My Star Wars Family is the story of a family dealing daily with autism as it takes them on a journey of constant struggle and discovery — through passion, despair, closeness and dreams.
Family life with autism is colored by endless shades of love and pain, urge and patience, intimacy and also loneliness. It is like an outer space in time, the beginning and the end together, and nothing like the "ideal".
Matt and Shaila are the parents of Sofia, Zain, Raeff and Ibrahim. Zain is eight years old and was diagnosed autistic at the age of two. Raeff is seven, and on the spectrum as well. Both of them, as well as Ibrahim, who is four years old, suffer from a complex allergy condition to wheat and dairy and must follow a strict diet — this is the reason why Shaila went back to university to study Nutrition.This project explores the narratives unfolding through the different family members and attempts to visualise an emotive sense of what a condition such as autism can mean in such a tight group.
All the photographs were taken in 2011 and 2012