IVF BOOM IN GAZA
With 2 million people squeezed within a tiny Strip of land, Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas on earth. Moreover, its population is amongst the youngest and has one of the highest fertility rates worldwide.
Yet, the In Vitro Fertilization has been booming since at least a decade.
This work will unfold the political, medical and cultural reasons behind such a new and atypical trend, through the eyes and voice of many IVF beneficiaries from the different social and economical status.
Dayr as-Sinah, December 2017. Saja, a self-defence trainer from Irbid, is showing women some basic tecniques, during the trainig first lesson.
Kufr al-Asad, January 2018. Enas, a 19 years old student, is practing how to cover her face in case someone is trying to attack her.
Kufr al-Asad, January 2018. The self-defence training is held on the second floor of a local school.
A photography project about a group of Jordanian women who challenge stereotypes trough self-defence
“This is a training for the body, as much as it is a training for our mind”.
Enas is 28. She has three kids and she is from a small town in Northern Jordan, close to the border with Syria and Israel. Today, Enas is a “She fighter”: Last December the first ever self-defence training for women in Kufr al-Asad, started. And she immediately decided to join.
According to a recent survey, 45% of Jordanian women suffered some kind of abuse or violence in their childhood. 55% of them, witness some form of Gender-based violence as a child. 93% of them think it is women’s duty to obey to their men. Yet, things are changing and a bunch of women refuses to fall into these forced gender roles: they want to study, they refuse to have more than two or three children, they want to choose their husband. And they want to do sport.
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Rome, 2017. Sandro walking towards his room in the old age house where he lives since 2013. "I do not go out: if I did I would get lost. I do not know the neighbourhood, to me it is like the kasbah in Algeri".
Rome 2017. Rossana and Pina sitting in the old age house porch. They often complains about each other behaviours, but always say they are like sisters.
Roma, 1960. Pina was 5 when she first entered Santa Maria della Pietà orphanage . When she was 14 she was moved to the adult section. Pictures were taken when patients were admitted in order to identify them. The Roman number XIII, 13, indicates the pavilion were she was initially interned. Pavillon 13 was reserved to "dirty women". This picture is currently preserved among her medical records in the archive of the former mental hospital.
A long-term photography project about former asylum patients in Italy (2016-2018)
“It is 50 years and two months I am inside”.
In 1978 Italy was among the first countries in the world to close asylum for mentally ill by law. But Sandro still counts the years of his confinement since he first entered Santa Maria della Pietà.
In the 60s, Rome asylum hosted around 3,000 patients. Among them there was Pina, who entered the asylum when she was 5.
Rossana was interned in 1958: she was 22 and had a one-year old child. They are survivors of an era that ended 40 years ago, but still carry the consequences. None of them ever got back home. Since 2013, they live in the same old age home, not far from the asylum.
Trough archives research of documents and pictures from the past, this project tries to combine as in a mosaic, private memories of a collective history.
ONE AND THREE
Last summer, as an emergency measure, Giuseppe was hospitalized. He is still living in a facility for people with mental disability, outside Rome.
Giuseppe is a 13-years-old boy. When he was 2 he was diagnosed with a severe form of autism.
Giuseppe lives in a small apartment in Rome with his mother, Alessandra, and his sister, Giulia, 15-years-old.
A long-term photography and multimedia project about a family and autism (2015-2016).
Giuseppe is a 13 years old boy. He was diagnosed with a severe form of autism when he was two. He lives with his mother and his eldest sister in the outskirt of Rome. I met them in the beginning of 2015. With this project I tried to capture and intimate portrait of a family.
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Multimedia project (ENGLISH SUBTITLES)