Christian Tasso, born in Italy in 1986, is self-taught.
He began his photographic career in 2007 with his first project, entitled “The Last Drop”; a photo essay of Tasso’s experience living with a farming family, sharing the house and the work of the farm, which won an award in 2008, at the ‘Fotoleggendo” in Rome.
Then, in recognition of a work on the life of women in alpine-mountain farms, he won the “South Tyrol Young Photographers Award” in Bolzano and began a collaboration with the PossePhoto agency.
In 2009, commissioned by the ‘Rio de Oro’ non-profit NGO, he lived in the Saharawi refugee camps to witness the lives of people with disabilities in the Western Sahara. From this experience was born the “Nothing and so be it” photography project, for which he won the “The Aftermath Project” prize in Los Angeles in 2011; in the same year a series of exhibitions entitled “Saharawi” were presented in Rome, Milan, Lecce, Macerata, Ascoli Piceno and Belluno.
In the following years, he has continued to document the Saharawi cause, going several times to both refugee camps and territories occupied by the Moroccan armed forces; his work focuses in particular on the abuses suffered by the local population.
With the support of the MINURSO mission of the United Nations he will return to these locations to finish his work. Before the end of the year, he was a finalist of the “Ojo De Pez” prize in Madrid, Spain and the “Premio Ponchielli” prize in Milan, Italy. In 2012, CISL (Italian Confederation of Trade Unions) commissioned him to create a video and photographic project on second generation youth in Italy, entitled “A+AB-0/Positivo.
In 2013, he rented an apartment in the former Hotel House in Porto Recanati in the center of Italy, which had become the largest multi-ethnic building in Italy and publicly regarded as an unsafe place to be avoided. The artist lived there for a few months, deciding to hold a photography course for the young tenants of the building with the aim of implementing an initiative for social inclusion, in cooperation with the ‘Cooperativa Sociale Il Faro’ and with the support of the Social Funds of the European Community.
At the end of the project, Tasso organised an exhibition in front of the building with the main aim of breaking down the prejudices of citizenship; in 2013 the exhibition was also presented in Rome at the ‘Nuovo Cinema Palazzo’.