I am proud to announce that SOMEONE TO LOVE, my autobiography in self-portraits, family pictures and text, will be shown at the Mois de la Photo in Montréal, at the gallery SKOL, Centre des Arts Actuels, from September 8 to October 15. See this link, and this.
The show, curated be Anne-Marie Ninacs, consists of 204 photographs of different formats: 25 bigger images and a long row of 179 small images which go through all the gallery like a life-line. There is a diaporama on a video screen, with my voice telling my story, which can be heard in all the gallery, and a video self-portrait in which I talk about my method and my philosophy. I will hold a free self-portrait workshop for visitors and the works will be projected in a video screen during the show. I'll hold another workshop at Passages, an institution for women in difficult conditions.
SOMEONE TO LOVE will then travel to The Private Space gallery in Barcelona, where it will be shown this winter (I will announce the exact date soon), and then to the MS gallery in Madrid next spring. The show has been sponsored by CONCA, the Council of the Arts and Culture in Cataluña.
I have lately abandoned a bit this blog, partly because of some technical problems I must solve (I can't upload pictures! but you know that I'm often quite dumb with computers and technique) and partly because of the tons of work I've had. So these are the other news I wanted to announce:
Professor Emanuela Saita and her team at the Catholic University of Milan are pursuing a research on the effects of three photo-therapy and therapeutic photography methods on people, and one of these is THE SELF-PORTRAIT EXPERIENCE. The research has been done on a group of 39 teenagers who participated to my workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Cinisello (Milan). Up to now, the results are extremely interesting: 38 of 39 students stated that this workshop changed their self-image... More to come soon.
The results of my self-portrait workshop for students were exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Cinisello Balsamo (Milan). There were a series of 19 collaborative self-portraits and over 60 images produced by the teenagers with their own cameras, to support the idea that with The Self-Portrait Experience, anyone can produce art.
I held a workshop at the Casino of Luxemburg last spring, and the collaborative self-portraits we produced were exhibited, as part of the HIGHER SELF project, in the wonderful group show called "SECOND LIVES, Jeux Masqués et Autres Je": http://www.casino-luxembourg.lu/content_en.htm curated by Paul di Felice, Kevin Muhlen and Pierre Stiwer. During that show, TV Luxemburg filmed interviews of some of the authors, and this is mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yixM7F14Q0o&feature=mh_lolz&list=HL1314519826
As soon as I manage to upload images, I'll post a new article on my self-portrait workshops for women inmates in two prisons in Barcelona, sponsored by La Caixa Obra Social. 80 women have participated, on the emotions exercise of my method, and the results are very moving, the images are wonderful...
I've held other workshops in Italy (Milan, Barasso, Morrovalle, Sardinia, Savignano), Finland (Turku, Helsinki), Spain (individual self-portrait workshops, prisons) and Malta. This fall I'll hold a long workshop for teenagers at the Festival Segni d'Infanzia in Mantova, November 8 to 13.
On October 13, the HIGHER SELF project on the underlying emotions of the city of Turku in Finland, will be shown at the Peri Photographers Gallery at the Waino Aaltonen Museum in Turku, during the events of the European Capital of Culture 2011. During 2010 I held several self-portrait workshops for Turku citizens, in collaboration with the Turku Academy of Arts and their project "2000 & 11 Self-Portraits". There were kids, teenagers, young people and adults from different contexts. The results is a sort of "map of the city's underlying emotions" and we produced amazing iconic images which I have compared to characters of the Kalevala, the Finnish epic poem, in my article which will be soon published in the book "2000 & 11 Self-Portraits".
In 2012 I will hold more self-portrait workshops, at the Catholic University in Milan, at PHILO -a research institute on philosophy and education-, and three more in collaboration with SDA Bocconi School of Management, for managers in important Italian companies.
Many articles and TV reportages have been published in the press lately, mostly in Italy and Spain:
http://www.elpais.com/articulo/cultura/Matar/heroina/disparandose/misma/elpepucul/20101216elpepucul_5/Tes in Spanish, El Pais.
http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/someone-to-love.php on my book SOMEONE TO LOVE, in English
http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/telediario/telediario-15-horas-27-06-11/1139553/ My work in prison, on the news in Spanish TV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yixM7F14Q0o my interview on TV Luxemburg, in French