Video, 09:20; 2011
Doing research about elderly people in Biella, I found that there are many immigrants, who take care of them (from post-Soviet countries also). These two weak parts of society, the elderly people and the immigrants are trying to help each other, sometimes even despite of the law. Different cultures and different ages live in collaboration where they need each other. They help each other to survive, to make life easier and better. Moreover I found an interesting phenomenon that despite a difficult situation – or maybe because of it – some people are trying to construct a new reality using their creative skills, like drawing, singing, dancing, etc. For instance 98 years old Silvio, who worked all his life as a fabric designer, makes collages from buttons, Lidia, badante (it. caretaker), draws pictures and sings in a church. Therefore even if you don’t have enough physical strength you have a choice to be or not to be a burden, to create or to destruct.
In my film I combine interview with drawings, which illustrate the story. Some of this pictures I found in Santuario di Oropa, a small church village near Biella, Piedmont. The huge hall with plenty of pictures, crafts, photographs, which people drew for Madonna Nera as gratitude for saving or recovery make a lasting impression.
My film is about the choices that a person makes and the relationships between very different people.
Video was shown in UNIDEE in Progress Exhibition
at Cittadellarte Pistoletto Foundation in Biella, Italy, 2011
and in Shape Open Exhibition in Portobello Gallery, London, 2012
Before the entrance to my exhibited project - video Carry Each Other I put a table with migration cards to make visitors feel more uncomfortable, like immigrants feel every day.