love, sex and relationships
| Black and white video-photography project | Film photography | Mamiya II 6x7 | 2015-ongoing |
love, sex and relationships is a series of portraits and videos, which include questions to myself, to couples and to individuals who are, or were, in love, sex and relationships.
Through interviews (I collected 40 hours of interviews), I entered an intimate space of memories, thoughts and feelings.
Twenty – five people took part in the project, couples or single individuals met online or in the streets of London.
I explored different relationships: from heterosexual relationships to homosexual, single mothers, divorced or separated couples ....
Addiction to love can cause emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, violence, jealousy, obsessive thoughts, pain and confusion. Many of us are trapped in wrong sexual and love relationships.
After the interview I then invited the couples or individuals to represent their relationship to the camera, any way they wished.
Traditionally, a photographer searches for telling images of his or her subject.
My approach has been, rather, to find out how the subjects of my project might portray themselves.
I wanted to explore what it is like for others to be in a relationship.
What is love? What is sex? What is a relationship? Do you love yourself? Does education, culture, religion confuse us? What do we fear?
Are we free?
The project started before Brexit and Covid-19 in multi-ethnic London while I was in a love relationship with my ex-boyfriend, which later became abusive and develops the theme of love.
I didn’t love myself.
The video photography project includes analog photographs in black and white, a video documentation (16 individual videos, total duration 6 hours) a nine minutes monologue titled 'do you love yourself?' And a photography book co-curated with editor Steve Bisson.
Here the pdf of the project - love, sex and relationships
FILIZ, single mother with a teenager
GANGA, divorced after 10 years married
GILL and RICHARD, married for 30 years
EDWIN and GIULIA, together since 18 years
ESPERANZA, married for 30 years, separated not divorced with a daughter
AGNESE and VIRGINIA, married for 2 years
JAMES and JOAKIM in a love relationship
TONI KING, single, divorced, with a teenager he can't see
SARAH and ROBERT, married for 13 years with three children
WEN WEI and VALERIA, 6 month together, getting married in 6 months
GIULIA and DIANA, living and working together since two years
ROBIN and PAOLA, married since 2 years
MUM and DAD, married for 45 years with four children
ERICA, 7 years old
LASZLO, my ex-boyfriend
LOREDANA, the interviewer
do you love yourself?