I'm a photographer working on memory, spirituality and feminism, trying to investigate the invisible with words, photos and videos.
I currently live in Milano, teaching photography, editing my own book projects, doing assignments for magazines and collaborating with Fujifilm.
My work has been published in The Guardian, National Geographic, VICE, Marie Claire, La Repubblica, Internazionale, Marie Claire, L'Espresso, Domus, PDN, TIME, American Photo Magazine, Huffington Post, Famiglia Cristiana, Pagina99, Donna Moderna, and other magazines and books.
I've been internationally exhibited.
A little biography:
Giulia is born in 1978 in Liguria (Italy), a little strip of land between the mountains and the sea that have seen in that years great storytellers such Italo Calvino, Eugenio Montale and Fabrizio De Andre'. Inspired by them, she was just a child when she resolved that she was going to study to become a great writer. She enrolled at 14 in the Classical Lyceum "Da Vigo", studying literature and philosophy in English, Italian, Latin and Old Greek for 5 years. In 2000 she decided to undertake Computer Science studies and than get a job as software architect in Milan. Meantime in the evening she was studying oriental culture and languages at university. In 2006 she moved to Dusseldorf (Germany) to work as project manager for a big telecommunication company and this job allowed her to travel extensively in Europe, Asia and Arab countries and live many formative experiences.
Her interest in photography has born only in 2006, but soon the camera became a very powerful investigative tool.
Montale, the poet of her land, said 50 years before: "sometimes one expects to discover a blunder of Nature, the dead point of the world, the link that doesn't hold, the thread to disentangle that finally might put us in the middle of a truth."
The machine could go before words, it could go before intention, it was potentially able to unveil something hidden of the subject and the photographer, maybe of the world. It was the most powerful investigative tool. Suddenly, Giulia was a researcher, landed on a new planet.
In 2010 she moved to NYC and followed full-time her vocation for photography and storytelling. In 2011 she graduated at the International Center of Photography in the full time documentary program, than she started working as photo-editor and photography teacher while taking painting and sculpture classes at the New York Students Art League and later studying philosophy and feminism at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and psychoanalysis and myth at the CG Jung Foundation.
In 2013 she undertook her main project Women Priests the brought her around the world chasing maverick women priests excommunicated by the Catholic church. She's been studying theology ever since, landing in Israel for over a year and living for few months with Ultra Orthodox Jews in Hebron. In 2016 she moved back to Italy where she lives now. She's been working for magazines on religious topics (Pentecostalism, Fatima anniversary, Protestantism in Italy, God at 17 - Spirituality and Youth) and more recently she is collaborating with Fujifilm and Trentino Marketing on a project about the places of World War I in Trentino, Italy.
Since 2011 she's been teaching photography. She was tutor in New York City, London, Milano and Torino and more recently in Italy many festivals and cultural associations have been offered her seminaries and workshops. She created and run independently a formation program called Foto e Spirito that today has over 30 students enrolled. In October 2017 she started teaching in Milano for Officine Fotografiche.
- “One year of feminism at the end of empire” (2012): she examined the need of freedom from a patriarchal capitalistic culture through the friendship with an older radical feminist and political activist. The relationship is documented through poetry, stories, photos, collages and drawings. In this personal narrative, Giulia investigated dreams, spirits, death and rape and her first encounter with political beliefs such revolution and resistance.
- "You gave the virgin a new heart" (2013-ongoing): the project explores the life and faith of roman catholic women priests that are excommunicated by the Vatican because they disobey a canon law that says that only a male can be ordained priest. Giulia at first was intrigued by their disobedience to the religion of her childhood, but than she realized the story had a deeper universal meaning: in an age when religion has become embarrassing, has become synonymous with fanaticism, can we renew ourselves keeping a dialogue with our millenary traditions, and how do we do it? ”If the God is male then the male is God". What a religion would look like if there was a true partnership between men and women?
- "A Lesser Geography of the Holy Land" (2014-2015): she spent 7 months in Israel, Palestine and the Sinai peninsula, looking for what some people would call "God", and working on a book exploring this topic through four different keys: intellect, evil, love, and imagination.