Chiara Davoli is a sociologist and photographer. She graduated in Sociology at the Sapienza University of Rome, where she also did her PhD in Sociology and Applied Social Sciences.
During her school years she decided to pick up old cameras found at home and she started to take pictures. For years she will try her hand at self-taught photography. From the beginning, the camera will become a communicative and expressive tool to explore reality and to return her own vision of the world. In October 2010 she starts the photography course “Social history of the photographic image” held by the photographer Tano d’Amico, at the Centro Sperimentale di Fotografia (C.S.F.). She attends a couple of photography and reportage courses in some schools in Rome and she exhibits her work on several occasions. She starts to take pictures for several self-organized events; in particular she participates in the artistic and cultural project Derooms, realized by a group of artists and students to “deconstruct and recompose the role of art galleries” and to recover means of production and experimentation, self-manage the spaces and put them in common, share knowledge and techniques.
Over time she enriches her training and work by focusing on the set of educational processes that think of the child and adolescent as an active part of the experience. She carries out recreational and educational activities with the aim of stimulating communicative and expressive skills both through play and through art.
Since 2012 she has been carrying out research on various issues: social inequalities, migration processes, housing problems, action of social movements and issues related to the right to housing. She collaborates with the Osservatorio sulla Città Globale of the Institute of Political Studies “S.PioV” in Rome.
She is currently a research fellow at the University of Siena and she collaborates with the Laboratorio sulle Disuguaglianze. She is author of several articles and chapters in collective volumes. In Rome she is part of the research collective CURAMI with which she is carrying out a research work on the working conditions of the operators of the outsourced social, health, care and educational services.
She is active in various collectives and movement organizations. Her research work is also influenced by her political approach and vision of the world. Study and research, art and creations are forms of militancy understood as active participation and commitment for and with the cause that one embraces. The IUR MAP project made with Leroy exemplifies this combination of research, study, art and political activism.