As an exhibition of her work continues at Fundación Mapfre in Madrid, the British photographer, who was the first woman to win the prestigious Henri Cartier- Bresson Award in 2011, talks to BJP about what photography means to her, while Carlos Martín García, who curated the retrospective, discusses his vision for the exhibition.
188 photographs from across Winship’s oeuvre feature in the show, which begins with Imagined States and Desires: A Balkan Journey, and takes visitors through series that include Black Sea: Between Chronicle and Fiction (parts 1 and 2), Sweet Nothings: Schoolgirls of Eastern Anatolia (2007), she dances on Jackson (2011-2012), which we featured in BJP last year (July 2013, volume 160, issue no. 7814), ending with her most recent work Where Gold Was Found, made in Almería this year.
BJP: What did you want to convey through the exhibition? Was there a particular message you wanted to get across?
Vanessa Winship: I would like to convey something about fragility, about how both the landscape and the human beings who inhabit it are marked by their history and their place within in it, here and now.