Sara Borrillo is post-doctoral research fellow in History of Islamic Countries at University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ and she is lecturer of History of Islamic Countries at the University of Macerata (2016-2018). From 2008 to 2013 she lived in Rabat, where she was associated researcher to the Centre Jacques Berque pour les Sciences Humaines et Sociales (CNRS). In 2016 she has been visiting researcher at IRMC (Institute de Recherche sur le Maghreb Contemporain) in Tunis. She is also UNDP Expert for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Public Administration (GEPA). Her research interests are mainly focused on history of women’s movements, gender politics and Islam, secular and Islamic feminisms, new female religious authorities and social transformations, including the new forms of artistic activism with political background after 2011 and the recent struggles for individual rights and liberties in Middle East and North Africa, with particular attention to Morocco and Tunisia. She has collaborated with some online journals, like Reset.doc and QCode magazine. She is author of the book Feminisms and Islam in Morocco: Women Secular Activists, Theologians and Preachers (ita, ESI, Napoli, 2017), and of several academic publications like: ‘Islamic Feminism in Morocco: the discourse and the experience of Asma Lamrabet’, in Moroccan Feminisms. New Perspectives, Red Sea Press, 2016; “Islamic female religious authority between agency and governmentality: from the Moroccan model to ‘multicultural’ Europe”, in Imams in Western Europe. Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges, Amsterdam University Press, 2018; « Egalité de genre au Maroc après 2011 ? Les droits sexuels et reproductifs au centre des récentes luttes de reconnaissance », in Emerging Actors in Post-Revolutionary North Africa. Gender Mobility and Social Activism, 2017.
Michela Pandolfi was born in Milan in 1977. After her high school diploma she moved to Florence where she attended the Fine Art Academy. In 2004 she started her career as graphic and web designer. She therefore decided to move back to Milan to study photography and graduated from CFP Bauer. Photography and digital images soon became her main activity.
Since 2010, she has been living in Italy and Morocco, and working on the project “Svelate” with Sara Borrillo. She has also collaborated with Archivio di Etnografia e Storia Sociale – Regione Lombardia and from 2011 to 2015 she has been 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, and new media. From 2015 to 2018 she has been Multimedia Design Professor – Master of Arts in Interior Design at Naba Academy (Milan). Since 2017 she is Academic coordinator at CFP Bauer (photography branch).