The Movers

This project explores the subject of mobility through portraits of Cuba’s top athletes. Their lives are dictated by movement: running, dancing, leaping and jumping. For a lucky few, this opens up new kinds of mobility – geographic, economic and social. But most of them remain trapped: frozen inside a communist regime.

The Movers captures this dilemma. Each subject is perfectly motionless within the frame. Each static body resonates with tension and potential. Their bodies are either a means of escape – a ticket to freedom – or the very obstacle to it.

Gazing at these bodies, we are forced to imagine the movements of which they are capable - the lives they wish to leave behind, and the ones that they dream of.

Katinka is one of 14 finalists shortlisted for the Portraiture Category of the Open Competition for the Sony World Photography Awards 2020