Valentina Abenavoli is an editor and book designer, who prefers reading photography in lyrical sequence, being constantly on the edge between awareness and reveries. She is Italian, with a past life in London, and is now based in Istanbul. After a degree in photography and visual communication, a master in book publishing and several odd jobs, she founded AKINA Books in 2012, together with Alex Bocchetto. Their publishing house produces challenging photobooks by emerging and established photographers, in limited editions and often handmade. In 2016 she published her first photobook as an author, titled Anaesthesia, followed by The Harvest, both part of an unfinished trilogy around the subjects of empathy and evil.