ELEONORA AGOSTINI

Eleonora Agostini, born in 1991, is an Italian photographer based in Brooklyn. She studied photography at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan and at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work explores the subjects of temporariness, absence and isolation, mainly through portraits and empty hotel rooms.

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Something Is Missing

This body of work investigates the idea of temporary nature and transition, through the banality and the anonymity of empty hotel rooms, dingy and ordinary exteriors, and portraits in places that I like to call “temporary houses.” The hotel rooms are mostly recently left by the guests, in a place between past and future, with traces of a gone moment soon to be erased, just like those who have spent the night there. The portraits are handled in the same way as the empty rooms. It does not matter who those people are, they are used to express one specific condition: everything flows undaunted, the man can not be exempt from the nature of change. “Something is missing” is a set of feelings that have accompanied me for eight months away from home. As I walked down the street seduced by melancholy hotels in Hollywood, I was fascinated by the idea of ” wandering,” a concept very present in the American culture : wandering around looking for something. I was looking for a certain type of character and building that expressed perfectly what I felt in the exact instant. Within the project there are places and people who belong to my life on the other side of the ocean, a metaphor for the visceral feeling of finding a place I could call home.

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To view more of Eleanora’s work please visit her website.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Small Talk Collective
Womens Photography Collective
Small Talk Collective
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of "small talk," that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We're Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

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