Raphaela Rosella is an Australian documentary artist working in the tradition of long-form documentary storytelling. Rosella has spent a decade highlighting the lived experience of women in her life as they grapple with the complexities and cyclical nature of social disadvantage in Australia. Her artistic practice draws heavily on relational exchanges and a collaborative ethos to challenge tropes of victimhood and poverty.
In addition to her personal work, Rosella works as a community artist with non-profit community arts and cultural development organisation Beyond Empathy. BE uses art to influence change in the lives of young people and communities experiencing recurring hardship.
Rosella has exhibited extensively including: Photoquai (France), Noorderlicht Photofestival (Netherlands) and In/Out Transylvania Photo Festival (Romania). In 2014 she was one of 12 photographers selected worldwide to attend World Press Photo’s prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass held in Amsterdam. Furthermore, her work has received many distinctions including: First Prize (Portrait Singles Category) World Press Photo Contest (2015), Australian Photobook of the Year (Momento Pro) (2015) and most recently PHMuseum Women's Photography Grant (2017).
Rosella holds a bachelor of Photography with first class honours from the Queensland College of Art (2012) and a diploma of Community Services (Case Management) (2014).