Silver 2010 Photojournalism / General News

Kerala's Spot

  • Photographer
    Paolo Marchetti

In south India, Kerala state, every year thousands of people being disowned and abandoned on the streets by their families, the mentally ill or just suffering from depression, the so-called illegal children, those conceived outside of marriage and alcoholics, because they may permanently impair the credibility of relatives in the prosperous market of weddings still in force. Market rules of marriage provide that girls, apart from being spotless, should not have relatives "uncomfortable". For instance, having a relative who suffers from mental illness or alcoholism, is a spot to hide and delete if you want to have any chance to find a husband, any form of weak due to their relatives is considered contagious.

Paolo Marchetti was born in Italy, he has been working for eleven years in the Italian cinema and commercial industry as camera assistant, favoring the italian and foreigners cinematographers and began his photographic studies soon with particolar attention to political and anthropology issues. He attends several workshops with authoritative photojournalists, meeting frequently many educational initiatives in his country Paolo currently lives in Italy in the city of Rome and works as a freelance personal projects. In the last years he told stories far from home, creating reports in Brazil, Cuba, Europe, India, USA, Haiti, central Africa, central America realizing personal projects or collaborating with humanitarian organizations, but its long-term project, (main ongoing project), realizing it at home, in his country for three years now: The extreme right in Italy.