Simona Ghizzoni


curated by Nicolas Janowski


Isola is the story of a sudden and unforeseen change of life. On 12 March 2020, as the pandemic spreads and the country shuts down completely, Simona Ghizzoni decides to move with her family from Rome to a small town in the Apennines near Reggio Emilia, to the house that belonged to her maternal grandparents and that would become a refuge over those alienating months. The days pass by as they decide to fix up the house and cultivate part of the land, finding themselves like castaways on an island. 


The images tell the story of the relationship between the artist and her family of origin, through the reappraisal of a space full of memories and a direct relationship with nature.


Using a combination of self-portraits and documentation of everyday life, Ghizzoni recounts the life of her new family and the difficulties of raising a child in such extraordinary circumstances.

The installation presents a selection of images from her ongoing work, curated in collaboration with Nicolas Janowski. 

Simona Ghizzoni (Reggio Emilia, 1977) is a photographer and visual activist for women’s rights. Her work is strongly rooted in her personal experience, which Ghizzoni re-elaborates and interprets through photography. Her production revolves around two strands: the social dimension of women and the private dimension of the self-portrait.

Twice awarded the World Press Photo for her work on the condition of women, her work has received numerous awards: Poyi, The Aftermath Project, Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant, BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Sony World Photography Award.

It has been widely presented in solo and group exhibitions, including the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Paris Photo, P, Auditorium di Roma, Athens
Photo Festival, Ex-Mattatoio Roma. Ghizzoni is TEDX speaker and regularly lectures and lectures in various European schools and universities.

She co-founder of MAPS Images, she in Italy she is represented by MLB Gallery.


H 15.30

Chiostri di San Pietro | chiostro piccolo



with the author and Alessandro Ciccarelli – Monkeyphoto


05/06 SUNDAY

H 16

Guided tour of exhibitions in Galleria Santa Maria

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