Rafaella Castagnola (b. 1994, Lima, Peru), a visual artist based in New York City and Lima, explores the grey area between conceptual art and journalism. After studying graphic design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, she graduated from the International Center of Photography’s One-Year Certificate program in New Media Narratives. Rafaella works mainly on long-term photographic projects produced across platforms as installations, books, interactive websites, and videos.
She constructs narratives using journalistic techniques, extensive research, and archival material. Abandoned spaces and discarded objects are among the subjects she investigates to reveal forgotten life stories and explore themes of geographic change, death, the intrusion of the unknown and the effects of chance.