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Ottavia Castellina is an Italian fine art photographer based in London.

Graduate in Art History at Turin University, she completed an MA in Fine Art Photography at the London College of Communication in 2008. 

In addition to her artistic practice she also teaches photography workshops and courses and she is a visiting lecturer at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Genoa.


Selected solo and collective shows, awards and grants:

Solo shows

2018     Màn. Vietnam Street Heroines, MAO Museum of Oriental Art, Turin

2017     Portraits from Slices of Life, Spazio Calvino, Sanremo 

2016     Portraits from Slices of Life, The Muse Gallery, London

2014    (L)ending lines, Harlem Room, Montrasio Gallery, Milan

2012    Still Beauty, Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital, London
2012    En route, double-solo show with Samir Parker at KHOJ International Artists Association, New Delhi
2008    Flatmates, TurinPhotoFestival, Turin

Selected collective shows
2016    VII Premio Fondazione VAF,  Posizioni attuali dell'arte italiana, Kunstammlungen, Chemnitz

2016    VII Premio Fondazione VAF,  Posizioni attuali dell'arte italiana, Stadtgalerie, Kiel

2016    VII Premio Fondazione VAF,  Posizioni attuali dell'arte italiana, Macro Testaccio, Roma

2014    Thanks to Luigi Ghirri, Km0 Gallery, Innsbruck

2013     Thanks to Luigi Ghirri, Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea, Arezzo

2013     Biennale Giovani Monza, Villa Reale, Monza

2013     Home, my place in the world, Wandsworth Museum, London

2013     Thanks to Luigi Ghirri, Museo Bodini, Gemonio - Varese
2012     Thanks to Luigi Ghirri, curated by Laura Serani, organized by Montrasio Arte, Mois de la Photo, Paris
2012     Migration. History of a Journey, Royal Horseguard, London
2011     Fotografia Europea, Spazio Gerra, Reggio Emilia
2011     Circulasion(s), Young European Photography Festival, Paris
2010     Italian Emerging Photography, curated by Laura Serani, Italian Institute, Paris
2009     La Ragione dell’Età, curated by Laura Manione, Auditorium Santa Chiara, Vercelli (Italy)
2008     MA in Photography final show, London College of Communication, London
2008     France e-motion, Jubelee Place, London
2007    Seminfermita’ ambientali, Nave-parco culturale Le Serre, Turin

Awards, competitions, residencies
2016     Selected artist, VAF - Stiftung Prize, Germany

2012     Selected artist, Premio San Fedele, Milan
2012     Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital grant recipient, London

2012     Shortlisted at Migration. History of a Journey, London​
2011     Resò fellowship recipient at KHOJ International Artists Association, New Delhi
2007    Shortlisted at Project Assistant Award, The British Journal of Photography, London
2006    Shortlisted at Premio Le Logge, ToscanaPhotoFestival, Massa Marittima, Italy
2005    Mention of honour at CRT  Bilancio Sociale national competition, Turin

Public talks

2016   Fotografia e viaggio, Immagini sdoppiate a cura di Laura Manione, Unipop, Vercelli (Italy)

2012   Let's talk RESO', Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin


​Guy's and St Thomas Hospital

Provincia di Vercelli

ArtInn Jaipur

private collections 

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