This photography and video project, “CONTATTO”, could be the one thing that will give sense to my 2020.
I’m so happy about this that I don’t even know where to start!
Let’s go from the beginning.
As you may know, I have been working in the Mother Tongues Festival since its inception, in 2017, alongside with the founder, Francesca La Morgia.
During these years we realised that Ireland is full of extremely talented artists with various background. So you have people from all around the world who have chosen to live at least part of their lives here, or even people whose roots are somewhere else but were raised or, maybe, born in the Emerald Isle.
You see, the thing is that, especially before the explosion of Black Lives Matter this year, there was no representation whatsoever of this part of the artistic scene in the media or in any event, unless it was a labelled event like some inclusion/diversity celebration, but they were not playing the same game, they were not shown as part of the Irish cultural scene.
And having spoken with many of private and public entities, we have heard a lot of “oh, we know they are here, but we don’t know them/we don’t know how to reach them” etc.
So, Francesca during Covid has backed this idea to create a platform where those artists could talk freely and make their voices heard, where they could be seen and contacted.