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2nd Place 2020 Portfolio

Cryptic Venus

  • Photographer
    Nicoletta Cerasomma

The main characters and subjects of this project are women from Lucca, feminine figure that shaped their lives based on their will. Doing so, they deprived themselves of their own identity in order to become symbolic icons, the reflection of the society they lived in. I want to represent their stories and plumb the depth of their legacy that still affects our cultural heritage. The mystery and the unknown which surround them let public link them to an imaginary world, made up of ancestral fears and archetypes. This is an introspective project focused on men’s worries.

Nicoletta Cerasomma is a pop surrealist photographer, based in Lucca, Italy, with a background in staged photography. Her work is bound to an ambiguous and cinematic image-making between reality and imagination. As visual artist, her approach to photography aims to provoke contemplation and a new redefinition of commonplaces through a playful revelation of the bizarre and the uncanny. She is most known for her series "Cryptic Venus", created in 2020, which depicts women placed in suggestive scenarios.