In – Outside
For the first time women’s boxing was included as a sport at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Since then and until 2017, I followed the training activities of the Italian women’s national team and those girls hoping to be selected.
I usually met the athletes at their competition sites and after a period of time, I was able to achieve their trust; rather than the spotlight and noise of the ring we would meet before or after their matches often in a secluded corner, where they presented themselves without the pretense of a pose and where the silence was broken only by their deafening breath.
Sometimes in victory and sometimes in defeat, my work explores the interconnected strength and vulnerability of these women, as they attempt to defend their own physical and intimate spaces in doing so to look inside their skin – outside the ring – for a new image and a new identity.
Maria Grazia Granati
I’m a photographer, born and currently based in Rome. My long-term projects explore environments where the body of women is an unforeseen subject. I focus on the affirmation of identity in a concrete field of struggle, where the portrait is the verb of the narrative.