Simona Rota portrait


Simona Rota (Mäcin, Romania, 1979) is a MA in International Relations (2003), and a BA in Political Sciences in Bucharest and Barcelona. She also studied Photography (2010) in Madrid.

As a photographer she is interested in documenting humanscapes, that is altered, inhabited, occupied landscape. Her most substantial work was the documentation of the Modern Soviet architecture, commissioned by the Architecture Museum Vienna and developed between 2010 and 2012 in the former Soviet republics. She is the author of two photography books Missbehave (Vibok Works, 2013) and Ostalgia (Fabulatorio, 2013). The latter won the D&AD In Book Award for books (Design & Art Direction, UK, 2014) and the Award to the Best Photography Book of the Year PHotoEspaña in the national category (Spain, 2014). In addition, the Kursala series, that includes the book Ostalgia, won the Gràffica Prize (Spain, 2014). Her photographs have been widely published and exhibited at: Architecture Museum Munich – TUM, Fotocolectania, Kursala, Architecture Museum Vienna, Stadtmuseum Graz, Museum of Modern Art Medellín, Art Museum Sevastopol, C d C – Museo del Traje Madrid etc.

She earns her life as a freelance consultant of communication and digital identity for architecture offices (since 2009) and has been collaborating with: Office for Strategic Spaces, Menis Arquitectos, Miralles-Tagliabue Arquitectes, the Laboratory for Research and Innovation in Architecture from Tenerife, Es Baluard – Museu Modern i d’Art Contemporani de Mallorca. Previously, for four years, she worked as an Office Manager at Fernando Menis’ studio (2004-2008) while also coordinating the production of several workshops and exhibitions of architecture.  While collaborating with Office for Strategic Spaces – OSS (since 2011), she’s got involved with the press and marketing of The Competition, a documentary film, produced by OSS and directed by Ángel Borrego Cubero.


She lives in Spain and can be contacted at

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