Liza Ambrossio


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Liza Ambrossio began her photographic praxis at the age of sixteen when she asked one of the housekeepers of her mother’s house to steal photographs of the family’s albums to buy them, while Liza portrayed herself from her adolescence to adulthood looking for ways to survive from a distance during the process of emancipation of her family in Mexico City; At the same time, she worked photographing tortures and murders in the early morning hours for a local newspaper. In its stories, the feminine is threatening because it seduces and in the poetics of its seduction it devours. After her BA in Communication Sciences and Design in Mexico City, she was awarded the Descubrimientos scholarship for an MA in photography and artistic projects at PIC.A (PHotoEspaña).

Her universe incorporates symbols alluding to witchcraft that mixes with her written narrative, photographs, installations and videos that she unites by free association. Related to theories related to psychological manipulation and its influence on the continuation or rupture of the power professed by different social structures. It also seeks in her work the exercise of a sinister freedom that has a strong relationship with chance and instinct and involves the destabilization of female canons that threaten the possibility of exceeding the ethnic, sexual, moral, religious and political limits.

The work of Liza Ambrossio has been reviewed and presented by international critics, including: The British Journal of Photography, The Foto Fest of Houston, The Magnum Foundation, El País, Burn Magazine, Vogue Italy, Visions Chine and L’Oeil de la Photographie. Her work has been exhibited in several countries in Europe and Mexico, including festivals such as Cortona On the Move, Encontros da image and FORMAT19; The museum Alberto Sampairo and Gothenburg Museum of Art. She has obtained the PHMuseum and the Belfast foto festival in UK, the PhEST in Italy, , the Voies Off in Arles, France, the FNAC New talent in Spain, the Luz del norte Award in Mexico and the Discoveries of Foto Magazine in Germany. She has been awarded grants for production residences in Iceland, the United States and Luxembourg 2017-2018.


“Reality is overrated and fantasy underestimated, in my opinion the richest thing that exists in life is fabulation and the power to imagine. That is why my photography is loaded with performative and cinematographic gestures, at the same time allusive to the pictorial archive and the documentary. Consequently, my work has become an exercise in sinister freedom carried to its strangest consequences, which has a strong relationship with chance and instinct trying to use all the narrative tools to create some emotion within the imperfection. It is an affront to terror and dehumanization because I believe that human passion is in itself an act of defiance. I enjoy playing to fail and live, mixing different techniques (archive images, pictorial intervention, makeup, collage, analog and digital photography …).

The texts that accompany my work inspired them based on crude instants of extreme detachment. Between madness and complete clarity (flash-backs). I capture the encounter and the search of my demons and of others as exits to freedom. I continue a transgressive aesthetic search between the strange and the everyday, the constructed and the fortuitous, being subtle and magical at the same time. My projects discuss the rudeness, subtlety, complexity and emotion of living outside the structures, thus illustrating my existential, mystical and psychic journey.

In my most recent projects I open my practice to reflect on how perverse, and unnecessary are the social structures (family), telling them how I have experienced them; an inbreeding curse in the context of Mexican sorcery. In my most recent experiment I investigate the consequences of the execution of female violence by intermingling my mental and real travels as a declaration of honesty until the rupture with myself.”


(b.Mexico City, 1993)

Living and work between France and Spain. 



2018 | PIC.A PHotoEspaña MA Photography and artistic projects, Madrid, SPA

2017 | University of Texas Exchange program for students of excellence, Texas, USA

2016 | Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México BA (Hons) Communication Sciences, Mexico City, MEX

2016 | Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana BA Design, Mexico City, MEX



2019 | World Press Photo 6×6 Global Talent Program, nominne

2019 | World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, nominne

2019 | Red Hook Labs: New artist III, selected artist

2019 | Magenta Foundation Flash forward, winner

2019 | PHMuseum New generation prize, winner

2019 | PhEST Festival internazionale di fotografia, winner

2019 | Belfast Photo Festival winner

2019 | Verzasca Foto Festival finalist

2019 | Winterthur Museum Plat(t)form, nominee

2019 | Unseen platform nominee

2019 | Transforming Arts Institute Talent Scholarship

2019 | FotoMAGAZINE Discoveries, winner

2018 | Magnum foundation & Fujifilm Burn award, finalist

2018 | Banc Sabadell Foundation DOCfield Dummy Award, finalist

2018 | Festival Luz del norte Galeria de Babel Award, winner

2018 | SCAN Tarragona Full Contact, selected artist

2018 | Encontros da Image honorable mention

2018 | Voies Off Award 2018 winner

2018 | FNAC New Talent Award, winner

2018 | Cortona On the Move New visions, selected artist

2018 | Houston FotoFest Portfolio Review Scholarship

2017 | Festival Luz del norte Bindu Award, winner

2017 | PHotoEspaña Discoveries Scholarship

2017 | Photo Independient Dummy award, honorable mention

2016 | Tokio Photo Awards honorable mention

2016 | PHotoEspaña Trasatlántica, selected artist

2014 | FINI, Festival Internacional de la Imagen, winner

2014 | Festival Paraty em foco finalist



2020 | LUMUS Art Space “The rage of devotion” KOR (upcoming)

