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

love, sex and relationships | Filiz | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

FILIZ, single mother with a teenager

love, sex and relationships | Ganga | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

GANGA, divorced after 10 years married

love, sex and relationships | Gill and Richard | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

GILL and RICHARD, married for 30 years

love, sex and relationships | Edwin and Giulia | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

EDWIN and GIULIAtogether since 18 years

love, sex and relationships | Esperanza | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

ESPERANZAmarried for 30 years, separated not divorced with a daughter

love, sex and relationships | Agnese and Virginia | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

AGNESE and VIRGINIA, married for 2 years

love, sex and relationships | James and Joakim | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

JAMES and JOAKIM in a love relationship

 

love, sex and relationships | Toni King | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

TONI KINGsingle, divorced, with a teenager he can't see

love, sex and relationships | Sarah and Robert | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

SARAH and ROBERTmarried for 13 years with three children

love, sex and relationships | Wen Wei and Valeria | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

WEN WEI and VALERIA6 month together, getting married in 6 months

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CHRIS, single

love, sex and relationships | Giulia and Diana | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

GIULIA and DIANA, living and working together since two years

love, sex and relationships | Robin and Paola | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

 

ROBIN and PAOLA, married since 2 years

love, sex and relationships | Mum and Dad | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

 

MUM and DAD, married for 45 years with four children

love, sex and relationships | Erica | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

 

ERICA, 7 years old

love, sex and relationships | Laszlo | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

 

LASZLO, my ex-boyfriend

love, sex and relationships | Loredana | video-photography project | Loredana Denicola

 

LOREDANA, the interviewer

do you love yourself?

Monologue (Trailer)

director-producer

Riccardo Sai

post-production

Luca Previtali