About

Nicola Lo Calzo, photographer born in Torino in 1979, lives and works between Paris, West Africa and Caribbean. After studying landscape architecture, he shifted to photography. His photographic practice and research are attentive to questions surrounding coloniality, decolonial representation and identity. Imbued with profound empathy, Nicola Lo Calzo’s photographs show the ways in which minority groups interact with their environment, the ways in which they develop strategies of survival and resistance.

For nearly seven years, he has been engaged in a long-term photographic research project on the memories of the slave trade and slavery. This ongoing ambitious project, entitled Cham, has been elaborated into different series in Africa, the Caribbean and America. His photographs have been widely exhibited in museums, art centers and festivals, most notably the Macaal in Marrakesh, the Afriques Capitales in Lille, the Musée des Confluences in Lyon, the National Alinari Museum of Photography in Florence, and the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam. His photography is present in many private and public collections including the Lightwork collection in Syracuse, Alinari Archives in Florence, the Pinacoteca Civica in Monza, the National Library of France in Paris or the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam.

Kehrer has published three of Nicola Lo Calzo’s books: Regla (2017), Obia (2015) and Inside Niger (2012). He is also a regular contributor to the international press including Le Monde (the newspaper and magazine), The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Corriere della Sera and is occasionally commissioned by institutional or commercial enterprises.

Solo & Group exhibitions

2018 / AfricAmericanos / Obia / Centro de la Imagen / Mexico
2018 / Ola Cuba! / Regla / Gare Saint Sauveur / Lille
2018 / Ola Cuba! / Caravana / Gare Saint Sauveur / Lille
2018/ Africa is No Island / Macaal / Marrakesh
2018 / Africa Aperta Part II / Dominique Fiat / Paris
2018 / Tchamba, FCAAAL / Milano
2017 / Cham, A work in progress / La Balsa Artè / Bogotà
2017 / Tchamba, LagosPhoto Festival / Lagos
2017 / Tchamba, Afriques Capitales / Lille 
2017 / Regla, Benaki Museum / Athens Photo Festival
2016 / Obia / Ciap / Saint Laurent du Maroni / Guyane
2016 / Regla / Portrait(s)  festival / Vichy
2016 / Mas / Musée Albert Kahn / Paris
2016 / No Borders / Galerie Dominique Fiat / Paris
2015 / Obia / FIF BH / Belo Horizonte
2015 / Obia / Galerie Dominique Fiat / Paris
2015 / Obia / Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage / Nantes
2014 / The Insurgents of the Caribbean / Tropenmuseum / Amsterdam
2014 / Haiti, Effroi des oppresseurs, espoir des opprimés / Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage / Nantes
2013 / Inside Niger / Lagos Photo Festival / Lagos Nigeria
2013 / Biennale Giovani monza /  Monza Italy
2013 / Inside Niger / « L’Eau et les Reves” / Abbay of Jumièges  France
2012 / Athens / Morgante / Athens Photo Festival / Technopolis
2012 / Rome / Morgante / Fotoleggendo Festival / Officine Fotografiche
2012 / Paris / Morgante / Photographes de la Bourse du Talent / BNF
2012 / Chieri / Morgante / Centro PHOS
2011 / Sète / Morgante / Festival Images Singulières
2011 / Florence / Morgante / Musée National Alinari de la Photographie
2011 / Arles / Morgante / Espace Afrique In Visu
2011 / Orange / Comeback to Kalahari / La nuit de la photo / PBK
2011 / Paris / 11  Jeunes Talents Sfr au Bal / Le Bal
2011 / Paris / Italian Emerging Photography / Festival Circulation(s) / Parc de Bagatelle
2010 / Paris / Italian Emerging photography / par Laura Serani, Institute Italien de Culture
2010 / Paris / Chic Art fair 2010 / School Gallery
2010 / Guidel / Inside Niger /La nuit de la photo / PBK
2010 / Milan / The Promising baby / Festival de photojournalisme / Atri
2010 / Lyon, Inside Niger / Musée des Confluences / Mairie de Lyon
2010 / Genève / Comeback to Kalahari / Galerie Imaginaid
2010 / Paris / Un jeudi sur Terre / Exposition collective / Galerie Imaginaid
2010 / Paris / Parole Photographique / Exposition collective / Actuphoto
2009 / Paris, Inside Niger / Exposition collective / School Gallery
2009 / Lyon /Inside Niger / Exposition collective / ARTY Vitrines
2009 / Arles / Inside Niger /Exposition collective / Les Rencontres d’Arles /Galerie Sfr
2009 / Paris / Inside Niger / news portraits from Sahel / Festival de l’oh !
2006 / Milan / Amanti / The Photographers Gallery
2006 / Turin / Inanna / Fondazione nazionale di fotografia (progettodonna)
2004 / Turin / Decadenze in Villa Capriglio / Villa Capriglio avec I Leonardi
2004 / Rome / Decadenze / Brancaleone / curateur Stefano David
2003 / Turin / exposition collective Papille / Gallerie Nucleon
2002 / Turin / Paene Anima / Gallerie Nucleon
2002 / Turin / First award of Art competition Ioespongo

