30 Under 30 
Women Photographers 
2021 
Online Exhibition
October 25 – December 11, 2021

Rome Art Week
Opening Night / Projection + Artist Reception
October 25, 2021 / 6–9 PM

Rome Art Week
Projection + Artist Reception
October 25 –30, 2021 / 6–9 PM
 

Artpil is proud to announce for its 12th edition, the 2021 exhibition of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers. Presented in conjunction with RAW / Rome Art Week October 25–30, 2021 with a video projection and artist reception, this online exhibition continues through December 11, 2021.

In photography, the traditional place for women is in front of the lens. Whether we like to admit it or not, is by and large a male-dominated arena, where the looking is a masculine act, and the subject is feminine, playing the role of looked at and admired mainly for their outward appearance. Photography, then, has been a mirror for conventional gender roles in western society. What is it like, then, to be a female photographer, to be a woman who has seized hold of an instrument of which she traditionally remains in front, and to use her eye to view the world, rather than use it to throw back a soft, muted glance into the receiving end of a male gaze? It may sound primitive to talk of the female photographer in such a way, but as the photographers of 30 UNDER 30 women will undoubtedly profess, resistance – or discrimination, even subtle – can be common even today. We will each have our own stories of how being a woman has hindered, or even unfairly aided, our pursuit of this profession. One might say that looking at the work of 30 female photographers is positive discrimination, and so it is, to the necessary extent where a focus is placed on the work of women, whether or not you view their work as intrinsically female or feminine – or simply human.

– Natalie Dybisz (Miss Aniela / 2010)

Klavdia Balampanidou
Klavdia Balampanidou (b.1991) is a Greek photographer, born in Avranlo, Georgia and based in Nicosia, Cyprus. She studied Audiovisual Arts at the Department of Sound and Visual Arts of the Ionian University…
Mirela Balea
I’m a cultural events photographer and currently a student at National University of Arts in Bucharest. I discovered my passion for photography a few years ago and I decided to follow through. Even though I didn’t rush into it, allowing myself to take the time I needed to learn and grow…
Ofir Berman
Ofir Berman is a freelance documentary photographer and visual storyteller. She was born in Israel in 1991. She studied a master in artistic and documentary photography at the Tai Arts school in Madrid, Spain…
Claudia Bigongiari
Italian photographer, she focuses on silent spaces and suspended moments. She usually does not seek out or plan her photographs, they happen. She is driven to take pictures because of an interruption she perceives, a personal need to make her visions and memories come to life…
Emma Brown
Emma Brown is an artist working in Columbus, Ohio. She grew up in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, where she began carrying a camera whenever possible. After graduating from Kenyon College of Gambier, Ohio…
Bianca Burgo
I am a photographer and graphic designer, passionate about pictures and cinema. In the world since 1998. From Syracuse, I moved to Milan and I studied at Naba. I live for the beauty I have around me, for words that can be said in silence, through an image…
Tamuna Chkareuli
I am a storyteller deeply interested in the complex relationships within the modern communities. Being attracted to the sensation of shared values, I explore the borderline between togetherness and loneliness and the consequences of the emotional vacuum…
Benhei Dai
Benhei Dai (b 1993) is photographer currently living and working in Shanghai and Paris. She graduated in Fine Arts from the college ESADMM in Marseille in 2019. Her research lies in the practice of observations…
Estella Dandyk
Estella Dandyk, born in 1998, is a graduate of New York School of Visual Arts. Currently, she is a student of photography at the National Film School in Lodz, Poland. In recent years she has called herself a portrait lover aspiring to be a fashion photographer…
Nika De Carlo
Born in Los Angeles, California in 1993, Nika De Carlo relocated to a small town in Connecticut at a young age. As her father became terminally ill, she found photography as a refuge, which ultimately led to her work in self portraiture…
Feline De Coninck
Feline De Coninck (1991) is a Belgian self-taught photographer and Social Worker. On a personal level, she relishes the balance between her job as a social worker and her passion for analogue photography…
Maria Cristina Fernandez
Since 2015 to today, my research in photography is about loneliness in all its shapes and the communicative struggles of human beings. It is about the emotion firmness that seems like a never ending wait…
Silvia De Giorgi
Silvia De Giorgi is an Italian photographer and artist, who lives and works between Oslo and Bolzano, Italy. She graduated from Camberwell College of Arts London in 2017 with an MA in Visual Arts and recently gained a master’s degree of Arts…
Anouk Flesch
Born in 1997, I am a Luxembourgish photographer based in both Luxembourg and Paris, with a special focus on portraits and sports photography…
Lucile Gourdon
My name is Lucile Gourdon, I am 22 and I am french. I come from Nantes where I had my studies in Literature and Art History. At 18 I left Nantes in order to study Photography…
Marcella Green
Marcella is a socially engaged artist from Pennsylvania residing in Providence, RI. She works primarily in photography, writing, and socially engaged art installations…
Karla Guerrero
Karla Guerrero (Mexico City) Photographer from Fundación Pedro Meyer and Academia de Artes Visuales. Founder and curator in Femgrafia: a space dedicated to female photographers…
Olivia Haudry
Olivia Haudry is a photographer who lives in Paris. After a licence of photography, she met the photographer Thierry Bouët and has been working at his studio since 2016. Her research belongs to intimate and realistic photography…
Laura Sala Hojman
Laura Sala Hojman began taking photography courses after completing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014, including a postgraduate course in Photojournalism in 2017…
Brooklynn T. Kascel
Kascel is a queer photographer from Iowa who makes non-fiction photo essays that intersect gender, queerness, intimacy, and relationship narratives in the family unit. Kascel uses multiple photographic approaches to connect these themes…
Greta Lorimer
Greta Lorimer, born in Florence (Italy) and based in Switzerland, is a visual creative specialized in photography, philosophy of the image and therapeutic photography. Her research follows a project-based practice that sees photography and philosophy deeply intertwined…
Leïla Macaire
Leïla Macaire is a french director and photographer living in Paris. Self-taught in photography, this visual language allows her to express her personal interrogations about the world…
Alina Moise
Graduated in 2019 from the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, I am currently living and working in Bucharest, Romania, as an architect while I develop my passion for photography…
Morgane Moussé
Morgane grew up in the South of France, near Lyon, where she began studying photography in high school. At eighteen, she decided to leave the country in order to continue her studies in Canada…
Anastasiya Novikova
I was born and raised in a working-class city, Elektrostal, Moscow region. I received a higher education in television in Moscow. I studied to be a documentary photographer. My vision of the aesthetics of the frame was significantly influenced by the aesthetics of my city…
Juliette Pavy
Graduated from an engineering school in biology (EBI), I have been photographing my environment for about ten years now. After a year of study in Canada, I dedicate myself to reporting and news photography…
Amaal Said
Amaal Said is a Danish-born Somali photographer, and poet, based in London. Her photographs have been featured in Vogue, The Guardian and The New York Times. She is concerned with storytelling and how best she can connect with people…
Liza Shchegolkova
I am a photographer from Moscow. I love taking pictures of fashion, but I am also attracted to unusual subjects. I like to recreate strange pictures and photograph them. Sometimes I walk down the street with my cameras in search of something that no one sees…
Elene Shengelia
After graduating from business school and working in an advertising agency where my job was to connect a product with an audience in a creative way and eventually manage to make sales, I decided it was quite enough…
Nicole Tsatsou
My name is Nicole Tsatsou and I am a postgraduate student of the Master of Digital Arts, at the Athens School of Fine Arts. I have a Bachelor’s degree of the Department of Photography and Audiovisual Arts, of the TEI of Athens, as well as a Bachelor’s of classical guitar studies…

