Overview participating exhibitions

Awarded Commitment
2012

Awarded Commitment

Paolo Patrizi

MIGRATION LINKED TO PROSTITUTION

In “Migration Linked to Prostitution” the phenomenon of foreign women working as prostitutes, facing no hope of gaining legal status and easily transferred into criminal networks, is made visible. The majority of female immigrants who engage in this work are Africans who send the money home to their families and are escaping conflict, persecution, and natural disasters. This is the case for the women of Benin City, a town in the state of Edo in south-central Nigeria, who for nearly twenty years have been going to Italy to work in the sex trade and then returning to recruit younger girls to follow them. Recently the anti-trafficking crusade is causing effects opposite to its objectives. While presenting itself as a campaign to protect migrants from harm it is actually making their efforts to flee home, find work, and make the most of their lives in often difficult and unforgiving circumstances, harder.

  • MIGRATION LINKED TO PROSTITUTION

    In “Migration Linked to Prostitution” the phenomenon of foreign women working as prostitutes, facing no hope of gaining legal status and easily transferred into criminal networks, is made visible. The majority of female immigrants who engage in this work are Africans who send the money home to their families and are escaping conflict, persecution, and natural disasters. This is the case for the women of Benin City, a town in the state of Edo in south-central Nigeria, who for nearly twenty years have been going to Italy to work in the sex trade and then returning to recruit younger girls to follow them. Recently the anti-trafficking crusade is causing effects opposite to its objectives. While presenting itself as a campaign to protect migrants from harm it is actually making their efforts to flee home, find work, and make the most of their lives in often difficult and unforgiving circumstances, harder.

  • MIGRATION LINKED TO PROSTITUTION

Biography

PAOLO PATRIZI is a documentary photographer, whose recent stories explore a theme, common to many of us in the so-called developed world: the contradictions between traditions and modernity and cultural disconnections produced from too rapid economic growth. He began his career in London working as an assistant to other professionals. While doing some freelance assignments for British magazines and design groups, he started to develop individual projects of his own.

Today, his work is featured in leading publications and exhibited internationally. His photos have won several awards with the Association of Photographers of London, The John Kobal Portrait Award, The Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, The World Press Photo, The Sony World Photography Awards, 
The Anthropographia Award for Human Rights, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, POY international. 
His photographs are part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.