MA Photography Student shares Migration Photo-Documentary

The University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries is thrilled to share a photo-documentary from MA Photography student, Alice Castiglione.

Alice Castiglione is an MA Photography student who is currently running a photo documentary which examines the female experience of migration.

Alice’s project recognises the migratory flow is primarily made up of men, and the female experience is told marginally and never by the direct interested parties. To counter the hatred climate generated by a one-way narration, Alice tasked herself to leave women protagonists of this phenomenon to be free to take part in the discourse as they felt right.

Alice says “Giving a name and a face is not enough, we must learn to know and listen to them. The project has been developed from a personal feminist perspective, as an artist where I perceive my role to be functionary; For me is important to process feelings and to create a space of awareness and empathy in order to break down barriers of race, sex and social class, in contrast to the climate of hate generated by the rise of the far-right and populist parties in Italy this diversity is presented as wealth.”

In collaboration with local realities, NGOs and institutions, Alice explored the faces, traces, and spaces of the female community hosted in Palermo, Mineo, and Scicli.

The aim is to facilitate new knowledge in contrast to the narrative which says that the migratory phenomenon is one that arises out of opportunism.

You can see Alice’s work and find out more about the meaning behind it over on her website.


Image Credits: Alice Castiglione

Katie Clarke

Katie Clarke is a Media Studies Student, currently on her Placement Year, working as Promotions Assistant for the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, at the University of Portsmouth.

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