The photo book SUSPENSION takes us inside a ‘Casa Famiglia’, an institution where young immigrant boys are welcomed and nurtured. They arrive after long and harsh journeys, often taking years, fleeing from their conflicted and war-torn home countries. Violence tore up their families and roots, and having left all behind in search of a better life, some of them found the Casa Famiglia. However, this safe haven is only temporary: when they turn 18, they’ll have to leave again.
Alvaro Deprit gives us a glimpse of their everyday life ‘with respect and softness’, as curator Arianne Rinaldo notes. ‘It is like as if he is standing with them, capturing their intimate moments. No intrusion, no set up, no posing. Nothing special: the normal proceedings of adolescence.’ In doing so, we perceive ‘stillness, the wait, the suspended hope, the uncertain future.’
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