Squillacciotti studied History of Medieval Art in Barcelona and Rome and completed an MA in Visual Arts at the IUAV in Venice. His work as an artist and director fluctuates between exploring potential narratives, the sophistication of real events, and documentary. The invention of tradition, the transformation of phenomena from an original matrix to a new geographically and culturally different context, and the association of fictitious memories with real contexts are some of the themes featuring in his production. His work has been presented at the Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou and La Fémis, Paris; Le Magasin, Grenoble; Beirut Art Center; Haus der Kultur der Welt, Berlin; Prague Biennale; Dumbo Film Festival, New York; OCAT Shanghai; Manifesta 8, Murcia; Avanca Film Festival; Filmoteca de Madrid; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; MACRO, MAXXI and Academia Real de España, Rome; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice; PAC, Viafarini and La Triennale, Milan; 33rd Torino Film Festival.
Insom is an anthropologist and studied Cultural Anthropology at the La Sapienza university in Rome. Her research focuses on changes to the category of the sacred in different contexts through the analysis of evolving ritual practices. In 2013 she carried out firsthand research in the Parsi community in Mumbai regarding Zoroastrian funerary practices. Since 2014 she has worked in Sulaimaniyah, in Iraqi Kurdistan, exploring cultural practices linked to the Sufi brotherhood of Kasnazaniyya. She is responsible for the anthropological sector of La Sapienza’s Italian Archeological Mission in Iraqi Kurdistan (MAIKI). She is also a member of the SIE – Societa Iranologica Europea and the Istituto Internazionale Cultural Kurda.