My Generation - PhMuseum

My Generation

Ludovica Bastianini

2015 - 2018

Italy

In Italy the youth unemployment rate is extremely high: 35% in the North and 50% in the South of the Country. People from my generation, born in the 80s, are the ones that more than others are paying the bill for the economic crisis and bad politic. They have to change job often because of illegal work, short contracts and because of how difficult it can be finding stable and decent working conditions. Or they have to work in many different positions at the same time, in order to obtain a normal salary.

The Italian Women's unemployment rate is more than 50%. In the meanwhile the Italian Government tries to stimulate women to have children, (even if they can't afford to grow them up) using sexist and retrograde campaigns.

In this project I took several portraits of the same women: they are workers between 25 and 40 years old. I reproduced, by drawing on the printed photos, their working histories. Some of them have two or even three degrees, some others have years of experience, often gained through unpaid internships. Many of the jobs that they were offered were illegal, without contract. Some changed up to 14 different jobs in few years. There is only one portrait which is a single shot: a doctor, who was fired because pregnant.

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  • Flo: Degree in History of Art -
    Worked as a Tour operator - Art Teacher - Street clown - Now works as a Burlesque Performer and teacher in her own school ( she's known and recognised internationally as Fanny Damour)

  • Flo: Degree in History of Art -
    Worked as a Tour operator - Art Teacher - Street clown - Now works as a Burlesque Performer and teacher in her own school ( she's known and recognised internationally as Fanny Damour)

  • Flo: Degree in History of Art -
    Worked as a Tour operator - Art Teacher - Street clown - Now works as a Burlesque Performer and teacher in her own school ( she's known and recognised internationally as Fanny Damour)

  • Flo: Degree in History of Art -
    Worked as a Tour operator - Art Teacher - Street clown - Now works as a Burlesque Performer and teacher in her own school ( she's known and recognised internationally as Fanny Damour)

  • Fabrizia: works as a Barmaid - Graphic designer - Photographer - Waitress - Sales woman

  • Fabrizia: works as a Barmaid - Graphic designer - Photographer - Waitress - Sales woman

  • Fabrizia: works as a Barmaid - Graphic designer - Photographer - Waitress - Sales woman

  • Chiara: Degree in French and Spanish languages - Qualified chef - Master in administration -
    Worked as a Chef - Hostess - Administrator in a traid fair company - Translator - Currently on maternity leave

  • Chiara: Degree in French and Spanish languages - Qualified chef - Master in administration -
    Worked as a Chef - Hostess - Administrator in a traid fair company - Translator - Currently on maternity leave

  • Claudia: Degree in Communication and Media - Worked in a Travel agency - in an Advertising Agency - in Television (national program "Le Iene" ) - in a Radiophonic program - Now unemployed

  • Claudia: Degree in Communication and Media - Worked in a Travel agency - in an Advertising Agency - in Television (national program "Le Iene" )- in a Radiophonic program - Now unemployed

  • Claudia: Degree in Communication and Media - Worked in a Travel agency - in an Advertising Agency - in Television (national program "Le Iene" )- in a Radiophonic program - Now unemployed

  • Nico: Degree in Communication and Media + Degree in Music - Worked in a Call Center - as a Graphic Designer - as a Musical Performer - works as a Singing Teacher

  • Nico: Degree in Communication and Media + Degree in Music - Worked in a Call Center - as a Graphic Designer - as a Musical Performer - works as a Singing Teacher

  • Serena: Degree in Fine Art - Worked as Barmaid - Baby sitter - Hostess - Graphic designer - Illustrator - Photographer - She won in 2012 the "Giancarlo Siani" prize for her reportage about accidental victims of Mafia shootings on the streets - She's now a recognised Wedding Photographer

  • Serena: Degree in Fine Art - Worked as Barmaid - Baby sitter - Hostess - Graphic designer - Illustrator - Photographer - She won in 2012 the "Giancarlo Siani" prize for her reportage about accidental victims of Mafia shootings on the streets - She's now a recognised Wedding Photographer

  • Roberta: Degree in Arts and Theatre - Worked as waitress - Director assistant - Scenographer - Radiophonic speaker - Actress - Now unemployed

  • Roberta: Degree in Arts and Theatre - Worked as waitress - Director assistant - Scenographer - Radiophonic speaker - Actress - Now unemployed

  • Roberta: Degree in Arts and Theatre - Worked as waitress - Director assistant - Scenographer - Radiophonic speaker - Actress - Now unemployed

  • B: Doctor - Fired because pregnant - She's now back at work


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