LOVE ME - Portrait Series Celebrating Love and Diversity
LOVE ME by Stella Asia Consonni is a series of portraits that explores intimacy and diversity in modern relationships. The project came from a place of great pain for Consonni as it was inspired by the end of her relationship. She sought to heal by forcing herself to deal with her emotions while studying the intimacy of others. Along the way, the many strangers who invited her into their lives reaffirmed her belief in love as well as opening her eyes to the perspective of others and the understanding that even though she was not experiencing love first hand, it was still there.
Stella Asia Consonni was born in Bergamo, Italy but has lived in London for the past decade. She discovered her passion for photography at fourteen and has continued to explore the medium, hoping to promote acceptance and understanding. When she first moved to London with limited English and no connections, it was the community at The Joiner’s Arms - a gay pub in Hackney - that welcomed her and became her family. The abuse she witnessed her friends suffer has inspired this strong message of equality and pride.
The exhibition also includes a film to accompany the photographs. Consonni felt that seeing the couples move and interact added to the power of the stills and our understanding of their intimacy. Although the film is scripted, she believes it still reflects the couples and remains ‘real’.
LOVE ME is a celebration of youth, relationships and how neither race nor sexual orientation affect the way one loves. It will be shown for the first time on Thursday 25th April 2019.
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TEXT BY ISOBEL GORMAN-BUCKLEY