Italian populism is on the rise, fueled by the era of Trump, but artist Francesca Galliani continues to push the democratic ideals where art and freedom of expression meet seamlessly between Italian and American culture via the rise of globalization. Photographer, Francesca Galliani doesn’t just take photos—she captures emotion. Through her imagery, which also includes mixed media works, collage and painting, the Italian born and New York-based artist explores feminism, human rights and the female body. From subjects including impoverished towns in Southeast Asia, to members of the transgender community, Galliani’s work has taken her across the world—and her photos bring the viewers right along with her.
Having discovered photography by chance, after taking a summer course in order to learn how to use her camera, Galliani fell in love with the dark room—and the process. Using experimental techniques to manipulate her photos, she doesn’t believe in boundaries. Instead, Galliani uses art to break as many barriers as possible, while always communicating a powerful message.
As part of the opening of BlackBook’s new experiential art gallery, “BlackBook Presents”, we’ve curated some of our favorite pieces of Galliani’s work, which will be on view starting November 28 at BlackBook Presents in Dumbo Brooklyn.
In anticipation of the show, we sat down with the artist to talk about her work and her responsibilities as an artist