Boxing is an institution in New England, every town has its own, active boxing gym.
Inspired by the movie "the fighter" and by the several champions born in Lowell and Brockton, Ma, many young boys and girls (and their parents) are dedicating every free moment to train to become a fighter and to get a place to the national golden gloves competition that takes place in Kansas City every year.
For my project I had started to follow a gym in Providence and one in Lowell.
This series is part of a broader project about "socially accepted" violence in young adults and kids education and how it can be considered a positive and formative value if circumscribed in specific places and under certain rules.
I am drawn by everything concerning reality. Photography for me is the evidence
of a moment happening at a certain moment at a certain place. I have always
considered photographers’ photo stories as windows into places culturally or
geographically far away from me. That’s the reason why I have always considered this medium the more powerful in terms of storytelling and the only one that really satisfies my curiosity about the world. I am personally attracted by local or individual stories that reflect issues in the wider society. I am mainly interested in the ways different groups come together. This may be due to the country of origin, religion, sexual identity, sharing certain values or common political views. These groups function as recognition of the individual within broader society, as a city or a country. I am also interested in the perception of positive values and taboo within these groups that sometimes differ with the societal norms. I am currently focused on the construction of identity among children and young adults, and the function that social structures (such as school, youth organization etc..) have on
this process. I am also interested in ethnoscapes, the third culture that immigrants and expats create in a place different to their country of origin. Photography is mainly my way to gain access to these worlds, making acceptable my status of “outcast”. Photography gives me a way to contact and experience, even if only for a few hours, cultures and groups different to the those I grew up in (and am accepted.) Although my goal would be to be as invisible as possible, capturingmoments that I consider meaningful for my storytelling, I'm wondering about my role as a photographer as editor of the single images during the moment shot or editor of the series of images once taken.
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