My Star Wars Family


2014 - Artiste invité(e) - projets spéciaux

My Star Wars Family is the story of a family dealing with autism as it takes them on a journey of constant struggle and discovery — through endless shades of love and pain, urge and patience, intimacy and also loneliness. Matt and Shaila are the parents of Sofa, Zain, Raef and Ibrahim. Zain is 8 years old and was diagnosed autistic at the age of 2. Raef is 7, and on the spectrum as well. Both of them, as well as Ibrahim, who is 4 years old, sufer from a complex allergy condition to wheat and dairy and must follow a strict diet. This project explores the narratives unfolding through the diferent family members and attempts to visualise an emotive sense of what autism can mean in such a tight group.

(All ages are referred to the time of shooting, across 2011 and 2012)

About the artist

Born in 1981 in Italy, Annalisa is interested in patterns of human behaviour and how people inhabit the constraints of a given time and space, which are both physical and mental. She was awarded the Lens Culture Exposure Award 2012 and her project My Star Wars Family was exhibited and screened widely, amongst others in Arles 2013. She is currently working for the photo agency Prospekt, in Milan.