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Sigo Siendo

Chantal Pinzi

SIGO SIENDO uncovers the healing potential within art and photography and how the latter has helped the artist Chantal Pinzi with her diagnosis of a spine infection that left her bedridden in the hospital. Photography was the medium that helped her deal with her disease through its therapeutic and creative value. By pointing the camera at herself for the first time, she turns her internal view of herself into a visible, external image. Sharing her emotions and experiences with the viewer, she brings the ghosts and the most hidden places of one’s being to light, thus creating an opportunity of exchange, understanding, empathy and support.

Chantal Pinzi

Chantal Pinzi is an Italian photographer who is currently based in Berlin. She was born in Como, Italy in 1996. During her career at the University of Applied Sciences Europe, she devoted herself to photojournalism and documentary photography. By using an artistic and experimental representation, her photographic works denounces, incriminates and gives a voice to those who are never heard enough. In the recent years, she has been in close contact with the brutal stories of migrants working on the project 'The Running Man'. By experimenting with burned polaroids, she visually expressed the decadence of human beings through the modern migration. This work won a prize in the Maghreb Photography Awards 2019. She uses photography as a medium to eliminate the distances, to get close to a situation that she is interested in, and to understand things from a privileged point of view. Her interest in art allows her to investigate different visual strategies, from street art to sculpture, an element present in her latest work 'The Eyes Inside'. The need to show how she sees the world to her sightless aunt drove her to create a collaboration with blind people and a multi-sensorial installation.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

Working together with the organization 'Save the Children'.

What is a good design for you?

Beauty lies within simplicity.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

My final project, the first self-portrait series.

Who or what inspires you?

Simple people who fight for freedom.

How do you approach a new project?

By listening to the people around me.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I grew as a photographer and as a person thanks to each project I worked on.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

I wanted to learn about the universal language that is needed to bring awareness about topics that are overseen in our society.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Term papers.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

With friends.

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