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Michela Frontino

She was born in Trani (BT), 1981. She has studied contemporary art at “Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna” (2006) and “photography and visual design” at Fondazione Forma Milano (grant from government of Puglia: bollenti spiriti project – 2009). Michela alternates archivist and curator activity to artistic research. Her projects has been focusing on the evolution of the photographic language in the field of cultural and social documentation. Her project express the idea of photography as a form of thinking, which changes and transforms itself to the changing historical eras and its modes of representation. From 2013 she is co-founder of the research laboratory Glooscap.


“La condizione dello straniero” curated by Borderline-europe (Berlin), Altamura (BA)
“Home my place in the world”, curated by Lia De Venere, Pall Mall Gallery, London
“Habitat” curated by RamStudios, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano, 2012
“Gli spazi dell’immigrazione” in “Dialoghi di Trani”, festival of contemporary literature, Trani (BT)
“Oro rosso” in “Ignoti alla città”, italian documentary film festival curated by Camera a sud, Mola di Bari (BA)
“Un minuto di silenzio”, curated by Ubiqproject, Libreria Feltrinelli, Milano

Works and Accademic experience

Her project “Oro rosso” is selected at Photographic Award 2013, patronage of Amnesty International, the British Council, the European Commission and the International Organisation for Migration and the Government of Apulia
she was assistant art director at Contrasto – Milano
she was curator and photographic researcher at A.B.M.C. (Archivio biblioteca museo civico), Altamura (BA)
she wan an art residency for the photographic research “Conventillos”, in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in Triggiano (BA), Italy.
she was researcher and photographic archivist at Fondazione di Venezia, on Italo Zannier’s photographic collection
she was researcher and photographic archivist at Centre for Dalinian Studies (Teatro Museo Gala Salvador Dalì, Figueres, Spain)
she worked at DISMEC (Department of history and methods for the conservation of cultural heritage, University of Bologna) on catalogation and digitalization of historical photos

Curatorial projects

“Senses of place” – video and photographic art project about industrial archeology, patronage of the Government of Apulia
“Hidden heritage – discover the hidden history through old photography”, European research project
“Figlie” archivist and editorial project