The exhibition, Spasibo features work by the Italian-born photographer Davide Monteleone, the 4th winner of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award, carried out in Chechnya between December 2012 and April 2013 and depicts the threat to the Chechen identity.
Davide Monteleone started his career in 2000, when he became an editorial photographer for the Contrasto agency. The next year he moved to Moscow as a correspondent. Since 2003, Monteleone has lived between Italy and Russia, pursuing long-term personal projects. He published his first book Dusha, Russian Soul in 2007, followed by La Linea Inesistente in 2009, and Red Thistle in 2012.
His projects have brought him numerous awards, including various World Press Photo prizes and several grants like 'Aftermath' and the European Publisher Award. In recent years he has carried out projects for leading international magazines, foundations and cultural institutions, exhibiting and teaching. Since 2011 Davide has been a member of VII Photo.
The Carmignac Foundation launched the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award in 2009 with the aim of supporting and promoting an investigative photo essay in areas not in the spotlight, yet at the heart of complex geostrategic issues with global repercussions and where human rights and freedom of speech are often violated. Regions such as Gaza, Pashtunistan, Zimbabwe, Chechnya and Iran were the locations selected for the first awards.
A book of photographs entitled Spasibo has been published by Kehrer
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