2019 | IMAGO Festival  “The rage of devotion” PORT (upcoming)

2019 | PhEST “The rage of devotion”IT (upcoming)

2019 | BFOTO Festival “The rage of devotion” SPA 

2018-2019 | FNAC New talent award “Blood orange”, SPA

2018 | Camara Oscura “The rage of devotion” SPA

2016 | Casa Gotxicoa ‘Sangre de mi sangre (Brama)’, MX



2020 | International Center of Photography (ICP), USA (upcoming)

2020 | photoSCHWEIZ 20, SWE (upcoming)

2020 | Museum of Contemporary Art of Querétaro (MACQ) ENFOQUE, MEX (upcoming)

2019 | Gothenburg Museum of Art SWE (upcoming)

2019 | ILHAM  Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards, MY (upcoming)

2019 | PHROOM, IT (upcoming)

2019 | Singapore Art Book fair, SGP 

2019 | Art Stays, SVN 

2019 | Red Hook Labs: New artist III, USA 

2019 | EQUINOM, USA 

2019 | Athens Photo Festival, GR 

2019 | Art Basel, SZ 

2019 | Belfast foto festival, IRL 

2019 | Somerset House, UK

2019 | FORMAT Festival Forever Now, UK

2019 | JustMAD SPA

2018 | Museum Alberto Sampairo Encontros da Image, PORT

2018 | Foto Colectania DOCfield Dummy Award, SPA

2018 | Cosmos Arles Books Best photo books of the year, FR

2018 | Fundidora Park Luz del norte, MEX

2018 | Photomeetings Luxembourg LUX

2018 | Cosmos Arles Books The family of no men, FR

2018 | Centro de Arte de AlcobendasMA de PHotoEspaña, SPA

2017 | Foto MuseoCuatro Caminos (FM4)  MEX

2017 | Fundidora Park Luz del norte, MEX

2014 | Pagina en Blando Excuse me for the inconveniences, MEX

2014 | Centro Cultural de España en MexicoFINI, MEX

2014 | Festival Paraty em foco BRA



2019 | The rage of devotion’ Obscura Festival, MYS

2019 | The rage of devotion’ Just Another Photo Festival, IND

2019 | The rage of devotion’ Cortona On The Move, IT

2019 | The rage of devotion’ Odesa Photo Days, UKR

2019 | The rage of devotion’ Circulations, FR

2019 | Too strong for fantasy’ (2018) Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund KölnWomen’s Film Festival, DEU

2018-2019 |Too strong for fantasy’ (2018) FNAC, SPA 

2018 |Too strong for fantasy’ (2018) Camara Oscura, SPA

2018 |Too strong for fantasy (2018) Photomeetings Luxembourg, LUX

2018 | The rage of devotion’ (2018) Voies Off 2018, FR

2018 | Winners of Luz del norte’(2018) PhotOn, SPA

2018 | ‘Blood Orange’ (2018) Foto Noche 2018, SPA

2018 | The rage of devotion’ (2018) Cortona On The Move, IT

2018 | Too strong for fantasy’ (2018) Art Center of Alcobendas, SPA

2018 | ‘Liza Ambrossio’ (2018) Centro de la Imagen, MEX



2019 | Blood Orange by Liza Ambrossio (ongoing)

2019 | On death by Kris Graves Projects + Humble Arts Foundation, Yale University 

2019 | Bohemian Rhapsody by Andres Isaac Santana, Ira y Devoción, ED. Le Project

2018 | The rage of devotion by Liza Ambrossio, ED. Desiertas Ediciones & La Fabrica



2019 |Espacio Gaf “Ambrossio: “immortal, divine, food of the gods, destined for eternal life””, MX

2019 |Unseen Magazine “Issue 8, Family”, NL   

2019 | Vogue Magazine “A Q&A with Mexican artist Liza Ambrossio”, IT

2019 |Der Greif Catherine Troiano/ Victoria and Albert museum, DE

2019 | Foto Féminas/ PHmuseum, “A Mexican Photographer Confronts her difficult personal history”, HKG

