London based Italian Fine Art photographer Anna Guadagnini is one of the finalists of the Luxembourg Art Prize 2021 with her series “The Other Side Of Joy”.
In her work she expresses the feelings and ideas that are part of her everyday life as a woman, and mother, while maintaining a link to the playfulness and imagination of her childhood years.
She Explains: I take pictures of what moves me, using my creative process as a way to heal and show the beauty in the constant struggles we face in our lives as human beings.
Using colour to convey emotions, her images present a strong implied narrative, an in-between moment, a small piece of a larger story.
She hopes the viewer will complete the story based on their own life experience, using their imagination.
Her latest series The Other Side of Joy explores how hormonal shifts can affect women’s mental and physical health.
Through a series of self portraits, conceptual still lifes and drawing directly on her personal experience, this project is a journey into the cyclic nature and impact of PMDD (Premestrual-Disphoric-Disorder) on women’s everyday life.
The work aims to capture fragility and tell stories that come from fragments of life, in a way that is also beautiful and poetic, to show that vulnerability can also be a strength, other than a cause of embarrassment and distress.
After graduating with a BA in Fine Art at the Crawford college of Art and Design in Cork (Ireland), Anna has exhibited her work in group shows and events in Cork, Dublin, Rome and London. She will be showing in Paris from the 27th to the 29th of May 2022, alongside some of the best emerging and leading international contemporary photographers, at the at Galerie Joseph during the ImageNation exhibition.