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The Nurture & Care Project | photographing breastfeeding around the globe

Valeria Alves da Florencia | Argentina, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium,

Eugenia & Juan | 1 year 11 months_Valeria Alves da Florencia_The Nurture & Care Project

In occasion of a solo travel I did for a several months across Europe in 2011/2012, I got the chance to listen and learn about different realities of women facing breastfeeding and the fact that they were expected to wean after the sixth month of the baby.

The Nurture & Care Project aims to create a space for visibility, awareness and discussion about the importance of accepting extended breastfeeding in public spaces, and the necessity of leaving prejudices behind, in spite the age of the baby.

This is a global need.

Many women do not resign their right to breastfeed their children, although this would involve a social rejection. Many others resign, fighting against various views of criticism, censure, even within the most intimate family members.

Since 2015, more than 120 women from 11 different countries have been photographed for this project.

In the fight for women’s rights, the right to breastfeed is essential in terms of underlining our difference as gender and our power in that difference.

This is a long-term, non-profit and not subsidized project, launched in January 2015. The goal is to photograph in the five continents, women who breastfeed after 10 months, regardless of race, religion, nationality, social status. As I've done since the beginning.

I document human connection stories; I basically dive into emotional photo reports.

My work focuses mainly on highlighting two aspects of human existence: silenced social problems (specifically linked to women), and the details of the spaces that reveal some notion of infinity (transcendence).

Passionate about spaces and minimalist captures. My interests are broad, mainly linked to the human spiritual nature, healing and origins.

I carry on b&w photographic projects, sometimes with the intervention of special techniques and supports (crossfading, meditative drawing, writing).

Born in Argentina (South America) Dec.1980. Currently based in Portugal.

Image and Sound Designer (2004 • University of Buenos Aires • AR). Photographer (2008 • AFPRA • AR). Master's Degree in Sexual Difference Studies (ongoing • Universitat de Barcelona • ES).

I have worked in several areas (script, production, artistic coordination) in television and audiovisual production agencies, both in Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata (AR) (2003 - 2009). From this experience, I taught at university, superior and high-school levels (AR) (2002 - 2015).

Since 2010 I devote my interests and passions entirely to photography.

For exhibitions and events, please see the websites.

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