Michele Cirillo - Autoritratto

Born in 1988, I am an independent photographer and videomaker, co-founder of Bianco - Laboratorio Permanente d'immagine.

In 2013 I graduated in Education and Training, continuing my studies with a Masters in Geopolitics and a course in investigative journalism designed by Columbia University. In 2017 I won a scholarship for the Masters in Photojournalism at the Experimental Photography Center and in 2019 I was selected for the artistic residence ThePhotoSolstice#2 at Asinara Island.

In recent years, my interest in photographic stories has focused on the issues of human rights, identity and geopolitical changes in recent years, preferring subjects and stories from ethnic or cultural minorities.
I have collaborated with various Italian and foreign newsrooms and magazines such as Internationale, Swiss Radio Television, Repubblica, Vanity Fair, LifeGate, Narratively.
In 2017 my work "The Kurdish Bride" was exhibited at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
In 2019 I produced my first photo book "Insulae", a 4-year artistic documentary project dedicated to the theme of the Roman housing emergency.

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Selected Exhibitions

2019 | "Storie dal mondo" - Videocittà | Your Place - Ex-Caserma Guido Reni - Group Exhibition
2019 | "Immigrantopolis" - Krakow Photo Fringe - Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of Krakow University, Poland - Group Exhibition
2018 | "APNEA" - Site-specific video artwork for the Museum of Fiducia and Dialogue of Lampedusa (Italy)
2018 | "Forgetten War" - NVMEN Gallery - Embassy of Ukraine in Italy - Rome, Italy - Group Exhibition
2018 | "Bosnia - The invisible route" - CascinafarsettiArt - Palazzo Velli Expo- Rome, Italy - Group Exhibition
2018 | "Forgotten War" - ICA Gallery - Chuo, Tokyo - Japan - Group Exhibition
2018 | "Stories from the world" - Atelje Galeriji "TOLDart" - Tuzla - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Solo Exhibition
2018 | "Storie dal mondo" - ACTA International - Rome - Solo Exhibition
2017 | "The Kurdish Bride" - Hermitage Museum - St.Petersburg - Group Exhibition
2017 | Battersea Autumn - Affordable Art Fair - Group Exhibition
2017 | Hampstead - Affordable Art - Group Exhibition

Awards

2019 | Lazio Creativo - Your Place - Selected among the top 20 creatives in the Lazio region
2018 | Honorable Mention - Tokyo International Foto Awards - TIFA - Category: Editorial/Conflict - Project: "Forgotten War"
2017 | 1st Place - Media Congress "Dialog of Culture" - St.Petersburg - Project "The Kurdish Bride"
2017 | Winner of “100 Storie di creatività del lazio 2017" - Project "Misericordia"
2016 | 1st Place - Moscow International Photography Awards - MIFA - Category: Wedding - Project: "The Kurdish Bride"

Studies

2017/2018 | Master in fotoreportage - Centro Sperimentale Fotografia Adams - Rome
2018 | Cibersecurity - Zerolabs.it - sponsored by Centro Italiano di Strategia e Intelligence - Rome
2017 | War Reporting Training Camp - Echo Photo Agency / Six Degreees
2017 | GM1x: Global Muckraking: Investigative Journalism and Global Media - ColumbiaX
2016 | Winter School in Geopolitics and International Relations - Centro Studi Geopolitica.info
2015 | Nessuno Press - Workshop with Alessandro Gandolfi e Sara Guerrini - Photo editing, how to design and create a story
2013 | Photographic workshop with Valerio Bispuri – How to set up a reportage, and tell a story through images
2013 | Guglielmo Marconi University – Bachelor's degree in Scienze dell'educazione e della formazione

Book

2019 | "Il lungo viaggio" - Self-produced book - 2019.
2019 | "INSULAE" - Self-produced book - Limited edition 1/50 copies.

Resident Carrer

2019 | THE PHOTO SOLSTICE #2 - The photography days at Asinara island.

Experience

2018 | UNHCR - Photographic participatory assessment with unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children classes
2018 | Co-founder of BIANCO - Laboratorio permanente d'immagine
2018 | War Training Camp - Guest Speaker of Cybersecurity for journalists
2017/2018 | SEI | Rome | Photographer Teacher, Digital Post-Production Teacher
2016 | Rovescio | Rome | Photographer Teacher, Digital Post-Production Teacher
2016 | Phototherapy - Experiential workshop directed by the psychotherapist Magda Morrone
2016 | European Project | Photographer for "Rebuild the Future" - Siracusa
2016 | AEGEE-Europe Project | Reporter for "Faces of Europe"
2015 | Fendi | Photographer for the Instagram project #FendisRome
2015 | TBnet | Guest Speaker of travel photography
2014 | Ora d'aria | Photographer in the women's prison of Rebibbia
2013 | Croce Rossa, Università Cattolica di Roma | Photojournalist
2011/2015 | Laboratori Visivi | Rome | Photographer Teacher, Digital Post-Production Teacher

Ethics

2016/2019 | Member of National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)

Selected tearsheets and publications