About

Francesca Menghini (b.1987) is an Italian social documentary photographer based in Haarlem who works between Italy and The Netherlands.
She embraced photography later in life and, after a couple of years as an autodidact, she decided to pursue a formal education in the field. Francesca received a BA (Hons) in Photography from Falmouth University in 2024.

Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in group and solo exhibitions, including the Fujifilm House of Photography in London, the Morean Arts Center in Florida, and the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney. She was a Finalist in the AOP Emerging Talent Award and semi-finalist in the Head on Portrait Award. Additionally, her projects have been featured in printed and online publications such as the book Arte Queer published by Rizzoli.

Photography is a medium that enables Francesca to form a profound connection with the world. Guided mostly by research-based projects, and favouring the interplay between natural light and the people she portrays, her approach involves using various visual narratives to delve into themes centred around identity and social issues, using portraiture as the main visual language.
Through her work, she seeks to encourage dialogue and invite the audience to reflect on how we perceive and engage within our society.


Awards

2023: Head On Portrait Award, Semi-Finalist 
2022: BarTur Photo Award Student/Faces of Humanity Award, Shortlisted
2022: AOP Emerging Talent Award 2021/22, Finalist

Solo Exhibitions

2022: Faces Of Fearless, Soursop Agency, Amsterdam, NL

Collective Exhibitions

2024: BOOMing Contemporary Art Show, Guest Artist, Bologna, IT
2023: BookCity Milano, BABS Art Gallery, Milan, Italy
2023: Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia
2022: Chrysalid Gallery, Rotterdam, NL
2022: FujiFilm House of Photography, London
2022: Bistrot del Teatro, Viterbo, IT
2022: AOP Photography Awards Showcase, Village Underground Shoreditch London
2022: BROAD Magazine, Home Issue, 560 Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2022: Loosenart Magazine/Gallery, Spazio Millepiani, Rome, IT
2021: Float Photo Magazine, Online
2021: Foley Gallery, New York City, US
2021: De Balie, Amsterdam, NL
2021: The Holy Art Gallery, London
2020: Bargehouse Gallery, OXO Tower Wharf, London
2020: Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida

Events

2022: She Takes Over Campaign
2021: HagueTalks, Museon Den Haag, NL 

Interviews

2024: “Corpi e Identità”, Thesis by Antea Ferraro, Accademia delle Belle Arti di Firenze
2024: Viole di Marzo
2022: Gay. it
2022: Brainto

Selected Publications/Features

2024: Source Magazine; The Center Of The World
2023: Henry+Magazine, Red Cross Netherlands; Selected Photographs 
2023: Arte Queer, Rizzoli Editore; Unbounded
2022: Curated by Girls; Unbounded
2022: The 37th AOP Awards, Book; Unbounded
2022: BROAD Magazine, Home Issue; My Square Mile
2021: CARG; Sinophobia
2020: Zizo Magazine; Unbounded