Sanne De Wilde is a Belgian photographer, born in 1987. She graduated with a Master in the Fine Arts at KASK in Ghent with great honours in 2012.
With her works she explores the role genetics play in peoples lives and how this could affect entire communities.
She has been internationally published (Guardian, New Yorker, Le Monde, CNN, Vogue) and exhibited in photo festivals worldwide. Since 2013, De Wilde works with the Dutch newspaper and magazine De Volkskrant.
We met Sanne during Cortona on the move 2018, where she is exhibiting The Island of the Colorblind, her project about the population of Pingelap, a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean where almost the entire population has Achromatopsia, the inability to distinguish colours. Considered a rather rare genetic mutation, Achromatopsia has been spread by inheritance since the end of the eighteenth century, after a typhoon decimated Pingelap's population, probably through the offspring of the king who was its carrier.
In our interview, Sanne explains how the project was conceived and how she tried to render such a particular condition through photography.
The interview is in English.
The Island of the Colorblind will be on display at Cortona on the move until September 30th.