I am actually based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I began taking pictures with an old Pentax Spotmatic that I bought to begin my studies.
My first pictures show a clear attraction to the magic of street photography, de city and its inhabitants. I studied Social Anthropology in the University of Buenos Aires with a Mayor in Visual Anthropology and Arts.
As a Visual Anthropologist, I believe that the visual mediums (photography & Film) can work, not only as an “open window” to a world, certainly underrepresented, but also as a way to interact with the “otherness”. I mean by this last affirmation, that it is very important to work “with” the subjects, in a collaborative strategy, trying to work together in a sort of coproduction. A don´t feel so seduced by the idea of plain objectivity in social science, but strongly feel the great power of synergy that can be achieved when working together with different human collectives or particular individuals.
The innumerable consequences of this type of work, and the concept of reflexivity that operate within the group during the process of the ethnographic experience, enriches and certainly empowers the participants in many ways.
The thoughts and emotions that overcome after they can see and discuss the images or film produced is sincerely overwhelming for all parties involved in this process. It is nothing more than a democratization of their knowledge and memories. This method of co-working will guarantee the final deepness obtained by long-term relations with the subjects, and, the quality of the material obtained.
My main objective is to achieve, through mature storytelling skills, a deep and sincere view of different human conditions, helping to amplify diverse human voices and collaborating with the mission of “opening a window” to different human realities. Specifically, “the invisible ones”, the human collectives underrepresented.
I have personally experienced the importance of this line of work to create bridges that can join different societies, human groups or cultures for a better understanding and collaborate with development plans for the subdued populations I work with.
In the case of the Native American cultures, in Argentina, their existence is framed in an extreme poverty and exclusion conditions. Their memories, oral history, traditions and knowledge has been denied or taken for granted. They suffer exploitations of many kinds. This type of work can empower these collectives and open new ways of creating a better society.
2016-Present. General consultant and advisor in www.originiarios.org
2016. Achieved an Individual Grant from the Arts National Fund. Ministry of Culture. Argentina.
2009-Present. Member of the Permanent Program of investigation, development of the indigenous communities of Argentina. Anthropology Department. University of Buenos Aires.
2012-2013. Member of Project LASVIMIA (Laboratorio di Storie di Vita di Inmigranti italiani in Argentina) Production of Film Archive of Life Stories of Italian immigrant in Argentina.
Consorzio Interuniversitario Italiano per l’Argentina (CUIA). Università La Sapienza di Roma. Dipartimento di Storia, Culture e Religioni y Dipartimento di Metodi e modelli per l’economia, il territorio e la finanza. Università degli Studi di Perugia. Dipartimento Uomo e Territorio. Università Politecnica Delle Marche. Dipartimento di Economia. Universidad Nacional de La Matanza (UNLaM). Departamento de Derecho y Ciencia Política Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). Facultad de Filosofía y Letras y Centro de Investigaciones de Estudios Latinoamericanos para el Desarrollo y la Integración (CEINLADI) Universidad Nacional de Lomas de Zamora (UNLZ) Facultad de Ciencias Sociales Federación de Asociaciones Calabresas en la Argentina (FACA) Nuevas Generaciones de Origen Italiano (NGI)
2007-2010. Member of the Visual Anthropology Program. Anthropology Department. University of Buenos Aires.
2009. Group Grant from the Metropolitan Arts Fund. Ministry of Culture. Buenos Aires City government.
2009-2010. Member of the Sociocultural Research and Intervention with Immigrant Population (GIISPI) Prof. Alejandro Goldberg.
Anthropology Department. University of Buenos Aires.
2015. Documentary Film presentation “Na Sam” (About Us). Centro Cultural Nestor Kirchner. Buenos Aires City.
2013. Presentation of the Life Stories Archives of Italian immigrants in Argentina. Università La Sapienza di Roma.
2011. Exhibition “Photography of the People of the North Wind”. Centro Cultural Adán Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires City
2010 . Documentary Film Footage Presentation about Senegalese and Bolivian immigrants in Argentina. EXPO UBA. University of Buenos Aires.
2010. Photography Exhibition “Commuting spaces”, Urban transport Essays. University of Buenos Aires.
2009. Photography Exhibition. “A street photography approach to the City of Buenos Aires”. Centro Cultural Paco Urondo. University of Buenos Aires.
2003. Creative Photography I, II, III – Profesor Rodolfo Lozano, Motivarte School of Photography.
2002. Documentary Photography – Motivarte School of Photography.
2001. Photography – Motivarte School of Photography.