In his project Jacopo Italian photographer Michele Brancati explores his personal dream of fatherhood. The up-close look on both, environment and identity, offer visual fragments that approach the reality, complexity and variety of a “dream-come-true” as well as the fields of tension that they produce.
Michele Brancati was born on April 2, 1977 in Reggio Calabria. After finishing academic studies in Cinema and Photography at DAMS (Discipline of Arts, Music and Spectacle) in Bologna, he continued his study in photojournalism at the Italian Photography Institute in Milan. In 2008 he lived at the border of Slovak-Ukraine to do documentary photography about living conditions in immigrant centers. In 2009 he went to Estonia and Latvia to do documentary photography about the socio-political situation behind the European elections. His reportage not only has been published by different professional photo journals, but by many different national daily newspapers too, as well as being shown on Night Line (Linea Notte) of the Rai broadcasting channel. He was a participant in the “Cohabitation, Integration and Dialogue among Cultures” in Italy and abroad, and he presented his works at different solo and group exhibitions. In addition, he also has worked on musical and theatral events and he has been an official photographer of the International Festival of Jazz in Orsara di Puglia, for 3 years. At present he lives and works in Colonia as a freelance reporter.