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

Coming from a background in music as a studied cellist and theater direction,

he dedicates himself working as a visual researcher.

He explores basic human emotions and fundamental traits of the human experience, his work has a social and human rights oriented international focus.

Among others he worked with the Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic,

the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, the American singer Patti Smith, the French bestseller author Edouard Louis and repeatedly had the honor of photographing the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

He has portrayed the judges who have dealt with the major lawsuits against the Mafia

in recent decades in Italy and his social projects, portraits of artists, intellectuals or politicians have been published in magazines and 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 in Florence, his work being the first photography solo exhibition in the prestigious museum.

The same here he is invited to exhibit his project "Poets from the dark" at the Rome International photo festival.

In 2015 he presents "Volti Invisibili" in Imola/Italy, a video-installation focusing on women's immigration and he documents the conflict between Israeli and Palestine.

At that point his work is exhibited at the same time in six different Italian cities after receiving the FIAF first prize Portfolio Italia as best photographic work of the year.

That same year he presents “Mediterranean Darkness" exclusively for the Macro

Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome/Italy, curated by the National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor Franca Imbergamo.

The following two years he worked on the island of Lampedusa in reception centers for refugees and asylum seekers. The Sicilian Regional Government chose his work aimed at raising awareness of European policies. More than 90 interviews and photos and a video project on immigration were exhibited at Riso Sicilian Museum of Contemporary Art and at Palazzo Branciforte. The entire work was published in his third book “Olocausto3.0”, curated by Augusto Pieroni, with an introductory essay by Professor Giovanni Puglisi President of the Unesco National Commission.

During the pandemic he documents a humanitarian misison of the Vatican in Jordan focusing on Syrian women refugee.

In 2021 he is asked to lead the communication department at Gemelli Medical Center in Rome, a centre of excellence in palliative care where he also realizes a reportage focused on the end of life.

Francesco Francaviglia has taught at the IED European Institute of Design and at the Istituto Marangoni, School of Fashion Art and Design in Florence since 2015 and he is a consultant for the communication and advertising department in different companies.

Francesco Francaviglia is currently working on the direction of a multimedia opera with music of the composer Giovanni Sollima for the 30th anniversary of the mafia massacres.

He resides in Berlin.

 

 

 

Main Solo Exhibition

 

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