The B.A.D. project started its journey in America in 2013 when authors Erika Z. Figabomba and Alessandra Tisato embarked on a road trip from Nevada to the Bay Area, passing through San Diego. During this adventure, they captured over 10,000 photographs of beautiful and powerful women and non-binary individuals. These photographs not only celebrate beauty but also offer a departure from the polished, glossy images often seen in fashion and advertising. Moreover, they explore the concept of nudity in a society seemingly more inclined towards superficial entertainment, sometimes overshadowing women and non-binary individuals’ sexuality and overall body positivity.
The book is enriched with critical texts contributed by Carlotta Cossutta, a dedicated researcher in political philosophy, whose work revolves around feminism and queer theories both within and beyond academia, and Elle Stanger, a queer individual who authors content on sex education, short stories, and advice columns aimed at reducing shame and harm associated with sexuality and physical intimacy.
Erika Z. Figabomba
Erika Z. Figabomba, originally from Venice, Italy, is a highly skilled freelance photographer with extensive experience in newspaper and magazine production, encompassing both print and digital formats. Much of her portfolio centres on people and their environments. Erika, a professional photographer since 2005, boasts a decade-long career as an art director and dance performer. She currently resides in the Netherlands. Since 2006, she has also modelled and photographed for the renowned website suicidegirls under the pseudonym Waikiki Suicide. In her artistic journey, she has participated in numerous art exhibitions across the globe, showcasing photographs that capture people in their everyday surroundings.
Alessandra Tisato, born in Milan, Italy, where she continues to live and work, has been a freelance photographer since 2001, primarily specializing in fashion and portrait photography. Starting in 2003, she has been actively photographing for the world-famous website www.suicidegirls.com, adopting the pseudonym Albertine Suicide. In parallel, Alessandra has pursued personal projects, often revolving around the themes of the female body and female stereotypes. Since 2007, she has been an integral member of the Italian art collective Punk Surrealism, operating under the name Banana. In 2014, she made a significant career shift, embracing her passion for yoga and becoming a certified yoga instructor.