Emerging Photographer Fund – 2012 Runner up
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EPF 2012 Finalist
This work is an ongoing project; it started five years ago, in silence. The photographs came first, before any other project, and before the story, which they belong to. They are the result of an experience and the desire to tell it.
Monia is my sister. She is disabled since birth, where she has probably suffered a traumatic brain injury. She lives with our parents in a small town in Abruzzo. My mother takes care of her every day, every hour, always, giving her security and serenity. My family lives in habits, simple gestures and long moments without words or actions. A world away from everything else, solitary, confined, but not empty, where time is made up of moments, a present that does not need to project into the future.
Photographing Monia is an act of knowledge and research. It is a way to understand her, wondering what she thinks and what she wants. From life, from me. Soon it won’t just be the approach through photography, which will bring me to her, to remember the gestures and glances with which she seems to touch and see the world. One day she will be part of my life, she will have to deal with me, every day, with the way I see her and love her. Telling her story and her life is the first step for one to enter the life of the other, with both the joy and the difficulty of the encounter.
With the assistance of the Emerging Photographer Fund I would have more time to spend with her. Time to tell better this story. In the end there will be a book and an exhibition.
Giovanni Cocco was born in Sulmona, Italy, in 1973. After years of photographing his native region, Abruzzo, from an anthropological perspective, the Italian photographer turned his lens to social and environmental reportage, alternating between dripping color and dreamlike tableaux in black and white. For over 5 years he has been working on a long term social project documenting the life of his sister and family. Now his work focuses on migrants in Europe. His work has been published in leading international news magazines. In 2010, he takes part of the VII Mentor Program.