Lisa Sorgini is an Italian-Australian artist, born in Adelaide and currently residing between Italy and Australia.
Working across still photography she investigates themes of the human condition; care-giving, motherhood, memory and familial spaces.

Working on two long-form projects, Mother and In-Passing, she uses personal experience and sociological research to reveal complex narratives in the representation of women and mothers in current cultural spaces.
Past projects have explored family dynamics (Thick Like Water), environment and place (The Bushfire, the Flood) and motherhood during the Covid pandemic (Behind Glass).

In 2023 she held her first solo exhibition of ‘Behind Glass’ at The Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, Australia and exhibited work from ‘Behind Glass’ and ‘Mother’ at PhEST and Ragusa photo festivals in Italy and Ballarat Photo Festival in Australia.
In 2022 she released her first book, 'Behind Glass', published by Libraryman (OOP) and was also commissioned to produce work for PHOTO 2022.

She has been recognised in multiple awards including the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (UK), National Portrait Prize (Aus), The Lucie Portrait Project, Head-On photo awards, Portrait of Humanity and Australian photography awards.

Her work has been exhibited and published extensively worldwide, with notable profiles in The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, NY Times and Creative Review.





EXHIBITION


2024

‘New Photobooks from Australia.’
May to Nov
V&A Museum (UK)

Artlab Eyeland, 
25 May - 30 Jun, Taranto Old Town. (IT) Curated by Giovanni Troilio.

“Don’t we touch each other just to prove we’re still here?”
Princeton Art Museum. (US)
Curated by Susan Bright and Susannah Baker-Smith.

2023


Real Families: Stories of Change. The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. (UK)

Mother’ at PhEST, Puglia. (IT) Curated by Arianna Rinaldo

‘Within The Landscape’ at Ballarat International Foto Biennale.(AUS)

Ragusa Foto Festival, Behind Glass, Sicily. (IT)
Curated by Claudio Composti.

SOLO - ‘Behind Glass’,  CCP Melbourne, (AUS) Curated by Catlin Langford

2022 


PHOTO 2022 Commission, Thick Like Water, Aus

The Portrait, Blindside Gallery, as part of PHOTO 2022, Aus

New Discoveries in Contemporary Photography (Lens Culture), Caelum Gallery, NYC


2021


Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize. National Portrait Gallery, UK

National Portrait Prize - National Portrait Gallery, AUS

 Head-On 2020 Vision touring exhibition, AUS

CCP Salon - Centre for Contemporary Photography, AUS

Paris Photo - Lens Culture Critics Choice Exhibition, (On Hold)

2020


Photo Oxford Festival ‘Ways Of Seeing And Being Seen‘ Ovada Gallery, UK

‘On Hold’ Group Show. Museo de la Cárcova, Buenos Aires.

#ICP Concerned ‘Global Images for Global Crisis’, International Center for Photography, US

Auckland Festival of Photography, Mass Isolation Format screening, NZ

CLIP Award, Perth Centre for photography, online, AUS

Head on Portrait Prize - Semi-finalist projection, online, AUS

2019


Group Summer Show, Yeah Nice Gallery, AUS

Iris Award Finalist exhibition - Perth Centre For Photography

Selected for CCP Salon Instagram Project- CCP Melbourne, AUS

Olive Cotton Finalist Exhibition - Tweed Regional Gallery, AUS

Head on Portrait Prize - Semi-finalist projection, Paddington Town Hall, AUS

2018:
Opening Group Show, Yeah Nice Gallery, Mullumbimby, AUS 

2018: We Are All Going To Die group show, Studio Tropico, Byron Bay, AUS.

2018: Many Hands x Sea Change group show, All press studio, Collingwood

2012: Photographic Museum Of Humanity group show, Art Basel, Miami, USA.





BOOKS


2021: Behind Glass, 1st edition (out of print)
Published by Libraryman Books


OTHER PUBLICATIONS


2023: EyeMama:
Poetic Truths of Home and Motherhood, Published by te Neues Verlag

2022: The Covid-19 Visual Project: A Time of Distance, Published through Cortona on the move

2021: Mass Isolation Australia photo book,
Published by Ballarat Photo

2021: ICP Concerned: Global Images for a Global Crisis.
Published by G Editions.


INTERVIEW/TEXT


2024: ‘Protecting them is impossible’: raising children in a contaminated town – in pictures, The Guardian

2024: ‘Tamburis Mothers’ Internazionale

2023: Motherhood seen from the photographs of Lisa Sorgini, by Sara Emma Cervo, Vanity Fair

2023: Behind Glass - Essay by Catlin Langford, 1000 words magazine.

2022: Art and Culture - Photography our Photo Editors are following, New York Times

2022: ‘Lisa Sorgini è una giovane fotografa che racconta storie di maternità. Chi è lei e perché vale la pena seguirla.’ Vogue Italia

2022: Feature Shoot - The Raw Beauty of Early Motherhood, Unfiltered

2021: The photographer explores the agony and ecstasy of motherhood. We Present

2021: Booooooom - ‘The Bushfire, the flood and the virus

2021: 6 Mois , Maternité Confinée

2021: Elephant Magazine  ‘What It’s Like Giving Birth During a Pandemic’

2020: D La Repubblica - ‘E se domani?’

2020: The Guardian ‘Pain Can Be Poetic’

2020: The New Yorker - ‘An Australian Photographer’s Dreamy Portraits of Mothers and Their Children in Quarantine’  

2020: TIME Magazine - 'You Feel Trapped and Overwhelmed': Mothers Understood Isolation Before the Pandemic’

2020: National Geographic - ‘Pictures reveal the intensity of motherhood—especially under lockdown’

2020: Creative Review - ‘The Australian photographer’s intimate series, Behind Glass, captures the “lightness and darkness” of parenting during lockdown’

2016: i_D Magazine, Australia - ‘Lisa Sorgini knows the Australian dream is slightly out of focus

older. > IGNANT, Germany, No Culture Icons, Gooood, This Is Paper Magazine, This Isn't Happiness, Booooooom, Ekstrakt, Freunde von Freunden, 607 Visual, YET Magaz





AWARDS


2024


Shortlist, 
Australian and NZ photobook awards

2023


  Finalist, Galah Regional Photography awards

2022


Shortlist, STORIES 2022, Photo Collective

Winner, Portrait of Humanity, British Journal of Photography.

2021


Shortlist, Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

Finalist, Ravenswood Women's Australian Art Prize

Finalist, National Portrait Prize,  

Winner, Lucie Foundation Portrait Project

 Winner, Centre for Contemporary photography Ilford Salon, ‘Most critically engaged’ work


2020

Winner, Lens Culture Critics Choice Award

Finalist, CLIP Award (Perth centre for photography)

Finalist, Australian Photography Awards (Stories)

Semi-finalist, Head On Portrait Prize

2019
Finalist, Iris Award (Perth centre for photography)

 Finalist, Olive Cotton Award.

Semi-finalist, Head On Portrait Prize.

2016: Semi-finalist, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize  

2014: Honourable Mention - International Photography Awards

2013: Finalist, Photographic Museum Of Humanity - Art Basel, Miami, USA.