Simona Ghizzoni

Simona Ghizzoni (b.1977) is a visual artist and a women’s rights activist.

The fil rouge that runs through her work is women condition. 

“Women have always been the territory in which the most varied wars of power have been fought”, she states. 

Most of her work stems from personal issues, which she processes and interprets through photography and video. 

Mainly known for her autobiographical work on eating disorders, titled Odd Days, and her self-portraits series Rayuela addressing the tortuous and ambivalent relationship between man and nature, Ghizzoni blurs the lines between documentary and personal research. While her images are often  socially- inspired, she tends to employ a personal, at times even fantastical, narrative that arises from the intimate relationship she creates with the other.
She is currently working on Inedito, a new self-portrait series, as well as on a long term, intimate and complex research about the phenomena of female genital mutilations, named Uncut. 

Her work has received several prizes, such as World Press Photo, Poyi, the Aftermath project, Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant, BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Sony World Photography Award, among others. 

It has been widely presented in personal and collective exhibitions in various locations including the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, Paris Photo, PhotoEspana, Auditorium di Roma, Athens Photo Festival.

Ghizzoni is Canon Ambassador and co-founder of MAPS Images.


2007 1st prize FNAC photo contest Italy

2008 3rd prize portrait single WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2008

2009 2ndprize Magazine Feature Pictures Story at POYI

2009 1st prize Photo Espana Ojodepez Award for Human Values 2009

2009 Finalist at Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant

2010 Selected photographer for the European project SETSE ( Seeing Europe Through a stranger’s eye) – Les Rencontres d’Arles

2011 Winner The Aftermath Project Saharawi Grant

2012 3rd prize Contemporary Issues single WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2012

2012 2nd prize at Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant

2013 European Photo Exhibition Award (EPEA 2014)

2014 Aan Korb: BBC Arabic Film and Documentary Festival (finalist), London

2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival, Juror's Special Award , New York

2014 Festival du Cinema Italien, Prix Spèciale Documentaire. Annecy. 

2015 The European Journalism Grant / Uncut Project

2015 Leica Oskar Barnack Award, (finalist). 

2016 SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD, 3rd prize Contemporary Issues. 

2016 DWA Doc/it Women Award ( Venice), finalist.

2016 Visioni dal Mondo ( Milan) honorable mention.

2017 Ted X Speaker ( Ted X Lake  Como), Italy.

2018 Marilyn Stafford Photoreportage Award - runner up.


2008 PARIS PHOTO (series “In Between”), Paris.

2009 PARIS PHOTO(series “A Minor Place”), Paris.

2010 PARIS PHOTO(series “Aftermath”), Paris

2010 PHOTOESPANA (series “Odd Days”), Madrid.

2011 FESTIVAL DELLA FOTOGRAFIA ETICA (series “Odd Days”), Milan

2013 REPORTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL (series “Afterdark”), Sidney.

2013 AUDITORIUM ROME (series: “Tutto mi parla di te”) Rome.

2014 NOBEL PEACE CENTRE (series: “While you were sleeping”), Oslo.

2014 PHOTOMED FESTIVAL (series: “Tutto mi parla di te”) Sanary sur Mer.

2014 PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI (series: “While you were sleeping”), Lucca.

2014  Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian (series: “While you were sleeping”), Paris.
2015 Athens Photo Festival (series: “Rayuela”), Greece.

2016 Cortona On The Move ( series: "Uncut" ), Italy.

2017 Festival Photo Reporteur St. Brieuc ( series: " Unrest" ), France.

2018 Perugia Social Photo Fest ( series: “Odd Days”), Italy.

2018 Galleria Spazio 32 ( series: “Uncut”), Italy.

2018 Palazzo delle Esposizioni ( L’Altro Sguardo. Fotografe italiane 1965-2018) . Collective Exhibition. Italy.

2018 Casa delle Letterature  ( series: “Uncut”), Italy.

2018/19 Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia ( Self-portraits ), Italy.

2019  ExMattatoio Testaccio, Rome ( solo exhibition, Series: Uncut ), Italy.