A DISQUIETING INTIMACY | Photographs by Paolo Patrizi | 22 April - 5 June 2015

MON 11 and TUE 12

the gallery will be CLOSED



Photographs by Paolo Patrizi

curated by Deanna Richardson

Inauguration, Wednesday 22 April, 2015 | 7.00 pm

Exhibition from 22 April – 5 June, 2015


ILEX Gallery @ 10b Photography Gallery



Italian photographer Paolo Patrizi's studies from his powerful series, A disquieting intimacy, break away from the stereotypical and often narrow perception of the portrait. In the eerie makeshift atmosphere of sex camps, Patrizi presents an intimate study about the women of Benin City working on the fringes of Rome and their life.

In a market strongly segmented by gender, age, educational qualifications and population shortages with immigrants, Italy’s underground economy attracts immigrant workers providing them jobs without regulations – blurring the line between legitimate and illegal enterprises.

For over 20 years, the women of Benin City in Nigeria have traveled to Italy to work in the sex trade. Every year, successful ones recruit younger girls to follow in their steps. Most migrant women, including those who end up in the sex industry, have made a clear decision to leave home and take their chances overseas. They are headstrong and ambitious women who migrate in order to escape conflict, persecution, environmental degradation, natural disasters, and other situations that affect their habitat and livelihood. They have chosen a variety of ways to exploit their personal assets. These range from being erotic dancers, to real contact work of varying levels of intimacy.

ILEX Gallery is proud to present Paolo Patrizi’s series of 19 large and medium prints at the 10b Photography Gallery in Rome, Italy. The series will have its Italian debut, following exhibitions in London, Basel, Prague, New Delhi and at the Chobi Mela Festival in Bangladesh and the Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia.

The 2009-2012 series has won numerous awards and recognition, including World Press Photo, Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and PoYi.



ILEX Gallery @ 10b Photography Gallery, Roma, Italia
Via San Lorenzo da Brindisi 10b


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Mon 9-13 | Tue: 13-17 | Wed: closed | Thu: 13-17 | Fri: 9-13 | Sat and Sun: closed



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