ELENA GIVONE combines photography with artistic practice and social activism. She conducts teaching programmes that bring together video and photography, working with NGOs in Africa, Brazil, India and Sri Lanka. Among her best known series are I segreti della scatola magica – fotografie per l’acqua (2010), the result of a workshop with the children of Dogon villages in Mali; Flying Away (2009), portraits of young people met while visiting the youth prisons of Salvador de Bahia and the favelas of Florianopolis, whom she puts in pose and interviews on an imaginary flying carpet; Dreams From My Magic Lamp (2012) in Sri Lanka, where she is currently working to create a school of photography. She won the award “Attenzione Nuovo Talento Fotografico FNAC” (2006) for the project Pazi-Mine in which she photographed the generation of teenagers born during the conflict between 1992 and 1996 (Sarajevo 2006). *She was born in Turin in 1979, she lives and works between Turin and Amsterdam.