Subtracted Body is a photographic work about four girls with eating disorders, three of them suffering from anorexia and one from bulimia. One of the girls has recently recovered from anorexia, while the others are in the most delicate moment of the therapy, social re-integration. I believe that eating disorders are a complex pathology, a disease that is often produced by a traumatic event or by an exasperating need for control on emotional and affective appetites. Moreover, the idea of seeking perfection through thinness is constantly fostered by our society without questioning. Tis work is not meant to be a documentary, but rather a photography that originates from reality to tell my personal experience with people who suffer from these disorders. I believe that the illness doesn’t only affect appetite but also relations. Massimo Recalcati, a Lacanian psychoanalyst who founded an eating disorders treatment centre, explains: “anorexia is a disease of rejection. Not only rejection of food – which is the most evident aspect of the disease – but also of everything that comes from the other. It’s a rejection of the relation. One of the symptoms that announces anorexia is the rejection of the social aspect of eating, the pull-out from the table as the dimension of conviviality and exchange”.

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