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It’s a Girl
The visual story of a childless woman.
“It’s a Girl” started as a simple exercise and transformed itself into a potent self exploration through visual expressions of longing and loss. It is a conceptual story of childhood, motherhood, and the absence of children – a tragedy of the thwarted wish for children and the loss that this can signify.
There’s no lesson, there’s no cry; just an attempt for the need to express what no medium can, what no words or time could ever color, what no dreams or images could ever realize.
The indoor images were shot between bed sheets and bedspreads much like children in bed. The outdoor images were shot either on strollers or children’s playgrounds. Vintage doll heads sit on swings and slides that are not fully revealed – swinging, sliding, falling and playing as if they were children.
Being childless is a condition that society does not understand, nor has been able so far to accept. Being childless when one does not want to be, is an emptiness that cannot be explained. I am attempting to explain it through my images.
After studying architecture in Buenos Aires, Edite immigrated to the US where she received a degree in graphic design. She went to work for international advertising agencies in Los Angeles and San Francisco as an art director. Later she studied and graduated in film and directed and produced short as well as video and TV campaigns. After purchasing a DSLR camera a few years ago for an European trip, she went to study with some of the world’s finest photographers. “Photography for me is the culmination of all my experiences in architecture, design, film and art direction. It all comes together and this is where my passion is”.
Edite has been exhibiting her fine art and documentary photography in galleries and juried shows in the US and in Europe. Her project “It’s a Girl” won a honorable mention in 2011 from the International Photography Awards and an official selection from IPA in 2009. It also won a spotlight award from Color Magazine in 2011 and it’s been featured at OpenShow in 2012. Images from “It’s a Girl” have been exhibited in different galleries in California as well as in Europe. She has been the recipient of multiple awards for her other projects in documentary photography.
Edite is currently working on a book of “It’s a Girl” and has started the second part of this project – a documentary project that will follow this conceptual work. Her vision is to bring awareness at a national and international level about the stigma of involuntary childlessness. Her mission: to interview and portray women from different parts of the world who have experienced similar heartbreak with infertility and are living with it. She will document their stories and experiences – and through her images, Edite expects to put a face on a condition that still remains largely hidden and shameful.
Edite also works as a portrait and lifestyle photographer for private, editorial and corporate clients.