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Davide Monteleone (b. 1974) is an artist and storyteller who uses photography and video as main forms of expression. In 2001 he moved to Moscow as correspondent for the Italian agency “Contrasto” and since 2003 has lived between Italy and Russia pursuing long-term independent projects. He has devoted himself to the study of social issues, conflict, relation between power and individual. Known for his specific interest in the post-soviet area, he published his first book Dusha, Russian Soul in 2007, followed by La Linea Inesistente, in 2009, Red Thistle in 2012 and Spasibo in 2013. His projects have brought him numerous awards, including several World Press Photo prizes, and grants such as the Aftermath Grant, European Publishers Award and Carmignac Photojournalism Award. He regularly contributes for leading publications all over the world. His photography projects have been presented as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide including the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Saatchi Gallery in London, MEP in Paris and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. He is engaged with educational activities, regularly lecturing at universities and teaching workshops internationally, as well as curating exhibitions and books.Davide is a member of VII Photo and is represented by Kehrer Gallery in Berlin.
In-depth on-the-ground reporting from Chechnya reveals how the idea of a modern Chechen identity is precarious: apparently normal by outward appearances but fractured by fundamental contradictions within.