8,704,544 is the number of pigs present in June 2018 in Italian farms. These animals are sent to the slaughterhouse when they reach 100/150 kg in about 8/12 months, with an average growth of about 700 grams per day thanks to enriched soy-based feed. 2,249,722 is the number of Friesian cows reared in Italy. Like all mammals, cows produce milk only after giving birth, which is why the animals are repeatedly artificially impregnated. Therefore passing from 17 liters per day in 1985 to today they produce about 30, therefore almost double. There were 37,261,188 laying hens reared in Italy in 2017, of which only 8% of these reared biological outdoors.
Taiwan is a small island in the southeast of China, and is the most advanced country in terms of LGBTQ rights throughout Asia. In fact, in May 2017 the idea of approving marriages between people of the same sex was seriously considered, with the deadline being this May. On May 17 2019, Taiwan officially became the first country across the continent to legalize same-sex marriages. To document this story, I landed in Taipei in March 2019 and returned later in October, I immediately chose to focus on people, portraying them in a domestic environment to create intimacy between me and the subjects. By deliberately omitting everything else, I have portrayed them emerging from the darkness by beams of light, directing the attention of those who look towards their faces, their looks, their stories.
The circus appears today as something extremely old, with an ancient, almost anachronistic flavor. Yet it is so current, being the emblem of a reality that goes beyond any frontier, multiethnic and globalized. The Vassallo are a historical circus family of the Italian panorama that since the 1930s has been carrying on with pride, but also with great difficulties, its history made of bright clothes, exotic animals and itinerant houses throughout Italy and in most parts of Europe. The lives of these artists are made of joys and countless sacrifices: nomads par excellence, they are always looking for something without having a defined goal.