This project aims to answer a question about my origins. Born in Italy by French and Italian parents, I was constantly moved and relocated in several countries since my childhood, growing uprooted and torn between different cultures.
Considering myself as a result of all these experienced cultures, I instinctively refuse to identify myself with just one specific land or country. Nevertheless, I deeply feel the necessity to understand where is home, the place that I will always carry in my heart through my ceaseless vagrancy.
To link my origins to a psychological and emotional place focusing on the representation of my family, I chose to make this series of portraits depicting (physically) my grand parents and (psychologically) our shared love sphere. It is the most intimate that I could think of.
— Olivier Fermariello
Adolescents from orphanages and juvenile prisons in central and eastern European are the subjects of these powerful and revealing portraits. Plus an interview with the photographer,
What does it mean to be an artist, a mother and a wife—all at the same time? An honest and intimate project investigating the conflicting feelings many women encounter when taking on the joys (and burdens) of motherhood.
Today, we are living through an important time where tough questions are being asked about how both people of color and women are treated and depicted—these simple yet powerful portraits sit squarely within this "heat."