The book SOMW018 has been presented in Palermo this December (if you missed it read here), and in between I had the chance to meet around 500 students from the high-school Alessandro Volta (http://www.itivolta.pa.gov.it) in Palermo.
The Equal Opportunity Commission, represented by Stella Bertuglia, gave me the space to meet the students 9am to 1pm on the 3rd and the 5th of December. Before the lectures I asked some student to pick from the book a story that strikes them, in which they can actually feel empathy. Empathy and active participation are very important when I build relationships, especially with those young. I met around 500 students in 2 day and I must say I really appreciated the participation of so many people, both teachers, students and janitors; we had the chance to engage debates and discussions about human trafficking, European and Italian contemporary politics, feminism, prostitution and migration. However, I hope for the same good level of cooperation with other schools around Europe.
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The first presentation in Palermo has been GREAT.
The room was almost full and I recived very positive feedback. I had the chance to share my experience and confront myself with others. I particularly enjoyed the contribution of Giusy Tumminelli, sociologist who made an excursus on the female migratory phenomenon in Sicily: in the 70s migrant women arrived in Sicily especially for family reunification (passive subjects of migration), but after the '70s the migratory phenomenon of women took on a certain autonomy in the sense that women begin to emigrate from the oppressed countries for work reasons, women fleeing persecution, wars in their own countries and starting from the sun. A real feminization of migratory flows towards Sicily is created, with the consequent insertion of migrant women in the working sector, above all domestic and then productive but underpaid and with low qualification, with double / triple discrimination. But then there is the prostitution issue which is forced by so many migrants, come unaware in Sicily with the hope of a new life, and instead enter with violence in the circuits of trafficking and sorted in other regions of the country.
I propose here two articles
A seguito della ricerca sulla prospettiva di genere nel contesto migratorio condotta in Sicilia durante il 2018, la visual artist e documentarista Dott.ssa Alice Castiglione presenterà il fotodocumentario Stories of Migrant Women, Sicily 2018 condotto per l’Università di Portsmouth, in collaborazione con il Centro Diaconale La Noce - Istituto Valdese e con Mediterranean Hope - Casa Delle Culture di Scicli (RG).
Il Centro Diaconale La Noce - Istituto Valdese e MH - Casa delle culture presenteranno S.O.M.W.018 nei giorni 30 Novembre a Palermo e 7 Dicembre a Scicli alle ore 18.00. Negli stessi giorni, dalle 15.00 sarà già possibile visitare l’omonima esposizione fotografica presso gli spazi gentilmente messi a disposizione dalle medesime organizzazioni. Stories of Migrant Women, Sicily 2018 - già esposta alla collettiva Insight tenutasi presso la Hoxton Arches Gallery a Londra lo scorso Settembre - torna in Sicilia prima di ripartire per l’esposizione High&Dry a Brighton l’8 Dicembre 2018.
In collaborazione con le realtà locali, ONG e istituzioni l’autrice esplora i volti, le tracce e gli spazi della comunità di donne migranti arrivate a Palermo, Mineo e Scicli allo scopo di facilitare la conoscenza del fenomeno migratorio. Il materiale di ricerca che verrà presentato, elaborato in forma di libro fotografico, consiste in una serie di audio trascritti (le storie delle donne che hanno accettato di confrontarsi) e di fotografie. Ogni donna ha un suo motivo per migrare e non sempre è una scelta. << Occuparsi di questioni come gli effetti della guerra e del movimento, esperienze di migrazione e diaspora culturale, insieme con la politica dell'identità, le prospettive femministe e sessuali, la cultura giovanile e gli sbocchi per l'auto espressione, e attraverso questo il lavoro curato si intreccia per offrire una visione creativa per discussione>> (Judy Harrison, fotodocumentarista, scrittrice e ricercatrice - traduzione dall’introduzione del catalogo della mostra Insight).
L’autrice, tramite il sito dedicato al progetto www.storiesofmigrantwomen.com, mette in vendita alcune delle fotografie dalla serie S.O.M.W.018, il cui ricavato sarà in parte devoluto ai progetti Mediterranean Hope - Casa Delle Culture di Scicli e Centro Diaconale La Noce - Istituto Valdese allo scopo di restituire qualcosa alle donne che hanno deciso di partecipare allo studio condividendo le loro esperienze e pensieri. La vendita delle stampe a scopo benefico si concluderà giorno 31 Dicembre 2018 a mezzanotte.
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.