Sick Sad Blue
Fabrica presents Sick Sad Blue, a new editorial project based on the creative research of young photographer Federica Sasso and her friendship with clairenough, a woman in her early twenties with a five-year history of anorexia.
Federica met clairenough a year ago, during a study on the world of post-adolescents. An initial camaraderie quickly developed into friendship:Federica, 24, and clairenough, 23, began to write each other and meet in person, even when clairenough's illness sent her first to a psychiatric ward and then to an inpatient clinic for eating disorders.
“Sick Sad Blue” is how clairenough describes herself on Instagram and became the title of the project, which documents a year of friendship as clairenough tackles the difficult road to recovery.
Federica has organized the project—soon to be a book—from two points of view: her photos of clairenough, taken during visits to the hospital and time spent together outside the clinic; and the photos and words clairenough posts about herself on social media, primarily Instagram and Facebook. The portrait that emerges is of a young woman obsessed with her image, who loves flowers and fashion while being fully aware of her suffering.
Sick Sad Blue is told in two voices: for Federica, it's a professional assignment that evolved into personal reflection and emotionalinvolvement, while for clairenough it's an opportunity to challenge herself and be seen for who she really is.
Format: 22,5 x 28 cm
© FABRICA 2016