Hi there, and thanks for passing by.
My name is Chiara, pronounced with K, although some people call me Clara and Farah.
I was born in Italy and have lived long term in Spain, Syria, Egypt, UK and India. I am currently based in Barcelona.
Even if I was introduced to photography at a very young age by my aunt Daniela, a photographer herself, it was only after exploring other fields that I went back to it.
My passion for languages, literature and humans led me to get a Master of Arts in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies with a focus on cultural and social anthropology from Ca’ Foscari University, Italy. I also studied at Granada University, Damascus University, Cairo University and at the American University in Cairo as an Associate MA Researcher.
Over the years, I have worked as a language and linguistics teacher and cross-cultural communication consultant in various environments, from the corporate world to humanitarian emergencies and at some point I was even a business executive myself. I guess photography was a sort of relief from this phase of my life, a way to build a scenery outside the one I had to deal with everyday. It was then when I embraced the creation of images as one more tool to connect with people.
I kept on educating myself, both through lessons of established photographers and independently. One of my mentors is Patrick Zachmann, whom I have been assisting during international workshops and exhibitions.
From 2015 to 2018 I was an active member of the Venice-based photography research centre ISOLAB. Here, I designed and ran photography workshops in different languages and organised exhibitions, artists’ talks and book presentations.
Overall, my work entails a search for cultural identities in various social environments and mainly focuses on the female world. I am drawn to stories of migrations, sexuality and solutions within the dramatic chaos of this world.
I am fluent in Arabic, English, French, Italian, Spanish and have basic knowledge of Catalan, Farsi, German, Hindi, Portuguese and Urdu.
I avoid the adjectives “interesting” and “prestigious”.
Daughters of Al-Andalus
- Winner – Open Call Women Photographers | LuganoPhotoDays
- Finalist | Kuala Lumpur International PhotoAwards
- Honourable Mention | Moscow International Foto Awards
- Shortlisted | Athens Photo Festival
- Part of the show Teatro Metropoli – ISOLAB, Venice, Italy | 16th December 2017 – 20th January 2018
- Part of the show Teatro Metropoli – Torre delle Grazie, Bassano del Grappa, Italy | 16th September – 5th November
Daughters of Al-Andalus
- Part of the show Ojalá! Stories of Hispanic Islam – ISOLAB, Venice – Italy | 1st – 23rd April
- Bursa Foto Fest – Turkey | 5th – 10th November
- LuganoPhotoDays – Switzerland | 16th – 25th September
- Whitebox Gallery, PUBLIKA, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia | 6th – 17th August
- Art Gallery NaKarshike, Moscow – Russia | 20th July – 7th August (projection)
- Spagnole di Granada convertite all’islam convinte e contente: un fenomeno solo in parte sorprendente| July 2019, Quaderni Vicentini
- À Grenade, le bonheur des converties à l’islam| February 2018, Courrier International
- Hijas de Al Ándalus| December 2017, La Vanguardia Magazine
- Within Boundaries – A Visual Exploration Inside Porto Alegre’s Gated Communities| October 2017, Mimesis International