Elena Perlino  © Michel Huneault


Elena Perlino

Photograph by Michel Huneault, 2015

Photograph by Michel Huneault, 2015

Born in Italy and now living in France, Elena Perlino earned a masters degree in modern literature from the University of Turin and was selected for the international photographic excellence program Reflexions Masterclass.

Following graduation Perlino worked as a teaching Assistant at TPW, Italie. Since then she committed herself to documentary photography and personal research projects.

In 2006 Perlino’s work on Nigerian sexual exploitation in Italy gets exhibited at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Voies Off, Arles, France.

Perlino carried out a seven-year project focusing on this topic. The United Nations Office on Drugs and crime has declared Nigeria among the eight countries with the highest human trafficking rates. Italy has an extensive sex industry based on trafficking from western Africa.


Magnum Emergency Fund Grant, the Centre National Arts Plastiques, Open Society Foundations, Fondazione, lettera27, Le Septembre de la Photographie, Photo Gaspesie and the Institute of Italian Culture of Montréal supported her work. 

Her images have been included in various exhibitions and publications: Visa pour l’image, Perpignan; l'Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Paris; Frontenac, Montréal, Canada; the Lawndale Art Center, Texas.

Perlino's first book project was published by Schilt Publishing and André Frère Editions in 2014, with the support of the Open Society Foundations Grant. Her book Maktoub was published by Cibele Edizioni in 2017, with the support of the Open Society Foundations Grant and lettera27.



For all inquiries: elena.perlino@gmail.com

© Elena Perlino 2017