Nina Berman: An autobiography of Miss Wish


An autobiography of Miss Wish is a story of a survivor of sex trafficking and child pornography and her struggle to survive and find physical and emotional safety, to assert herself as an artist and narrator, and to craft a life while living in a state of flashbacks, trauma, drug addiction and poverty.

Photographed over twenty-five years, in England and New York, the story is told through multiple narrative elements including the protagonist’s vast personal archive, which was safeguarded by the photographer who assumed the role of friend and advocate.



The resulting work weaves together photographs and embedded videos with an archive of drawings depicting crime scenes and flashbacks, hospital psychiatric reports, diary entries, personal ephemera, and letters and text messages between photographer and protagonist.

An autobiography of Miss Wish is also a tale about two lives intertwined, subject and photographer, working collaboratively to make art which breaks the silence and pushes the boundaries of documentary storytelling.



Curator: Marina Paulenka

Exhibition design: Nina Bačun, Roberta Bratović

Gallery Nova, 2018