"IVF" is the story of Palestinian prisoners’ wives who have turned to sperm smuggling in order to conceive children from their husbands who are serving long-term sentences in Israeli prisons. Around 7,000 Palestinians are serving time in Israeli prisons, with nearly 1,000 facing sentences of 20 years or more. Conjugal visits are denied and prisoners are separated from visitors by glass panels. In the past two years, 30 babies have been born through IVF. In this picture: Lydia Rimawi (38) during the trip to visit her husband in Ofer prison in Israel with her son Majd (2) born through artificial insemination (IVF). She lives in West Bank village of Beit Rima. Lydia’s husband, AbdelKarim, has been arrested since June 2001 and sentenced to 25 years.
Antonio Faccilongo is an Italian documentary photographer. After graduating in communication sciences and then obtaining a masters in photojournalism he complemented his training through workshops, seminars and courses with industry professionals including Stefano De Luigi (VII), Elena Boille (Internazionale), Francesco Zizola and Yuri Kozyrev (Noor), Christian Caujolle (Agence VU) and Tiziana Faraoni (L’Espresso). His work is mostly focused on Asia and the Middle East, principally in Palestine, covering social, political and cultural issues. Documenting the aftermath of Palestinian-Israeli conflict in Gaza, he sought to unveil and highlight the humanitarian issues hidden within one of the world’s most reported conflicts. His long term project in Palestine, “(Single) Women”, has received a number of awards (1st Prize Px3, 1st Prize WPGA, 1st Prize Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards, 2nd Prize IPA) and has been exhibited internationally in numerous shows and festivals including Fotoleggendo in Rome, PPA Festival in Prague, the Trenčianske Teplic Festival in Slovakia, the Buenos Aires Biennial in Argentina, Foto8 Summer Show in London, PX3 in Paris, HPA in Beijing, Photography Gala in Washington and at MAP KL White Box Gallery in Kuala Lumpur. His work and assignments have been published in some of the most prominent international publications including L'Espresso, Time, Stern, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, New York Times, The Guardian, Focus Magazin, Vice, Vsd, Polka, Swide, Le Tube, Piel de Foto, Panorama, Oggi, Gente. Recently, he has shifted his attention to China, where he is starting a new long term project. He lives in Rome and he's represented by LuzPhoto.