The Albinism & The Project
Albinism is a congenital disorder characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. It is associated with several vision defects, sunburn and skin cancers. Albinism affects people of all ethnic backgrounds with a frequency of one in 17,000 worldwide. It has one of the highest rates of incidence in the descent of sub-Saharan African people. Those afflicted with albinism are generally as healthy as the rest of the population with a normal growth and development. Albinism does not cause mortality, at the least if you don’t live in Africa, where they often must face social and cultural discrimination and persecutions.
In Africa Albinism is a cause of discrimination. Here children with albinism experience alienation, have scarce social interactions and are emotionally unstable. Furthermore, albinos have difficulties completing a proper education, finding employment and even a partner for life. Due to ridiculous beliefs regarding people with albinism In African countries there has been a rise in witchcraft-related killings of people with albinism, because their body parts are used in potions sold by witchdoctors. In the last years kidnapings, murders and dismemberment of albino children, boys and
women was reported in many of these countries. Another threat is due to the rapes against the women with albinism. It is in fact believed that sex with a womenwith albinism will cure a man of HIV.
The Albinism Project
The Albinism Project aims to inform the public about the problems of people with albinism in Africa. They are so many unique issues about these people in Africa compared to their counterparts in developed countries. The project, through impact photos and text will tell the plightof the African communities in the main countries where they are located: Tanzania, Malawi, Mali, Uganda, Kenya.
Stories and photos of this project will be published in a book and an exhibition that will be exposed in the main cities in Europe will be produced.
With The Albinism Project we want to inform people in Europe to support those with albinism in Africa to allow them to have a better life and to lure Governments to make laws against the ritual sacrifice and other inhumane practices.
The book & The Exhibition
The albinism project wants to inform the public in west countries about the lives of people with albinism in Africa. We want to do that by publishing a book with all the stories and the pictures we took during our work in the five African countries we want to visit. Antonino and Gianfranco will talk with people, they will enter their homes, take picture of them listening the stories and the experiences of people with albinism. All records will be published in “The Albinism Project” book. The book will be published by an editor that will distribute it in Europe but it will be sold also here on this web site. In fact at the end of the work, this web site will contain all the tools to allow the visitors to follow the development of the project for cultural events and for the book sales.
If you wish to make a book presentation in your city, please do not hesitate to contact us at info[at]thealbinoproject[dot]com.
The exhibition of “The Albinism Project” will be edited day by day during the shooting period. At the end a post production to calibrate colors and brightness will be also done and photos will be printed in big formats to be exposed in the exhibitions we are planning.
“The Albinism Project” exhibition will be exposed in the main cities in Europe with the aim to make this project bigger than it is.
If you are interested to buy the exhibition please do not hesitate to contact us at info[at]thealbinoproject[dot]com.
“The Albino Project” is first of all a social project. 70% of Exhibitions incomes will be donated to help projects in favour of Albinos.
The first time I saw an albino I was 6 years old. My family had a bakery in my home town and an albino client came to buy pastry. I wondered about the particular skin color and as a child, I began to fantasize about his white/ blue eyes under the black sun glasses. After this experience, my selective memory allowed me to see more albinos in the next days and I realized that they all use sun glasses and long sleeved t-shirt even during the hot southern Italian summer. My name is Antonino Condorelli I am a professional photojournalist since 1996. I work in social issues and human rights stories.
My interest for human being brings me to explore the stories and the souls of people I meet. During my journey in Africa I came in touch with some albinos.
This was a “fatally” encounter because I began to brain storm about several ways to make known the plight of these people.
Gianfranco Belgrano was born in Palermo in 1973. Gianfranco is a journalist focused on Africa and the Middle East. Based in Rome with his family (after going around the world), he is co-founder of Internationalia, publishing house of InfoAfrica News Agency and Africa e Affari, a monthly magazine.
Although he is a lover of new technologies, he doesn’t like working through a pc and internet connection. For this reason he prefers, whenever possible, travelling and touching reality with his own hands
Matthias Kastner is a web marketing manager and photography passionate.
This help with us… He is full time web marketing officer and our engine to do a good job.
Donation and Sponsorship
The Albinism Project is an huge work lead by Antonino Condorelli that will tell the dramatic life stories of albinos in Africa.
With the goal to ending the violences on people affected with albinism we will fly and work in 5 countries:
Mali, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania.
Work provide about 50 days of work in the field, equipment, photo and text editing and more
BECAUSE WE MAKE THE DIFFERENCE. LET’S THE ALBINOS SACRIFICE END.
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
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YOUR DONATION WILL HELP US TO TELL THE ALBINOS STORIES AND WILL CONTRIBUTE TO SAVE THEIR LIVES.
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You will share The Albinism Project on your web site and improve your brand’s solidarity message.
We will share your company’s logo on this web site, book, communication materials and more.
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YOUR SUCCESS MAKES THOSE WITH ALBINISM LIVES FREE!
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