Guide de voyage pour femmes solitaires

Travel guide for solo women

The Team

  • Chiara Cremasci +

    Writer, Film Director, Italy

    Chiara Cremaschi is a writer and film director. In her work, she experiments with languages and formats. Her films have been selected in festivals all over the world and have won numerous awards. She teaches "Writing out of the box" at the Holden School in Turin and leads film workshops where cinema does not reach. She is a member of SIL, the Italian Society of Women Writers, and creator of the column "Gesti di rivolta" (Gestures of Revolt) for Letterate Magazine. In 2020, she was accepted in residence at the Villa Medici-Academia of France in Rome for her project Remake, which relates the situation of African women in the Italian colonies and relates it to the current situation of migrant women in Italy.

  • Camille Schmoll +

    Scholar, Geographer, France

    Camille Schmoll is the director of studies at the EHESS, member of the joint research unit Géographie-cités. Her work focuses on migration in the Mediterranean region. As a geographer, she develops a spatialized view of migration processes, paying attention to the territorial and embodied dimension of trajectories, as well as to the articulation of different types of places that constitute the migratory space (private and public, 'here' and 'there'). In recent years, she has focused on the migration of women - European and non-European - to Europe, developing a feminist perspective on these migrations. She recently published Les damnées de la mer. Femmes et frontières en Méditerranée (2020) at La Découverte publishing house.

  • Martina Melilli +

    Multidisciplinary artist, Director and Cultural practitioner, Italy

    Martina Melilli is a multidisciplinary artist, director and cultural practitioner. Her work is process-based and research oriented, inspired by an anthropological and documentary approach. She believes in projects enhanced by relational dynamics and often uses her personal experiences and encounters as a starting point for creating work. The collaborations with individuals and experts time to time working with her shape mostly into films, photographic projects, texts, installations, performances. Melilli obtained an MA in Visual Arts at IUAV Venice University (I) and studied documentary and experimental cinema at Luca School of Arts, Brussels (BE). Her work has been widely shown in major international film festivals and exhibitions.

The Project

© Martina Melilli
© Martina Melilli

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of guides for solo female travelers. These guides, which provide guidance and advice, from the preparation of the trip to its conclusion, are also rich in gender stereotypes. Based on these materials, Chiara Cremaschi and Camille Schmoll want to propose a "Guide for solo women travelers" for women traveling in the Mediterranean. Its aim is to divert the clichés of touristic and women's literature, while taking into account the intention of these guides to 'feminize our gaze', in order to shed new light on the journey, based on the experience of migrant women.