This work is a hymn to “unusual” bodies, bodies some people think should be hidden. Bodies which, like any others, express sensuality and emotions in the name of love, a reality felt by all of us whatever our appearance or disability.
In a society in which erotic codes are omnipresent, the prevailing dictate of the image tends to mute people with disabilities and their sexuality. What is more, in the name of the common good, and of lofty principles, the conformist majority interferes in intimacy and decides what is allowed or not. Society’s view of handicap then becomes a source of discrimination.
Different couples, ranging from long-term relationships to more fleeting encounters… but also sexual assistance, which is viewed by some as the right to sexuality and by others as the straightforward sale of sex. The people in the photographs have unhesitatingly unveiled themselves to go beyond established models and “virtuous” ideas of sexuality to defend a universal cause: love.
Jérôme Deya produces many photo reports for the social and humanitarian press, alongside regular contributions to the mainstream press. He collaborates with several charitable associations, producing work both in France and abroad. “My work is articulated around the discovery of others and is fed by our differences and dissimilarities. In this way, I use images to encounter them, know them and gain them recognition.”