Sebastian WellsLa Rada di Augusta

Sebastian Wells

La Rada di Augusta

2019 – 2020

One oil refinery after another is lined up on the Bay of Augusta, a thirty-kilometer-long coastal strip in southeastern Sicily. The petrochemical industry has put its mark on this landscape, its inhabitants, and their lives for a good seventy years.

Sebastian Wells accompanied the people who live here throughout their daily lives. The water, air, and soil are polluted. Rates of cancer and miscarriages are alarmingly high. Instead of twenty thousand jobs, as there were at the peak of the oil processing industry in the 1980s, there are now only seven thousand. Corruption is as omnipresent as the distrust of authority.

The differences between the wealthy north and the poor south of Italy are especially evident in this place. It is a place where the increasingly weathered artifacts of turbocapitalism blend with the ancient ruins of a more than two-thousand-year-old history.

Sebastian Wells

Born in Königs Wusterhausen, Germany, in 1996.
2015–18: Studied photography at the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin, under Werner Mahler, Ute Mahler, and others.
2017: DuMont Journalistenpreis in the category Young Talent
2017: VDS sports photo of the year.
2016: First prize 2018 FOLA Photobook Award, Buenos Aires.
2018: Prizewinner, Kunstwettbewerbs des Willi Münzenberg Forums, Berlin.
2019: Joined OSTKREUZ.
2019: Anhänger (solo show), Galerie Fenster, Eberswalde.
2019: Finalist, Leica Oscar Barnack Award.
2020: Framing Identity (group show), Museum für Photographie Braunschweig.
2021: La Rada di Augusta (solo show), Choisi Bookshop, Lugano, Switzerland.
Sebastian Wells lives in Berlin.