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2nd Place 2020 Portfolio

Cryptic Venus

  • Photographer
    Nicoletta Cerasomma
  • Prize
    2nd Place in Portfolio

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 artist with a background in staged photography. After studying photography she realized her love for storytelling and she focused on production of nuanced photographic tableaux. Her work is highly conceptual and complex: she incorporates archetypes and cultural iconography with satirical narratives inspired by the collective unconscious. Leaning into the visual language of pop surrealism, she stages narrative compositions that expose the underbelly of modern life.