When I ask Ilyass to pose with his dad for the photo he laughs and tells me that his dad used to trim his hair exactly in this position when he was little. After that, he kisses his mum on the cheek.
Bayt means home in Arabic language. Despite dialects and phonetics differences throughout the Arab world, bayt is a widely recognized term for home.
By portraying Italian youth from Arab and North African descent within their homes, I wanted to create a story that would celebrate the concept of family by challenging the stereotypical image of Arab masculinity whereas instead conveying a sense of intimacy, home and love.
Ilyass with his mum and dad ( Said & Amina) in Brescia (Italy) are the protagonist of this tender story, which I thank for letting me create an intimate family portrait of their Bayt.
Print editorial published by Hunter Magazine in October 2021. Styling by Özge Efek.