Gabriella Sancisi

1963 Born in Hillingdon. Receives first camera at age 7.

1980 Studies languages at school. After 'A' levels works as an au pair near Paris. Studies languages and secretarial studies in London and Rome. Earns diploma and works as secretary in Uxbridge.

1989 Decides to pursue photography. Has interview in which she utters no more than 3 words, but is selected to study a photography degree at Nottingham Trent University. Earns a first class degree during one of her most exciting and challenging creative periods beginning an explorative journey into portraiture.

1992 Completes her first project after graduating photographing workers at her family's monumental masonry business. The subjects are covered in marble dust. The project is well received and paves the way for 16 years of typological portraits, a selection of which can be viewed at this site.

1996 Represents Britain and exhibits with Martin Parr and Nick Waplington at the Château-Musée in Tourrettes sur Loup in the 1996 Photography Biennial in Nice.

1996 Nominated by Pam Rogers, curator of RPS for Citibank
Photography Prize.

1997 Solo exhibition at Viewpoint Gallery in Salford.  Receives commissions to make site-specific art in public places at Dorset County Hospital, Heathrow Airport and King's College Hospital.
'Residual Resemblances: photographs by Gabriella Sancisi', (monograph), 1997, ISBN 0-901952-966, 32 pages, essay by Sharon Kivland, 211 x 281mm softback, 16 colour plates.
Signed copies available for sale @ £12 each.

1997 Exhibits a video piece called 'Meeters and Greeters' on a security monitor at the Photographers' Gallery in London in an exhibition called 'Airport'. Video is a 68-minute installation featuring people waiting for other people to arrive at Heathrow Airport. Most fascinating aspect of project: human behaviour of subjects waiting for prolonged periods. 
‘Airport’, The Photographers’ Gallery, 1997, ISBN 0 907879 50 0,
143 pages, 297 x 211mm softback, 37 colour plates, 4 colour illustrations by Gabriella Sancisi pp 16-19,
published by The Photographers' Gallery in association with Nederlands Foto Instituut, edited by Stephen Bode and Jeremy Millar with contributions from Martha Rosler, JG Ballard, John Thackara, Douglas Coupland, Marc Augé.
Signed copies available for sale @ £200 each.
Other exhibitions: Nederlands Fotoinstituut, Rotterdam and the Royal Photographic Society, Bath.

1999  Shortlisted for residency at Rijksmueum, Amsterdam. Travels to Japan to photograph sumo wrestlers and to Thailand to photograph Thai boxers and beauty queens.           

Gabriella Sancisi now lives and works in London. Her current projects include  photographing selected groups of people in and around East London: boxers from Repton Boxing Club, lap dancers, and butchers & bummarees at Smithfield Market. In 2004 she stayed with the Friars at Aylesford Priory. Her commissions include portraits of the musicians Chemical Brothers, the sculptor Elizabeth Herkstroeter and the actor Johdi May. Her teaching experience includes courses for students at foundation and degree level at Nottingham, Winchester and Farnham. She is currently working on a project with the Photographers' Gallery photographing children gifted at sports, as well as continuing various ongoing personal projects. She has work in the collections of the British Council, Dorset County Hospital and private collectors.

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