Sardinian Women

PhotographerMarina Spironetti
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

This project focuses on the traditions in the inland villages of Sardinia, with special attention to the area of Barbagia. Sardinia's history is a very peculiar one. The island has been invaded many times since Roman times but never fully conquered. Its people haven’t bowed to pressure from other conquerors, thus managing to stay uniquely Sardinian. Their unique heritage is still shown in their traditional costumes, which are still worn on special occasions throughout the year. Tapping into my Sardinian heritage, I spent several months in Barbagia, wanting to create images from the perspective of the active observer, aiming for an “insider” angle. These portraits of women in traditional attire were taken on various occasions. Because of my documentary background, I have always wanted to put them in context - this is why I decided to photograph them in an environment that felt familiar to them rather than in a studio.

About Photographer

After earning a university degree in Languages and Literature, Milan-born Marina Spironetti trained as a journalist in Italy. She studied photojournalism at the London College of Communication. She launched her photographic career in 2004. Originally working as a UK correspondent for the Italian picture agency Eidon Press, she now freelances for a variety of magazines/newspapers. Marina has travelled extensively worldwide. She lived in London, Paris and Buenos Aires. She has recently spent several months in Burkina Faso, covering the revolution in 2014 and the terrorist attacks in 2016. On those occasions, her work has appeared in Italian and international media, including CNN and RAI news. She is currently Milan-based.