Venezuelan photographer Fabiola Ferrero wins Carmignac Photojournalism Award

© Fabiola Ferrero

Venezuelan photographer, Fabiola Ferrero, won the 12th Carmignac Photojournalism Award for her series Venezuela, The Wells Run Dry, documenting the disappearance of the Venezuelan middle class following the collapse of the oil industry.

RFI met Fabiola Ferrero at the Réfectoire des Cordeliers in Paris where her photo exhibition Venezuela, The Wells Run Dry, run by the Fondation Carmignac and part of the PhotoSaintGermain festival, will remain open until 22 November.

RFI: Why this title Venezuela, The Wells Run Dry?

Fabiola Ferrero: It comes from the idea of something that stops being prosperous. There's a poem that says: "I am very thirsty and I'm right next to the fountain."

This idea of Venezuela having such huge natural resources, including oil [...] actually over 90 percent of our economy depends on oil [...] and not having the capacity to produce and to maintain the country with the prosperity that we were used to, made me think of a well that runs dry.

RFI: Can you explain what happened in Venezuela in 2002?

FF: There has been a lot of political turmoil in the past 20 years. In the year 2002, there was a national strike in the whole country which was paralysed for about two months. A big part of it was the oil industry, the Petróleos de Venezuela company (PDVSA).

RFI: Is it easy to report in Venezuela right now?

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