THE JOURNEY OF SONIA’S TREES | Letizia Lopreiato at ONCA Arts Gallery, Brighton, UK

 

THE JOURNEY OF SONIA’S TREES | Letizia Lopreiato at ONCA Arts Gallery, Brighton, UK Date/Time
Date(s) - 12/05/2022 - 05/06/2022
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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ONCA Arts Gallery

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The Journey of Sonia’s Trees is a solo exhibition by artist Letizia Lopreiato following her residency on the ONCA Barge where she spent time developing an existing project, Sonia’s Trees.

LETIZIA LOPREIATO:
THE JOURNEY OF SONIA’S TREES, 12 May – 4 June 2022

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Journey of Sonia’s Trees and the recently published artist’s book Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021) comprise a 4 year artivism awareness campaign on eco-sustainability. Both are labours of love, manifestations in physical form of a call to protect and an invitation to care, felt and shared by the artist through her visual poetry and performative creative process. The artworks include 35mm photography, Super 8 film, and poetry and spoken word performance, depicting Letizia Lopreiato’s journey of observation.

Sonia’s Trees, the pilot project that this exhibition stems from, was developed as a social documentary centred on the topic of eco-sustainability using participative observation based on sociology and environmental psychology qualitative research methods. Letizia chose to centre this documentary process on the life-changing events of the story’s protagonist, Sonia McGuirk, a dear friend of the artist and single mother from Dublin, who decided to relocate to the West of Ireland in early 2018, looking for a more heart centred and sustainable life for herself and her family.

Sonia and her two children relocated from the city of Dublin to the native forests of County Clare in the West of Ireland via the Copper Coast in County Waterford, South East Ireland. This journey unfolds as both a personal and a physical quest of the protagonist, and in many ways, of the artist as well, with both looking for a more sustainable and connected lifestyle.

The Journey of Sonia’s Trees launches Letizia Lopreiato’s newly designed social documentary series, with Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021), representing the pilot project and starting point. The Journey of Sonia’s Trees expands from the creation and exhibition of the artworks into a performative form of art practice which includes artist talks, giveaways of handmade native seed art-packs, and community engagement activities devoted to promote pluriversal social inclusion, through the introduction by the artist of barrier-free technology such as Swell Form – a type of printing used to create tactile images.

By carrying out socially engaged initiatives through her art practice, Lopreiato aims for the project to serve as a catalyst of change in the conversation about reforestation and eco-sustainability. She also aims to promote social inclusion and equality through the set up of the show itself and the design of the different community based actions, which together give shape to the imagery of “The Journey of Sonia’s Trees” , and its multifaceted meanings.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Letizia Lopreiato is a multilingual visual poet and film photographer supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, whilst working with 35mm photography, poetry, spoken word, and Super 8 film, to develop her autobiographical and social documentary practice.

Magnum Photos Portfolio Review featured artist (2020), Lopreiato embraced film photography in February 2018, after her visual impairment diagnosis. The artist writes and performs her poetry in English, Italian and Spanish. Her work is published in the UK, Ireland and Italy. Lopreiato is a professional member of Visual Artists Ireland, and her work is part of Ireland’s Office of Public Works State Art Collection.

Letizia Lopreiato’s current and upcoming solo exhibitions include:

– PhotoIreland Festival 2022 Dublin Castle – The Printworks Building, Ireland (July-August 2022)
– ONCA Arts Gallery, Brighton, UK, (May-June 2022)
– Phoenix Art Space, Brighton, UK (April-May 2022)

Lopreiato’s artistic practice is engaged in reclaiming a different way of storytelling: from empathy to connection, from impairment to empowerment, from grief to love, from confinement to acceptance, social engagement and equality for our environment, both at an individual and community level.

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