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BIOGRAPHY | Arianna Lodeserto – photography

Born in South Italy,

I live and work between Rome and Paris

(as indipendent photographer, editor/filmaker and precarious writer).

Good Guide Bad Places: Where There’s Nothing Much to See is my visual diary: an unusable blog for skeptical visitors.


*French and Italian bio*


I usually retract the concrete matter of the “third landscape” and its inhabitants, in order to document the iron, the rust, the cement, the urban shape that breaks down. My intent is not to denounce the degradation of some industrial areas waiting for the rezoning: the photographic act seeks rather to “read” those suspended places and altered landscapes.

If history can’t rehabilitate their original function, the danger is to contemplate them as mausoleums, like an aesthetic sublimation of the necropolis of fatigue. Instead one could consider the hidden life in the apparent stasis, developing a lexicon of images that will take into account the mutability of every place.

Recently, I have furthermore attempted to question the documentary approach in landscaping and photojournalism. In front of the omnipresence of images, I try to disassemble what has already appeared, to not leave intact what is protected by the frame.

With Benjamin, I’d like to say that destructive character “make room”, and just by doing that, maybe, some sort of creation could happen again. Since the important is that “what exists he reduces to rubble – not for the sake of rubble, but for that of the way leading through it”. So, maybe, destruction allows a vision, a visionary path unimaginable before.

But immaturity advances, sight is not enough.


*Italian Statement*


2017: Certificate Program for auteurs/photographers The Documentary Portrait, ENS Louis Lumière, Cité du Cinéma.

2016: workshop by Alterazioni Video on the Incompiuto Siciliano, Ragusa Foto Festival, (Sicily).

2016: Seeing Through Photographs (MOMA course).

Since 2015: LIRA’s (Laboratoire International de Recherches en Arts) member, Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle.

2015: Certificate Program in Advanced Editing Techniques, Suger: Lycée des métiers de l’image et du son, Saint Denis.

2014-2015: Fondazione Primoli Fellowship holder.

2014: Creative writing (3 months) workshop Rai Eri, Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana, Roma.

2013: Workshop on field-recordings and soundscape, by Parco dei suoni.

2013: Certificate Program in Graphic and Web Designing, TMS, Rome.

2012: Workshop on optical desk and instant portrait, with Ars-imago, Rome.

2012: Photojournalism advanced workshop with TerraProject.

2008-2011: International Ph.D, Université Paris-Sorbonne and Università del Salento. Thesis: The image and the archive. Archaeology of the present in Walter Benjamin and Michel Foucault. Received Very Honorable, with Committee Praise, and the special Mention from the “Viaggio a Siracusa” Philosophy Prize, XIII Edition.

2006-2008: Advanced Course of Analogue Photography, Ettore Rolli School, Rome.

2007: IV Research and Training Seminar of Foundation Baruchello: Rome ’77, with the artist Rogelio López Cuenca and Carla Subrizi.

October 2006: Scholarship for participation in the symposium: “Living Landscape. Prospects for a Democratic Governance Landscape”, promoted by Società Italiana di Estetica (SIE) and Associazione Italiana di Architettura del Paesaggio (AIAPP).

2005: Masters of Arts in Aesthetics, University “La Sapienza” of Rome. Thesis: Cartography of the surveillance. Analytical of the urban space beginning from the work of Michel Foucault. Received maximum vote with honors.

2003: Bachelor’s Degree in Musical-aesthetic studies, University “La Sapienza” of Rome, full marks.


Sirene Wave Short Film Festival 2020: Best Editing

Rome Independent Cinema Festival: Best Editing

I love GAI, Giovani Autori Italiani / Venezia 76: winner ex aequo

Audience award at the River Film Festival for The houses we were.

Montréal Underground Film Festival: 1st Prize for The houses we were.

Dresdner Schmalfilmtage: Audience award & Jury Prize at the International Found Footage competition for The houses we were.

Family Film Project / Archive, Memory, Ethnography: Honorable mention for The houses we were.

Linz International Short Film Festival – The houses we were won as Best Documentary.

