Yana Wernicke

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Bombay Dream

Bombay Dream looks at the individuality and circumstances of a number of young women in Mumbai who have come to the city in pursuit of an acting career. I photographed these aspiring actresses in their private rooms and apartments with the intention of allowing an intimate exchange and creative photographic collaboration based on trust and respect.

I felt the need to capture something about these young women whose existence is fluctuating constantly between self-definition and the ascriptions of others, between false assumptions and authentic bearings, between illusion and reality. I was on the lookout for signs of self-assertion, where a search for identity combines with self-dramatization. Bombay Dream is a subtle inquiry into their lives and ways of living that is governed by but also transcends documentary interest.