It’s nice to take some time to think things through, look for new inspirational sources and come back with something fresh.
So I have been photographing a lot, I have been learning how to sew, I re-discovered my childhood passion for fabrics, and I have been doing some thinking about how I want this project to evolve.
I had a very interesting meeting not too long ago and I was encouraged to take my project up a level. This means extending my research to other countries on the European continent, to include the UK, Spain and Austria.
It also means that the project itself might take longer to complete, though that is not really a big problem as far as I’m concerned.
These days I am busy finding ways to get participants in these new countries as well as going around Berlin to find a potential exhibition space. Both tasks have proved to be challenging but for the gallery thing, I have to say it is harder than I originally thought.
I really would love to have a space where exchange and communication are also possible, like a café or a cinema where people not only look at the photographs, but also interact with each other and hopefully also with me. The problem of internships and of the precarious situation that follows is only possible to approach (and in the long term, to solve) if young people interact, discuss and come to a sort of realization that they have the power to say NO to unpaid or poorly paid work that is masked under the term “internship”.
The other issue related to the project is more of a conceptual nature. Until now I have been conceiving my work and my photographs to give them an artistic quality, with the aim of communicating a feeling or a series of frustrations. Questions have arised on whether it would be appropriate to think of it more as a documentary, a reportage. Some suggested I should try and do both.
In the meantime, next weekend I will be in Paris to officially start shooting for the project with my first participant.
Keep on coming back and I will keep you updated.
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Berlin: Go to exhibition’s archive
March 5th to 26th, ACUD Galerie, Veteranenstraße 21 (see ACUD press release). Tuesday to Sunday, 2 to 8 pm.
The exhibition in Berlin is over – thanks to everybody for coming!
Hamburg: Go to exhibition’s archive
April, University of Hamburg – April 16th to 30th, University of Hamburg, Foyer des Unigebäudes VMP8, Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft Von-Melle-Park 8. Mondays to Fridays from 7 am to 9.30 pm and on Saturdays from 7 am to 4 pm. The building is closed on Sundays. See the exhbition post and the CampusGrün announcement for more information. The exhibition in Hamburg is over – thanks to everybody for coming!
Naples: Go to exhibition’s archive
May 10th to 31st, Archeologiattiva, via Duomo 228, Napoli.
Mondays to Saturdays, from 10 am to 20 pm.
Vernissage on the 10th of May with readings on the topic of internships by Raffaella R. Ferré, author of “Santa Precaria”. More about the exhibition.
The exhibition in Naples is over – thanks to everybody for coming!
Geneva: Go to exhibition’s archive
June 12th to 18th, University of Geneva, Uni Mail Bd du Pont-d’Arve 40, 1205 Genève; Horaires: lundi au vendredi : 7h30 – 23h; samedi : 7h30 – 17h30; dimanche : fermé. The exhibition is over! Thank you all for coming.