"The shyness and singular beauty of people with albinism have always captured my attention."
The photophobia caused by the absence of melanin lead them to live literally in the shadow. And as photography is basically light, I thought it would be instigating and revealing to subvert paradigms and bring them to the position of “protagonists”. Between 2009 and 2014 I worked on this project and experienced a great challenge: research, locate and try and convince some of these people to come into my studio and let them be photographed. The plasticity is explored by the softness of the passages in pastel shades which permeate the work and resemble the paintings of great artist such Edgard Degas.
Beautiful portraits carved by hand, no detail is there by chance. The clothes, the people, the way they pose for the portrait, the backdrops decorated with delicate motifs are not there as an inflamed critic on the situation of albinos as different people; rather, the narrative orbits around the unique beauty that flows out of them. When I see these photographs, I feel the will to touch, to softly stroke them and smell the sweetness of each one of theses colours.
As soft as the images is the way the text is connected to the work. Names, no surnames. Names of people who now seem so close to artist. An intimate, delicate and respectful closeness.”