Marta Viola and Stefania Spadoni are two young Italian photographers with different styles and interests, but a common desire to recount life’s experiences in a personal and original way.
Life has taken a difficult turn for both of them, an illness, and this has brought them closer together in their desire to recount, each with their own photographic voice, the always dramatic and unique experience of being ill for a long time.
This led to a strong friendship and collaboration, which then resulted in a group exhibition, Blood on Blood, curated by Alessandro Curti, shown at the Still Gallery in Milan and then in other venues, with the aim of raising awareness about the psychological difficulties that rise with the experience, creating a story that speaks beyond the images.
In their two works Sangue Bianco by Marta Viola and Come mi Senti by Stefania Spadoni, offer to the observer their photographic gaze through an intimate and personal filter, defining a new aesthetic, which speaks to us of the disease from a point of view extremely closed.
If it is always possible to match a well-defined photographic aesthetic to the various aspects of our daily lives, the same cannot be said for the theme of illness, which we were used to seeing from an aseptic and hospital-like perspective.
Thanks to the courageous vision of the two photographers, we are placed on an original reading level, looking at this story as if we were the protagonists: the instinctive images, without filters and with a very strong emotional charge, suddenly allow us to perceive human frailty, the unpredictability of the future and the total absence of certainties in life.
Taking us by the hand, the two photographers lead us to the heart of their innermost emotions and show us their personal experience, their filter on the world around them.
But Blood on Blood is also, and above all, a message of hope, an invitation to get involved, to find the strength of regaining control of our life again, beginning a new path.
Photography has many roles: documentary, ethical, social, committed… Marta and Stefania’s one look for a therapeutic result, a kind of narrative medicine that want to restore strength of mind, transforming old dreams in new ones, full with love for life. A project started more than a couple of years ago…but today more relevant as ever.
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Marta Viola, born in 1986, graduated in psychology in Padua and studied photography at IED Milan. She carries out projects with third sector associations and schools, using photography to promote inclusive processes. She documented the aftermath of the earthquake in central Italy in collaboration with the Lo Stato delle cose observatory. In 2018 she published Sangue bianco [Ed. Seipersei], a book in which he recounts his path of illness with images and texts. She has written for the magazines MIND and NE.MO.
She took part in the second edition of Human, a workshop curated by Yogurt, in which she created Cotton Candy. His work has been published in various magazines like PhotoVogue, IL Il Magazine del Sole 24 Ore, Fotocrazia, D La Repubblica, Il Fotografo, Collector Daily, C41 Magazine, Vanity Fair, Huffpost Italia.
Stefania Spadoni works in Milan as a photographer, writer and journalist. In 2015 she began her first personal project, “Come mi senti”, which became a book (May 2017 – ed. Gallucci HD) presented in various literary festivals.
She created the images for the art catalogues “La Rivoluzione Terrestre” (2011), “Dove il cielo s’attacca alla collina” (2013, Silvana Editoriale), “fino a Zadda” (2013, Silvana Editoriale), “until Zadda” (2013, Silvana Editoriale), “fino a Zeno” (2014, Carlo Cambi Editore) by the artist Valerio Berruti. Her projects “Come mi senti”, “Blood on Blood” with Marta Viola, “IN – DEFENCE”, “Conquests” have been largely exhibited. In January 2018, her work “Katharsis” was one of the NEW PERSPECTIVE Award winners. It was exhibited at the Triennale di Milano. In 2019 she published the fanzine “My mother is a tree” with Chippendale Studio.
Engaged in portrait and social photography, with ongoing projects such as “Cicatr/ci”, – exhibited at the Triennale di Milano, GAM Catania and Amsterdam, and “NO NAME”, about HIV.
Stefanias’s works have been published in various magazines like Artribune, Photo Vogue, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, Io Donna, Gioia, Donna Moderna, Il Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, Il Fotografo, Photo Professional, La Lettura, Il Sole 24 ore, Il Foglio.