NEWS!!! Winners of the Illy call to design the graphics for the Illy coffee can were announced today.
Armona and Sabina from the Cittadellarte Production Office dropped by to tell us that two designs have been selected, those by Alioum Moussa and Chiara Tinonin in collaboration with Jobelle Tayawa. Congratulations to all concerned!
Meanwhile here is the thought process that led to the work currently being researched by Sara Hany Abed, she wrote this text in late July after she had been at UNIDEE for one month…
I’m an artist from Alexandria, Egypt experiencing my first residency in Cittadellarte Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy. It started on the 15th of June and ends on the 15th of October. In those four months we are supposed to develop an art project. Trying to think outside the box and allowing my art senses to develop I changed my first idea for the project and started to let go and experience things differently. I started walking in the streets, looking at people, faces, buildings, places. I realized two things.
(photo by Sara Hany Abed)
First, is that the mixture of being a woman, a muslim and an arab is very tempting for people to be curious, to ask a lot, sometimes to be even offensive and sometimes to put you in focus. Some focus on differences of gender, religion, nationality, colour, traditions..etc. and totally forget about the most common fact that we all share by just being human beings regardless any geographical, historical,social,physical,religious…etc differences we might have.
(photo by Sara Hany Abed)
Talking about differences and that alienated look people sometimes practice upon others came my second realization, or let me say wondering about the stories behind the arab population I saw in the streets of Biella very often. I wondered if they are also longing to be known for just being the human beings they are rather than to be judged by where they come from and their beliefs. From that point I started taking photos, investigating, interviewing, chatting, talking with them. The first thing that I confronted was their fear, feeling of insecurity and mistrust. They were suspicious about everything. They always have the fear of being betrayed or misused. I had to try to break those fearful barriers and to get them to trust me and to talk openly. Now I succeeded to interview an Egyptian family who are here since 20 years. It took time to gain their trust. They even saw my passport and Egyptian ID. I believe they –like other immigrants here- learned to trust papers and written official facts not just words. This made me wonder what happened to the word of honor the Egyptians used to believe in. Talking with them I realized that they are in that grey area between liking to stay here and wanting so much to go back to their country, between hating to stay here and hating other things back at home. In both places for them there’s something missing. And they are living in that dilemma not knowing any more where they can feel complete again.