Federica Di Giovanni

Isole d’Inverno

A photographic journey that tells the reality of the Italian’s minor islands during the winter.  
by Federica Di Giovanni

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Project Description

Winter Islands
With an introduction by Erri De Luca

Iʼve always wondered what that big jigsaw was doing on my grandmotherʼs wall among photos of weddings and pictures of saints. My grandfather used to add pieces to it with his seven sons during the long winters on the Island of Ponza.

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Once it was finished, the family would undo it and started it all over again. “It was a way to pass the winter”, my father once said. This image has strengthened my sense of belonging to those family tiles. I felt the need to put the pieces back together by looking for cold winters on other islands. I travelled to Capraia, Lampedusa, Linosa, Pantelleria, Procida, San Pietro, Giglio, Eolie, Egadi, Pontine and Tremiti islands. Marettimo, Levanto, Tremiti Islands to tell the stories of these smaller Italian islands; because winter strips these lands of their stereotype of summer paradise and shows a different kind of beauty, made of tales and everyday gestures.

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Mine is a map of something near that remains far, a survey on the islander condition. And this condition stands out in the winter season. The stormy sea preventing the ferry from leaving, the tank carrying water to distant cliffs, the men fishing for squids and hunting migratory birds, the only open café on the island, are all little allegories. Every island has its own story which is, in some ways, the same story of any other island.

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I was on the island for over a month, experiencing silence and wait, talking about that unpredictable wind, which blows from north west and then, suddenly, turns to east while you are still trying to understand its direction.

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Understanding how the sea, seen from the island, reveals itself as a changing reality.

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Book Specifications

Language:English, Italian
ISBN: 9788885608290
Category: Photobooks, reportage, Travel
Tags: isole

Author Informations

NameFederica Di Giovanni
Country Italy


Federica Di Giovanni was born on the 1st of April 1980 on the Island of Ponza. After her graduation at DAMS Cinema University in Bologna, she studied photography at Studio Marangoni Foundation in Florence. Her works have been published in many Italian and International magazines such as The Financial Times, Monocle, Sportweek and Vogue. She also collaborated with different companies as Finmeccanica, P&G and CocaCola. She took part in different exhibitions as Il mestiere del fotografo at La Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan, Piattaforma 09 at Fondazione Fotografia in Modena, Foto d’autrice at Galleria Belvedere in Milan and at Rantagalleria of Northern Photographic Centre in Oulu, Finland, for her personal exhibition Camping Italia. Federica is also one of the eight photographers selected by Vogue Talents for the Prada Minimal Baroque sunglasses campaign. In 2011 she won the FNAC 2011 award for her work Camping Italia. She is currently working on the new project Isole d’inverno, an exploration of the Minor Italian Islands during the Winter Season for which she made it to the finals of the Premio Combat 2014 competition. When back on the mainland she lives and works between Rome, Florence and Milan.

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