Fabiola Ferrero has been announced as the winner of the 12th Carmignac Photojournalism Award, which was dedicated to the hardships facing Venezuelans on an individual, social and ecological level.
In her winning reportage, Ferrero (b. 1991 in Caracas) examines the dramatic upheavals in her home country: during the 1960s and 1970s, Venezuela was a prosperous democracy – now it is struggling to extricate itself from a deep political and economic crisis that has widened the inequality gap and destroyed the middle class. Mixing archival images, videos and photographs, Ferrero retraces the country’s economically successful past, and contrasts it with the Venezuela of today.
“My family, friends and later myself left Venezuela, leaving only traces of a long-gone promise,” Ferrero explains. “I went back to dig into the past to photograph the remains of a lost glory built on oil. This project is a search for a country that existed before collapse.”
Ferrero’s images will be on display at the Réfectoire des Cordeliers and the Port de Solférino in Paris from October 27 to November 22, 2022. An accompanying monograph, published by Fondation Carmignac in collaboration with Reliefs Éditions, will be released at the same time.
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