Antonia & Giovanna
Antonia Michaela Porter (artistic concept and audio, co-curation) is an interdisciplinary practitioner who works on social justice issues such as conflict and gender using different mediums and approaches. Having focused on conflict transformation work with NGOs and thinktanks worldwide, she has published on conflict, masculinities, and gender issues in books, academic journals, and national newspapers such as the Guardian (UK) and Mail & Guardian (SA). Her work on What is constructed can be transformed: Masculinities in Post-Conflict Societies for the International Peacekeeping journal was selected by Routledge to be part of its “Masculinity Collection”. Antonia is interested in using and promoting use of experiential methodologies with groups and individuals including mediation and dialogue, emerging technologies, and multimedia art to stimulate reflective thought and build sustainable peace and justice. Antonia has worked on two documentary films and enjoys experimenting at the intersections of social change and art, and collaborating with visual media artists to develop and record intimate stories.
Giovanna Del Sarto is a London-based Italian photographer, specializing in documentary photography. She is undertaking a long-term project, A Polaroid For A Refugee (APfaR), which depicts points of transition in the lives of individual refugees. In June 2018 APfaR was exhibited at London’s Migration Museum, and her exhibition was selected by TimeOut London as the top "thing to do" during Refugee Week. Giovanna did a take-over of The Photographers’ Gallery’s instagram account for 3 days during this time, where a series of limited edition hand-embroidered digital reproduction ApfaR polaroid postcards are available. ApfaR has been exhibited in UK, Berlin, France, Switzerland (where it won the Lugano Photo Festival Women open call), Georgia, and Italy, and published in worldwide media. A work from this project reached the penultimate stage for a category at World Press Photo 2017. Since completing an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, in 2008, Giovanna has worked as a freelance documentary photography and digital postproduction retoucher. Her publications and commissions include National Geographic, L'Espresso, La Repubblica, Il Sole24Ore, Usbek&Rica, The Guardian, Amnesty International, Traces London, Swiss Federal Commission on Immigration (FCM), NHS, HuffingtonPost, Italy’s The Post Internationale (Inside Foreign Affairs), and Wonderland Magazine, among others. An interview with Giovanna was featured in March 2018’s on-line Italian edition of VICE-ID magazine