In Bloom
published by Postcart, 2013
book project 3/3
softcover with flaps
21x22 cm
116 pages
92 color photographs
ISBN 978-88-98391-06-6

with essays by Claudio Rossi Marcelli, Giuseppina La Delfa, Tommaso Giartosio, Giovanna Calvenzi.

The project received the support of Amnesty International Italian section

Paolo and Moreno have been living together for 18 years. They married in Montreal in 2008 and have two children, born thanks to a surrogacy agreement in Canada. Ilaria and Antonella have been living together for 11 years. They became mothers in 2005 by means of artificial insemination carried out in Belgium, and married with a civil ceremony in Barcelona in 2010. Chiara and Roberta married in Barcelona in 2010, after living together for 12 years. They have twin girls, Emma and Giada, conceived in a clinic in the Catalan capital. Paolo and Moreno, Ilaria and Antonella, Chiara and Roberta, but also Marco and Giampietro, and Giuseppina and Raphaelle, are just a few of the couples of same-sex parents who live in Italy. This is the description of a rapidly changing situation characterised by new family models, with nuclei consisting of a single parent, same-sex parents, de facto couples and extended families.

The path in Italy and Europe
Commenced in 2008, In Bloom recounts the daily life of 13 Italian rainbow families, the story of their travels in Europe, U.S. and Canada and their struggle to have their rights recognised in Italy. This long, complex narrative has involved the Famiglie Arcobaleno (an Italian association that brings together Italian gay and lesbian families and fights for their rights), the Mario Mieli homosexual cultural association in Rome, and the Milk homosexual cultural association in Verona. It has also crossed national borders to reach Spain, where Eleonora Calvelli documented the civil marriages of four couples, and Denmark, where the photographer followed the attempt of a couple of young women to conceive at an assisted fertilization clinic.

The book
Curated by 3/3, the book on Italian families with same-sex parents has been published by Postcart, with the title In Bloom. It is one of the first long-term photographic projects on LGBT families in Europe, and the first in Italy. The project, while referring to the Italian context and directly inspired by it, testifies the situation of LGBT rights in other countries through the journeys of the Italian families who got married abroad or have carried out the artificial insemination in Europe, Canada and U.S.

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Eleonora Calvelli In Bloom from 3/3 on Vimeo.