Laura Serani

Artistic Director of Planche(s) Contact 2019

Laura Serani, artistic director, exhibition commissioner and author, regularly collaborates with leading institutions and publishing houses in Europe and elsewhere. She was appointed Artistic Delegate of the Mois de la Photo in Paris (in 2014 and 2008), Artistic Director of the Rencontres de Bamako and the African Photography Encounters held in Mali (in 2009 and 2011), Director of the Si Fest (in 2007 and 2008) and has long-time collaborated with Fotografia Europea, held in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
From 1985 to 2006, Laura Serani has directed the Fnac Collection and the Fnac network of photographic galleries (Europe, Brazil, Taiwan).

She also worked as commissioner of countless exhibitions and multimedia projects, and is the author of many works like: La photographie entre histoire et poésie (Mazzotta, Milan, 2002 and 2004), Inverno by Sarah Moon (Silvana Editoriale, Milan 2015), La vie en rose by Malick Sidibé (Silvana Editoriale, Milan 2010), Malick Sidibé (Collection Photo Poche / Actes Sud, Arles 2013 ), Frontières et Pour un monde durable (Rencontres de Bamako / Actes Sud, Arles, 2009 and 2011), Nous avons fait un très beau voyage, written with Jacques Borgetto, Bernard Plossu, Françoise Nunez and Sophie Zenon (Editions Filigranes, Paris 2010), Stardust by Amy Friend (L’Artiere, Bologna 2017)…

She also wrote texts for books like East of a new Eden, Alban Kakulya and Yann Mingard (Lars Müller Publishers, Basel 2009), Europe échelle 27, collective authorship (Editions Trans Photographic Press/Signatures, Paris 2008), Land ends by Pavlos Fysakis (Babel, Athens 2010), South Africa : Six decades by Jurgen Schadeberg (Unisa Press, Pretoria, 2013), Morgante, by Nicola Lo Calzo (Fratelli Alinari editori, Firenze 2011), Inside Niger by Nicola Lo Calzo (Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg 2012), Concava (Far Fabbrica, Rimini) and M.eating by Maimouna Patrizia Guerresi (Skira, Milan, 2013), Casa Ghirri by François Halard (Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg, 2013), Evanescences by Jacques Borgetto (Editions Filigranes, Paris 2016), Idyssey by Stefano De Luigi (Editions Bessard, Paris 2017)

As publisher for Collection de L’Artiere in Bologna since 2015, she published Stardust by Amy Friends,(2018), The Polarities by Larry Fink (2017), Promises to keep by Max Pam (2017) and Ultimo Domicilio by Lorenzo Castore (2015).

She was responsible for the editorial follow-up of the collection published by Garage Photographie and Arnaud Bizalion, Marseille since 2015. She contributed to the publication of Ceux qui restent by William Guidarini, Vélodrome by Lionel Briot, Prémonition by Cécile Menendez.

She has been working as President of the Résidences pour la Photographie jury and as consultant at Fondation Les Treilles since 2014. Laura Serani, editor of the Celeste Prize /Visible White in 2017, has been a member of several juries (Prix Scam/Roger Pic, Prix Niépce, Festival de la Luz Buenos Aires, World Press, New York Photofestival, Vipa, Prix de la Fondation Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Circulations, Premio Emergentes Braga, Descubrimentos/Photo Espana, Villa Perochon, Pop Cap...), and awarded several prizes (Prix Pictet, Mack Books, British Journal of Photography ..).