"Scelte tells the story of a life split between two cultures – the life of my daughter Siria. Siria doesn’t just live between two different countries, she lives in two different worlds. She feels very much at home in the big city of Rome, a place filled to the brim with technological advances. But every year, we spend two months living in an out-of-the-way village in Poland. It’s like a different world there: from the food and the traditions to the nature, nothing there can be compared to the mod cons of big-city life.
As a mother, it was incredible for me to see how quickly Siria, an ambitious, high-tech girl, transformed into one who loves the countryside, walks around barefoot, lives among animals, appreciates simple, natural food and plays with everything she finds. I realized that my daughter was able to find happiness everywhere, and when we returned to Rome I came up with ‘Scelte’. For Siria, both worlds seemed perfect in their own right. Meanwhile, I wonder which one she’ll choose when she grows up.
I’ve selected photos that capture a life that could belong to any child in today’s world. I decided to take my photographs in black and white to present both worlds as equal. Colors would only have taken attention away from the matter at hand – and I didn’t want that. Through my series, I’d like to show the world how children who grow up between two cultures live and how it feels to do so. What some may see as a disadvantage is actually a great opportunity for a lot of people – the chance to see the world with new eyes".
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