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 aims to unveil contexts of production and circulation of art. Within these premises, she looks to deconstruct contemporary curating towards a critical mediation of art and its understanding through "friction" as a methodology. 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 Crisp Magazin, Contemporary Lynx, L'Essenziale Studio, Zero, Over Journal, Lampoon, C4 Journal, Trigger, Phnom, The Light Observer, Umbigo and Foto Femme United. She is currently Curatorial Collaborator at ViaFarini-In-Residence.
As a visual artist, through the use of different languages - photography, poetry, sound - 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.