The Heroine’s Journey of Anna Giuntini

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
The chance to really express my feelings and my thoughts using different mediums, choosing the one that fits best. That’s why I’m always willing to learn new tools and techniques.

What is my idea of happiness?
Happiness comes from simple things, like travelling with my husband and my two sons, where I usually get a lot of inspiration. I also get the chance of working on the road, which I love.

What is my greatest fear?
I have actually two: losing my memory and the death of the people I love.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
The lack of confidence and the constant thinking things over. I’d love to be more instinctive and careless.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
Those with a creative vision towards life, those who are able to create a whole world out of their hands, using research, know-how and imagination.
To name a few:
Annie Atkins is a graphic designer I really admire. Her ability to create cinema props which are rich in details and accuracy is amazing.
Libri Finti Clandestini is a collective who use leftover papers and create marvellous pop-up books.
Kyra Schmidt, an artist who uses cameraless photography to creatite very evocative images.
Kensuke Koike, whose cut and reconstructed photos are incredibly mindblowing.

What is my greatest extravagance?
I always buy more art supply than I really need.

On what occasion would I lie?
Now. At this exact question!

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
Having to deal with the commercial aspects.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
My first time as an exhibitor in an art book fair.

If I could, what would I change about myself?
Nothing. Unless I could do it everytime I please, as I keep changing my mind.

What is my greatest achievement in work?
When I see reactions on people’s faces, like a smile popping up, or a “wow” face when they look at my art.

Where would I most like to live?
These days I’d love to live for a while by the ocean, maybe in the Azores.

What is my most treasured possession?
My collection of old tools, old papers and contemporary artists’ prints.

What is my most marked characteristic?
Looks like it’s my obsession for order and organization.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
Anywhere I can lift my sight up to the sky

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?
Friends’ homes… or mine with friends! But nowadays it’s quite impossible.
If I go out Consorzio Birre is my first option: a great place for beer lovers, where you can drink while tasting some good italian specialities, like ham, sausages or cheese.

What books influenced my life and how?
La nausée, by Jean Paul Sartre. It changed the way I look at things. When I say “things” I mean physical things, objects.
Recently I’ve been reading a lot of books by Oliver Sacks and Kurt Vonnegut, which I find very inspiring.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?
“Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain” soundtrack.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Ameliè Poulain

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
My mum and my sons

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain di Jean-Pierre Jeunet, ça va sans dire

What role play stories in my life and work?
There’s always a story to tell and to listen to, about everything around us, and all of them are somehow connected to create a long wonderful story.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?
Well, I think life is an ongoing project, a story that can be told only at the end, and those words remind me to leave clues scattered all around for those who will pick them up and read it.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
Some of my friends, for different reasons. Some support my art, some introduce me to other artists or curators, some help me find the perfect way to express myself through my art.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021?
In 2021 I’d like to restart a collaboration with printer Marta Raimondi, who I called last year to work with me on a limited edition artist’s book. Unfortunately due to Covid we had to put that project aside.

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would i love to meet in 2021?
I really appreciate the works of Origini Edizioni, a small italian publishing house, who makes limited edition artist photo book.
If I could extend the term “my profession” to art in general I would love to have a lunch with Teho Teardo and Blixa Bargled. And I mean we would cook and eat together.

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on?
I have a lot of personal projects to work on, lots of pictures to print and selfpublished books to design.
I hope art book fairs could be held again, in the meantime I’m managing to improve my online presence, redesigning my website ( and attending some virtual fairs too.

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?
At Biblioteca Braidense in Milan in December, during OggettoLibro, an international Artist’s book exhibition. There you’ll find “Zobeide” a single copy, handmade book inspired by “Le città invisibili” by Italo Calvino.
Also I’m working on a way to exhibit my latest project, an artist’s book with several related prints, all about the importance of effective communication, while often the real message gets lost in the way. You can follow me on IG for updates.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
That no matter what, you can always rely on that inner flame.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? Marta Raimondi (engraving artist), Marian Hill (collage artist) Stella Fatucchi (porcelain decorator)

How can you contact me?
You can find me on Instagram @annagiuntini or you can write me an email at

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