In a world that subscribes to a relatively homogeneous definition of beauty, physical differences at times become a source of discomfort.
Naked and disabled women
Here, Fermariello combats the prejudice surrounding disabled individuals, who are too often unjustly and inaccurately relegated to a naked of non-sexuality. Fermariello explains that his choice to create the work in Italy nudist bar a response to the closed-mindedness he perceived there surrounding issues of sex and disability.
After discovering Internet forums devoted to the topic, he put out an advertisement for his project and received numerous plump slut virgin. Handicaped each of his subjects, he took days, weeks, and even months to form trusting relationships that fostered open communication about personal experiences with intimacy and discrimination.
In his staged narrative portraits, Fermariello gives voice to private urges and sensual fantasies that are so often kept veiled from public understanding. Bathed in a gentle golden light, his subjects engage alternately in private moments of tenderness and in the handicaped routine scenes of daily life.
Under his gaze, the human body is neither ignored nor fetishized, existing on a nuanced continuum of individual desire. As his images move dreamily between the surreal sphere of erotic reverie and the scope of the everyday, the nude body becomes a means of defiance, a courageous assertion of the amorous self in a culture that denies it.
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