Professional Commission Second Prize Winner
Mimi Mollica, born in Palermo, Sicily in 1975, has completed photographic assignments in many countries including Pakistan, Sicily, United Kingdom, Brazil, India, Romania and Senegal, West Africa.
His work has been published in various magazines and newspapers including The Guardian Weekend Magazine, The Financial Times Weekend Magazine and The New York Times Lens. Some of his personal projects have been exhibited at Les Rencontres d'Arles, London Street Photography, Contributed Gallery in Berlin, Jerwood Space in London, and Milk Gallery in New York. He was recently shortlisted for the Terry O'Neill Award; received an Honourable Mention at the IPA Awards and was the finalist of the Palm Springs Photo Festival Slide Show Contest.
"The story I want to tell is about my land, Sicily, and the permanent damage inflicted in our territory through decades of illegal building speculation. Here, the dichotomy between urban and rural goes beyond the dynamics caused by globalisation, and enters the realm of the illicit business.
The beautiful coasts that once were described by artists and writers as a paradise of natural, artistic and archaeological beauty, have largely been destroyed with the endless expansion of the peripheries of cities. Rural communities' land, beaches and fishing villages have been consumed by largely unfinished cement infrastructures, and entirely new villages that have been built illegally in protected areas throughout the region.
I intend to use my camera to address the core of the tensions between rural-urban proposing yet another perspective onto such an intricate and complex issue."