by Roisin White
by Sara Perovic
The sociological imagination that thinker Sousa Santos proposes is transformed into an image: to materialize the intangible and reconnect with the community of affections. The series Two Times Mary by Valeria Arendar was triggered by the forced exile of the artist's mother during the military dictatorship in Argentina in the 1970s. With this body of work, the artist revisits memories related to her family history, tracing the pain anchored in them and, in doing so, subverting the silences and omissions. Mariela Sancari, Photographer and Judge of Intersection Vol.1
A jury composed by Argentinian photographer Mariela Sancari, Fonderia 20.9 Co-Founders Chiara Bandino and Francesco Biasi, PHmuseum Director Giuseppe Oliverio and Curator Rocco Venezia will select a project to be exhibited in Verona, Italy in June 2021. Fonderia 20.9 will provide a budget of €1000 to cover exhibition and travel expenses. Additionally, PHmuseum will offer up to €500 if the prize recipient resides outside of EU. Food and accommodation will be further provided by Fonderia 20.9.
Visual Artist and Educator
Mariela Sancari was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. She lives and works in Mexico City since 1997.
Her work revolves around truthfulness and fiction in images, using personal narratives to explore the boundaries of the scope of photography as a means of representation. It refers to the affective dimension, yet not sentimental, of autobiographical work, as well as formal explorations of the medium, through questions related to staging and self-referentiality in photographic practice.
Her first book Moisés (La Fábrica) was selected by several curators and reviewers as one of the best photobooks published in 2015. In 2017, she published her second book in collaboration with writer Adolfo Córdova: Mr. & Dr. (This book is true) a photobook aimed for children and youngsters that explores the notion of the unknown through images and text. In 2021 she will release The two headed horse. Reenactment in ten acts (Asunción Casa Editora), an investigation of the transit of the fixed image to the performed image.
She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Sao Paulo, Athens, Barcelona, Belfast, Bratislava, Busan, Houston, Jaipur, Londres, Los Angeles, Madrid, among others.
Co-founder and coordinator of FOLIO, Centro de la Imagen’s photobook public library and program.
Project Manager and Curator Fonderia 20.9
Francesco Biasi (Verona, 1976) is working in the field of photography since 2008.
After studying photography in Rome and then specializing in documentary photography at the Luz Academy in Milan, he co-founded Fonderia 20.9 in 2015, where he now serves as a project manager, curator and head of fine-art printing. He also deals with the research and acquisitions of the library collection of the gallery which currently is composed of about 400 books.
Since 2018, he is also co-founder and curator of SÅM Visual Exploration of Lessinia, a residency program in collaboration with the Lessinia Film Festival that has led curators and artists from all over Europe to collaborate in the creation of a visual archive of the Veronese pre-alpine areas.
Visual Artist and Curator Fonderia 20.9
Chiara Bandino (Rome,1985) began her photographic research in 2010.
After studying Marine Biology, she graduated in photography in Rome and then specialized in Milan at the Luz Academy. As an artist, she is mainly interested in using the archive as a narrative tool. While working on her 4-years project "Life is a song" - based on a prison’s diary she founded - she discovered a strong interest in the multiple printing and binding techniques related to the publishing field.
After moving to Verona in 2015 she co-founded Fonderia 20.9 where she is producer, curator and head of the editorial line. For the gallery, Chiara is in charge of the catalogues editing and design. As the result of a workshop held by Red Lab in the Bajed Kandala refugee camp in Iraq, she curated the book "This picture is a normal picture", which will be published in 2021. She is the co-founder and curator of the project SÅM Visual Exploration of Lessinia.
Director & Curator
Giuseppe Oliverio - Giuseppe (Bologna, 1985) is an Italian cultural entrepreneur. In 2012 he launched phmuseum.com, an international platform dedicated to contemporary photography He has been in the jury of international awards like Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward, Gomma Grant, United Photo Industry’s The Fence, San Jose Foto Award, and Happiness On the move. He regularly works as a portfolio reviewer at international festivals like Photo Vogue Festival, Unseen, and Visa pour l’Image, gives talks and writes for TIME magazine and L'Uomo Vogue. His first documentary, A Conscious Dream, has been selected to 12 film festivals and awarded the best documentary short at 2016 Manchester International Film Festival. Recently he opened the PHmuseum Lab, an exhibition and education venue in Bologna, Italy.
Rocco Venezia - Rocco (Bari, 1991) is an Italian visual artist working mainly with photography. He holds a first-class honours degree in Documentary Photography from Newport, University of South Wales. The subject of his works originates from a personal interest in literature as well as a certain awareness of European political and economic situations. In his work is part of the collection at the National Art Library of Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Colección FOLIO at Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City and has been supported by Parallel Platform, a Europen founded program where he has been select as emerging artist in 2018. Next to his personal practice, Rocco is working as a curator and producer for PHmuseum since 2017. He is also co-founder of PHmuseum Lab, the offline hub of the platform, which opened in Bologna in September 2020.