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Thu, February 22, 2024

18:00 ā€“ 19:30

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italy

(For NYU Florence Community-only)


For a decade, I lived and worked as a documentary photographer in the Great Lake region, in East Africa. Realizing the ambiguous role that photography played on the continent, perpetuating the one-side narrative whereby Africa is a place of misery and violence and needs the West to get out of it, I started questioning the very language of my expression. Photojournalism, in fact, flourished side by side with western imperialism and served it – directly or indirectly – for almost two centuries. Today colonialism as such does not exist anymore, but the underlying political relationships between dominant and subject societies are almost unchanged. In this conference, Iā€™m going to take you with me on that journey of realization and self-questioning.

(For NYU Florence Community-only)

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Martina Bacigalupo


After studying philosophy and literature in Genoa, Martina Bacigalupo moved to Burundi, East Africa, where she worked for ten years as a freelance photographer, collaborating with magazines, foundations and international organizations.
Her work, which investigates the visual dynamics between Africa and the West, is part of several collections, including the Artur Walther Collection in Germany, the Donata Pizzi Collection in Italy and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, USA. In 2013, she published the project “Gulu Real Art Studio” with Steidl. Recently, Martina developed with Canadian researcher Sharon Sliwinski “The Reverie project”, an ongoing work questioning the representation of migrants.
Martina is part of Agence VU in Paris and runs workshops on documentary photography in France and abroad. Member of mentorship programs and jury member of international photography competitions, including the 2022 Oskar Barnack Award and the 2021 edition of World Press Photo, since 2018 she is Director of Photography for the French magazines XXI and 6 MOIS.