Open Call Reset 2021 | Francesco Andreoli – ENG

Open Call Reset Winner 2021Francesco Andreoli

“Some people who come to the clinic shiver with fear throughout the whole visit, they are terrified of getting vaccinated, and it’s not fear of the needle but the vaccine itself”. These are the words of the photographer’s mother, a nurse working in the adult vaccination ward at Ramazzini hospital in Carpi. From her accounts, although trivial, comes the decision to show a glimpse of the Italian reality on the issue of vaccinations, without dividing the question into two opposing factions (Novax and Provax), but rather by trying to deepen the different nuances of truth that revolve around it. 

Since 2017, the year that the Lorenzin Decree was introduced which made ten important vaccines compulsory, there have been many protests throughout Italy. With the Coronavirus pandemic, the issue of vaccination has returned to the public forefront, fuelling old protests, and attracting the interests of pharmaceutical companies in the race to produce a vaccine. 

This photo investigation, which began in December 2019, brought the photographer into close contact with researchers, scientists, companies, sportsmen, families, children, directors, lawyers, soldiers, and many other people from various parts of Italy, of all ages and social backgrounds, because vaccines affect all of us and our health.  Even the title: (UN)VAXXED is a project that focuses on the reality looking at it from above, without taking a position nor judging anyone, but rather leaving the viewers free to form their own opinion through the images and the stories of its protagonists.

Photo copyright: © Francesco Andreoli

Francesco Andreoli (Carpi, 1996) is a young Italian photographer who, after abandoning his computer engineering studies, decided to follow his passion for photography, enrolling in the Free Academy of Fine Arts in Florence in 2017. Here he had the opportunity to shape his style through the experimentation and study of various photographic genres, graduating with full marks, while receiving the special mention of “Outstanding Student”. The artistic training received blends with the technical skills possessed, expressing itself in a photographic language guided by rigor, cleanliness and refinement. His deep curiosity towards what surrounds him brings his gaze to social issues, through a documentary style and with particular interest in the portrait genre. The empathy, dedication and careful research that characterize Francesco’s projects lead him to obtain initial results through publications, awards, exhibitions, and collaborations with established professionals. He currently lives and works in Florence.

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