3 young Nigerian women having fun during a rather hot italian summer day, Riace Marina, Italy, © Giovanna Del Sarto

Brighton Photo Biennial 2018 Instagram Takeover: Giovanna Del Sarto

Giovanna del Sarto is a London-based Italian photographer specialising in documentary photography.

‘She typically looks at the margins of societies and the aftermath of catastrophes, tracing experiences of precarious living to tackle her own ignorance and import stories, faces and voices seldom represented.

Her practice is strongly embodied and situated: each project is a direct response to specific situations; there is a mutual import of meaning between the situations addressed and what she chooses to capture on site(s). The outcome is ultimately the creation of an interruption, a space to stop and think, to see things differently, watch how spaces are inhabited and the diverse ways in which everyday life unfolds within specific socio-cultural and political economies.’

Del Sarto is currently undertaking her long-term project, A Polaroid For A Refugee (ApfaR),which depicts points of transition in the lives of individual refugees. ApfaR has been exhibited in UK, Berlin, France, Switzerland (where it won the Lugano Photo Festival Women open call), Georgia, and Italy, and published in worldwide media. Since completing an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, in 2008, she has been working as a freelance documentary photography and digital postproduction retoucher.

 

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Good morning to everyone of you. I am Giovanna @Apolaroidforarefugee and @giodeano taking over for the week.. My third day is about Georgia and ‘her’ people. “Only Crazy People Take Pictures Here” (2014) Born during a workshop by @laura_hynd during @kolgatbilisiphoto , this series of portraits have been taken in 3 different towns Tbilisi, Gori and Batumi. The title “Only Crazy People Take Pictures Here” was shouted at me by an irate woman from a balcony, while I was taking pictures in Africa, a suburb of Tbilisi. I photographed people using a backdrop, which would conceal the environment they were in. Doing so, I created a portrait, which, I hope, makes the viewer attention shift from the subject to the background and vice versa. The backdrop fabric was selected from a local market and used as a makeshift studio. Every person is photographed with an object or simply with their passion. For example, Butterfly kissed one of her kittens and pilgrims of a religious festival showed their prized possessions, blessed by the priests before being sacrificed for St. George’s Day feast. #photoworks_uk #Apolaroidforarefugee #giodeano #instagramtakeover #tbilisi #nikonD3S #portraits

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I am Giovanna @Apolaroidforarefugee and @giodeano taking over for the week. This my last post for today. Tomorrow I will introduce you to another project A Polaroid for a Refugee depicts points of transition in the lives of individual refugees. The Polaroids reflect the inner strength and dignity maintained by refugees during their long and harrowing journeys. For every Polaroid I take, I give one to the refugee as a reminder of the moment. On the back of the Polaroid is a simple statement: “Wherever your destination may be – tell me when you feel you have reached a safe place.”This is a message of hope, which, sadly, for some may never be fulfilled. Since August 2017, I have been visiting people who have kept in touch with me and are building new lives in Europe. Some, such as Fahima, still have the original Polaroid, enabling us to reunite the two Polaroids in the place that they have chosen to rebuild their lives. Others, such as Rohina, had their Polaroids confiscated along the way but kept hold of my contact details and kept in touch. Part II of APfaR has in its sight all the human rights connotations that Part I began. Eventually, we may see the two original Polaroids reunited in the place these refugees have chosen to rebuild their lives. #photoworks_uk #Apolaroidforarefugee #giodeano #instagramtakeover #photography

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Publications and commissions include National Geographic, L’Espresso, La Repubblica, Il Sole24Ore, Usbek & Rica, The Guardian, Amnesty International, Traces London, Swiss Federal Commission on Immigration (FCM), NHS, Huffington Post, The Post Internationale (Inside Foreign Affairs), Wonderland Magazine, and Italian VICE-ID magazine amongst others.