2019 | SWITCH Magazine Artist featured, IT

2019 | Visions Magazine “The Uncanny Roam”, CN

2019 | Panorama Artist featured, MEX

2019 | BLINK Magazine Interview, KOR

2019 | ArtNexus #111, COL

2019 | Woman Magazine Interview, SPA

2019 | Xataka foto “I am a promiscuous artist (…)”, SPA

2019 | British Journal of Photography Interview, UK

2019 | Más de arte “The call of the wild”, SPA

2019 | PHROOM Artist featured, IT

2019 | Burn Magazine Fujifilm/Young Talent Award, USA

2019fotoMAGAZINE “Liza Ambrossio: The discovery of the year”, DEU

2018 | El País “Best photo books of the year”, SPA

2018 | Tendencias del mercado Artist featured, SPA

2018 | Contra Replica “Manual Focus: The rage of devotion”, MEX

2018 | Influencers Magazine “The demons that brought success”, SPA

2018 | SCOPIO editions Artist featured, PORT

2018 | Agencia EFE “The Mexican pearl of the photography”, SPA

2018 | El País “Liza Ambrossio: In the veins of a sorceress”, SPA

2018 | NCI Interview, SPA

2018 | FNAC press “Winner of the XVII Edition of New Talent”, SPA

2018 | El País “Liza Ambrossio: Immorality is important in my work”, SPA

2018 | L’Officiel “Own vision”, MEX

2018 | TAI Blog “I believe in freedom as a flag”, SPA

2018 | NEO2 Magazine Artist featured, SPA

2018 | Cadena Tres TV Artist featured, SPA

2018 | Cada día un fotógrafo Artist featured, SPA

2018 | ABC Cultural “Alberto Garcia-Alix & Liza Ambrossio”, SPA

2018 | El País “Madrid, in terms of art, is not old Europe. And that’s good news”, SPA

2018 | El Mundo “The visual artist Liza Ambrossio throws the demons”, SPA

2018 | El Mundo “Here the monsters swarm”, SPA

2018 | Albedo Media Artist featured, SPA

2018 | Le Jeudi “Femmes engagées”, LUX

2018 | Revue “Women’s world”, LUX

2018 | Eyes on Talents “Liza Ambrossio: Voies Off Award”, UK

2018 | Explore nation/ “On a train to Rome, the ominous journey to cross the darkness with Liza Ambrossio, Steven Lee”, UK

2018 | Clavo Ardiendo Magazine “The esoteric photography”, SPA

2018 | Vanguardia “The rage of devotion wins important contest in France”, Mexico

2018 | Photo España “Student wins the prestigious Voies Off award in Arles France”, SPA

2018 | British Journal of Photography “Arles: Young guns on show (…)”, UK

2018 | Clavo Ardiendo Magazine Artist featured, SPA

2018 | La Jornada “From the rage to the devotion and vice versa”, MEX

2018 | Centro de la Imagen Artist featured, MEX

2017|  Fototazo “LatAm f100: Liza Ambrossio (…)”, USA

2017 | Espacio Gaf Artist featured, VEN

2016 | Rafael Roa Fotografía y más SPA

2015 | Cuartoscuro “The sins of my father”, MEX

2015 | L´Oeil de la photographie “The sins of my father”, FR



2018 | Neumünster Abbey LUX

2017 | Gulkinstan ISL

2017 | TX USA



2019 | BFOTO Festival All devotion causes rage”, SPA 

2019 | PhotOn Valencia “All devotion causes rage”, SPA 

2019 | FORMAT Festival “About the Rage of devotion”, UK

2019 | Mecànic All devotion causes rage”, Arianna Rinaldo & Liza Ambrossio, SPA

2019 | FNAC-Valencia “All devotion causes rage”, Tania Castro & Liza Ambrossio, SPA

2019 | FNAC-Barcelona “A trip to madness”,Arianna Rinaldo & Liza Ambrossio, SPA

2018 |  Camara Oscura  “A trip to madness”, Alberto Garcia-Alix & Liza Ambrossio, SPA

2018 | Royal Photographic Society “Rage and devotion”, SPA

2018 | La Fabrica “The rage of devotion”, Alberto Garcia-Alix & Liza Ambrossio, SPA

2018 | Transforming Arts Institute “Rage and devotion”, SPA

2018 | PIC.A PHotoEspaña “Rage and devotion”, SPA

2018 | FNAC-Madrid “Rage and devotion”, SPA

2018 | Cercle Cité “Rage and devotion”, LUX



2019| Scholarship PhotOn Festival, Photographic competition, Jury, Spain

2019| PhotOn Festival, Photographic competition, Reviewer, Spain

2019| FNAC New Talent Award, Photographic competition, Jury, Spain

2019 | OIJ Organismo Internacional para la juventud de America Latina Photographic competition, Jury, Spain and Iberoamerica

2018 | El País Selection of the best photo books of the year, Nominator, Spain


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