Rafael Roncato (1989) is a Brazilian documentary photographer, editor, curator and visual artist currently living and working in between The Hague (NL) and São Paulo (BR).


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I’m a Brazilian documentary photographer, editor and visual artist, currently living in between The Hague (NL)and São Paulo (BR). I combine photography and storytelling with non-linear methods to address the connection between images, power structures and belief systems across society. And for this purpose, I constantly play the roles of storyteller, trickster, and connector. 

My appreciation for the inherent quality of the photographic medium lies in the way it provides a dialogue between the mundane, the unknown, and the imaginary. By exploring semi-fictional and ambiguous narratives, I seek to find new stories that put the current media landscape into perspective. 

You can find on my backpack a passion for underground comics, Brazilian modernism, and a curious eye for creative processes, identity, and media. Empathy and humor are my compass in advocating for visual and media literacy as a toolkit to sustain a global community that works for all of us. 

As an editor I seek collaboration as an essential element of my work, thus investing in the transformative role of gathering and interdependency as fundamental factors to foster critical debates towards contemporary issues. My intentions are to challenge narratives and push the boundaries of what can be seen in a hyperconnected society. 

My current practice focuses on how images in social platforms have been used to share and naturalize non-progressive values through digital media. My aim is to lift the curtain on the theatre of the absurd by revealing who are the ones keeping us down. 


//Education

2024 / Power Up Den Haag — Mondrian Fund
2022—2023 / FOTODOK Lighthouse Talent  22/23
2020—2022  / MA Photography and Society — KABK
2022 / Masterclass with Jonathas de Andrade — FOAM
2017 / 1st Program in Visual Journalism – Folha de S.Paulo
2015-2016 / Post-Graduation in Photography — FAAP
2011-2012 / Photography — Panamericana School of Art
2011-2012 / Cinema and TV — Anhembi Morumbi University
2007-2010 / BA Multimedia Journalism — FACAMP


//Work

2022—  // Tutor at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
2012— // Freelance journalist, editor and photographer
2015—2017 // Director of photography / Fluxo de Consciência show
2013—2016 // Editor and editorial producer / São Paulo Museum of Modern Art


//Awards

2023 / Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Portfolio Review / Encontros da Imagem Festival / Portugal

2023 / Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / 1st Prize / Lovely House / Imaginária Festival / Brasil

2023 / Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Special Mention Prize / Hong Kong Photobook Festival

2023 / Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Shortlisted / PhotoBookMuseum Dummy Award

2023 / Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Shortlisted / Images Vevey Book Award

2023 / Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Shortlisted / Beyra Festival Dummy Award

2023 / Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Shortlisted / Fiebre Dummy Award

2022 / Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Selected / FOTODOK’s talent program Lighthouse 22/23

2019 / Adágio / AI-AP / Latin American Fotografía 8 / Chosen Artist

2018 / Sunyata / Verzasca Foto Festival / "Nera Di Verzasca Award" / Finalist

2018 / Barbat / AI-AP / Latin American Fotografía 7 / Selected Artist

2017 / Sunyata / Artist Book Winner / Amis du Salon d'Automne de Paris / 5º Salão de Outono da América Latina

2017 / Sunyata / Premio Latinoamericano de Fotolibros / Foto Museo Cuatro Caminos / MEX / Selected Artist

2017 / Sunyata / AI-AP / Latin American Fotografía 6 / Selected Artist

2017 / UYMO / Photobook Dummies / Valongo Festival / Selected Artist

2016 / Sunyata / Artward 9 / Selected Artist

2016 / Life Framer / Colours / Editor's Picks

2016 / Adágio / AI-AP / Latin American Fotografía V / Chosen Artist



//Exhibitions

_Solo

2021 / Visual Currency / Wireless / Netherlands Fotomuseum / Rotterdam / NL

2018 / Adágio / Casavitorino / São Paulo

2016 / Adágio / UGRA / São Paulo

2016 / Adágio / Galeria Hipotética / Porto Alegre

2015 / Barathrum / Monkix

2015 / .nankeen. / Monkix


_Collective

2023 /Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / PhMuseum Days / Bologna / IT

2023 /Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Museumnacht / Kunstmuseum Den Haag / NL

2023 /Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / FOTODOK Lighthouse dinner performance / Utrecht / NL

2023 /Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Uitfeest / FOTODOK Lighthouse / Utrecht / NL

2022 /Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Royal Academy of Art / Bibliotheek / Selected Thesis Exhibition / The Hague /  NL

2022 / Tropical Trauma Misery Tour / Royal Academy of Art / Graduation Show / The Hague /  NL

2021 / Wireless Anatomy of Man / Noorderlicht Photo Festival / Open Student Call / The Makeable Mind / Groningen / NL

2019 / Adágio / 16º Salão Nacional de Fotografia Pérsio Galembeck / Araras / SP

2019 / Adágio / WALL / FOTOHAUS / OFF Festival / Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie / Arles / França

2019 / Sunyata / What Lies Beneath / 500px / Toronto / Canadá

2018 / Barathrum / Noite Solar/ Projeção / Solar Foto Festival / Fortaleza

2018 / Barbat / Convocatória de Fotolivros / Solar Foto Festival / Fortaleza

2018 / Barbat / Convocatória de Fotolivros do Festival ZUM / IMS / SP

2018 / #poesiafica #foratemer / Projeção / Monat der Fotografie-OFF Berlin / Berlim

