Danielle Battigelli
Festival Director

Danielle has worked in the not-for-profit arts sector since 2005, following 15 years as a solicitor specialising in charities and intellectual property. With an MA in Arts Policy & Management from Birkbeck, University of London, and extensive experience as a trustee of different arts charities, including Magdalen Road Studios, she has led, advised on and contributed to a wide range of arts projects.  These include being Executive Director for Cowley Road Carnival and work with the History of Science Museum in Oxford. She has a life-long interest in photography, stemming from strong family involvement in the art.

Mariasanta Tedesco
Social Media Manager

Mariasanta Tedesco is a manager and buyer at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Oxford, with many years of experience in social media management and promotional strategies. She studied European politics between Italy and France and has always loved art to the bones. An emerging photographer and fascinated by the surreal imaginary and its vocabulary, her projects result from her intimate reality, which she translates by exploring with self portraiture. Mariasanta is keen to examine the fascinating link between images and words, photography and the book. She is a contributor to various organisations, both as an artist and as a writer, she has been curating the Photo Oxford Instagram platform since 2020. She has also been collaborating with Hundred Heroines, an organisation raising the profile of women photographers. She was part of a theatrical company for several years, focussing on experimental performances and improvisation and has recently taken an interest in butoh, a form of avant garde Japanese dance theatre.