„I use photography to put people in the center of a story.“
Paola Marcello is a photographer living in Merano, South Tyrol. Since receiving her master’s degree in photography at John Kaverdash School in Milan, she has dedicated herself fully to documentary photography. In 2009, her documentary on Palestine (“Vita oltre un muro”) was part of the photography festival at MART in Rovereto, Italy. Other projects of Marcello included a series of portraits of immigrant women, South Tyrolean businessmen and women, and people with dementia. In 2013, she collaborated with a South Tyrolean organization for people with disabilities (Lebenshilfe), organizing various photography workshops in the context of the project “Ich lebe – Io vivo”. During a long stay in Asia, photographer Paola Marcello visited the remote mountain region of Chin in Burma, where she met women from different tribes with distinct facial tattoos – an age-old, but now forbidden and slowly disappearing, ritual tradition. Large-sized portraits and stories, exhibited in the Stadtgalerie Brixen during the IMS festival, give insights into these special encounters. They tell of pride and beauty, but also vulnerability and pain. On Wednesday, 11th October, Paola Marcello will talk about her encounters with the tattooed women of Burma and her experiences with other ethnic and religious minorities in Asia.