Multi-lingual journalist committed to producing visual stories that have an impact on society using video, photos and text. Determined, creative and result-oriented self-shooter with a strong foundation in international relations and human rights.
Giulia Candussi has always been very passionate about socially engaged journalism and had - and continue to have - a great desire to produce stories that have an impact on society and hopefully inspire life-changing actions.
In 2008 she graduated in International Relations (with a specialization in Human Rights and Gender Issues) from the University of Bologna (Italy) and in 2010 she graduated in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster (London, UK).
In 2012 she started to work as a photojournalist at the newspaper La Nuova Venezia in Venice, Italy, and soon became the area manager, overlooking a team of photographers that covers the news events in the Venice mainland. She also started to collaborate with international news agencies such as Getty Images .
She has traveled extensively in Europe and the Americas, also working with non-governmental organizations. In Argentina, for Medicos del Mundo, she has created a reportage about the work of doctors and volunteers to fight the transmission of the Zika virus in the suburbs of Concordia. In Colombia, for Fundación Montecito, she has documented through photographs and interviews the cultural and natural richness of the region of Sugamuxi. This reportage has been exhibited in the group show "Behind the Mask. The hidden face of today's Colombia" in Palermo (Italy), Granada (Spain), Treviso (Italy), Venice Mestre (Italy) and Bristol (UK) in 2017 and 2018.
Her work was also exhibited in èStoria, international history festival (Gorizia, 2011) and Photomonth, international photography festival (London, 2010).
Ongoing projects such as “Venice Ballerina Project” and “Atlante Selfie” show the continuity of her commitment to combining reportage and creativity. “Ballerina Project Venice” was born from Giulia's desire to unite two great passions of her life: dance and photography. The beauty and elegance of dance meet the metropolitan city in its most rough and brutal expression (abandoned buildings, industrial areas, slums), creating a stunning visual contrast. But it's not just an aesthetic issue: Giulia wants to bring attention to these places to make the viewers discover their charm and potential and hopefully create a collective awareness leading to their revaluation in both urban and social terms. This project was presented as a solo exhibition at Centro Culturale Candiani in Venice Mestre in 2015.
Amazed by the diversity of people visiting Venice every day, Giulia decided to create an Atlas of Humanity photographing tourists while they are taking a selfie. “Selfie Atlas” is a collection of stolen portraits that unites people of every age, ethnicity, fate and social status. This project was presented in a solo exhibition at the art gallery Storie Contemporanee (Rome, Italy 2017) and as part of the Museum of Selfies (Glendale, California, USA 2018).
Giulia is also cultural media partner of the permanent exhibition of “M9 – Museum of 19thCentury” in Venice Mestre (Italy) where some of her work is displayed.
In 2017 she started to gradually shift her interest from still to moving images and produced her first independent documentary "Against the tide" about the contrast between mass tourism and sustainable tourism in Venice, Italy. The city of Venice owes much of its glory and fame to the lagoon. The Venetians have always been able to respect it and have benefited greatly from it. Today the fragile balance between men and water is breaking because of the large flows of tourists and the giant cruise ships that enter the Venetian lagoon every day. But there is hope. A few local organizations try to offer to visitors a more sustainable approach to tourism, giving rowing lessons in traditional Venetian boats, trying to re-establish the link with water that has been lost in recent years.
In 2018 she produced another short documentary “Hogar” (Home in Spanish) about an institution in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina, that is home to children whose parents were not in the conditions to raise them because of their social or financial problems.
In 2018 she is accepted at the BJTC-accredited Masters in Broadcast Journalism at the University of the West of Scotland (UK) where she learned to film and edit in a professional and timely fashion as well as familiarise herself with different video formats.
In early 2019 she completed a placement at the video desk at AFP in London and, with the UK gripped by the Brexit saga, it was a lively time to be at the desk. She was able to film breaking news, conduct interviews, and edit footage from the field.
In February she did a work experience at the multimedia desk at the Guardian and learned how to research story ideas for long-form documentaries as well as filming – and writing - for short social media videos.
In summer 2019 she worked on her dissertation documentary “The Victoria Road Project” filming the work of the physical theatre company 'Theatre Senza'. The project aims at exploring - through ethnographic techniques mixed with theatre techniques - Victoria Road in Glasgow, as one of the most politically scrutinized, diverse and transforming areas of the country.