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Giulia Iacolutti

Giulia Iacolutti, photo byi Valentino Bellini

My aim is to transform the art object into an opportunity for dialogue and discovery of both the other and the self, pursuing poetry and turning visual projects into experience and critical discourse.

– Giulia Iacolutti

Giulia Iacolutti (Italy, 1985) visual artist and photographer.

After earning her MA in Economics in Arts, Iacolutti studied photography and video at the Academy of Teatro alla Scala in Milan. She moved to Mexico in 2014, where she graduated in Photo-Narratives and New Media at the Fundación Pedro Meyer, lived and worked until 2018. Over the past few years she has focused on her personal and participative art projects, exploring socio-political issues related to identity resistance and its struggles. In addition to photography, she employs different media and techniques (embroidery, drawing, text, audio and video) to enhance communication and understanding through different levels of perception.

Her work has been exhibited in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Spain, the United States and Switzerland and has been published in national and international newspapers including National Geographic, La Repubblica, L’Espresso, Vice and Gatopardo. She was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass 2016/2017, the Foam Paul Huf Award 2018 and in 2019 she won the FVG Fotografia del Craf award in Spilimbergo. She published with the(M) éditions and studiofaganel her first book, Casa Azul, on the life story of five transgender women imprisoned in a men’s prison in Mexico City. Casa Azul won in 2020 the Marco Bastianelli prize as best artist book.

Casa Azul is part of a socio-visual investigation, started in 2016, into the life stories of five trans women imprisoned in one of the male penitentiaries in Mexico City. The project shows the process of identity construction and bodily practices of people whose bodies are considered doubly abject due to their identity and their secluded condition.
Since it is mandatory for all prisoners to wear blue, they have called the jail ‘the blue house’, alluding to the imprisonment they suffer in their own male bodies.
Casa Azul shows the binary, the eternal struggle of these people to be what they are: women.

Her book here

Exhibitions

CHI NON SALTA. Calcio. Cultura. Identità. (Soccer. Culture. Identity.)
June 12th – October 24th, 2021
Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea (Cinisello Balsamo)
Collective Exhibition. Read more here

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