2018 / Sunyata / 8º Festival de Fotografia de Tiradentes / MG

2017 / SINAPSES / SAO Ateliê / SP

2017 / Sunyata / Convocatória de Fotolivros do Festival ZUM / IMS / SP

2017 / Adágio / Queer City / Schwules Museum* / Berlim / Alemanha

2017 / Sunyata / Festival de Fotografia de Juiz de Fora / MG

2017 / Sunyata / Valongo Festival / Santos

2017 / Sunyata / 8th Lisbon's Photobook Fair / Portugal

2017 / #poesiafica #foratemer / Projeção / Fotohaus / Arles / França

2017 / Adágio / II Mostra Diversa / Museu da Diversidade Sexual / SP

2017 / Sunyata / 5º Salão de Outono da América Latina / Galeria Marta Traba / Memorial da América Latina / SP

2017 / Sunyata / 7º Festival de Fotografia de Tiradentes / MG

2017 / Sunyata / Ocupação Trapiche #1 / São Luís / MA

2017 / Barathrum / Projecto Multiplo #12 / Lugar a Dudas / Cali / Colômbia

2017 / Da tela do celular: 20 visões do outro / Quintal Cultural / Porto Alegre

2017 / Da tela do celular: 20 visões do outro / Centro de Cultura Ordovás / Caxias do Sul

2016 / Foto_Invasão / Projeção / Red Bull Station / SP

2016 / Da tela do celular: 20 visões do outro / Galeria Hipotética / Porto Alegre

2016 / Carta das Laranjeiras / Salvador

2016 / Estou Cá / Potlatch / Sesc Belenzinho / SP

2016 / Adágio / Ritos e Rituais / 6º Festival de Fotografia de Tiradentes / MG

2015 / Adágio / DOC / 6ª Mostra SP de Fotografia

2015 / Barathrum / O Estendal / Sesc Rio de Janeiro

2015 / Barathrum / Ugra Zine Fest / CCSP

2014 / Barathrum / Sextas Matadoras / SP

2014 / Barathrum / Paraty em Foco / RJ

2013 / Re(li)quiem / Escola Panamericana / SP



//Collections

Adágio / Schwules Museum / Berlin

Adágio / Museu da Diversidade Sexual / São Paulo

The Wireless Anatomy of Man / KABK / The Hague



//Collectives

2021– / Cartography Digest

2018– / Havaiana Papers / Brazilian Photobooks

2016–2020 / Lombada / Photobooks lab

2013–2015 / Ateliê Fotô / Eder Chiodetto



//Workshops

2023 // WORM / Cartography Digest / “How to deal with…” zine-making / Rotterdam / NL

2023-2024 // KABK / Collaboration Week / Mood board Mythologies / The Hague / Netherlands
2023 // KABK / Cartography Digest / AppropriNation / The Hague / Netherlands
2022 // KABK / Cartography Digest / Speed editing workshop / The Hague / Netherlands
2021 // KABK / Workshop Week / Photography Beyond the Visible with Eddo Hartmann and Piek Kock / The Hague / Netherlands
2019 // LOMBADA Zine Battle / São Paulo / Brazil
2019 // LOMBADA Collective Zine Publication / São Paulo / Brazil
2019 // Visual narratives / LSA+ students from Dartmouth College (USA) / São Paulo / Brazil
2018-2019 // LOMBADA / photobook lab and workshops / São Paulo
2018 // Photojournalism / Dr. Jorge Coury Public School / Brazil
2018 // Photobooks - with Gabriela di Bella - Viva Rua Photography, Art and Culture School / São Paulo / Brazil
2017 // Presenting: Rafael Roncato / Festival de Fotografia de Tiradentes / Minas Gerais / Brazil
2016 // Portraits / Hipotética Gallery / Porto Alegre / Brazil


//Publications

2019 / Perspectiva da perseguição

2018 / Barbat

[Biblioteca IMS/São Paulo]

2016 / Sunyata

[Biblioteca MAM São Paulo, Biblioteca IMS, Biblioteca Blank Paper/Madri, Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection/Pratt Institute/NY]

2015 / Barathrum

[Biblioteca MAM São Paulo, Biblioteca Mário de Andrade/SP, Projecto Multiplo, Franklin Furnace Artists’ Books Collection/Pratt Institute/NY, MoMA Library/NY]


2023 / Vist Projects / Interview ENGESP

2023 / FOTODOK / Interview

2023 / PhotoBookMuseum Dummy Award Catalogue

2022 / Der Grief / Artist Feature

2022 / Der Grief / Artist Blog

2021 / Almost Welcome / Wireless / KABK/MAPS

2019 / Observatório 26 / Itaú Cultural

2018 / ELLO.co / New Photographer

2018 / Barbat / AI-AP / Latin American Fotografía VII / Chosen Artist

2018 / Sunyata / OLD

2017 / Sunyata / AI-AP / Latin American Fotografía VI / Chosen Artist

2017 / Baiacu / Laerte e Angeli / SESC Ipiranga / São Paulo

2017 / Adágio / Laerte-se / Netflix Originals / Directors Lygia Barbosa da Silva e Eliane Brum

2017 / Sunyata / Ignant

2017 / Sunyata / Don't Touch My Moleskine

2017 / Sunyata / Clavoardiendo Magazine

2017 / Barathrum / PBMag

2016 / Fotografe Melhor / n. 243 / Os traços de um jovem retratista

2015 / Adágio / DOC / 6ª Mostra SP de Fotografia

2015 / Adágio / Guerrilla / Chile

2015 / Adágio / Fotografia Diária

2015 / Barathrum / Fotografia Diária

2015 / Adágio / Cat Magazine

2014 / Ocupação Laerte / Itaú Cultural

2014 / Sophia magazine / Argentina

2014 / Adágio / Rolling Stone

2013 / Sasha Grey / Papo de homem

2013 / Re(li)quiem / OLD

2013 / .nankeen. / Ideafixa

2013 / .nankeen. / Divirta-se / Estadão



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