Online and Multi-Location Event | Letizia Lopreiato’s Creative Documentary: Sonia’s Trees


Online and Multi-Location Event | Letizia Lopreiato's Creative Documentary: Sonia's Trees Date/Time
Date(s) - 22/07/2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm





A Photoireland Festival 2021 Open Program Event:

Bookings open via Eventbrite at THIS LINK and a series of events in various locations – please see description below for more details

The story of a Dublin family who found in the West of Ireland and its native trees, the call for a sustainable future.

About this event

A creative documentary including the media of 35mm photography, poetry and spoken word, as well as Super 8 moving image, that evolved into a two months awareness campaign, exploring reforestation and eco-sustainability, through Ireland’s native seeds. 

Letizia has organised a series of events for the launch of the project this summer as part of the Photo Ireland Festival 2021 Open Program, of which this talk is the starting point.

The artist’s intention is to create an awareness art – campaign around the topic of Ireland’s reforestation with its native trees, between July and August 2021, in both Dublin and Waterford.

Please see event’s description below for the various locations and dates of this project’s show, throughout July and August, between Dublin and Waterford:

“Seeds, Trees and The Politics of Food in Ireland” is the launch talk of Letizia Lopreiato’s new creative documentary photography project entitled “Sonia’s Trees”, which includes the artist’s 35 mm. photography, Super 8 film moving image, and her poetry and spoken word performance.

“Sonia’s Trees” (2018-2021) is shot between County Clare and County Waterford in Ireland. The project explores the City-Country life duality in Ireland, and its connection with eco-sustainability, the politics of food in the country, and Ireland’s reforestation vision and mission using native trees and seeds.

This body of work covers the life-changing series of events that occurred over the past three years in the life of one of the artist’s dearest friends from Dublin, Sonia McGuirk. She is a single mother who, with her two kids, relocated from the city of Dublin to the West of Ireland, and later Waterford, looking for a more sustainable and connected lifestyle for herself and her family. This creative documentary was shot on 35mm film in both BW and colour, and on Super 8 moving image film, between these two locations, over the past three and half years.

Please see here for a more detailed overview of this project’s events’ series:

Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), Waterford – August 3rd to August 15th 2021

This exhibition will showcase the final results of artist Letizia Lopreiato’s upcoming summer residency at GOMA, between July and August 2021, and it represents a section of her three year documentary journey.

Through black & white and color landscape photography, portraiture and Super8 films, the artist poetically pays tribute to the healing experience that the year 2020/2021 has represented for her documentary protagonist Sonia McGuirk, and her life by the Copper Coast in County Waterford.

In Dublin between July 22nd and August 31st 2021, please see list of locations for this photography trail the artist has organised to launch this art-based awareness campaign, thanks to this project’s four patrons.

– The County Clare part of the protagonist’s life journey will be showcased in locations across Dublin between August 3rd and August 31st, by creating a photography trail for the audience to experience.

This will be rewarded with a bag of native Irish Trees seeds, donated by the artist, in support of the cause of reforestation of Ireland, which is what Letizia Lopreiato’s creative documentary project supports and wants to embody:

In Letizia’s words: The future of Ireland’s land and of its food will be truly in your hands now!

Patrons of Letizia Lopreiato’s “Sonia’s Trees” project in Dublin, where you will be able to enjoy both Letizia’s photography and take away your bag of Irish Native Trees as a sign of gratitude from the artist, are:

– John Gunn’s Camera Shop on Wexford Street

– Simon’s Place on George Street Arcade

– Wall and Keogh on Richmond Street

– MVP Dublin on Clanbrassil Street

Finally in Dublin, the location of the project’s launch’s celebrations on July 25th, will be announced as a surprise during the artist and her protagonist live launch talk on July 22nd, please feel free to register here for the live talk via zoom on this page.

See you all on the 22nd of July at 7 pm. UK time!

About the artist

Letizia Lopreiato (@letizia_lety_lopreiato)

is a multilingual visual poet-artist and film photographer from Dublin (originally from Italy). Letizia is Magnum Photos Portfolio Review featured artist (November 2020), and 2021 solo exhibitor at Exposure Alberta Photography Festival (Canada), with her three year documentary and biographical visual poetry project titled The Timelapse (2018-2021).

Awardee of both the most recent Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Research Bursary (May 2021), and of the Arts Council of Ireland Connect Mentorship Grant (December 2020). she is a registered professional member of Visual Artists Ireland, and a regular contributor to Poetry Ireland. Letizia works with the media of 35mm film expanded photography, poetry, spoken word and most recently Super 8 film moving image, to facilitate the awareness of her visual poetry creative social documentary style, and the interconnected layers of meaning of these elements. The artist writes and performs her poetry both in English, Italian and Spanish. She has seen her work of visual poetry published internationally, across the UK, Ireland and Italy.

Letizia embraced film photography, by introducing a multidisciplinary approach to her poetry, three years ago, only a few months after her visual impairment was diagnosed. Letizia’s visual poetry and photography practice is inspired by her academic research background in History of International / Intercultural Relations, Philology and Semiotics, Psychology and Sociology of Communication, at a macro-approach level.

Letizia comes from a Magna Cum Laude MA Degree research background in International Relations for Cooperation and Development in Milan, as well as a BA Degree in Political Studies, majoring in the use of media within politics and international organisations. Letizia completed in 2020, her Postgraduate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Trinity College Dublin.

Letizia is leveraging within her art practice, her professional program-management experience matured over a decade working in the tech industry, across four different countries; this background is allowing her to advance her interest in, and vocation towards, the topics of barrier-free technologies for social justice, inclusivity, equality and cooperation within the Visual Arts and Photography sectors.


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