The zoo is a kind of theme park where life, with its dimension of the unusual and the marvellous, is taken away from our everyday experience and is hermetically closed off and vacuum-packed inside the box of a vulgar and low-quality spectacle. With the merging of the “natural” into such an “unnatural” context the false and artificial scenario is totally dominant, and it has the sweet and cloying taste of an obscure and clichéd art-house film, emerging grotesquely from an indecorous and tasteless trivialization of uncontaminated nature.
Despite the progress, 66% of the global mortality for pregnancy related causes still occurs in Subsaharan Africa only. Over her reproductive lifespan, an African woman has one chance in 36 of dying during childbirth, while for a European or North American mother the risk is only one in 4,900. The most frequent cause of death is hemorrhage, followed by infections at childbirth, hypertension during pregnancy, and abortions practiced in precarious hygiene conditions. In many rural areas, access to health facilities is hard due to poor road conditions; health staff is not enough; frequent teenage pregnancies increase complications. Even some traditional believes can obstruct safe childbirths, as well as poverty and gender inequality.
In Liberia female genital mutilation is legal and it is practiced as an initiation into a secret society of women, known as Sande, which is spread in 11 of the 15 counties of the nation. In its “bush schools”, whose rite of access is the cut of the clitoris, the girls spend a period from few months up to three years, in order to learn the respect for the elderly, their duties of future wives and mothers, dances and songs. And they remain totally illiterate. Those who are not Sande members remain on a lower social level and can’t aspire to a good marriage.
Saadia Mosbah is founder and activist of Mnemty, association committed to fight against racial discrimination. Hostess for the flagship company Tunisair for over thirty years, and chef cabin crew today, Saadia has experienced racial discrimination firsthand, faced ignorance of passengers and, to a lesser extent, of some colleagues. Tunis, Tunisia, 2016
Souad Morched has been hit by three bullets on January 15th, 2011. She was in the car on the road to Bizerte with her German boyfriend when the army exploded four bullets against them thinking he was a sniper. Shot in the neck, breast and head, Souad is one of the 2,200 people injured (by military, snipers and police) to whom the post regime government promised justice, work and specialized health care. Tunis, Tunisia, 2016
Detail of Makemai's hand with the proceeds of its sales in coins of 100 and 50 milim that are equivalent to about 4 and 2 cents of euro. Originally of the Ivory Coast Makemai lives in Tunis, where she moved to study and lives of informal economy by selling traditional textiles and jewelry of his country. Not only in school has been victim of racial discrimination by professors, on the street she suffers verbal and physical harassment. Tunis, Tunisia, 2016
Santiago, 20, born in Valencia and living in Rome. University student in the second year of Natural Sciences, he chose this educational path to study nature and the animal kingdom. Among his passions there is the practice of Calisthenics, free body training, also known as Street Workout, which pushes physical strength to the limit. Rome, Italy, 2019
Torpignattara district, Giordano Sangalli Park. Wreck of the former Cinema Impero, historic cinema in Rome, opened in 1937, has been closed and abandoned for over thirty years. Currently hosts "CantiereImpero" a participatory design laboratory sponsored by the district committee and involving citizens, institutions and property to establish a network deal aimed at the reopening of the cinema. Rome, Italy, 2015
Mtatsminda Park, famous landscaped park located at the top of Mount Mtatsminda overlooking the city. Founded by the Soviet government in the 1930s, was once noted as the 3rd most visited public park in the USSR. In 2001 the late Georgian billionaire Badri Patarkatsishvili began transforming the park into a 21st century theme park. Tbilisi, Georgia, 2017