IsReal – Festival di Cinema del Reale: Special mention of the Jury for The houses we were.

Building Bridges – Emerging Filmmaker AwardsSpecial Jury Prize

Camera Work – Quaderni di Viaggio (PR2 Contemporary Art Gallery): 4th place

ABITARE / Mufoco, promoted by MiBACT: finalist

Paris Polar 2015, promoted by La Maison Européenne de la Photographie: selected

Naked City Project, Open Call 2015: selected

Off Site Art, promoted by Art Bridge and winner of FAI GIRARE LA CULTURA 2015: selected

Paris Rockin’ / ParisUrbain 2014 : selected

Aracne Contest promoted by Municipi del Comune di Roma: selected

Saatchi Gallery On Screen: selected

Festival della Creatività, promoted by Roma Capitale: selected

Photo contest “Roma in Villa“, promoted by “Il Messagero”: selected

East London Photography Festival 2012: selected

Youth between dream and reality, the wealth of the future“: selected

Pistoia Underground Festival 2012: winner

Concours Urban Photo 2012, Mobilités Urbaines: first place winner

Fotografia Europea 012, Off contest: second place winner

Pink is red, promoted by Cartastraccia: selected

Prospettiva 8, contest of March: first place winner

Visioni Urbane, promoted by Photographers.it, 2012: winner

Leica Talent Italia, First draft: selected

La Metropoli Rurale, promoted by Municipio XII & WSP, 2010: selected

San Lorenzo Foto Festival ’09: “Le Architetture della Sapienza”, promoted by Scuola Romana di Fotografia: selected

Hystrio International Award 2009 edition: finalist


Book cover of E. Castanò, Agamben e l’animale. La politica dalla norma all’eccezione, NovaLogos 2018.

Fotografie… relazioni con il mondo. Quaderni di Viaggio, CAMERA WORK 2018.

– La Guida Bella ai Posti Brutti interview by Exploremore, may 2018.

– “Destini di Statue published on Landscape Stories blog, FB & Instagram / LS 27 | Machine SUBMISSION / march 2018.

Soyons ingouvernables (from Paris sousmarin), book cover of Il Ponte. Populismo democrazie insorgenze, forme contemporanee del politico, anno LXVII, nn. 8-9, august-september 2016.

Colophon for Museo Paul Russotto, MuA i Musei di Aliano, 2016.

Arte in costruzione. A public art project for L’Aquila, catalogue curated by V. Santi, F. Barca & S. Pierson, UAO, 2015.

– An interview with Arianna Lodeserto, by Sally Hart (Gasket Gallery, 2013).

Pink is red, curated by S. Garrone, C. Presezzi & L. Vahedi, Cartastraccia 2012.

Occhi di scena 2009. Incontri sulla fotografia di spettacolo, curated by M. Agus, Titivillus, Pisa 2009.

Tiresia, manifesto of the Carta Bianca Festival, Espace Malraux, Chambery, 2009.

Im Stillstand, published on Sguardi Online n. 61, November 2008.

Non ricostruito (Dresden 2006), book cover of Jacques Derrida et alii, Marx and sons. Politica, spettralità, decostruzione, Mimesis, Milano 2008.

– STAGE PHOTOS for ERT, Terni Festival, Pardès Rimonim, Sonia Bergamasco, M. Cadei, Makay, Total Refreshment Center, Capitolk.com, City Shanty Band, Little Pony, Klippa Kloppa, Dom-, MENOVENTI
EVENT PHOTOS for Scala C, FotoOrlando, Blexu, RadioSonar and La Stellina Arte ContemporaneaCHRONICLE PICTURES on: Comune Info, Maz, La rue ou rien, EuroNews, Thomasproject. ARCHITECTURE PHOTOS for Incompiuto Siciliano, Il Manifesto/Alias & Nowa Topografia. GALLERIES on Photo Vogue Italia, Lotto49, Lonely Planet Italia, Network Precario, Photographers.it, Rivistamu6, ODF.gr, Getty Images IT, etc.