Bronze 2019 / People / Self-Portrait

I Wish I Were British

  • Photographer
    Michela Carmazzi
  • Agency / Studio
    Reckon Digital
  • Prizes
    Bronze in People/Self-Portrait

"I wish I were British" is a series of self-portraits investigating the relationship between personal identity and freedom of movement. I moved to London with my partner five years ago. The UK seemed to offer good opportunities and we decided to invest our energy in this country. Then Brexit happened. This project is my own way of processing the experience of Brexit. More broadly, "I wish I were British" is about the rights and privileges we are entitled to on the basis of our nationality. I imagined that wearing a "British celebrity mask" could be enough to become a British citizen.

I am a London-based visual artist working with photography, film and paper. My work explores the relationship between memory, places and people. I am currently focused on a personal photography project about the Brexit impact.