There has always been photographers that use themselves as their canvas to tell their stories, or to articulate their messages. Francesco’s series Queer Sicily explores the Sicilian stereotypes and contrasts with queer culture through self portraiture. There is something about these images that feel like the common ground that encompasses Cindy Sherman’s work alongside Andy Warhol’s self portraits in drag.
Francesco’s work however, is not just about self portraiture, but about the images they are contrasted with. Self portraiture is typically a glance at the artist, but this is not a sole reflection of the artist
The pseudo portraits are framed within genuine sicilian cultural images, the relation created between the two is what brings this project to life. He uses different colour, food, ritual and ancestral imagery in his exploration of the theme
Francesco Paolo Catalano’s academic background did not come from within photography and art, but born of science. Francesco studied Psychology, something that is drawn into his work. Using inspiration from psychology as fuel for his visual story telling he creates some beautiful work.
You can see the rest of Francesco's work here