Anna Maria Antoinette D’Addario is an Italian-Australian photographic artist and writer who explores new forms of storytelling combining traditional documentary modes with photographic art practice. She is dedicated to the expression of social, environmental and humanitarian issues.
Her current work revolves around the investigation and resurrection of memory and the traces it leaves behind on people and place. Through it she also investigates questions of identity and belonging.
Over the past years she has been committed to public arts projects and to the support of practitioners in the field acting as a curator, photo editor and deputy director of the Sydney based Reportage Festival together with photographer Stephen Dupont. In 2013 and 2014 she curated and produced numerous exhibitions, events and educational workshops for Reportage, including 4 Stories outdoor exhibition installation at Darling Quarter, featuring the work of Jodi Bieber, Tamara Dean, Raphaela Rosella and Claire Martin and the Photography In Conflict Symposium at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney amongst others. The 2013 Reportage Festival was the largest edition of the event to date prompting engagement and discussion in the community. Anna was fundamental in the organisation and curation of the 2013 Reportage Censored outdoor installation exhibition in Hyde Park Sydney that created a conversation with the general public about the nature of censorship and the value cultural events have for individuals in Australia. Alongside this she has contributed written content, co-edited diverse publications and continues to work as a photo editor and curator for projects and specific practitioners, collaborating with a range of documentary photographers. Anna is a founding member of the Australian collective Lumina.
Her photographic and written work has been published in various international publications such as Vogue Italia, Internazionale, The Sydney Morning Herald, Il Sole 24 Ore, Vogue UK, the Guardian, PRIVATE Magazine, Photodust, Peril Magazine and TAKE as well as in other online features. She has exhibited work in Italy and Australia to this date. Working between Europe, Asia and Oceania, Anna is engaged in long-form storytelling and is currently based in Australia whilst working on her first bookwork.
Anna is a MFA Candidate at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney and also works as an educator participating in programs at various academic institutions and art based organisations.
'She’s conceptual. She’s a concept lover, and is dynamic enough to create them, to open doors, to build a soulful bridge for the momentous forms in which vulnerability can manifest itself. That’s her stage, to listen to her ghosts, her afflictions, the fear and the freedom and the shadows trapping all of us. For some… the dreams, the nightmares, the transcendent experiences. It takes one moment, when solitude and loneliness come together, when the human and the natural world are at one... that’s where she takes me. She has a romantic, beautiful and soft signature. Hand made visual poetry, while inner afflictions are radiated.'
- Roberta Tavares, Brazil (Photo critic/ writer)
GRANTS/ AWARDS/ NOMINATIONS
2017 Harold and Gwenneth Harris Foundation Fellowship, University of Sydney (Recipient)
2017 Nomination World Press Photo 6x6 Initiative
2016 City of Sydney Australian Life Finalist, Art and About
2016 Sydney College of the Arts PRSS Grant (Recipient)
2016 Wentworth Traveling Fellowship, University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts (Recipient)
2011 Worldwide Photography Gala Awards- Interregional Competition
2008 MAE Scholarship Award Grant for photographic studies granted by the Italian MInistero degli Affari Esteri, Rome Italy
2007 MAE Scholarship Award Grant for photographic studies granted by the Italian MInistero degli Affari Esteri, Rome Italy
March 2018 'Women by Women', Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo Australia
March 2018 'Women by Women', Queensland College of Arts Galleries, Brisbane Australia
March 2018 'Women by Women', Melbourne Polytechnic, Melbourne Australia
March 2018 'Women by Women', Sun Studios, Sydney Australia
March 2018 'Women by Women', 200 George by Mirvac, Sydney Australia
March 2018 'Women by Women', Launceston Acquatic, Launceston Australia
February 2018 '5 Years', Black Eye Gallery, Sydney Australia
November 2017 'LUMINA', Sun Studios, Sydney Australia
October 2017 'Who is He?', Contact Sheet, Sydney Australia
June 2017 'LUMINA', Black Eye Gallery, Sydney Australia
September 2016 'Art and About, City of Sydney Australian Life Exhibition', Hyde Park, Sydney Australia
July 2009 'Marte Live', Rome Italy
July 2009 'Collective' at L'Istituto di Fotografia e Communicazione Integrata, Rome Italy
June 2009 'In Movimento' Ponte Milvio, Rome Italy
June 2009 'In Movimento' Trastevere, Rome Italy
Italy's 24 Il Magazine, 24 Ore
The Sydney Morning Herald
2017 - LUMINA, Sun Studios, Sydney Australia, Featuring the work of Lumina Collective including artists; Donna Bailey, Jessie Boylan, Chloe Bartram, Aletheia Casey, Anna Maria Antoinette D'Addario, Lyndal Irons, Morganna Magee and Sarah Rhodes/ CURATOR
2017 - LUMINA, Black Eye Gallery, Sydney Australia, Featuring the work of Lumina Collective including artists; Donna Bailey, Jessie Boylan, Chloe Bartram, Aletheia Casey, Anna Maria Antoinette D'Addario, Lyndal Irons, Morganna Magee and Sarah Rhodes/ CURATOR
2013 - TWENTY| TWENTY, Noorderlicht Festival, Featuring the work of Raphaela Rosella representing Reportage Festival/ CURATOR for Reportage
2013 - REPORTAGE CENSORED / CO-CURATOR with Ed Giles
2013 - 4 STORIES Featuring the work of Jodi Bieber, Tamara Dean, Raphaela Rosella and Claire Martin / CURATOR
2013 - VIOLET ISLE: TWO VISIONS of CUBA - Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb / CO-CURATOR with Stephen Dupont
2013 - A TRAVES DE MIS OJOS (THROUGH MY EYES) - Arien Chang Castan / CO-CURATOR with Stephen Dupont
2013 - AN INTERIOR VIEW - Leysis Quesada / CO-CURATOR with Stephen Dupont
PHOTO EDITING/ WRITING
2013 - TAKE Magazine Issue 3 - REPORTAGE Special Edition / CO-EDITOR
2013 REPORTAGE FESTIVAL Catalogue / CO- EDITOR - CONTENT WRITER
2011 - Present - Mentor Photographic Artist, Stephen Dupont, Contact Press Images
2015 - Present - Mentor Writer & Poet, Mark Tredinninck
2011 to 2015- Studio Manager/ Assistant documentary photographer Stephen Dupont, Contact Press Images, Sydney Australia
2014 - 2015 - Studio Manager/ Assistant to photographer Adam Ferguson, Bangkok Thailand
2012 - 2013 Administrator for Australian photography collective Degree South, Sydney Australia
2009 June – September 2009 Assistant to Photographer Massimo Siragusa, Contrasto, Rome Italy
2008 December 11-15 Assistant to Ethnographic Film maker and Director David MacDougall, Rome Italy
www.roninfilms.com.au/person/139.html Bio on David MacDougall from Ronin Films
2016- Present MFA Candidature, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
2006- 2009 Three year photographic advanced diploma with first class honours at L'Istituto di Fotografia e Communicazione Integrata, Rome Italy
MAE Scholarship Award Grant for academic years 2007- 2009
2002- 2005 Bachelor of Arts undertaken at the University of Sydney Australia majoring in Art History and Literary Studies with a combined year of darkroom and photography study.