G.S. MOTOLA
UK +44 785 500 0373
IS +354 854 8377
info@gabriellemotola.com
London, UK
Reykjavik, Iceland
NYC, USA

I am a storyteller with a background in psychology, motion pictures and photography and have a keen interest in sociology. I originally trained as a filmmaker although the main outlets of my creative expression are through the lens of still photography and the written word. I'm fascinated with language, learning new ones, and our abilities to connect and (mis)communicate in all of them. I'm especially interested in examining how we process and interpret images and how we seek to understand and alter our reality. My personal work focuses on identity in society with a focus on gender related issues. I enjoy growing from experiences as much as sharing my experiences and inspiring others to grow. I guest lecture in photography and film and have spoken internationally about my work. My first book An Equal Difference was published in August 2015. You can read some of my other work here and here or on my blog

Interview in Olympus Magazine

Awards  The National Portrait Gallery Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2014 | AOP Open October 2011 | Fujifilm Distinction Awards December 2006 | Merit Awards | AOP OPEN Sidelines: Rio Carnaval August 2011,  August 2006 Judge’s Choice Award - Surfers | Sidelines: Rio Carnaval -The Observer Hodge Award November 2005 - Highly Commended | Sidelines: Rio Carnaval The IOI International Travel Competition October 2005/July 2006 | Finalist The Workshops Rockport, Maine June 2004 | RIPE Benefactor Scholarship World Press Awards June 2002 | Joop Swart Masterclass Nominee Exhibitions (solo shows marked by *) Fjallkonan, Icelandic Embassy London February-June 2105* & Truman Brewery Loading Bay Gallery, Olympus September 2013 | Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2014 | Sidelines: Rio Carnaval, AOP OPEN October 2011 | Jerusalem Gallery 32, London May 2008 | Selected works in Hackney Urban Development Four Corners Photoforum 2007 | *E8 4PH: Portraits of a Community, Seven Seven Gallery of Contemporary Art, London July 2006 | Surfers, AOP Open London 2006 | Sidelines: Rio Carnaval, The Observer Hodge Award - The Guardian Newsroom  London November 2005 | Selected Work , 20th Century Theatre, London October 2004 |