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The “Refuge” Story

Difference is something that society tends not to accept! Be it a person's sexual orientation, be it someone's professional choices, be it birthmarks, be it a disease. This world forces people to live in the shadows, to take refuge in an ideal of perfection in which they know they will not be accepted! In search of an idea that is manipulated by photo editing programs, in a typology that is created on social networks. Refuge turns on the lights and illuminates the shadow! Refuge celebrates diversity, unity! A world where a birth flower is a mark on every person's body, where freckles are looked upon as royalty, where diseases like vitiligo become unheard of, where pimples and stretch marks that appear as an individual grows up become heterogeneous. This collection travels through the lens of the American photographer Peter Devito, who recorded the beauty of difference, who captured the birthmarks and presented the testimonies of several unique people who suffered for being different, who felt in the shadows for being beautiful! “My skin marks do not define me, they do not make me ugly, they do not make me weak, on the contrary, I am stronger, confident and beautiful. “ In this photographic film words like ghost reached albinism, questions like “Why are you like that?” define a person with freckles, “Does it hurt?”; “What's wrong with your skin?”; “Nobody will marry you with that skin!” refers to the marks of vitiligo, “Why are you black?” “You can't be black”; “You don't know how to speak English” are some of the comments made to blacks, Chinese and people from different cultures. This collection presents an ideal of perfection through the singular color of the coordinates, white. Throughout this history, colors, finishes and volumes are introduced that represent our uniqueness, our brands, our differences


Fotografia: Kati Ferreira Styling: Joana Silva Models: Ivo Balde e Sandra Fernandes MUA: Mariana Rodrigues

Agradecimento Especial

, Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso , Fábrica de Santo Tirso, Bymyside, Troficolor, Face models

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