Francesca Ióvene is a photographer with an architectural background who lives and works between Berlin and Milan.
After completing her MSc in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano, she devoted herself to architecture and landscape photography, with a keen eye for places’ intimacy. Currently working on both personal research and commissioned projects, she co-founded fōndaco studio, a multidisciplinary practice dealing with architecture and visual arts.
She recently shot Álvaro Siza's new project in Italy for Domus Magazine and currently she is collaborating with SAGEP Editori for the book collection "Guide di Architettura Contemporanea Genovese" curated by Prof. Arch. Valter Scelsi, Ing. Vittoria Bonini e Ing. Ph.D. Elisabetta Canepa.
She lived one year in Chile where she started an on-going project in the Atacama Desert; she has been part of a collective project in the Po river Delta curated by Ikonemi and developed a project on Lozio Valley (BS) during the artistic residence Falìa AIR. She had the chance to hold lectures about her work at Politecnico di Milano, her project was exhibited at Riaperture Photofestival Ferrara and some of her images were displayed in the exhibition “Ricostruzioni” at Triennale di Milano. Her pictures, both from personal projects and commissioned works, are regularly published on the major photography, architecture and design magazines and she travels and works across all over the world.
She also co-founded camerae magazine, a project that highlights artists' studios from all over the world, and scenario, both an image consultant agency and a platform for promoting photographers' works and sharing a digital archive of architecture and urban stories.
Francesca focuses instinctively on space’s atmospheres to narrate sensations, memories and experiences of her own life, bringing her subjective reality into the objective world to stage everyday life as it is experienced. Light, objects and both unique and recurrent phenomena characterise architecture and places in general, making them look like themselves, but always different.
selected clients / collaborations
. Milan studio
Via A. M. Ampère 65
20131 - Milan
. Berlin studio
13357 - Berlin
Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio
Heim Balp Architekten
Politecnico di Milano
Università di Genova
selected publications and interviews
. collective exhibition, “Exporting Solferino”, House of Solferino, Milan | curator: Jessica Soffiati
. collective exhibition, “Ricostruzioni”, Triennale di Milano | curators: Nina Bassoli e Alberto Ferlenga
. collective exhibition, “Wonder Modern”, 1+1 historical design gallery, Venice | curators: Giulia Ricci & Federica Rasenti
. exhibition by Camerae Magazine, “A decade of Evolution in Design”, Fondazione Stelline, Milan
. collective exhibition, “Il profilo dell’intorno”, Riaperture Photofestival Ferrara
. ArchDaily + ArchDaily Brasil + Plataforma Arquitectura | Residential Complex by Álvaro Siza + COR Arquitectos
. Domus web | A preview of Álvaro Siza's new project in Italy
. Cieloterradesign | Francesca Ióvene, corrispondenze di luce col sole velato
. Domus web | Photo-essay. Atacama desert moods
. Anotherplace Magazine | “Sedimenta”
. Domus web | An interior with a curtain
. Archdaily | Corte del Forte
. Domus web | A pavilion for dancing on the Venice lagoon
. Metalocus | Corte del Forte
. Domus web | Michelucci: Santa Maria Immacolata ieri e oggi
lectures / didactic experiences
residencies / mentions
. Lecture “Giancarlo De Carlo, architetture nel territorio ligure”, University of Genova | with Stefano Passamonti, Francesco Testa, Luigi Mandraccio, coordinator Prof. Arch. Carmen Andriani
. Tutor of CanPO / architectural and photographic workshop in Po river Delta | with Arch. Alessandro Bellini, Paolo Mestriner, Emilio Caravatti, Gian Luca Brunetta
. Lecture “Nel paesaggio”, Politecnico di Milano, Lab. Progettazione Arch. II, Prof. L. Consalez, S. Sabbadini, N. Cefis
. Lecture “Shooting Sacred Spaces”, Politecnico di Milano, Design Studio - Interiors, Prof. Peter Charles Gordon Beard
. Lecture “Fotografare il silenzio”, Politecnico di Milano, Lab. Progettazione Arch. Interni, Prof. E. Scaramellini, A. Ferrugiari
. Lecture “Un atlante di studi, metodi, oggetti” by Camerae Magazine, Festival diecixdieci, Gonzaga, MN
. Lecture “Atmospheres and Architectures”, Politecnico di Milano, Architectural Design for Complex Constructions Studio I, Prof. E. Battisti, F. Battisti, M. Marinelli
. Lecture “La trasformazione come processo evolutivo” by Camerae Magazine, Brescia Design Festival
. Lecture “Gli spazi condivisi” di Camerae Magazine, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Tecniche della Scultura, Prof. Alberto Gianfreda
. Art residency, Valle di Lozio (Valle Camonica), Italy | curated by Falía* Artists In Residence - Alice Vangelisti
. Photographic collective project, Delta del Po, Italy | curated by Ikonemi - Daniele Cinciripini, Serena Marchionni
. Shortlist, “Abitare il Limite”, call for project “Abitare” by Mufoco