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://espresso.repubblica.it/dettaglio/cristina-e-la-profondit%C3%A3-di-un-autoritratto/2145463 in Italian, L’Espresso

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