Differently naked

This project questions the bond between body and face, considered as parts of a single being, but with their own separate existence and identity.

Almost everywhere, being nude is the natural condition of the face: we do not need to unveil it, it looks out at the world that acknowledges our presence through it. Generally, the face is where you can see the passing of emotions and time more evidently, a public “here I am”.

The body remains largely a private affair, its nudity is usually defined by a non-nudity as today bodily nudity is not a state but an event. However, isn’t the body the territory of human expression too? Is it possible to look at it as if it were a face?

The people portrayed in my project were naked both during the faces shots and in the bodies shots, which were taken in separate moments. Each person independently decided how to pose or not to pose.

Placing the denuded bodies in symmetry with the natural condition of the faces, my aim is to reveal, to capture two nudities and nakednesses, and to focus on each one separately.

The face is seen as differently naked, becoming accomplice to what is not shown in the frame – the bodily nudity – speaking of its mystery.

In the bodies section, the absence of the faces allows a different look: the nakedness which expresses itself through the limbs exposed in their brazenness, is seen and perceived both as a loss of face and as an exposure of the secret which that face’s gaze conveyed.

On one hand I aim for the possibility of looking at nudity as if it was a gaze; on the other, I look for a naked corporeality, considering the bodies as if they were faces questioning us.

I’ve started “Differently naked” with a group of 30 people, all Italian and half Italian. This particular series includes only a small part of them.
However, it is an ongoing long-term project which is constantly expanding, including different cultures. A larger version of the work will be uploaded in the future along with a documentary video of interviews to people from different countries, that will talk about nudity and society, the body and the face.

Please note that this particular project is better to be viewed in gallery view option, both from pc and mobile devices: click on the first image and scroll right