Ilaria Sponda (b. 1998 Milan, IT) is a visual artist, writer and curator based between Lisbon (PT) and Dublin (IE). She studied BA Arts, Performing Arts and Cultural Events at IULM, Milan, and she is now studying MA Management of the Arts and Culture at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Lisbon.

Through the use of different languages - photography, poetry, sound, video - Ilaria 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 phenomenological, sometimes spanning from scientific theory to theological ideology. She often incorporates collected archival or natural materials in her pieces inviting new meaning to be formed through metaphors and subjectivity.

As a writer and curator, she is inspired by artists that particularly engage with photography and video art as anthropologists of contemporary society, both on an individual and collective level. Ilaria also focuses on visual education, and emancipatory and dialogic practices within communities and disadvantaged areas.

selected group Exhibitions

2021 Of Yourself First and Only Photo Book, Chippendale Studio at Insight Foto Festival, Camera di Commercio, Varese

2021 Geography of Our Love, Insight Foto Festival, Magazzini Caprera, Varese

2021 Invito per un dono, "Festina stonata" exhibition, Luogo_e, Bergamo

2021 Of Gestures and Bonds, "Always Present" online exhibition, Void Collective

2021 Of Yourself First and Only Photo Book, Chippendale Studio's Dummy Exhibition #16, Drogheria la Casa del Miele, Milan

2021 Antarābhava, "Inner World" online exhibition, Artdoc Photography Magazine

2020 Halfway between Wasteland and Wonderland, "Waste to Create" online exhibition, Eco Aware Art Gallery

2020 Star Stuff (in collaboration with Jacopo Stofler), "Nello spazio fa freddo" exhibition, Chippendale Studio, Milan

2020 The Apple Doesn't Fall Far from the Tree, "Nello spazio fa freddo" exhibition, Chippendale Studio, Milan

2020 Of Gestures and Bonds, "Getting By" online exhibition, In Conversation With

2020 Ossa di conghiglie, "Assembramento" online exhibition, Invertebre Collettivo

2020 Still (Sea)Life, "Still Life" exhibition, Loosen Art at Millepiani (Rome)

2019 Of Yourself First and Only Photo Book, Chippendale Studio at The Art Chapter 3, Milan Art Book Fair, Base, Milan

2019 The Dissolution of Compactness of Things, "Raccontare l'invisibile" exhibition, Spazio Giacomo, Bergamo

2019 Of Yourself First and Only, "Fallimenti" exhibition, Milan Photo Week, Chippendale Studio, Milan


2021  Charlotte Perriand: a Study of Light through Ice Forms, The Light Observer. The Water Issue

2021 A Review on John Divola's Terminus, PHROOM

2021 A Reflection on Photography Online Exhibitions, Umbigo Magazine Online

2020 The Incommunicability of Love, Foto Femme United

2020 Visible Absence, Invisible Presence, Foto Femme United

2020 The Unspelled Desires beyond Women's Labour, Foto Femme United

2020 The Ethic of Delicacy, Foto Femme United

2020 Muses of None, Models of the Self, Foto Femme United

curatorial projects

2021 A Cartography of (Un)Belonging: Mónica de Miranda's artist book (co-curator), The Fold(s) Project, Lisbon

2020 Nello spazio fa freddo group exhibition (co-curator), Chippendale Studio, Milan