Federica Foglia is a transnational visual artist and writer. She holds a BA in Multimedia Languages and Digital Humanities: History of Art, Theatre, and Cinema from the University of Naples L'Orientale, an MFA in Film from York University, Toronto, and is currently a Ph.D. researcher in Cinema and Media Studies at York University.
She is interested in migration, citizenship and identity, displacement, women of the diaspora, migrant temporalities, and finding a visual language to investigate these experiences.
Her practice revolves around tactile filmmaking, recycled cinema, amateur filmmaking, archives, ecofeminism, and materialist cinema. She works within the domestic space to remediate found-footage movies, via a sculptural approach she intervenes directly on the celluloid body.
Her work engages with the physical qualities of the film medium and the politics of fragmented aesthetics. She is currently working on a project that involves eco-friendly emulsion lifting techniques to remediate 16mm archival films and developing eco-sustainable photographic processes with algae-based materials.
Her works have been exhibited and won awards in several international art galleries and festivals, including Macau Art Garden, Images Festival, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alicante, BIDEODROMO, Bilbao Arte Foundation, Toronto International Film Festival, Antimatter [Media Art], Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Crossroads San Francisco, Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montreal, REAKTOR Wien, Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Visions in the Nunnery - Whitechapel UK, Groupe Intervention Vidéo Montreal, SCAD Savannah International Film Festival, ULTRAcinema Festival Mexico, MIMESIS Documentary Festival, Camerimage, Mostra del Cinema di Pesaro, Torino Film Festival, Friche la Belle de Mai.
Her research has been supported by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and received an MFA nomination from the Graduate Program in Cinema and Media Studies (York University) for the Governor General's Gold Medal. She is also the recipient of the 2017 RBC Arts Access Fund Award for Newcomer Artists in Canada.