The immigration issue is a very common and important subject nowadays. The more we globalize, the more we move. At the same time, this new life is not always the life we dreamt about. And that´s what the photographer Daniele Mattioli, in collaboration with the artist Girolamo Marri (both Italians based in Shanghai), shows us here.
His personal project “The Graft” put the discussion again on the table. In his words:
“The work attempts to portray the condition of the emigrant/immigrant and the process of settling in a new environment, made somehow more complex nowadays by global communication, which allows one to linger in between different cultures without ever making precise choices.”
“This prolonged transition often gives birth to a sort of schizophrenia, a state of incoherence where one tries to absorb the local culture and customs, but at the same time refuses to give up his or her ancestral conduct, often ending up in a hybrid condition, unsatisfied and uncomfortable both with the country of origin and that of election. Bitter, tasteless or pretentious, like the fruit of an unsuccessful graft.”