Giulia Parlato (b.1993) is an Italian artist based in London and Palermo.
She graduated from the BA(Hons) Photography at London College of Communication in 2016 and from the MA Photography at the Royal College of Arts in 2019.
Her practice focuses on staged photography, and revolves around history, myths, and object-hood. She studies the historical use of photography as a document of truth, specifically in its scientific and forensic uses, and attempts to challenge this language, by creating a new space in which fake histories take place. Looking at the fragility of historiography and at the idea of failed encounters, her practice undertakes an exhaustive journey into these notions in trying to understand which objects and spaces humankind usually use to search something that in reality can never be found. This melancholic and frustrating state, caused by humans’ impossibility to know the past, is what fascinates her, and it constitute the foundation of her work.
Her practice is influenced by the Arab-Norman Sicilian heritage and aesthetics and Aby Warburg’s studies on the history of art.
Giulia’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and has been featured in printed and online publications including The British Journal of Photography, Artlicks, Source, Fisheye, Vogue Italia and Der Greif.
In 2019 she was one of the recipients of the Paris Photo Carte Blanche Award and was selected for the Travers Smith CSR Art Programme. Her first solo show will open in September 2020 at Palazzo Rasponi 2 in Ravenna as a winner of Camera Work.
Giulia is currently in the process of expanding her latest project “Diachronicles” to work towards a book publication.