"“On Possibilities of Frictions” is the first curatorial project by Ilaria Sponda (1998), an Italian curator, writer and visual artist based between Dublin and Lisbon. As a writer and curator, she is inspired by artists that particularly engage with photography and video as anthropologists of contemporary society, both on an individual and collective level, and local and global scale. Ilaria also focuses on visual education and dialogic practices within communities. 

“On Possibilities of Frictions” authorial will serve as a record of her current Master research on contemporary social documentary photography as a situated practice in a global context of the contemporary image exchange society and global circulation of art. In social documentary photography, so the kind of photography that tells about society, she individuates one of the most important sites where social exchange happens and where to witness a powerful critical language to start thinking differently the binary notion of global and local and deconstruct institutionalised powers at play into the present. Reflecting on the cultural, political and situated practices conducted by Irish and other artists from PHROOM international archive, her research attempts to provide effort in connecting the local and the global to not homogenise identities and representations but activate a critical global circulation of images."


Ilaria Sponda

MA student at FCH-UCP, CECC/The Lisbon Consortium. Founded by the FCT.




“On Possibilities of Friction” is an ongoing online research that will develop in the course of nine weeks.

An offline exhibition in Dublin will follow in January 2022. For further information visit here.

This research-exhibition is possible with the support of PHROOM, an international research platform for visual culture that, thanks to a continuous investigation, selects and presents projects from all over the world, outlining through their archive, exhibitions, curatorial and editorial projects, the profile of a panorama that sees photographic research and video art as protagonists of a continuous linguistic and cultural evolution.