Following up the research on the gender perspective in the migratory context, carried out in 2018 in Sicily, the visual artist and documentarist Alice Castiglione will present the photo documentary Stories of Migrant Women, Sicily 2018, realised for the University of Portsmouth, in collaboration with the Centro Diaconale La Noce - Waldensian Institute (Palermo), with Mediterranean Hope. Casa delle Culture (Scicli, Ragusa) and the C.A.R.A. (Mineo, Catania).
<<My work is focused on refugee women arrived in Europe with the latest years’ migratory waves. My intention is to contrast the racist images and the subsequent certainties they generate: through my visual narration I intend, in fact, to analyze and comprehend the social processes that lead to the falsified exhibitions the media usually give out. To give a name and a face is not enough. We must learn to know and listen to the other. That’s why the aim of my project is not a collection of interviews, but a dialogue in which the women are free to tell what they think it is right and important FROM THEIR OWN POINT OF VIEW. My task is to let women free to narrate and show what they think is worth narrating, respecting their freedom of choice: I spent a great part of 2018 with those women and girls to know them personally, to give out a narration which from my angle I consider as a part of an intellectual resistance>>
Stories of Migrant Women, Sicily 2018 - already exhibited in the collective exhibit Insight held at the Hoxton Arches Gallery in London last September - comes again to Sicily before leaving back for the High&Dry exhibition in Brighton on 8th December 2018.
In collaboration with the local organisations, NGOs and institutions, the author explores the faces, traces and spaces of the migrant women arrived in Palermo, Mineo and Scicli, in order to make the comprehension of the migratory phenomenon easier. The results of the research, presented as a photo book, is a series of transcriptions (the stories of the women who have consented to speak) and photographs. Each woman has a personal reason to migrate, it is not always her choice. << Dealing with such issues as effects of war and movement, experiences of migration and cultural diaspora, together with identity politics, feminist and sexual perspectives, youth culture and outlets for self-expression, and through this the curated work entwines together to provide an insightful creative ‘insight’ for discussion>> (Judy Harrison, photo-documentarist, writer and researcher - Forewords, from the catalogue of the exhibition Insight).
Through the project site www.storiesofmigrantwomen.com, the author will put on sale some of her photographs from SOMW018. A part of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the projects of Mediterranean Hope - Casa Delle Culture in Scicli and of the Centro Diaconale La Noce - Istituto Valdese, in order to give back something to the women who consented to be part of the research sharing their experiences and thoughts. The charity sale will end at midnight of December 31st 2018.