10 Portraits Against Prejudice

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 L’INTENTO

#10PortraitsAgainstPrejudice è un progetto fotografico-editoriale a cura di Davide Scalenghe, Flora Ciccarelli e Giovanni Mauriello, e di tutte le persone che ci hanno creduto e ci hanno regalato il loro tempo, mettendosi davanti ad un obiettivo, in queste bollenti giornate di un luglio torinese. Grazie.

Dieci volti e dieci storie per raccontare in prima persona cosa significa vivere con il pregiudizio – quell’attitudine, quel processo per il quale si attribuiscono ad una persona sconosciuta i tratti e le caratteristiche tipiche del suo gruppo teorico di appartenenza – marchiato a fuoco sulla pelle: troppo grassa, troppo effeminato, troppo aggressiva, troppo strano. Corpi e menti che sfuggono ai canoni di una società che ci vorrebbe tutti alla stessa maniera. Tutti uguali.

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LEILA ALAOUI: PHOTOGRAPHER, WOMAN, FIGHTER

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It was January 15, 2016, when we heard the news.

I had recently returned from a long trip to Brazil, and had reunited with my family in our hometown of Turin, Italy, to begin the new year together. On January 7, my sister returned to Washington, DC, with my father, so he could help with our new born nephew, whilst my brother-in-law, on that same day, took off for an assignment with Save the Children. Destination: Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso.

A week later, gunmen armed with heavy weapons attacked the Cappuccino restaurant and the Splendid Hotel in the heart of the city. The number of fatalities reached 30. As the news spread, we learned that my brother-in-law had escaped the attack unharmed, in spite of having been in the vicinities of the locations attacked (most frequented by foreigners and NGO workers.)

Fast-forward two months later, a friend and colleague takes me to visit Virginia Branson’s (the Virgin founder Richard’s sister) superb riad in the centre of the Marrakech Medina: El Fenn. She’s a guest there, as she’s writing the new Wallapaper guide to the Moroccan city.

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È TUTTO COSÌ OVVIO

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(Soggetto video: Jacopo Naldi, Tommaso Moretti)

È tutto così semplice, ovvio, in realtà. Una di quelle questioni per cui tra 50 anni (per essere generoso) ci guarderemo alle spalle e diremo: ma veramente abbiamo sperperato così tanto tempo a dibattere dell’ovvio? Mi spiego.

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PORNOGRAPHY, MEDIA VIOLENCE AND CENSORSHIP

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‘THE LIBERAL VIEW OF CENSORSHIP PROVIDES CONTEMPORARY PRODUCERS OF FILM AND TELEVISION THE LICENCE THEY NEED, TO INCORPORATE PORNOGRAPHIES. THESE INCLUDE THE GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF SEX ITSELF, BUT EXTENDS TO COVER SEXUAL ABUSE, PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AND TORTURE. THESE SEQUENCES ARE FREQUENTLY ENACTED TOWARDS THOSE WHO ARE OTHERWISE TRADITIONALLY MARGINALIZED’.

The Durango-95 purred away real horror show – a nice, warm vibraty feeling all through your guttiwuts. Soon, it was trees and dark, my brothers, with real country dark. We filled around for a while with other travellers of the night, playing hogs of the road. Then we headed west, what we were after now was the old surprise visit. That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old ultra violence.
Alex (voice-over) – A Clockwork Orange, 1971

My being raped moved something in me so deeply that I could no longer look at it: I’d had a fear of men all of my life. [America woman]
Women Viewing Violence, p. 15

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PASOLINI: REALITY PRECISELY AS IT IS

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NEOREALISM WAS THE KEY INFLUENCE IN POST-WAR ITALIAN CINEMA. ITS STATED AIM WAS TO BRING AUDIENCES TO ‘THINK ABOUT REALITY PRECISELY AS IT IS’ (ZAVATTINI).

I was twenty, not even – eighteen,
nineteen… and I had been alive for a century,
a whole lifetime
consumed by the pain of the fact
that I would never be able to give my love
if not to my hand, or to the grass of ditches
or maybe to the earth of an unguarded tomb…
Twenty and, with its human history and its cycle
of poetry, a life had ended.
(from Pier Paolo Pasolini, A Desperate Vitality)

On the one hand, without a doubt neorealism was the key influence in post-war Italian cinema.

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THE BODY IS A CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION

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A fundamental concept in the history of medicine is the body. A basic definition of medicine is “the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease.” That is, medicine deals with the body. But what exactly do we mean by the word “body?” Is it an objective, biological, clearly defined entity, or is it a cultural construction?

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