About me

About me

I am a documentary and architectural photographer based in Trieste and Salsomaggiore Terme – Parma. I studied architecture and I work as photo editor, professional photographer and editorial consultant.

Since my early age, I have been cultivating the art of film photography, and during my university studies I explored digital photography and techniques of digital representation. In 2010, I co-founded a cultural association committed to urban regeneration in Trieste, for which I remain responsible of photography until 2015. During this period I created a map of hundreds of abandoned buildings because of the city degrowth. At the same time, I started my career as a curator of other photographers. In 2012, I conceived and directed “Elsewhere – Mental Health & Human Rights International Festival”, a multidisciplinary international festival with the patronage of the Council of Europe. In addition, I led documentary projects which show the difficult relationship between man, nature and anthropized space.

In 2016, I attended the international masterclasses of photojournalism “Visual Storytelling in the Digital Age”, organized by ICP- International Center of Photography (New York) and Camera – Italian Center for Photography (Torino).

All these experiences allowed me to define my approach to my assignment and personal works, undertaking several long-term projects, including “On moving border”.
I was committed in social projects, among others with Women Anti-violence Center, International House of Women, InsideOut Project (For the right of the second-generation immigrants citizenship).
Currently I am pursuing projects that affect environment, local cultures, and life along the border area.

Selected clients and editorial include:

Demus SpA, DemusLab srl, Miot srl, Architetto Elena Carlini Studio [Museo Podrecca (Cividale – IT), Padiglione Coldiretti EXPO 2015 (Milano IT), Passerella Pubblica per Acquedotto Randaccio (Trieste IT), Private Houses and Spaces …], Minimal srl, AR Elettronica – Led lighting leader, Impact HUB Trieste, SISSA International School for Advanced Studies – Master of Master in Complex Actions, TEDx Trieste, Bake Agency, Good Vibrations Ent. s.p.a., G&Life s.p.a.

Sole24ore – Edilizia e Territorio, Abitare web – international design magazine, Le Grand Jeu – art website, JulietArt Magazine, Temporeale – La rivista a Banda Larga, Circolo della Stampa Trieste, Scuola Europea Sommelier

Selected Pubblications, Books and Self Publishing:

Michele Smargiassi, “Are the verbs in the picture abacus?” [ originally “Nell’abecedario della fotografia ci sono i verbi?“], on Fotocrazia – Evoluzioni e rivoluzioni nel futuro, nel presente e nel passato del fotografico on Repubblica.it, January 14 2019

“White prelude – il futuro entra in noi molto prima che accada”,
January 2019 – Artist’s book: 34 pages, 14,8 x 21,0 cm (A5), soft cover
10 numbered copies + 4 copies for private use

“Lasciapassare – Vivere il confine mobile”, March 2018 – Self Publish Book
92 pages, 14,8 x 21,0 cm (A5), extraprint paper 160gr
I Ed – 60 copies

“Torino, Porta Palazzo raccontata dai fotografi di mezzo mondo”, su La Repubblica
Luglio 2016

“Nude Complexity” (Rolex Learning Centre in Lausanne, Designed by SANAA architects ) in “_NB i linguaggi della comunicazione”, fausto lupetti ed.  ( issn 11222050 )
November 2012

“Il Mio Carso 100 anni 100 immagini. Omaggio a Scipio Slataper” edited by Simone Volpato Editore, with the support of Biblioteca Statale Isontina and Pordenonelegge International Festival. ISBN-10: 8896925118 ISBN-13: 9788896925119
2012

Paper in “L’immagine è un testo” in AAVV, “Quotidiane Geometrie”, Ed. Lulu. (ISBN 978-1-4477-6694-0)
2011

Happening, performances,
readings, talks and workshops:

Talk: “R as relationship” – artistic investigation of emotions, expectations, gestures that “put into practice” the relationship between people, followed by a guided tour by the authors Elisa Biagi and Francesco Chiot, at Casa Internazionale delle Donne, Trieste (IT) — December 11, 2018

Workshop: “R as Relation” creative communication labs – the polysemy of images dealt with image collages, conceived and curated by Elisa Biagi, promoted by Casa Internazionale delle Donne, Trieste (IT), under the patronage of the Municipality of Trieste and Department of Equal Opportunities, with the contribution of Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region – November 14, 2018 and December 12, 2018

Talk: “Relation is” dialogue and presentation of the long-term project carried out jointly with Francesco Chiot, with the participation of Federica Purgatori, curated by Daria Tommasi for Casa Internazionale delle Donne, Trieste (IT) — November 9, 2018

Talk “What does it mean living today on a moving border?”, about my last long term project On moving border and my book Lasciapassare.
At Anaxum – Circolo Culturale e Fotografico, Precenicco UD (IT) — August 16, 2018

