Vittoria Mentasti | Turin, Italy


Short bio:
I’m an Italian photographer currently based in Jerusalem. After earning a BFA in New Media Studies from the Brera Academy of Arts in Milan, I studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City. My work has been published on the New Yorker, CNN, Courier International, Huck Magazine, among others.

Why do you photograph on film?
I photograph on film when I am working on a personal story or a long-term project. I enjoy the thrill and the mystery of not seeing the picture immediately. To avoid mistakes I couldn’t review on the back screen I am much more present and I have to trust myself. The physical quality of the negative give to the process a preciousness that digital files don’t have.

What is your work about?
During Israel’s War of Independence in 1948-49, Lifta – a village on the outskirt of Jerusalem that was inhabited by a Palestinian community – was forcibly depopulated. Lifta is a place where the history of the land is still visible and different layers of time and conflict mix with one another. Different narratives draw their symbols and traditions atop of another, in an effort to justify their presence while refuting the other.