MICHELA PALERMO realises photo features with an authorial vision. She carries out long-term projects that show the destiny of wounded places and existences like the areas hit by the earthquake in Irpinia in 1980 or the area of Castel Volturno – marked by the strong presence of the mafia – which today has the highest concentration of foreign citizens in Southern Italy. In her work her degree in political science from the University of Bologna converges with her study of photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. She specialises in self-publishing. As a freelancer she does editorials for Italian and foreign magazines. She teaches courses in photography, creation and self-publishing of the photographic books at the Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi in Istanbul. Her images are collected in self-published fanzines. *She was born in Bagnoli Irpino in 1980 (six months before the earthquake), and lives between Naples and Palermo.