DIANE a documentary photobook journey on the life of a transexual singer in Switzerland
Since 2013 I am working on this project and finally I am happy to give you the good news of the release of the book edited by André Frère!
Today, thanks to the superb work done with my friend Théo who designed the book and with the wise advice of my publisher, the book is finally ready to be printed!
With Diane, we organize in early July a book launching event in Arles during the Rencontres Photo, I will give you very soon the two dates of the evenings when also Diane will perform!
The Project :
Diane is a singer dwelling in the small village of Boveresse close to Môtiers in Val de Travers, Switzerland.
Involved in the cultural events of her city till 2009, she now spends most of her time to create music as well as working on defending the LGBT cause (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual).
Her rebirth and her under covering of life, Diane shares her history by song, she composes and sings melodies inspired among others by Brel, Brassens or Vian.
I knew Diane in 2013, at the vernissage of her first album. Since then I have really wanted to investigate the meaning of the term change. Diane appears to me as an example of courage in the simplicity of a profound decision.
"When I sing I am the one and Madame, it is part of the sharing of what I have endured to come to my transition. I am just Me, but a happy and fulfilled self, who no longer sings to get out of his problems but who sings for the others. "
Diane June 2015
68 pages HUV four-color printing on Munken Lynx paper
three 4-page inserts on gloss coated paper Format 17 x 24cm,
portrait format Softcover - 56 color images
Exit bookstore in August 2017
Allocation of funds
Thanks to you I will be able to publish this book and spread the astonishing story of Diane around.
Since 2013, I self-finance my work but the realization of a book is an expensive process that I cannot assume entirely alone.
That's why your help through this crowdfunding will make possible the production of this book that will be, thanks to my publisher, widely distributed in bookstores and on festivals and shows.
Issues related to gender studies, the attention of life and development of the LGBT movement, as well as the issue of territory and its culture are among the themes of this book.
I hope that the confrontation with these themes, the possibility of speaking simply through a mixed language between photography, anthropology and writing, can encourage debates and exchanges and desacralize a good number of clichés that exist for people, sometimes unconsciously.
In the current social and political landscape, it seems important to me to facilitate the approach and discussion around these subjects.
The point of this work lies in the desire to tell a very charged and complicated story, doing it in a natural human and genuine way, like the way Diane deals with her choices.
The crowdfunding will serves to cover part of the production costs (offset printing) for the book.
The total cost for the production amounts to 20,000 € including graphic design, lithography, translation and printing.
I have already paid some of the costs involved.
5000 € including 5% for Kiss Kiss Bank Bank and 3% bank charges, everything else finances printing.
You will personally fund the edition of this project.
The creation of a book is a milestone in the journey of an artist.
Together, and thanks to you, this project can emerge.
In case the collection exceeds the sum requested, all the remnants of the funds will cover the costs of the launching-opening of the book in Arles.
If this crowdfunding will goal the desired amount, I will receive the full contribution to support the completion of this project!
If you cannot participate financially, you can also support me by talking about it around you and by promoting my Facebook page (Giona Mottura) or Instagram (@giona_mottura).