Founded in 2010, 30 Under 30 Women Photographers has helped emerging, mid-career, as well as some accomplished women photographers to gain further exposure and participate in the collective among peers. With styles ranging from art photography to documentary, portraiture to street and fashion, the works have been overwhelmingly well received.

Previous groups have exhibited in Paris and Lille (2018–2019) in partnership with Maison Photo at Maison de la Photographie and Galerie Claude Samuel, as well as in Rome (2017) in collaboration with CultRise and Dude Magazine. With the global pandemic and the impact it has had on artists and the art industry at large, last year’s group 2020 gave occasion to launch Artpil’s online viewing room. This year promises further exposure and an expanded audience for the 2021 group as we participate in Rome Art Week with an artist reception and projection at our Rome location running in parallel with this exhibition.

Among the growing list of photographers in the collective, many have come from or have gone on to join agencies such as Magnum or Hans Lucas, and organizations like ICP / International Center of Photography. Many are winners of LensCulture and World Press Photo awards with representation in festivals such as Les Rencontres d’Arles, Circulation(s), and Voies Off. Publications include Aperture, The New York Times, and Photo Vogue, and several of the photographers have continued to contribute their series to Artpil, including Benedetta Ristori (2017) Being HumanJulie Hascoët (2017) Mexican Journal; Sarah Blesener (2018) Toy SoldiersEkaterina Anchevskaya (2018) Forgiving and I Remember Nothing; and Laure d’Utruy (2017) with Tempohome and The Royal Road: In Transformation.

Artpil is currently accepting portfolios for the 2022 selection of 30 Under 30 Women Photographers. Further information may be found here > 

This exhibition is made possible by the following sponsors: