Ilaria Sponda is an interdependent curator, writer and visual artist. She has a BA in Arts, Media and Cultural Events (IULM, Milan) and an MA in Culture Studies (UCP, Lisbon), she also chose photography as a medium to bring about her personal artistic research.
Her curatorial research is inspired by dialogues between art and society and artists that engage with the camera and other media as anthropologists and ethnographers of contemporary society, both on an individual and collective level. She is currently researching the topic of photography related to digital and virtual realities and transnational fluxes of circulations. Within this context, she looks to deconstruct contemporary curating towards a critical mediation of art and its understanding. She is serving as a curator and researcher at PHROOM platform and art agent at Ato Vision. She has published in physical and online magazines, including Over Journal, Lampoon, C4 Journal, Trigger, PHROOM, The Light Observer, Umbigo and Foto Femme United. She is Distribution Manager for Der Greif.
As a visual artist, through the use of different languages - photography, poetry, sound, video - she explores the intersection between individual identity and the other. To better comprehend humans' understanding of themselves in relation to life and nature, her research is rooted in the spiritual and subjective experience of events. She often incorporates collected archival or natural materials in her pieces inviting new meanings to be formed through materials, metaphors and subjectivity. The unfinished and open-ended nature of her projects talks of the struggle of being an artist today, as financial support and mental health conditions are not always in favour of a smooth and productive art practice.