the biennale of female photography:
The (in)visible eye

Created by the cultural association “La Papessa” of Mantua and featuring the artistic direction of Alessia Locatelli, the Biennale of Female Photography is an international event focusing on contemporary female production. The artists of our first edition have concentrated their eye on the theme of work, observed in its multifaceted forms and manifestations. Photography is not only made of images, but it is also a space for discussions and conversations. Alongside the exhibitions, our program includes talks and portfolio reviews (with the support of Italy Photo Award). The words, works and experiences of women photographers, curators and experts of the sector become one body, crystallizing in history and memory views and thoughts often made invisible.

In these uncertain times with the world shaken by the current health crisis, the Biennale stays with you. Our commitment towards the public and culture remains unchanged. For this reason, we have converted some of our activities in digital form. We bring you “BFF Goes Live”, a small range of weekend online events, where you will be able to interact with our artists, among other things. Even from behind our screens we stay close to you all, waiting for the day when we can meet in person: we are closely working to bring the BFF to the city spaces.

bff goes live
program

Even if our opening dates have changed, the BFF won't stop. If you want to continue supporting us, our catalogue is now available to buy and browse while waiting for the new dates. Like never before, it is important to support Italian cultural events.

guests
open call
team
cerchio giallo
annalisa natali murri
exhibiting artist
cerchio giallo
claudia corrent
exhibiting artist
cerchio giallo
rena effendi
exhibiting artist
cerchio giallo
sandra hoyn
exhibiting artist
cerchio giallo
daro sulakauri
exhibiting artist
cerchio giallo
erika larsen
exhibiting artist | lecturer | lettrice
cerchio giallo
eliza bennett
exhibiting artist
cerchio giallo
nausicaa giulia bianchi
exhibiting artist
cerchio giallo
betty colombo
exhibiting artist | lecturer | portfolio reviewer
cerchio giallo
chiara zennaro
lecturer
cerchio giallo
giulia zorzi
lecturer | portfolio reviewer
cerchio giallo
donata pizzi
lecturer
cerchio giallo
marzia corraini
lecturer
cerchio giallo
francesca marani
lecturer | portfolio reviewer
cerchio giallo
barbara leda kenny
lecturer
cerchio giallo
ann griffin
portfolio reviewer
cerchio giallo
claudia forini
lecturer
cerchio giallo
anna luccarini
lecturer | portfolio reviewer
cerchio rosso
cecilia pratizzoli
portfolio reviewer
cerchio rosso
sara lando
workshop teacher
cerchio rosso
letizia battaglia
workshop teacher
cerchio rosso
stefania prandi
photographer and journalist

open call | closed

The open call for the off circuit of the first edition of the Biennale of Female Photography 2020 closed for submissions on November 17th, 2019. The applications will be selected by the BFF commission and will be exhibited in public places across Mantova in an off circuit open to the public.

Within this selection, there will be three prizes awarded by a jury composed of VICE Italia, Fotofabbrica Piacenza, and R84 Multifactory Mantova.

the theme

The theme of the first edition of BFF is work, shown from an original and creative point of view. Work, in its absence or presence, determines social roles, creates economies, exploitation, migrations; it determines human relationships, conditions people’s mindset, models the future, conserves traditions. Work can be creative, occasional, institutional, research; it can be done out of need, pleasure, interest, despair or obligation.

- Team BFF

Termini e condizioni
winners

Luciana Passaro Molo 36
R84 Multifactory Prize
Susanna De Pascalis Burn
Fotofabbrica Prize
Cristina Cosmano Lettere per quando sarai grande
VICE Italia Prize

exhibited projects

Maria Bauer La tristesse durera toujours
Natalia Saurin Rose e Fiori
Vanessa Lopes Alvares Ambulanti da Spiaggia
Sabina Candusso Curriculum vitae
Arzachena Leporatti Viola
Cristina Cosmano Lettere per quando sarai grande
Susanna De Pascalis Burn
Luciana Passaro Molo 36
Valentina Di Berardino Kat-Rix plays
Giulia Mozzini Life of a repented

anna volpi
anna volpi
president
chiara maretti
chiara maretti
Vice-President
alessia locatelli
alessia locatelli
art director
beatrice bassi
beatrice bassi
location manager
agnese mosi
agnese mosi
sponsorship
yvhonne lacroix
yvhonne lacroix
art curator
ramona zordini
ramona zordini
media relations
emma marino
emma marino
social media manager
federica maretti
federica maretti
administrative assistant
giulia rizzini
giulia rizzini
identity & communication
francesco palmisano
francesco palmisano
IT & marketing
ivana coppolaro
ivana coppolaro
administrative assistant
cecilia carli
cecilia carli
web development
lisa dal lago
lisa dal lago
volunteer coordinator
laura fattorini
laura fattorini
open call curator
michela guadagnini
michela guadagnini
videomaker | video content editor
silvia criara
silvia criara
resident journalist
sara rasio
sara rasio
hospitality management
elena dolci
elena dolci
social media graphics

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