www.christopherthomson.net
Giulio Todescan was born in Vicenza in 1981. He graduated in Communication Sciences from the University of Bologna, is a professional journalist, works at the Blum communication agency and collaborates with Corriere del Veneto. He is co-director of the documentaries Good luck, Vicenza (2007) and L’acqua calda e l’acqua fredda (2015) and one of the organisers of Working Title Film Festival. He is president of the association Laboratorio dell'inchiesta economica e sociale – Lies.
Lorenzo Valloriani is an Italian photographer from Florence, where he lives and works. His work focuses on documentary photography concerning man-altered landscapes. He has published for several magazines and journals including, Float magazine, Fotografia Europea, Booooooom, Of the land & us. His was was also included in the publication QP2 (Questo Paese) – an editorial project by Fulvio Bortolozzo.www.lorenzovalloriani.com
Jérémie Vaudaux is a self-taught photographer. He studied humanities & literature in Lyon and later, a master‘s in journalism in Bordeaux (Institut de Journalisme de Bordeaux-Aquitaine). For the past year, he has been on the road living in his truck. His practice of words and images revolves around the concepts of space and the human perception of it.jeremie-shanti-vaudaux.fr
Filippo Vogliazzo (1987) is an artist from Milan currently based in Berlin. He studied Visual Arts at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. His research focuses on the role of objects as parts of our surroundings, and what perception of ourselves they might indicate within a context. He thinks that as products of contemporary technological evolutions, the objects around us are hyper-objects, applications of traditional functionality, addressed by social conventions and employed by power structures that impact on our daily lives. Regulating norms, behavioural patterns, social spaces are challenged through his practice, merging different areas of study in a new critical perception of reality in order to question the constraining dynamic of elements that shape our surroundings. With an interdisciplinary practice that spans from investigations into materials, symbols and architectural forms to questions of poetic nature, with a discreet sensibility he attempts to explore how we act according to the space we move in.www.sabatonotte.com
Jonathan Zenti is an independent radio producer based in Milan, Italy. He was a finalist at the ‘Prix Europa’ twice, a winner of the ‘GanBéarla Award’ (2015) of the ‘Hearsay Audio Festival’, Ireland and a ‘Third Coast International Audio Festival Award’ recipient in 2018. In 2016, his podcast ‘Meat’ was one of the finalists for the ‘Radiotopia Podquest’. He is the curator of ‘Mondoascolti’ within the ‘Internazionale’ festival held in Ferrara, he is a content curator for ‘Voxnest’ and Creative Director of ‘Agave Production Studio’. Jonathan is a founder and board member of ‘MIRP – Meeting of Independent Radio Producers’. His works have been broadcast by Radio RAI, BBC, CBC and many other radios and podcasts around the globe. He is the author of the currently ongoing podcast, in Italian, ‘Problemi’.www.jonathanzenti.it