In the last 35 years biodiversity has declined by more than a quarter due to population growth and our consumption. Overexploitation is currently unsustainable and habitat destruction is causing decrease in species. Adding to the complexity of this problem is climate change. This is a fact and it is also a fact that this current situation in one for which one species –ours – appears to be responsible. Performed by feminine figures, POISON illustrates with a series of images the journey of my mind entering and exiting some of the themes, which represent this concern. In solitary whereabouts these women find themselves inside scenes of accomplished destruction and corruption or candidly define the inevitable consequence.
This essay was Shortlisted for the EPF 2016
Guia Besana, Italian self-taught photographer currently living and working in Paris. After studies in media and comunication in Italy, in 1994 she becomes photographer and moves to Paris (France). With a particular attention to women’s issues she travels in different countries and joins Anzenberger Agency in 2005 and the Gallery in 2013. Her work is regularly published in international magazines and blogs: BLINK, CNN photo blog, International New York Times, Huffington Post, Marie Claire, Vanity Fair, Le Monde, Courrier International, D di Repubblica, Esquire…Her work has been recognized by several international awards: Los Angeles LADCA, MIFA, MarieClaire Int. Award, AI AP, PWP – Professional Women Photographers, finaliste au Julia Margaret Cameron Award, finaliste au prix Leica Oskar Barnack . With her personal project Baby Blues she won the Amilcare Ponchielli Grin 2012. Her images have been exhibited in Los Angeles (US), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Italy, France, Spain and Malaysia.