Talks

2018 / Harvard University, Black Portraitures IV : Regla, Afro-Cuban Heritage, Cambridge
2018 / EHESS, Slavery and post-slavery seminar: Tchamba,  Paris
2017 / Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotà : Cham, Memorias de un pasado aùn Presente
2017 / Syracuse University, Syracuse New York : Nicola Lo Calzo, The Cham Project, rencontre animée par Cooper Battersby  
2017 / Columbia Univerity, Paris : Slavery’s Legacies, Black Struggles & White Suprematism, table ronde animée par Jean-Philippe Dedieu.  
2016 / UNESCO, Paris :  Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa, rencontre animée par Tabué Nguma 
2015 / University of Nantes France : International colloquium of the Memorial of the Abolition of Slavery: an Architecture of Memory, table ronde animée par Françoise Vergès  
2015 / Arpia Association, Paris : Nicola Lo Calzo,  Obia: From Antislavery Struggles to Mass Society, rencontre animée par Mathieu Oui  
2014 / Fokal Foundation, Haiti : Nicola Lo Calzo, The Cham Project, rencontre animée par Laennec Hurbon  
2013 / Le Percolateur, Marseille : Contemporary Italian photography: some insights Panel guided by Marco Barbon  
2012 / Memorial of Abolition of Slavery, Nantes : International Colloquium of the Memorial of Nantes, table ronde animée par Françoise Vergès  
2010 / Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Paris : Italian Emerging Photography, table ronde animée par Laura Serani

Art Fairs

2018 / PhotoBasel, La Balsa Arte Gallery, Basel
2018 / ArtParis Fair, Dominique Fiat, Paris
2018 / MIA Photo fair, L’agence à Paris, Milano
2017 / AKAA, Dominique Fiat, Paris
2017 / Parisphoto Art fair, Kehrer Verlag publisher, Paris
2016 / AKAA, Dominique Fiat, Paris
2015 / Parisphoto Art fair, Kehrer Verlag publisher, Paris
2014 / Parisphoto Art fair, Dominique Fiat gallery, Paris
2012 / Parisphoto Art fair, Kehrer Verlag publisher, Paris
2010 / Chic Art Fair, School Gallery, Paris

Artist-in-residence programs

2017 / Light-Work Program, Syracuse University
2014 / Ciap, Saint Laurent-du-Maroni, French Guiana
2013 / Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, Louisiana US
2012 / Fokal Fondation, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
2011 / Zinsou Fondation, Cotonou, Benin

Catalogues

2017 / Afrique In Visu 10 Ans, Clementine de la Férronière
2017 / Athens Photo Festival, Hellenic Center for Photography
2017/ Afriques Capitales, Kehrer
2017 / AKAA Art fair2014 / Catalogue ParisPhoto
2014 / Nantes / Haiti, Effroi des oppresseurs, espoir des opprimés/ Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage
2013 / Jumièges / L’Eau et les Reves
2013 / Monza / Biennale Giovani Monza
2012 / Athens / APHF :12 Athens Photo Festival / Hellenic Center for Photography
2012 / Rome / Fotoleggendo / VIII Edizone / Postcart
2012 / La Chaux-de-Fonds / 70eme Biennale d’art contemporain
2011 / Sète / Festival Images Singulières 3e édition
2010 / Paris / Italian Emerging photography / Instituto Italiano di Cultura / Mois de la Photo à Paris
2010 / Lyon /  Passages 2012 : Afrique et Creations, Musée des Confluences / Mairie de Lyon

Awards

2016 / BURN Grant finalist
2013 / PDN Photo Annual 2013, Book category
2011 / Biennale Giovani Monza 2013
2011 / Prix Pictet 2011, nominated -
2011 / HSBC price for photography 2011, finalist
2011 / Bourse du talent reportage 2011, finalist
2010 / HSBC price for photography 2010, finalist
2009 / Magnum expression award 2009
2009 /Bourse du talent reportage 2009
2009 /Les Rencontres d'Arles SFR Jeunes Talents
2009 / Granx prix SFR Jeunes Talents de la photographie