Photography The story of Ruth and Billie, a challenge against gender stereotypes
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The story of Ruth and Billie, a challenge against gender stereotypes

Giorgia Massari
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Ruth and Billie is a photographic project that chronicles the lives of two post-adolescent siblings living in the province of Padua. Telling us about it is photographer and educationalist Claudia Deganutti, who will exhibit this same project at the Liquida Photofestival in Turin from May 2 to 5. Deganutti’s shots construct an intimate narrative that emphasizes the exploration of gender identity. Ruth and Billie are 22 and 19 years old, respectively, and are a clear example of Gen Z kids who are brave and open to self-knowledge. In particular, it is Billie who makes this exploration. Her body is feminine but not who she feels she is. The shots show Billie defying gender stereotypes by wearing ties and heeled shoes, revealing they uniqueness and determination to be themselves.

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Claudia Deganutti’s shots are not distant. It is evident how the photographer has built a bond with the two subjects that has allowed her to capture authentic and meaningful moments. In a broader context, Claudia Deganutti’s project also reflects the cultural and social changes taking place in contemporary society. The LGBT+ issue and the normalization of neurodivergence are central themes, and through her photographs, Deganutti invites us to reflect on the need for acceptance and respect for all forms of diversity.

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Courtesy Claudia Deganutti

Photographydocumentary photography
Written by Giorgia Massari
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