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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TERRORISMO E DISOCCUPAZIONE

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È il momento del dolore, ma permettetemi un’osservazione.

In queste occasioni i politici tendono ad enfatizzare il classico “loro” contro di “noi”, con le solite frasi di rito del tipo “Loro ci vogliono togliere la libertà”. Lo si sente ogni volta che tragici fatti come quelli di oggi accadono. Vero – un rischio di riduzione di alcune libertà ci sarebbe se, ad esempio, venissero introdotte restrizioni per prevenire attacchi terroristitici molto drastiche, come il chiudere le frontiere interne, quindi meno libertà (o facilità) di movimento, di andare a scuola, di farsi curare. Molto più difficile togliere la libertà di pensiero (l’unico modo di fare questo è uccidere una persona, si pensi, banalmente, a Socrate), e, ormai, di espressione (parlando di Occidente).

Allora, i giornalisti chiedono: come si possono sconfiggere questi terroristi?

Sappiamo che molti di questi terroristi responsabili di attacchi in Europa erano/sono europei. L’asse terroristico Parigi-Bruxelles è formato da giovani cresciuti nei quartieri più poveri delle due città, quelli che ti offrono meno possibilità di ottenere una buona istruzione, o un lavoro.

Nella zona euro, che comprende attualmente 19 Paesi, si è registrato nel 2014 un tasso di disoccupazione pari all’11,4%.

Ovvero 38,76 milioni di disoccupati su 340 milioni di abitanti.

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EARTH HOUR 2016: SWITCH ON YOUR SOCIAL POWER

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When: March 19, 2016 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Our World
How: Switch off Your Lights and Switch on Your Social Power
Who: All of Us, Together as One
Why: to Not Take Anything for Granted, and Be Grateful

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

Earth Hour 2015 took place on Saturday, March 28, as always between 8:30 and 9:30 pm local time. It is held in March to coincide with the equinox signaling the beginning of spring, in the Northern hemisphere. The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north.

The tagline for the global campaign was “Change Climate Change”, returning to the movement’s original focus to initiate citizen action on global warming. A day before the event, over 170 countries and territories had confirmed their participation; with more than 1200 landmarks and close to 40 UNESCO world heritage sites set for the switch off.

More than anything, Earth Hour is symbolic. But it’s the type of symbolism that launches a message we need to share as powerfully as we can right now: Oh, this winter has been so “pleasantly warm” this year. Well, here’s the message: that’s just wrong.

Enjoy your candlelit dinner, or the beam of sunlight reflected by the moon. The real Light, well that one you can find even in the darkest places.

Whatever you do, think how lucky you are to have the opportunity to reverse the direction of a vicious cycle into a virtuous one.

For the occasion, use the hashtags  #yourpower and #changeclimatechange.

And now, enjoy this short video message. Thank you.

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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IS SEXUAL IDENTITY THE PRODUCT OF A CULTURAL SYSTEM?

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You cannot learn, through common sense, how things are: you can only discover where they fit into the existing scheme of things.
Hebdige, D. Subculture, the Meaning of Style

“There is no such thing as a human nature independent of culture. Men without culture would not be the clever savages of Golding’s Lord of the Flies thrown back upon the cruel wisdom of their animal instinct; nor would they be nature’s noblemen of enlightenment primitivism or even as classical anthropological theory would imply, intrinsically talented apes who had somehow failed to find themselves. They would be unworkable monstrosities with very few useful instincts, fewer recognisable sentiments and no intellect: mental basket cases”.

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IL DIBATTITO SULLE CARCERI IN ITALIA

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Di carceri mi sono occupato ormai da qualche anno, ne ho visitate varie e ho cercato di raccontarle attraverso il video. Una delle sfide principali della lotta che portano avanti i Radicali al riguardo è la comunicazione. L’aborto o il divorzio toccano (almeno potenzialmente) una stragrande maggioranza della società: tutti probabilmente conosciamo qualcuno che ha abortito o divorziato, ma (fortunatamente) quasi nessuno di noi è stato in carcere o conosce qualcuno che vi è stato.

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