Chiara Zonca (b. 1982 in Milan, Italy) is a fine art photographer based in Western Canada. She studied photography at Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan and that was enough to put her off the profession for a while. Then, after a career in video editing and motion graphic design, she re-discovered her love for still pixels and discovery.
She is interested in portraying a connection between her feelings and the surroundings. By seeking isolated spaces as a form of exploration of self, she documents specific moments in time when solitude and open spaces alter her landscape perception. This shift enables her to see past the present and investigate the earth as a timeless, untouched-by-humans dreamscape where she can then project her narratives.
Her work has been exhibited in Sydney, New York, Los Angeles and London, where she had her first solo show at the Print Space Gallery in Shoreditch based on her series “Moon Kingdom”.
“My work investigates the connection between nature and human experience. And what occurs when existing in a space that has little to no signs of civilization. Since running away from a claustrophobic and anxiety-inducing city life, I have been chasing this ideal way of being, a mixture between real life and a fabricated dream. It was the sense of discovery and adventure that moved me at first, documenting what I was lucky enough to be visiting in my quest for freedom. Gradually it turned into a slow descent into the realms of my mind. The stark solitude, particularly if in strikingly barren locations, was actually helping me connect to my inner self and photography became an instrument to record this subtle evolution. In future I would like to explore further this link between a space and my personal narrative, making the journey all about exploration of self and turning the landscape into a limitless playground for my imagination.”
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