Silvia Rosi, born in Scandiano, Italy, in 1992, is an artist based in Lomè (Togo) and London (United Kingdom). In her practice she uses photography and the moving image to explore the space of memory and self-representation. Her images are informed by West African studio portrait photography. 

She received a BA in Photography in 2016 from LCC, University of the Arts London.

In 2020 she was awarded the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards for the series Encounter, which traces her personal story, drawing on her Togolese heritage and the idea of origins, which she narrates through the use of the self-portraiture combined with videos and textual fragments. Her work has been exhibited in international institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2024); Camera – Italian Center for Photography, Turin (2023); MAXXI, Rome (2022); MA*GA, Gallarate (2022); LACMA, Los Angeles (2021); Les Rencontres d’Arles (2021); Autograph ABP, London (2021); the National Portrait Gallery, London (2020).

Her work has been published in “Foam,” the “New Yorker,” and the “British Journal of Photography,” among others. She was selected for international residencies such as Hangar Residency in Lisbon (2023) and Thread Cultural Center and Residency, Sinthian, Senetal (2019). 

She has received numerous international awards, including the Gallarate Prize (2022), the Foam Talent (2021), the Royal Photographic Society Vic Odden Award (2021), Agitu Ideo Gudeta Fellowship (2020), the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards (2020) and was a finalist for the MAXXI Bulgari 2022 award.

Her work can be found in the collections of LACMA, Los Angeles; Brooklyn Museum, New York; MA*GA, Gallarate; Autograph ABP, London; and Collezione Donata Pizzi.