Maria Clara Macrì

In her rooms


curated by Erik Kessels


From the idea of giving a woman back her nakedness, of untying the body from sexual objectification, arose the need to undertake an investigation of the rooms where the discovery of ourselves takes place, in our moments of freedom and intimacy – like Virigina Woolf rightly writes in hes essay A room of his own (1929). Met on the streets of New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Manchester, Paris, Valencia, Marseille, Milan and Rome almost all the portraied women are non-native to the place where they were photographed and mixed raced, queer, non binary. Beyond any established scheme, the only criterion that led her in this research was her own empathy towards the outside, which allowed her to grasp the essence of a new international and global female feeling, underlining the fact of a strong female transmigration.


Maria Clara Macrì from 2018 began traveling the world to meet women from other cultures who, crossing her lonely destiny, would have been available to take part in her photographic project. Whether it was Milan or Paris, London, New York or Los Angeles, what mattered for Maria Clara Macrì was to be able to fully grasp and visually express the complex and intense nature of today’s femininity, destroying stereotypes and freeing the image of woman from sexualization and from the objectification of which she is a victim.


Thus was born the In Her Rooms project, in which Maria Clara explores the relationship between empathy, intimacy and the contemporary representation of women. The photographer chose to portray her subjects within her own bedrooms, seeing each of those rooms as a safe space in which women can experience and discover their own identity for the first time. The result is a series of portraits which, with girls from all cultures and walks of life, reflects the uniqueness of women. Entirely shot on film “In Her Rooms” is also a collection of stories, poems and aphorisms that Maria Clara wrote in her diaries during her journey from one room to another.

Maria Clara Macrì (Reggio Emilia, 1987). During her adolescence she began to take an interest in political and social issues, with particular attention to gender issues. After graduating in Contemporary World History in 2010, she moved to London where she approached photography for the first time.

During her stay in Naples, between 2015 and 2017, she began to select her female subjects in the streets and to experiment with them a relationship between empathy, intimacy and female representation through photography, portraying them in her apartment used as a studio. In 2017 she moved back to Reggio Emilia, where through the echo she received thanks to Instagram, several women began to contact her, asking to be photographed and thus be part of her visual research project on women.

In 2018 Macrì decided to expand the project, including research on the environments where contemporary women live their intimacy and personal freedom: their rooms. She began to travel from New York to Los Angeles, from London to Paris, Milan, to meet and photograph women from other cultures and countries.

Maria Clara Macrì has been nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award 2019, nominated in the i-D Global list of the 20 photographers to follow in 2020. Her work has been featured in New Queer Photography Book 2020 published by Verlag Kettler, and international magazines among which i-D, Vogue, Vice, Dazed. In 2021 she is the protagonist of one of the eight episodes of the docu-series “Le Fotografe”, produced by Sky.
Her book released in the 2021 “In Her Rooms” (Postcart) was featured on Vogue Italia, Marie Claire, I-D global, Internazionale, and Fisheye Magazine.


H 12

Chiostri di San Pietro | Chiostro Piccolo



with the author and Claudio Corrivetti – Postcart Edizioni


H 22.30

Spazio Gerra | Orti Santa Chiara



Moderator Erik Kessels

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