Location: Scuderie Ducali, Piazza San Romano 4
Opening times: Monday – Thursday 3pm – 7:30pm / Friday – Sunday 10am – 7: 30pm
LAURA LAFON + MARTIN GALLONE – YOU COULD EVEN DIE FOR NOT BEING A REAL COUPLE
curated by Florent Basiletti
in cooperation with Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation, Arles
Laura Lafon embarks on a road trip on the path of love in Kurdish territory: she starts a documentary in Eastern Turkey in order to question the intersection between the fight against patriarchy and the Kurdish independence struggle.
What is love?
But Laura does not travel alone. Accompanied by a photographer partner, Martin Gallone, their duet is an incessant source of questions. So begins a dialogue of a photographic game. How do young Kurdish people envisage and experience love in such a very traditional context? What does the fantasy of the free Western couple represent?
The self-portraits of their made-up couple are mixed with the ones of the young Kurds. Lafon and Gallone question men, sex, love, marriage: these words make us reflect on forbidden loves, traditions and suffocating patriarchy.
You could even die for not being a real couple reminds us that the intimate is political. It is a tragic and funny dialogue on the social constructions of love and the cultural contexts of its exercise. An autofiction that takes us into a love story in Kurdistan, a country that fights to exist.
MANUEL RIVERA-ORTIZ FOUNDATION
Founded in 2010, the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation supports the work of artists and photographers committed to participating in the construction of a new vision of the world. By rewarding the work of emerging artists and photographers, the Foundation’s mission is to support documentary projects that focus on social, cultural, political and environmental issues.
By rewarding the work of emerging artists and photographers, the Foundation’s mission is to support documentary projects that focus on social, cultural, political and environmental issues.