Chiara Ambrosio was born in Rome in 1980. In 1999 she moved to London, where she gained a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Film and Theatre studies from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. As part of her MA research, she spent five months in Prague where she studied puppetry and direction with Petr Matasek at DAMU where she discovered the surreal, absurdist world of czech and eastern European animation and literature, an encounter which had a deep impact on her artistic sensibility. Her work developed as an exploration into ideas of memory, loss and illusion through animation, photography and video installation. Apart from her short films, Chiara collaborates with performers, musicians and dancers on multimedia events that explore the interaction between the frame and real space, mediated time and present time, the imagination and the real. Presently, this collaborative work includes lighting design, projections and photography for Helena Hunter’s show “Tracing Shadows” (presented at the Royal Opera House, London, National Review of Live Art, Glasgow), projections and video installations for Cellorhythmics String Quartet, and an ongoing collaboration with composer MichaeL Nyman. Chiara works as a freelance music video/documentary director and commercial photographer. Projects have included press photography for Patrick Wolf and The Scanners, music video commissions for Transgressive Records, Dim-mak Records, Southern Fried Records and Saatchi & Saatchi. She has also directed documentaries for Kensington Palace, Bexley Arts Council and Rose Bruford College, London. Chiara frequently collaborates with sound designer/musician Mark Peter Wright (aka Hands of Sand) and cinematographer Michal Rulka.