I’m a visual artist and a researcher; my favorite media are photography, writing and video. I have a background in cultural studies, with a focus on the Mediterranean and the Middle East, and I’m now carrying on a Ph.D in photography and Visual Art at Aix-Marseille University. My theoretical and practical research is centered on questioning the representation of the Mediterranean and its imagery. I focus on the sea as place/land and on its symbolic space; I am also interested in areas where transformation can be observed, focusing on a dualistic approach of connection/separation both from a philosophical and a sociological point of view. My works focus on how the space is perceived. I'm interested in exploring the balance between intimacy and extimacy and I try to represent the tensions between my inner and surrounding world. I mainly use digital photography and I am concentrating more and more on the way this medium is evolving in contemporary culture. I consider an image as a text that can be decomposed in different layers and read, re-used, manipulated, rephotographed. I am deepening my study about the archives as a means of artistic expression and as a way to consciously activate the interaction between the wide visual heritage inhabiting our minds with images that surrounds us. I am now teaching several experimental workshops which came as a result of the research and work I've been carrying on so far. I was born in the south of Italy and I live and work in Rome and Marseille. "You look out the window, but who is watching?" I. Calvino

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