"Stains of Kerala"

Photographer©PaoloMarchetti
PrizePress / Feature Story
Entry Description

In Kerala state, every year thousands of people being abandoned on the streets by their families. The addiction to alcohol or drugs, rather than merely suffering from mild emotional disturbances, represent a stain to hide in order to safeguard the good name of the family. Very often, the outcasts take refuge in alcohol which affects the mental health, and increase the number of alcoholics in this country, the highest of the entire Indian sub-continent.
 In Kerala, as in most parts of India, the shame, for diseases or heatlh disorders of various kinds that may affect social status, is something to hide from the society, it’s a taboo, a stigma which ashamed of.

About Photographer

Paolo Marchetti was born in Italy, he has been working for eleven years in the Italian cinema and commercial industry as camera assistant, favoring the italian and foreigners cinematographers and began his photographic studies soon with particolar attention to political and anthropology issues. He attends several workshops with authoritative photojournalists, meeting frequently many educational initiatives in his country Paolo currently lives in Italy in the city of Rome and works as a freelance personal projects. In the last years he told stories far from home, creating reports in Brazil, Cuba, Europe, India, USA, Haiti, central Africa, central America realizing personal projects or collaborating with humanitarian organizations, but its long-term project, (main ongoing project), realizing it at home, in his country for three years now: The extreme right in Italy.