BY KAREN HOUSTON
Both of Gala’s parents were artists—her mom, a painter, and her dad, a furniture designer. She earned a bachelor’s in photography because “it was the world [she] knew, growing up with two visual people.” Gala pursued photography in a recreational and an academic capacity, but she knew it wasn’t her passion. What Gala truly loved was dance, which she had to stop practicing at the age of 14 because of the toll it took on her body. Gala explained that previously, she had experienced mourning for family members, but that it didn’t compare to the mourning she experienced when she could no longer seriously pursue dance. Gala “used photography to get into the life of music and dance.” She photographed dancers while also wishing to be on the other side of the lens.
When she was growing up in Italy, according to Gala, there wasn’t an identifiable LGBT community: “This is why I loved the clubs. That was exactly that community to me. That’s why I love the night because that is when people transform into who they really are. The night was the community.” We had to talk about sexuality at some point, right? Gala describes sexuality as fluid for herself—and potentially for everyone. She asks me if I think men would think being romantically, sexually, or otherwise attracted to other men was wrong if they weren’t culturally conditioned to think so.
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