Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
Federica was born in Rome, Italy in 1983, but spent most of her adult life between Boulder, Co., Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, New York. Since 2010, Federica has been a freelance news photographer based in between New York City, but sharing her time also between Rome, Italy and Jerusalem, Israel. Her photos have appeared in the New York Times, TIME Magazine, ELLE Magazine, Haaretz, Biber Magazine, and on a number of Italian newspapers such as: La Repubblica, Il Corriere della Sera, La Gazzetta dello Sport, La Stampa, Il Secolo XIX, Panorama and L’Espresso.
Federica’s photography and personal projects both focus on people. Her fascination with humans– particularly those who find self-expression difficult in a world full of societal (and in some cases, personal) taboos – is rooted in her own unique and challenging experience as an Italian immigrant in a foreign country.
When she is not shooting on assignment, or at her desk editing pictures, she can be found teaching Dharma Yoga classes in Brooklyn or training for the next marathon.
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Not To Serve
In Israel, joining the IDF is mandatory for any male or female who turns 18. Yet, an increasing number of reservist soldiers and youths are starting to choose against continuing their service or joining at all. Conscientious objection has always been present in Israel, even though at the beginning it was not organized as a movement. The first public and collective refusal letter was signed in the 1980’s and many others have followed over the years.
Conscientious objection touches personal and public ethics dilemmas of responsibility and sacrifice for the sake of the community. It comes with a strong social stygma and those who refuse are considered traitors in the
Roots are hard to plant, but once they have grown inward to the ground, they are incredibly difficult to pull out. They ingrain themselves deep underneath the soil as if they were planted inside cement. To rip them out one cannot only weaken them, one has to punch a hole in the asphalt, and, with grace, easy them out, making sure not to leave any remnants behind, or else they will re-form. Roots come out only if accompanied, otherwise they remain where they have been planted. They keep on growing, completely untouched by any movement. Embedded.
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