Milan My Home
Because of the wars in the world many people have had to leave their country of origin to save their lives and have reached our country,after very difficult journeys, between the sea and the land, between disappointments and betrayals. They have chosen to stay there because they have felt it as a safe and democratic country in which it is possible to start a new life. Milan played a key role in the reception and assistance of asylum seekers who arrived in the city. Many of them have only passed by leaving a sign of their brief presence; others have remained, animating the streets, neighborhoods and reception centers set up to give them a dignified welcome. Here the journey takes a different direction and is charged with emotions, desires and expectations of a better future. This project aims to tell the public, through a series of photographs, of the emotional states of refugees from the moment they arrive in the city, highlighting the way in which they have changed over time.
Purposes The project “Milano Casa Mia” wants to be an instrument with which some asylum seekers tell their “feel the city”. This story will have the flavor of a series of photographs that will take place in different areas of the city, selected by them, with the aim of bringing out the emotional states and desires that those places have represented at the time of their arrival and how they have changed in time. The purpose of this project is to be first of all formative, as it aims to provide the protagonists with a set of basics on photographic techniques, the organizational techniques of the final photographic exhibition, the visit to some museums of the city and the discovery of an unknown
The project path includes several training sessions aimed at acquiring important basic photographic techniques in order to enrich the professional skills of the participants. You will want to provide the approach to photography as a “communication process”, how to use the camera, the various types of optics and the control of depth of field and the blur, special techniques such as backlighting and fill light, the shooting modes with night light and the correct use of the flash.
The guided tours of the city will also have the aim of making known some of the places that symbolize the historical culture of Milan. Finally, the shots taken will be developed and exhibited to the public in a photographic exhibition whose layout will be taken by the participants themselves, in order to allow the learning of the organizational elements of a photographic preparation, the writing of short captions to be applied to each photo as well as how to publicize the photographic event.
Recipients of the project Project path The project proposal includes several stages of implementation.The first phase foresees the development of n. 2 lessons in Italian and English, held at the reception center, which will discuss the basic techniques of photography, in particular urban photography, street photography, still life, portraits, nocturnal photographs and reportage.A guided tour of some photographic exhibitions or museums will follow.The second phase of the project includes n. 2 guided tours between known and unknown places to the participants in order to discover and rediscover the city and select the object of the photo shoots.Choosing the areas to be photographed you will make the outputs for the shots, using a digital camera, applying the techniques illustrated in the group training lessons. The present project will end with the organization of an exhibition of the photos taken by the participants. This photographic exhibition will be held…..
The present project intends to contact about 10 asylum seekers and holders of international protection, currently residing in the Reception Center for asylum seekers located in via Corelli 28, in Milan. The participants will be chosen considering their attitudes and their interest in the theme of photography, as well as their period of stay in the city of Milan, in order to bring out any emotional change.
Realizzata da: Annarita Turco e Mohammad Karimi