Hybrid-normalization is a project which explores and challenges the boundaries imposed by normative society; go to school, university, find a job, get married (to someone from the opposite sex), buy a house, raise children, retire and die. I realised from an early age that although I had nothing against that lifestyle choice, it wasn’t a path for me. ‘Fitting in’ but not belonging made me question the many things imposed on us, not only as children but as adults as well. Finding my ‘own kind’ was (and still is) a very interesting process. I ended up involved with the LGBTQ+ community, who embraced me and allowed me the time and space so I could express who I am, free of judgement. Hybrid-normalization is a project showing the reality of people as individuals, people who are bankers during the day and drag queens at night, or people who don’t identify themselves as blue or pink, don’t stereotype love and don’t fit into boxes. I hope the project raises awareness about differing communities and end the discrimination that hybrid people still face in order to be accepted. The series is officially five years in the making and was shot with various techniques as 35 and 120mm stills, 35mm analogue gifs, polaroids, digital and video.

"Queer utopia will be the day when the courage of a few will set us free."

Artist bio: Marcela Ferri it’s an Italo-Brazilian photographer, director, multimedia artist and freelance producer based in Europe since 2011. She’s also the creator of The Film Gang, an online platform supporting and connecting analogue photographers across the globe. Having her work exhibited at MOPLA, Les Recontres D’Arles, Kensington + Chelsea “Hundred Heroines”, Photoeast Bienal UK & Mois Off Berlin and publications like Musée Magazine, Fisheye,, Harpers Bazaar, Firecracker, Foto Femme united, TPM and Lost at E Minor. She was one of the first creators invited to be part of the Girlgaze Network and most recently to Equallens and The London Creative Network in the UK.

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