Valentina Vannicola’s photographs can be included within the stagedphotography field, that area of contemporary photography which presents as real scenes that were created according to the dynamics of cinematography. Her projects are focused on the transposition from a work of literature to a picture. Working on the text she sets a sort of tableaux vivant. The characters of her shoots are non-professional actors.
After a degree in Filmology at La Sapienza University of Rome, she went on to a diploma in photography at the Scuola Romana di Fotografia. Her images are strongly influenced by cinema and literature. Her work has been exhibited in several galleries and photo Festival, such as: Italian Cultural Institute and Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia; Bellaria Film Festival, Italy; Espace André Malraux Herblay, France; Italian Institute of culture of Melbourne; Gallery Central in Perth; Festival Circulation(s) in Paris; Vedere Multiverso, installation for Vision Lab/ Triennale di Milano at Mediateca di S. Teresa; Arte FieraBologna; Padova Fotografia; Vienna Fair in Vienna; Wuderkammern gallery in Rome; Urban Center of Rovereto; Mia Art Fair, Milan; CiternaFotografia-Festival; Triennale of Milano; FotografiaFestival at MACRO (contemporary art museum of Rome); Italian Center of Photography in Bibbiena; Auditorium of Rome; S.t. gallery in Rome.
In 2011 she published the book “L'Inferno di Dante” with Postcart, curated by Benedetta Cestelli Guidi. She worked for OnOff Pictures Agency until 2014. Her photos have been published in dailies, periodicals and books. Her publications include L'Espresso, D di Repubblica, Philosophie, Il Manifesto, Insidart and Aracne.