Digging into archives and communities, Valentina Bonizzi’s work highlights issues of social justice while it uncovers the potentialities of democratization that lay in the artistic re-definition of cartographic practices. Her work explores the role of the image in all its expanded forms considering the politics of time in relation to hybridity, migration and the environment. Some of her films respond to scientific methods of defining citizenship, by carefully presenting the individual within collective history. Valentina works with a variety of media such as film, photography, the archive, sound, radio and performative intervention with music and dialogues.

Among others she exhibited at  MAXXI, Rome, the National Galleries of Scotland, British School at Rome, Stills Gallery in Edinburgh and Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Cooper Gallery, Dundee. She has presented her work in a number of institutions such as Ramallah Academy of the Arts, Palestine, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Villa Romana, Florence, CCA in Glasgow. Bonizzi has published with the Journal for Flusser Studies, What legitimates photography? and the Mauritius Catalogue of the Venice Biennal: When you realised you were a: White. European. Male.

Her work has been reviewed by The Times, the Scotsman, Artribune, VLNA and features in the book Vivere Insieme, Arte come azione educativa (Living together, Art as an educative action) by Maria Rosa Sossai. Bonizzi has received awards from Creative Scotland, Arts and Business and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She collaborates with Glasgow Refugee Asylum Migration Network, DAAR (Palestine), Mnemoscape Magazine and Free Academy of the Arts (ALA Group), Rome.

Curriculum Vitae

2015 PhD, AHRC Doctoral Award, Visual Research Centre, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
2010 Master of Research in Visual Practices, Glasgow School of Art
2006 Honours Degree in Literature, University of Verona


2017 Upcoming Autostrada Biennale, Prizren, Kosovo

2016 Beyond Borders, British School in Rome
2016 Vocaboradio, Spazio Atrii,ArtVerona Fiera,
2016 Remote Orchestra, Radiofrenia, CCA, Gasgow
2016 Cartographers, CCA, Glasgow
2015 Document Film Festival, (official selection), Glasgow
2014 Diletta, The girl with a suitcase, with Robert Capa, Castel Pandone, Venafro
2013 Migration Stories: Valentina Bonizzi, (solo show) Scottish National Portrait Gallery
2013 Second Sight, Still Gallery, Edinburgh
2013 Berlinale, North Media Night Screening
2013 ULLAMH DHA, DOCVA, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan
2012 Timeology, Visual Research Centre, Dundee
2011 Gate 11, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Italy
2011 Means to an end, Copper Gallery, Dundee


2016 On Remoteness, Mnemoscape Magazine Issue 4 (contributor and editor)

2016 When you realised you were a: White. European. Male. Mauritius Pavillion Catalogue, Venice Biennial
2015 What Legitimates Photography? Journal for Flusser studies
2014 A Possibility for Something Happening, on Franco Vaccari Mostyn Catalogue


2016 Albania Expanded Image, COD, Tirana, curated by Chamber of Public Secrets
2016 Valentina Bonizzi in conversation with Modern Edinburgh Film School, Summerhall, Edinburgh
2016 Into the Universe of Technical History, with ESTAR(SER), closing lecture of ‘Bodenlos, Vilém Flusser and the Arts’ Akademie der Kunste, Berlin
2015 It is not down in any maps true places never are with Mark Dorrian, Joseph Delappe, Isabella Streffen, Elisa Adami. Centre Space, Dundee Contemporary Art
2014 Cartographers, International Academy of Art, Ramallah, Palestine
2014 Aesthetic Journalism, with Alfredo Cramerotti, Centre Space, Dundee Contemporary Art
2013 TJ Demos in conversation with Valentina Bonizzi, Scottish National Galleries, Edinburgh
2013 Film Lounge (speaker/curator) with works from Franco Vaccari, Harun Faroki, Andrea Segre, John Huston
2013 Our Dwells: in dialogue with Vilém Flusser, Metaflux Lab (Berlin), Stills Gallery, Edinburgh


2016 DAAR/CAMPUS IN CAMPS, Bethlehem, curated by ALAGroup, Rome.
2015 ESTAR(SER), New York City
2015 Cittadella dell’Arte, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Biella, Italy
2015 ongoing – GRAMnet, University of Glasgow artist/researcher in residency
2014 DAAR/Campus in Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine
2010/14 Cultural Documents, Molise, Italy


2016 Nominated for Best Research in Film Award by the AHRC
2016 Creative Scotland Artist Award
2015 Arts & Business production grant
2015 Fondazione Pistoletto, Unidee grant
2012/15 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
2011 Creative Scotland Artist Award


COD, Centre for Openess and Dialogue, Prime Minister Office, Tirana, Albania (Research Associate); National Archive and Record Administration, Washington; Flusser Archive, Berlin; Istituto Geografico Militare, Florence; National Collection of Aerial Photography, Edinburgh; Mnemoscape Magazine (board member and editor); DAAR/Campus in Camps, Bethlehem; Glasgow Refugee, Asylum, Migration Network, University of Glasgow; Transnationalising Modern Languages, S.Andrews University; Sabreen Association for the Arts, Jerusalem; ESTAR(SER) NYC.


Italian (native), English (fluent), French (fluent), Spanish (fluent)