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Francesco Francaviglia is a renowned and awarded Italian photographer, musician and expert in strategic communication and visual perception.

His work has a social and human rights oriented international focus.

Among others he has worked with Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic, the American singer and artist Patti Smith, the French bestseller author Edouard Louis and repeatedly had the honor of photographing the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.

His social projects, portraits of artists, intellectuals or politicians have been presented as solo exhibition, in several public museums .

With his work "The fasting women against the mafia" in autumn 2014 he became the first living author hosted by the Uffizi Gallery, his work being the first photography solo exhibition in the prestigious museum.

Coming from a background in music as a studied cellist and dedicating himself to working as a photographer he explores basic human emotions and fundamental traits of the human experience.

Francesco Francaviglia lead the photography department at IED European Institute of Design in Florence till 2017. At present, he is teaching at the Istituto Marangoni, School of Fashion Art and Design and he is a consultant for the communication and advertising department at Unicoop Firenze.

He is currently creating portraits of judges who have dealt with the major lawsuits against the Mafia in recent decades.

Francesco Francaviglia resides in Berlin.

 

MAIN SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

GALLERIA DEGLI UFFIZI | FIRENZE | 2014

THE FASTING WOMEN AGAINST MAFIA

 

MACRO CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM | ROME | 2014

“FOTOGRAFIA” FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI ROMA

POETRY FROM THE DARK

 

CENTRO ITALIANO DELLA FOTOGRAFIA D’AUTORE | BIBBIENA | 2015

THE FASTING WOMEN AGAINST MAFIA

 

MACRO CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM | ROME | 2015

MEDITERRANEAN DARKNESS

 

RAGUSA PHOTO FESTIVAL | RAGUSA | 2015

THE FASTING WOMEN AGAINST MAFIA

 

EX ORATORIO DI SAN SEBASTIANO | MUSEO DI SAN DOMENICO | FORLÍ | 2015

VOLTI INVISIBILI

 

ROCCA SFORZESCA | IMOLA | 2016

VOLTI INVISIBILI / VIDEO INSTALLATION

 

RISO SICILIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART | PALERMO | 2017

PORTRAIT ROOM. LAMPEDUSA

 

PALAZZO BRANCIFORTE| FONDAZIONE SICILIA | PALERMO | 2017

OLOCAUSTO 3.0

 

BOOKS

THE FASTING WOMEN AGAINST THE MAFIA

POSTCART EDIZIONI | ITA/ENG | 2014

 

MEDITERRANEAN DARKNESS 

BAM EDIZIONI | ITA/ENG | 2015

OLOCAUSTO 3.0

PORTRAIT ROOM EDIZIONI | ITA/ENG | 2017

CAREER and WORKS

  • born April 17 1982 in Palermo/Italy

  • studies cello at the Music Conservatory with the composer Giovanni Sollima and cinema at the Teatès Theater School in Palermo/Italy, approaching the Stanislavski Method

  • attends the International School of Photography APAB in Florence/Italy, assisted by the Fondazione Fratelli Alinari

  • attends the European Institute of Design in Milan/Italy

  • in 2006 creates his first photographic work "", where the wine production in the southern Palermo countryside became the backdrop for the tale of a rapidly changing society

  • in 2006 is commissioned to create a video project with portraits of the Sicilian poets and music by Giovanni Sollima

  • in 2014 starts his struggle against the Mafia with his first book "”. The day of the presentation to the public, July 18th 2014, the whole city, the government and the judiciary system are present. The same day the Major of the city receives a threatening letter with a bullet

  • in autumn 2014 becomes the first living author hosted by the Uffizi Gallery, his work being the first photography solo exhibition ever in the prestigious museum. Followed by first personal death threat

  • in 2014 receives the mention as the best photographic project on Sicily from Ragusa Photo Festival and FIAF first prize Portfolio Italia as best photographic work of 2014

  • in 2014 is invited to participate in the XIII International Festival of Photography edition in Rome with his work “”

  • from 2014 on deals with social advertising campaigns and teaches portrait photography at the IED European Institute of Design in Florence/Italy

  • in 2015 documents the conflict between Israeli and Palestine, while his work is exhibited in six different Italian cities at the same time

  • July to September 2015 presents his new project “ to the public, exclusively for the Macro Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome/Italy

  • in 2015 portrayes women writers, magistrates, sisters or mothers of Mafia victims in Palermo/Italy, for a video project with the photographer Letizia Battaglia

  • in 2015 presents his work "" in Imola/Italy, a focusing on women's immigration, co-produced by the WOMEN Association of the Mediteranians East and South of Europe in collaboration with the Anti-Violence Association Trama di Terre

  • in 2015 his project "" is hosted at the CIFA Italian Center of Fine Art Photography in Bibbiena and the artisti is exhibited at Ragusa Photo Festival along with Letizia Battaglia, Gabriele Basilico and Mario Cresci

  • in 2016 starts a new project against the Mafia, creating portraits of judges and prosecutors who have dealt with major lawsuits in recent decades

  • in 2016 receives a commendation letter worthy of his efforts from the President of the Italian Senate Pietro Grasso

  • in 2017 works on the island of Lampedusa in reception centers for refugees and asylum seekers

  • end of 2017 the Sicilia Regional Government chooses his work aimed at raising awareness of European policies; more than 90 interviews and photos and a video project on immigration are exhibited at Riso Sicilian Museum of Contemporary Art and at Palazzo Branciforte

  • in 2017 publishes his book “Olocausto3.0”, curated by Augusto Pieroni, with an introductory essay by Professor Giovanni Puglisi, Professor of comparative literature and rector at Kore University, President at Iulm University, President of the Unesco National Commission and among other honorary offices President of Sicilia Foundation, which produced the editorial project

  • in 2018 uses photographic portraiture to study the refined forms human of communication, working on intimate contact, on the harmony between two human beings, on the sensorial and emtional communicative exchange

  • in 2018 is asked to document the project “The Cleaner” commissioned by Marina Abramovic LLC and produced by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation

  • currently works in Florence and Berlin in a research project exploring four fundamental human psycological layers: perception, emotion, behavior and knowledge.