Cristina Vatielli was born in Rome. After graduating at Scuola Romana di Fotografia, she started to work in the field of photography as an assistant, specialized in post-production. 

Since 2004 Cristina has been collaborating with the Magnum Photos photographer Paolo Pellegrin and many other photographers. In 2006 she worked in the Magnum Photos digital department and in 2007 she took part of the "Reflexions" masterclass curated by Giorgia Fiorio and Gabriel Bauret. From 2006 to 2012, her work was represented by Prospekt agency and now she works freelance.

Cristina's photography is divided between reportage of historical and social character and personal research projects. Her work has been published in many international magazines and her projects have received recognition from the Sony World Photography Awards, IPA, MIFA, PX3, One Eyeland and more.

Exilio de Dentro


On April 1, 1939, the Spanish Civil War ended: the Nationalists had won over the Republicans. But, if peace is what proclaims the end of a war, then the civil war in Spain could have been said to continue for many more years to come. Persecutions, executions, exiles dragged on endlessly. Even today, the past is being reopened and questioned. The sons of the new Spain, born after Franco’s death, are starting to dig. Mass graves are being excavated, silences are being broken and, with infinite patience, the grandchildren of Spain are fixing—piece by piece—their grandparents' memories.

This tree is one of the many mass graves in Spain that has not been reopened yet. Here lies the body of Amaro Viera Amores, the socialist mayor of Valencia de Alcantara. His daughter lived for 70 years just 24 km from this shared grave. She came with me, for the first time, to see this tree.

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