Visual storyteller @carolinalemmi is a budding photographer who I met in Venice. Originally from Modena, where she pursued Classical Studies, Carolina is now a sophomore in the Visual Arts program at Venice Iuav University. "My main medium is photography in all its forms, from photography books to installations; at the same time I'm conscious that my journey in the art field has just begun; so, I'm trying to experiment as much as I can." At the time of our meeting, I looked through one of Carolina's latest projects. And her photographs, but mostly her way of seeing, and the interesting story behind that undertaking made me want to put a spotlight on this young artist. The above slideshow consists of the shots from this series.
Carolina Lemmi: The photography work "Ex Ospedale al mare" (2017) was made during an afternoon in May, which I spent in the abandoned hospital in Lido. There I found a community of squatters; mostly all of them were drug addicts. Since I was "invading" their space, I had to ask for the permission to wander freely. At first I was a little bit scared, mainly because some of them were taking heroin in front of me. But they were extremely kind and friendly, in particular their "chief" Sheriff, and I begun taking photos of the space and the objects I found, trying to portray the advance status of abandonment.
The most intense part of the work was the exact moment when I started to think about all of this experience after I left the hospital. In those days I was reading "On photography" by Susan Sontag, where in the first chapter she says that "photography is essentially an act of not-intervention." And that's the way I felt when I was at home, looking through the photos I took. I felt guilty because, even if I documented the inhumane conditions of life, I didn't do anything for them concretely.
Thanks to this, and other, experiences, I began understanding what moves me to create and make art: exploring new places and getting to know people and their stories, in general connecting with the world, which helps me understand more about my self and my identity. Being in uncomfortable situation allowed me to redifine my borders, my limits