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Patrizia Dottori, from Rome, lives and works between Buenos Aires and Rome, where she began photographing in 1986. Born to deal with politics and law due to her professional and cultural background, she has from the beginning developed a personal approach to the photographic medium with the intent of plumbing a multiplicity of themes, developed according to a very clear guiding thread whose final result is manifested in a unique and original eye that combines artistic expression and political commitment.

Shooting like an artist and thinking like a photographer defines her photographic genre as "artistic reportage", a search through meanings and emotions of reality that are not immediately recognizable. The photographic projects carried out so far deal with unavoidable themes in the effort towards a better world, from the female condition to environmental issues, from History with a capital letter (as in the monumental work dedicated to Cuba) to the many individual stories that constitute the true goal of the artist. In her countless travels the reportage is actually the result of the search for an encounter with the other.

Even in the continuous introspective analysis, which passes through the study of psychoanalysis applied to creativity, from which an original production of the self-portrait genre (PatIsHere) arises, which later reaches the experience of hypnosis (from which she drew her latest cycle of works Sentidos Revelados), the artist shows all her urgency to take care of the body, first of all her own, but as a preparatory approach to devote herself to the body of the other, to which she returns a presence that combines beauty, always pursued with obstinacy, subjecting emotions and visions to her photodescriptive yearning.

The natural vocation to search for the profound meaning of events and personalities, so evident in the choice of the topics addressed and the places visited, is further confirmed also in terms of the techniques adopted, in particular through the use of negative printing thanks to which the artist is able to visualize the hidden side of things, so as to enrich them with meanings. From this point of view, the works on environmental issues are emblematic, in particular the project dedicated to the Perito Moreno glacier, in which the negative printing takes on a warning value regarding the risk of planet destruction, as well as the works that converge in Mother&Land. Thanks to the mastering of printing techniques, the artist was able to guarantee artistic and qualitative continuity in her work in the transition from black and white to color and especially in that from analogue to digital, mixing knowledge and experience in a balanced way.

Whereever the artist feels a danger for human, civil, social and environmental rights, being questioned or jeopardized, there her projects are born, directly from the photographs. Inspired by Magritte for the surrealist and metaphysical side, by Man Ray, for experimentation and research, by Ansel Adams for his rigor and poetry, she assigns a very important role to beauty, often pursued by transforming reality into surreal images or in abstract forms through a critical and analytical gaze of reality, which leaves nothing behind what really matters from a human and social point of view.