About

"Nous sommes transfuges à notre classe de la même façon que les esclaves marrons l'étaient en échappant à l'esclavage et en devenant des hommes  et des femmes libres, c'est-à-dire  que c'est pour  nous une nécessité absolue,  et comme pour eux et pour elles,  notre survie  exige  de contribuer  de toutes nos forces à la destruction de la classe  ( les femmes, les homosexuels, les Noirs, ...) et cela ne peut s'accomplir que par la destruction de l'hétérosexualité comme système social basé sur l'oppression et l'appropriation des femmes par les hommes..." Monique Wittig, La Pensée Straight, 1978.

Nicola Andrea Lo Calzo is a photographer, queer artist and Phd researcher born in 1979. He lives and works in Paris where he teaches photography at École nationale supérieure d'arts Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC). Trained as an heritage curator at the Polytechnic University of Turin, he shifted to photography in 2008. His photographic practice and research are attentive to questions surrounding heritage, coloniality and identity. Nicola Lo Calzo’s photographs show the ways in which subalterns groups interact with their environment, the ways in which they develop strategies of survival and resistance. 

Nicola A. Lo Calzo is recipient of the Cnap grant in 2018, nominated for the Prix Elysee in 2019 and nominated for the Prix Nièpce in 2020.

For nine years, he has been engaged in a long-term photographic research project on the memories of the slave trade and slavery, their resistances and abolitions. 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, Lagosphoto, 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.

From 2015 to 2019 Lo Calzo led the Kazal project, a photographic masterclass with kolektif D2 photographers, on memory and crime under the dictatorship of Duvalier, the first project of its kind in Haiti. The project, produced by the Fokal Foundation, was published by Andrè Frére.

Kehrer and André Frère 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, Internazionale and is occasionally commissioned by institutional or commercial enterprises.

He is represented by Dominique Fiat gallery (France), La Balsa Arté (Colombia) and Podbielski Contemporary (Italy).

Teaching / Mentoring

Ecole nationale supérieure d'arts de Paris-Cergy
nicola.localzo@ensapc.fr

Paris Seine Graduate School Humanités,
Création, Patrimoine

Future projects

2021 / (Un)Hidden, Dominique Fiat, Paris.
2021 / Mythologies of Resistance, Saint-Brieuc Bay Photo Festival.
2021 / Binidittu, Camera, Torino.
2021 / Binidittu, Gibellina Photoroad, Gibellina.
2021 / L’art de briser ses chaînes, Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris.
2021 / Tragedia, Espace Cardin, Saison Afrique 2020, Paris.
2021 / Tragedia, Alliance Française, Saison Afrique 2020, Sao Tomé.

Solo & Group exhibitions

2020 / Paris /Beliefs / Tchamba / Institut des cultures d’Islam
2019 / Syracuse NY / Bundles of Wood / Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery - Lightwork
2019 / Sète / Regla / Images Singulières Festival
2019 / Lodz / Mythologies of Resistances / Fotofestiwal
2019 / Cotonou / Africa is No Island / Zinsou Foundation
2018 / Mexico / AfricAmericanos / Obia / Centro de la Imagen
2018 / Lille / Ola Cuba! / Regla / Gare Saint Sauveur
2018 / Lille / Ola Cuba! / Caravana / Gare Saint Sauveur
2018 / Marrakesh / Africa is No Island / Macaal
2018 / Paris / Africa Aperta Part II / Dominique Fiat
2018 / Milano / Tchamba, FCAAAL
2017 / Bogotà / Cham, A work in progress / La Balsa Artè
2017 / Lagos / Tchamba, LagosPhoto Festival
2017 / Lille / Tchamba, Afriques Capitales 
2017 / Athens / Regla, Benaki Museum / Athens Photo Festival
2016 / Saint Laurent du Maroni / Obia / Ciap
2016 / Vichy / Regla / Portrait(s)  festival
2016 / Paris / Mas / Musée Albert Kahn
2016 / Paris / No Borders / Galerie Dominique Fiat
2015 / Belo Horizonte / Obia / FIF BH
2015 / Paris / Obia / Galerie Dominique Fiat
2015 / Nantes / Obia / Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage
2014 / Amsterdam / The Insurgents of the Caribbean / Tropenmuseum
2014 / Nantes / Haiti, Effroi des oppresseurs, espoir des opprimés / Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage
2013 / Lagos Nigeria / Inside Niger / Lagos Photo Festival
2013 / Monza / Biennale Giovani Monza
2013 / Jumièges  / L’Eau et les Reves / Inside Niger / Abbay of Jumièges
2012 / Morgante / Athens Photo Festival / Technopolis
2012 / Morgante / Fotoleggendo Festival / Officine Fotografiche / Rome
2012 / 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

2019 / NY University / Black Portraitures V / The Cham project : Bundles of Wood / NY
2019 / Syracuse University: Nicola Lo Calzo, The Cham Project : Bundles of Wood / NY
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

2020 / ArtParis Fair, Dominique Fiat / Paris
2019 / Parisphoto, Solo Show - Dominique Fiat / Paris
2019 / ArtParis Fair, Dominique Fiat / Paris
2019 / AKAA, Dominique Fiat / Paris
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

2019 / Alliance Française, Sao Tomé.
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

2019 / Contact Sheet -Bundles of Wood - Lightwork
2019 / AfricAmericanos / RM
2019 / Ayiti / VIS-AVIS - Fotodoks / Munich Germany
2018, Centro, Mundo, Imagen, Belo Horizonte Photo Festival
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

2019 / Prix ELysée Nominee
2018 / Prix Fidal finalist
2016 / BURN Grant finalist
2013 / PDN Photo Annual 2013, Book category
2011 / Biennale Giovani Monza 2013
2011 / Prix Pictet 2011, Nominee
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