Mario Badagliacca is a free lance Sicilian photographer. He studied international relations and politics at the University 'L'Orientale' in Naples and photo-reportage and photojournalism in Rome. Along his photographic activity, he has always collaborated with non-profit organizations and NGOs involved in humanitarian programmes. His work documents migration, life on the borders, human right violations, and social issues. His photographs have appeared in several international newspapers, magazines and broadcast groups such as Le Nouvelle Observateur, The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera, Warscapes, RAIRadio3, Sky, La Presse Canada, La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera, and on several book covers. He is exhibited in international venues, including the Hopkins Hall Gallery in the USA. He has worked with numerous international research and academic institutions such as New York University, Oxford University, St. Andrews University and San Diego State University. He has been the recipient of several international awards, including the Documentary Photography Audience Engagement Grant (New York 2014) for his project Letters from the CIE and the 2017 ACEP Projecto Media exhibited at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon for the ongoing project The Game. He was the artist-in-residence for the Transnationalizing Modern Language Project sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, with a work on the Italian diasporic communities in Addis Ababa, London, New York, Buenos Aires and Tunis. Currently he is Ph.D. researcher in Culture Sciences at the University of Palermo.

Books/Academic journals
'Letters from the CIE', in Wole Soyinka et al. Transition-The Magazine of Africa and Diaspora, special issue 132, Indiana University Press, USA 2022.
Italy is out, M. Badagliacca, D. Duncan, Liverpool University Press, UK 2021.
'Frammenti / Fragmento' in AA. VV. Mundo Critico-Revista de Desenvolvimento Cooperação n.3, Portugal 2019
'Frammenti', in B. Shringarpure et al. in Warscapes, Mediterranean: Migrant Crossings, Upset Press, USA 2018.
'Letters from the CIE' in Border Criminologies, October/15, University of Oxford, UK 2015.
'Lettere dal CIE' in AA. VV. (Im)mobility, RootsRoutes Magazine 20, Italy 2015.

Collective exhibition 'Fragments' - 'Moving Things,On the Materiality of (Forced) Migration', Forum Wissen Göttingen, Germany 2022-23
Collective exhibition 'Moors of Sicily', Palazzo della Cultura Polizzi Generosa, Italy, 2022
Solo exhibition, 'Moors of Sicily', Letterando in Fest Sciacca, Italy 2019
Solo exhibition, 'Fragments', University of Potsdam, Germany 2019
Solo exhibition, 'Fragments', Cork City Library, Ireland 2019
Collective exhibition, 'Moors of Sicily'-'ReSignifications: Black Portraitures', Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Manifesta 12/Palermo Capital of Culture 2018
Solo exhibition, 'Frammenti' - 'ReSignifications: Black Mediterranean', on board of GNV Atlas boat, Mediterranean Sea 2018
Collective exhibition, 'The Game: Chapter One-Signs'-'To Be [definied]', Spazju Kreattiv, RIMA Project, Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018
Solo exhibition, 'Italy is Out', University of Liverpool, UK 2018
Solo exhibition, 'Italy is Out', Solas Festival, Perth, Scotland 2018
Solo exhibition 'The Game', Villa La Pietra, New York University, Florence, Italy 2018
Solo exhibition 'The Game', Badia Fiesolana, European University Institute, Florence, Italy 2018
Solo exhibition 'The Game', Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa, Portugal 2017
Collective exhibition 'Beyond borders - Italy is out', Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Tunisi, Tunisia 2017
Permanent collection 'Italy is out' Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, USA
Solo exhibition 'Italy is out', Venice Art Night, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venezia, Italy 2017
Collective exhibition 'Beyond borders - Italy is out', Museo Italiano, Melbourne, Australia 2017
Solo exhibition 'Italy is out' - Hopkins Hall Gallery, Ohio State University, USA 2017
Collective exhibition 'Beyond borders - Italy is out', Calandra Institute, New York, USA 2017
Collective exhibition 'Beyond borders - Italy is out', Istituto Italiano di Cultura, London, UK 2016
Solo exhibition 'Letters from the CIE', Università degli studi di Milano, Italy 2016
Collective exhibition 'Beyond Borders - Italy is out', British School at Rome, Italy 2016
Solo exhibition 'Letters from the CIE', San Diego State University, San Diego, USA 2015 - 2016
Collective exhibition Prisma Human Rights, Monastero di San Nicolò, Venezia Lido, Italy 2015
Solo exhibition 'Migrations lives' Being Human Festival, St. Andrews University, Scotland 2014

Talks, symposia, workshops
"Raccontare le migrazioni. Voci, narrazioni, testimonianze", Dottorato in Migrazioni, Differenze, Giustizia sociale Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy 2023.
"Geopolitis of Migrations", Cooperazione, sviluppo e migrazioni, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy 2023.
“Surviving Society. The Spotlight Series: the Mediterranean and race from the edge of Europe”, podcast, 2022.
“Italy is Out and the implications of Italian migration”, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Londra, England, 2021.
"Italy is Out and the implications of Italian migration", Center for the Arts at New Jersey City University, U.S.A. 2021.
“Byre World: Italy is Out”, University of St. Andrews, Scotland 2021.
“Italy is Out”, University College Cork, Ireland 2019.
“Migration, borders controls and the Italian Diaspora”, St. Andrews University, Scotland 2019.
“Corso di perfezionamento Antropologia delle migrazioni”, Università di Milano Bicocca, Italy 2018.
“The Game: Migrant Life on the Border of the European Union”, New York University Florence, Italy 2018.
“Zoom Dar Radio Rayhana” workshop, Association Rayhana Jendouba, University of Liverpool/Cospe Onlus, Tunisia, 2018.
“The Ethics of Migration Beyond the Immigrant-Host State Nexus”, European University Institute Florence, Italy 2018.
“Photographing the Italian diaspora. Italy is out” for TML Project, University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2017.
“Italy is out”. A photographic overview about the Italians abroad, Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2017.
“Migrazioni e asilo politico: immagini, esperienze e partecipazione sociale”, Dip. Antrop. delle migr., Università Milano Bicocca, Italy 2017.
“Photographing the Italian diaspora. Italy is out” for TML Project, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA 2017.
“Annual Conference of American Association for Italian Studies and Canadian Society for Italian Studies”, Ohio State University, USA 2017.
“Resistence, Imaginaries, Migration, Art/Anthropology - RIMA Project” workshop, Malta 2017.
“CriMiNare” Conference, Polo di Mediazione Interculturale e Comunicazione Università agli studi di Milano, 2016.
“Border Control - Artists’ responses to incarceration” - Ruskin School of Art University of Oxford, UK 2016.
“Escapes: Fotografia, racconto, potere” - Università degli studi di Milano, Italy 2016.
“Migrations in Italy. A photographic overview” - Columbia University, USA 2016.
“Letters from the CIE” - San Diego State University, USA 2015.
“Fotografare i luoghi di internamento. Uno sguardo dentro i CIE italiani” - Università agli studi di Firenze, Italy 2015.
“Seminar für Nachwuchsjournalisten” - Deutsch Franzoesisches Institute, Italy 2014.
“Picturing migrants”. Being Human Festival - St. Andrews University, UK 2014.

ACEP – Associação Para a Cooperação Entre os Povos and Gulbenkian Foundation, Projecto Media, Portugal 2017
PRISMA Human Rights, Italy 2015
Audience Engagement Grant - Documentary Photography Project, New York, USA 2014

Where I am currently



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+39 327 2835 336 Italy

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P. IVA 12478811008


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