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Life Force

Constanza Portnoy | Argentina

Many people can look at little Angeles' life from a negative or prejudiced place because she was born in a family with seriously disabled parents, and everyday must overcome an unfavorable social and economic environment. Aside from the fact of being invisible for social services.
However, immersing oneself in the world of this girl implies discovering that the strength, the bonds of love and the perseverance of this family has made Angeles a very special little girl, full of light and a carrier of very deep wisdom about justice and respect for differences.
The relationship she has forged with her parents is based mainly on a bond of great acceptance, admiration, affection and cooperation overcoming the labels of a diagnosis, marginality and the stigma of physical disability.

Oblivion can become a silent weapon of contempt and discrimination. All human beings needs a bonds of love and support to develop in a healthy way. However, society has often shown that stigma, prejudice and disregard are the most common ways to make a person with a disability became invisible.

My documentary photographic project seeks to highlight the reparative force of desire and the bonds of love beyond the social and aberrant injustices that threaten life itself. This project also seeks to break with the preconceived ideas and disapproving looks of many sectors of society called "normal" about the possibility of a person with a disability to develop a full and complete life in all its aspects, perhaps seeking to illuminate from the simplicity and authenticity of human relations, that which belongs to the order of the elemental so that our society is constituted in equality of rights.

My name is Constanza Portnoy, I am of Argentine nationality. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and a postgraduate specialization in disability and early childhood. I am also a documentary photographer. I am currently developing a research work on a doctoral thesis that merges both disciplines and deals with the psychosocial impact and resilience of human beings to certain events with traumatic potential generated by causes such as institutional, governmental or social abandonment. In this sense, I am interested in deepening the construction of family bonds and love relationships that have a positive impact on the lives of those affected, especially, I emphasize in those minority sectors that fight for their denied rights. I have published my work as a photographer in various Argentine media outlets mainstream and independent. I have also published for international platforms works as a correspondent on the struggles for the rights of women and minority sectors.
I received the first place in the Photography Festival Perugia Social Photofest from Italy 2018. I am the first finalist in the Luis Valtueña International Contest of Spain 2018. I was awarded the gold prize for the category "People / Family" in the IPA Spain 2017 with the essay "Life Force: You and me", and I was awarded second prize 2017 in the Banco Ciudad Argentinian contest.

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