Sara Borrillo is PhD in Middle East and North Africa Studies at the Department ofAsia, Africa and Mediterranean Studies of the University “L’Orientale” in Naples. She is currently researcher for the project “Which gender of citizenship? Voices from the South Mediterranean shore” at the Forum for Problems of Peace and War of University of Florence and she is UNDP Expert in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Public Administration. Her research interest mainly focuses on women rights, feminism and gender politics in Islamic context. with a particular attention to Morocco. Since 2008, she has lived in Rabat, where she is associated researcher to the Center Jacques Berque for Human and Social Sciences – CNRS. During her university studies, she developed a keen interest in performing arts and she held a diploma from the I.C.R.A. Project mime school of Naples. She then worked as a volunteer for different associations in Naples and took part in two solidarity journeys organized by Assopace Onlus to Palestinian Territories, where she coauthored the documentary “Voices and regards from behind the wall” (2005, 27’). She has recently started writing for different web magazines (Nenanews, Peacereporter, QCodeMagazine and Doppio Zero). She participated in some international academic conferences and she published scientific articles, like “TV-preachers and on-line activists in Morocco: the construction of gender through the media between Islamic model and individual liberties” (2014), “Feminisms in Morocco between gender politics and social movements. Some recent evolutions” (2013), “The Murshidat in Morocco: compromise or revolution?” (2010), “The 20th February movement and gender equality in Morocco: between internal debate and constitutional reform” (2012).
Michela Pandolfi was born in Milan in 1977. After her high school diploma she moved to Florence where she attended the Fine Art Academy.
During her studies, she grew more and more interested in visual arts, and in 2004 she started her career as graphic and web designer. Photography and digital images soon became her main activity. She therefore decided to come back to Milan to study photography and graduated from R. Bauer School. Since 2010, she has been living in Italy and Morocco, and working on the project “Svelate” with Sara Borrillo.
She also collaborated with Archivio di Etnografia e Storia Sociale – Regione Lombardia and since 2011 she is a photo-educator at the Museo Fotografia Contemporanea in Cinisello Balsamo (Milan). In 2013 she founded with Daria Galli “Marple&Marple“, a creative studio focusing on art direction, photography, video, new media.