Born in Rome
(Italy), Sara Pettinella studied art, design and
photography in Italy and the United Kingdom. She won
the Interfaces Award (University of Rome - Museum of
the Photographic Image and Visual Arts) in 2002, and
worked in theater and movie productions for several
years in Italy and Belgium.
Since 2004, she has been active in the non-proﬁt sector in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa working with refugees and other vulnerable groups through photography and design. In 2011, she relocated to Brooklyn, where she showcased her work and received photography awards (ArtisTTable 2014, the New York Center for Photographic Art 2015).
Since 2014, she has been directing, shooting and editing video documentary, with a special focus on music and performing arts. Her ongoing projects are the documentation of the work of New York based artist Elena Berriolo and the documentation of the music relief project OTONOWA, started in Japan after the 2011 earthquake-tsunami by a Japanese American jazz band.