Never say Never

PrizeShortlist in Photography
ArtistCarlotta Guerra

In June 2015, I travelled from Antwerp/Belgium to Newark/USA as a passenger on a container ship. That journey was a challenge to me, to my fears and first of all to my disease and yet a necessary incentive to my buried and scared desires. It marked the end of a period and the beginning of another one. The water of the Ocean was the liquid of conduction and connection between the old and the new. I had floated on the water for days waiting to arrive to a new life and a new world where there weren’t any preset rules and the old ones didn’t mean anything anymore. Two shores, two continents and the water in between that connects and separates them at the same time and a freighter that travels and slowly covers a distances that seemed inconceivable to me.

I was born in Italy where I studied contemporary art and cinema. I worked as an assistant director for a contemporary art museum in Bologna for almost 6 years. In 2007 I started suffering by panic attacks. In 2013 I realized I was not seeking out my path, so, I decided to quit my job and moved to Amsterdam where I started to pursue a new life and my career as a photographer.