Nicolò Degiorgis (1985) grew up between the border lands of Trentino-South Tyrol (I) and Ticino (CH) before taking refuge in the arts to escape from identity and linguistic constraints. His works comprise books, photos, collages, videos, maps and documents that chart conceptually the territory and the communities where he lives.
He graduated from the Department of Asian and North African Studies at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (2008).
He was the recipient of a Fabrica scholarship in Treviso (2008-09) and a research fellowship from the Faculty of Political and Social Science at the University of Trieste (2009-10).
He was an artist in residence at the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice (2009-10), at the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris (2017), at Pratiques d'hospitalité in Grenoble (2017-18) and at the Kunsthalle Exnergasse in Vienna (2019-20).
Since 2013, he has been sitting on the curatorial board of foto-forum, for which he has curated exhibitions and catalogues.
In 2017, he was guest curator at Museion, the contemporary art museum of Bolzano-Bozen, for which he curated the exhibition Hämatli & Patriæ on the concepts of homeland and nationhood.
In 2018 he was a publisher in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
His books are to be found in numerous private and public libraries, including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library at Yale University and the Library of Harvard University, Tate Modern in London, the Kandinsky Library at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Albertina Museum in Vienna.
They were awarded the Author Book of the Year at the Rencontres d’Arles (2014), the Aperture Paris Photo First Book Award (2014), Gold at the German Photobook Awards (2014), the Italian Photobook Award – Premio Bastianelli (2018) and the Historical Book Award at the Rencontres d’Arles (2018).
His works were exhibited at Maxxi, Macro and at the XVI Quadriennale d’arte in Rome, at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, the Mambo in Bologna and at Museion in Bolzano/Bozen.
Before teaching Publishing as Artistic Practice at FMAV in Modena, he taught photography at the Penitential Institute of Bolzano (2013-18) and was professor of artistic photography at the Faculty of Arts and Design of UniBZ (2014-18).
He has guest-lectured in Leeds (2014), Newport (2015), Plymouth (2016), Venice (2016), Urbino (2016), St. Joost (2016), The Hague (2016), Milan (2019), Modena (2017-2020), Budapest (2020) and Vienna (2020).
In 2014, he co-founded the publishing house Rorhof.