Vanessa Bertagnole, b. 1983, United States, is an award-winning photographer, designer and arts management professional based in Brisbane. Her fine art work photography work is concerned with the elusiveness of memory and mediated forms of communication. In abstracting digital forms, she wishes to blur the boundaries of photography and challenge the role memory and media play in shaping our identities and perceptions of reality. Her documentary work focuses on cross-cultural issues and the ways in which cultural and social identities are expressed in everyday life.
Vanessa regularly exhibits throughout Australia as well as overseas. Her work has been shown at the Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane Powerhouse, National Museum of Australia, San Diego Institute of Art and at the Head On Photography Festival. Her work has been published in Photographer's Forum, Monster Children Magazine, Semi-Permanent and Australian Art Collector amongst others. She has been a finalist in many national and international art prizes and recently received 1st Prize for her work in the the RQAS Landscape Exhibition and was made a finalist in the 2017 Olive Cotton Award for photographic portraiture and the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. Vanessa is one of the founding members of VERGE Collective.
As a curator, Vanessa's interests lie in working with marginalised and emerging artists to help share their artwork and stories with a wider audience. Her ultimate goal as a curator is to create engaging and dynamic exhibitions that visually communicate cross-cultural experiences and examine relevant social issues through a contemporary art lens. She is currently the Exhibitions and Communications Officer for Art from the Margins, Brisbane.