Margot Errante (b. 1976) is an Italian-born researcher and photographer. She lived in China for twenty years, from 1997 to the end of 2017. She's now based in Italy and spends her time between Hong Kong, Milan and Lugano, where she works on commission and on personal projects. She is a member of the Society for Visual Anthropology at the AAA, and is currently attending a course of Neurobiology curated by the University of Chicago.
Errante has always been melding her intellectual pursuit of science and art, and found in portrait photography a way to express the duality of her personality — like a dreamer, craving for pragmatic answers. Fascinated by human behaviour, twists and turns, she turns each of her photographic sessions into a personal journey of research and growth.
In 2004 she lived an experience that changed her understanding of the world: she moved for ten months to an indigenous village deep into the jungles of the Sino-Burmese border, where she conducted ethnographic research on the Wa people, an isolated group known in Asia as "head hunters". In 2005, unable to settle back into western society, she left as a photojournalist for a diplomatic mission sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – a three months' journey from Italy to Japan by car, with a stopover in North Korea. That experience was revelatory of her need to work with photography on a daily basis, and from that moment on she did.
In 2009 someone broke into her Beijing flat and stole most of her photographic archive. A few months later she relocated to Hong Kong, where she opened her photographic studio and worked as a portraitist until November 2017.
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