Issue Eleven

Chiara Toso


Born on 19th, August 1992, I grew up in a little town near Rovigo, Italy, where I had a classical education that gave me the chance to fall in love with philosophy and art. In 2011 I moved to Milan, where I started a triennial degree in Engraving Art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera. In those three years I had the opportunity of trying various techniques of art printing and artistic experimentation such as video art and performances. I got closer to photography since high school, but attending the Academy meant a lot in terms of changing my vision of life and the world surrounding me. After my graduation in Engraving Art in 2014, I understood that video art had become more and more meaningful to my work, so I decided to start a biennial degree in New Technologies for Cinema and Video, in which I graduated in 2018.

I currently work as a freelance in Barcelona. In my works I often try to become something else from myself, to change point of seeing or feeling things while I’m already doing it. I really enjoy changing my mind in the process. Discovering new reactions to the surroundings. I often perform driven by little unexpected things that deviate my path.

In the past months I found myself becoming one with my analogic camera. It was quiet a long time I didn’t enjoy photography in my life so much. I re-discovered photography as a natural part of processing my surroundings, and make them become something closer and more meaningful to me.

My videos and my photos often share the same origins, and I think I couldn’t manage to choose one over the other. I really need both to convey my brainy visuals into concrete images, as well as words.

I don’t know if my works are easy to be categorized in a specific theme or subject. I’ve been fallen in love with people and the scenarios I see around me for all my life. I obsessively observe, spy, sneak into everyday details, and I just fill each of them with my anxious will of being seen and of actively affecting them so that they also can be seen in their ordinary invisible beauty.

So far, this is the only common theme I found myself working on. I don’t know if it makes sense, but what I know is that it’s totally worth it to me. //