Photographer and visual artist Olivia Milani (b.1984) has been captivated by images and the power of visual language since she can remember.
She studied photography at Central Saint Martins in London, graduating with a Postgraduate degree in Photography. Through her curious, inquisitive and lyrical looking, she creates subtle, open narratives and usually develops long term projects. Olivia has travelled extensively, her travels deeply influence her work.
Her images are partly constructed and partly simply observed or gathered as they happen in the moment. Often situations and places encountered by chance which she then invests with symbolic associations.
As much as representing outer places, Olivia’s images are about our inner landscapes and suggestive of inner states and ways of feeling.
With a multicultural background, she grew up in the Italian speaking region of Switzerland and sees herself as a global citizen. She lives and works in London, England. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has collaborated with many gifted artists.
Olivia sees photography as a tool for outer and inner exploration and discovery. She approaches her work with serious playfulness and she likes to let its meaning unfold.
She also works on assignments as a freelance photographer, more can be seen at: www.solsticeimages.net
She welcomes creative collaborations and commissions and wishes to use her skills and talents in a meaningful way.
Limited edition prints are available here: www.openstudios.in/olivia-milani
2018 Inside Job, Tate staff exhibition, Tate Modern, London, England
2017 Noorderlicht Photography Festival, as part of UFO Visual Lab, Groningen, Netherlands
2017 Galeria Szara Kamienica, as part of UFO Visual Lab, Krakow, Poland
2016 Art from the Pullens, Winter Open studios Pullens Yards, London, England
2016 Art from the Pullens, Summer Open studios Pullens Yards, London, England
2015 Art from the Pullens, Winter Open studios Pullens Yards, London, England
2015 Tate Staff Summer Exhibition, London, England
2015 Art from the Pullens, Summer Open studios Pullens Yards, London, England
2014 Art from the Pullens, Winter Open studios Pullens Yards, London, England
2013 The Bank Eye, Winter Exhibition, Suffolk, England
2012 Circuiti Dinamici, Circolo Culturale Bertolt Brecht e StatArt, Milan, Italy
2010 Little White Lies, Stour Space, Hackney, London, England
2009 Art from the Pullens, Winter Open studios Pullens Yards, London, England
2009 Tracing the Photograph, Crypt Gallery St. Pancras, Euston, London, England
2009 Unseen, Gramophone, Brick Lane, London, England
2008 Art from the Pullens, Winter Open studios Pullens Yards, London, England
2008 Photomonth Photo-Open, Dry Walk Gallery, Brick Lane, London, England
2008 Postgraduate Photography Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London, England
2008 Interim Show, The Corbet Place, Old Truman Brewery, London, England
2008 Arts Monday, The Arts Club, London, England
2018, June: Selected for the Competition Gallery of the LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2018
2018, March: The Rebel Magazine
2015, June: Daily Dozen, National Geographic, Daily Picks
2013, September: Leap into the Void, featured artist
PUBLISHED WORK (PRINT)
2012, March: Circuiti Dinamici 4, exhibition catalogue, essay by Daniela Pacchiana & Jessica Paolillo
2011, November: Photos for Peter Barber’s book ‘A curious colony – Leicester Square and the Swiss’
2010, August: International Film Festival Locarno, festival brochure, 63o edition
2009, October: Tracing the photograph, exhibition catalogue, essay by Rebecca Harris
2009, July: Time Out London magazine, Showcase section, Issue 16–22 July 2009
2005, May: Reset Magazine, Volume 4, second price of photographic competition "Being Basquiat"
2007-08 Postgraduate Diploma in Photography (PgDip), Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts, London, England.
2000-05 Diploma in Graphic Design and Diploma in Applied Arts MPA, Art College CSIA, Lugano, Switzerland. Included one year Foundation Studies in Fine Art and one year specialisation in Textile Design.
Bilingual Italian-German, fluent English, basic French and Spanish