An autobiograpgy of Miss Wish is an account of a friendship that has lasted twenty-seven years. The project has long been a collaboration between Nina and Kim. The story follows Kim’s attempts to forget her past struggles to survive in a life filled with sex trafficking and child pornography. Nina Berman has collected Kim’s illustrations, diary notes, elements from text messages and other forms of communication the two have shared during the twenty-seven years. In addition to Kim’s texts and illustrations, Nina Berman has included her own photographs which make up her prize-winning project and book An autobiography of Miss Wish. Nina Berman comes to DOK19 to share her story of working with a project where the borders between the personal and the professional blur.
Nina Berman (b. 1960) is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, author and educator. Her wide-ranging work looks at American politics, militarism, post-violence trauma and resistance. Her work has been recognized with awards in art and journalism from the World Press Photo Foundation and Hasselblad. She is a member of the photography and film collective NOOR.