• Mattia Panunzio


The Bajau People

The Bajau people are skilled fishermen and free-divers who can hold their breath and remain underwater for as long as eight minutes. Some children even have their eardrums pierced to prevent them from bursting due to water pressure while diving. With 3,500 residents on just 8.5 hectares (21 acres) of land, Bungin Island also stands out as the most densely populated of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands and one of the most densely populated islands of the world. Sea levels are steadily rising due to the increasing impacts of climate change, posing a growing threat to coastal communities and ecosystems worldwide. The Bajau tribe of Bungin Island could soon be in serious danger.

Coober Pedy

Opal is one of the most valuable gemstones in the world. Its price can reach into the millions, depending on type, color, and weight. Black opal is the most prized opal, it can reach over AUD $15,000 a carat. The gemstone was first found in Coober Pedy in 1915, leading to a mining boom as people came in search of their fortune. The most expensive recorded Australian Opal is the “Olympic Australis,” weighing an astonishing 17,250 carats.This massive opal specimen comes from Coober Pedy and was valued at $1.7 million USD., making it the most expensive opal in Australian history. It’s estimated that 95% of the world’s Opal comes from Australia and in particular 70% from Coober Pedy. Each piece of Opal is “One Of A Kind” and can never be replicated or reproduced. The truly phenomenal thing about Opal is that it can display all of the colours of the spectrum. The “play of colour” found in Opal is the result of interference and diffraction of light passing through tiny silica spheres in the microstructure of Opal. This means the bright rainbow colours of Opal, as they appear to the human eye, will move and change dramatically depending on the angle at which the stone is viewed as light refracts the silica spheres.


The Italian Roma community is one of the largest ethnic minorities in Italy. The exact size of the community is uncertain but it is estimated that there are between 120,000 and 180,000 Roma in the country. Many of them live in settlements usually set in the outskirt of big cities. From more than 30 years Zorro, his family and relatives, live in a space entrusted by the municipality on the southern side of Rome. Many of them were born there and are Italian citizens.


Mattia Panunzio (1992, Rome, Italy) started studying photography at 14 years old at the “Professional Institute of Cinematography R.Rossellini” in Rome. In 2015 he graduated from the European Institute of Design in Rome showcasing a project about the Agro Pontino (41°17’59”N 13°01’30”E). It was exhibited at MAP in 2016. Throughout his studies he has participated to different masterclasses and artistic residences where two of his personal projects come from. Retroscena is a documentation of The National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and it was exhibited at the Gallery in 2019. Dal Verde is Bellosguardo’s story and it was part of “Archivio Bellosguardo” a project lead by Italian photographer Alessandro Imbriaco in collaboration with

ICCD. In 2019 he embarked on a journey to Australia in search of landscapes and realities dramatically diverse from the ones he had encountered in his home country. He’s working on a long-term project about the Australian mining industry and one of its chapters (Coober Pedy) has been published on M Le Magazine du Monde in January 2023. He currently resides in Sydney, Australia.

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Exhibitions & Screenings

2022 APA Exhibition at Bodriggy Brewpub, Melbourne, Australia
2020 “Vision” by Head On at The SHAC Gallery, Robertson, Australia
2019 “Un Paese ci vuole” at Castello Campori, Soliera, Italy
2019 “Archivio Bellosguardo” at ICCD, Rome, Italy
2019 “Ritratto di Famiglia” at La Galleria Nazionale in Rome, Italy
2019 “Archivio Bellosguardo – 20|25” at Bellosguardo, Italy
2018 Collective exhibition at LAB174 Rome, Italy
2017 Collective exhibition at LAB174 Rome, Italy
2016 “Metamorfosi e Metafisiche” at MAP in Pontinia, Italy
2015 “SienAssisi” at The Library of Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Italy