Travel tips and arts talk with “Femminile plurale”, curated by Federica Purgatori
Trieste (IT) — September 2015

Talk about “Image of abandonment. Elisa Biagi, objectives and instruments of images” – Lab. Planning curated by Arch. Fabio Alessandro Fusco
Politecnico di Milano (IT) — May 2014

What’s on now:

Eureka! – collective exhibition
Biblioteca Statale Stelio Crise, Trieste (IT)
November 9 — December 15, 2019
Catalog: https://bit.ly/2CU5F4A
Website: http://www.fotografiazeropixel.it/

The next appointments

Eureka! – collective exhibition
Grin Photo Gallery, Umag, Croatia (HR)
Dates to be defined

Selected exhibitions:

Terra – collective exhibition
Spazio espositivo Torre di San Martino, Buje, Croatia (HR)
May 23 — June 21, 2019

Terra – collective exhibition
Sala Mostre Mario Di Iorio, Biblioteca Statale Isontina, Gorizia (IT)
From June 29, 2019

Terra – collective exhibition
Grin Photo Gallery, Umag, Croatia (HR)
March 1 – 10, 2019

R come Relazione – solo show with Francesco Chiot
Casa Internazionale delle Donne, Trieste (IT)
November 9 – December 21, 2018

Terra – collective exhibition
Biblioteca Statale Stelio Crise, Trieste (IT)
November 5 — November 30, 2018 • extended to January 11, 2019
https://bit.ly/32XewNl

Rivelazioni – solo show
Ospedale Infantile Burlo Garofolo Trieste
From 5 Sep until 5 Oct 2018

Confini – collective exhibition
Casa del marinaretto, Precenicco, Udine (IT)
August 16 — September 2, 2018

Perugia Social Photo Festival / SpaziOFF – collective exhibition
Officine Fratti, Perugia (IT)
March 10 — April 8 (extended to April 15) 2018

Il cielo in una stanza – collective exhibition
Ospedale Infantile Burlo Garofolo Trieste (IT)
January 24 — March 7, 2018

Corigliano Calabro Fotografia 2017 – collective exhibition
Castello Ducale di Corigliano Calabro, Cosenza (IT)
September 2 — October 31, 2017

Lasciapassare. Vivere il confine mobile – solo show
Galleria L’impronta, Cosenza (IT)
February 25 – March 17, 2017

Beat • Pulse of the place – collective exhibition
Camera – Centro italiano per la Fotografia, Torino (IT)
July 30, 2016

Innesti / Grafts – solo show
Casa Internazionale delle Donne, Trieste (IT)
June 1 – 24, 2016

Immaginario oltre la crisi – collective exhibition
Sala Veruda, Palazzo Costanzi, Trieste (IT)
February 6 – 28, 2016

Taste of Italy – collective exhibition
Valitalia pop-up shop – Soho, New York (US)
December 2015

Sesso, cibo, ideologie e altri formidabili inganni della mente umana
– collective exhibition
Teatro Miela – Trieste (IT)
October 23 – December 5, 2015

Femminile Plurale – collective performance
Pubblic Art – Happening, performances, reading and art talk in Trieste (IT)
September 8, 2015

Ti mangio con gli occhi • nuove liesons alimentari – collective exhibition
DoubleRoom visual arts gallery, Trieste (IT)
April 23 – May 32, 2016

Suggestioni carsiche – collective exhibition
Sala Mostre Fenice – Trieste (IT) (Circolo Fotografico Fincantieri-Wärtsilä)
February 2015

Il Mio Carso – Omaggio a Scipio Slataper – collective exhibition
Kosovelov Dom – Sežana, Slovenia (SLO) May 13 – June 15, 2014
Sala Mostre Mario Di Iorio, Biblioteca Statale Isontina, Gorizia (IT) April 22 – May 2, 2013
Magazzino delle Idee Public Gallery, Trieste (IT) October 2012

Il Carso – collective exhibition
Sala Mostre Fenice – Trieste (IT) (Circolo Fotografico Fincantieri-Wärtsilä)
February 2014

Scenari di maggese – collective exhibition
Teatro Miela – Trieste (IT)
April 2014

Movimenti – collective exhibition
Galleria di Arte Moderna Trieste – Museo Revoltella (IT)
May 2012

Behind the scenes of a short film: Arturo – solo show
Galleria di Arte Moderna Trieste – Museo Revoltella (IT)
November 2011

Motherland. 1000 fotografie 1 sola terra – collective exhibition
Galleria Spazio 42mm – Roma (IT)
September 23 – October 9, 2011

FotoGrafia • UomoSpazio – collective exhibition
Associazione Mimexity Trieste (IT)
August 2010

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