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For Je t’aime moi aussi, photographer Olivier Fermariello enters the bedrooms of people with disabilities, in part as a response to the closed-mindedness he’s perceived in Italy surrounding the intersection sex and disability. After discovering Internet forums devoted to the topic, he put out an advertisement for his project and received numerous responses. With each of the people in his photographs, he took days, weeks, and even months to form trusting relationships that fostered open communication about personal experiences with intimacy.

Bathed in a gentle golden light, Fermariello’s heroes and heroines engage in staged narratives, alternately set private moments of tenderness and in the more routine scenes of daily life. In the pictures they’ve made together, the human body is neither ignored nor fetishized, existing on a nuanced continuum of individual desire. As his images move dreamily between the surreal sphere of sensual reverie and the scope of the everyday, the bedroom a space for self-expression, defiance, and pleasure.

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All images © Olivier Fermariello

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