I hope you are enjoying this bank holiday Monday to the fullest and that, wherever you are, you are able to enjoy a bit more sun than what we are having in Dublin today.
After so many nice days the dullness has came back and I feel like this Monday which should be dedicated to pic nics and games in the open air will look much more like a staying-at-home-with-a-blanket-and-a-cuppa one…
Anyways, for me it wouldn't make much of a difference as sunny or not I was planning this day to be dedicated to packing already.
And as many of you know very well, packing is not really the kind of activity you'd do outdoor.
Well, I could actually argue about this but I feel like this post is not the place and today it's not the time for that…
Today, I want to share with you the news I've been anticipating in the previous few posts I've written.
It's the reason why I was stuck on my chair a couple of days ago, in the venue of an exhibition in Griffith College.
Well, mystery revealed: I was invigilating in the room where my colleagues and I are exposing our final works before our graduation in the course of Journalism and Visual Media from Griffith College.
The exhibition, which we have been working at for the past months, was part of the Griffith College Creative Show, that major exhibition disposed all around the campus, in the rooms of the respective faculties and in the auditorium where the future photographers are exposing their work in a huge and pretty amazing exhibition.
There's video (my documentary, B-Breakers which I previously showed you, was selected to be among the ones showcased…), photographs, digital animations, fashion (some incredibly good pieces this year…) and of course multi media, our section which was with no doubts the most various one.
In fact, our course has been teaching us so many different skills and introducing us to so many possible carriers that in the end many of us went toward very different directions, despite all of us coming from the same faculty.
Aaron for example, with his photographic images, edited with Photoshop in order to communicate messages about media today and its controversies;
Sarah, with her gorgeous fashion illustrations, keeping the beauty and elegance of a fashion image but also reflecting about some of the biggest question marks regarding the values of this world (without being ignorant and judgmental as some other pretending-to-be "illustrator" has recently been…);
Lauren, with her absolutely gorgeous illustrations, painted with water colors, drawn and digitalized, representing the animals of the woods and one of which I personally bought and I cannot wait to see hanging in my room!
It has been a lot of work, reflecting on what we wanted to do and beginning to work on it, along with Aoife's advice as she has been there for us every step of the way.
But apart from thinking of a concept for our final project, develop it and put it into practice, in the end we actually had to hang it on the wall, which was surprisingly fun despite being more challenging than I thought.
Thank God, I chose to print my pictures on boards, which happened to be much lighter and easy to hang than heavy frames.
My exhibition was about something that I've been doing for the past three years non stop, one of my favorite things, one of the things I've been sharing with you the most: Backstage!
Having to produce an artist statement, I tried to make it as clear as possible about my intentions and what I wanted to show and communicate with my work.
In fact, differently from many of my colleagues who produced real pieces of art (Roya for example, with her incredible photographs of rotten food she picked up and kept for that, questioning capitalism and consumption), my work was much more voted to show a concept, to tell a bit about what I do and communicate a feeling of curiosity which in my opinion would have been able to suggest why I am so interested about this and why I do like it so much…
This was my artist statement, which appeared on one of my walls with a picture (so professional it almost felt unreal…):
"The backstage of a fashion shoot is where the interaction between the various members of the team happens.
The way in which each and every single one of them brings his very personal contribution highly influences the final result: backstage is where fashion really is.
Attending fashion shootings is something that has significantly characterised my college carrier, making me realise how complicated yet fascinating the work that happens behind the creation of a fashion image is.
By portraying two different backstage I would like to represent the factors that make this job thrilling but much more difficult than many might think.
By using black and white for the first backstage and colour in the second one I wanted to highlight the jump from one dimension to another.
My ultimate desire would be to communicate the feeling that comes from working in an industry where everything is about beauty, but also stimulate a reflection on how wrongly people often think about it, as they forget the actual message carried by the fashion image.
A message which was in many occasions able to influence an entire generation."
Before hanging the pictures, at the end of the semester, we had been speaking with Aoife about the kind of installation we would have had to have in order to showcase our work.
Some of us needed just a screen for a video (Christina for example, who decided to showcase her colourful and communicative shots about the reaction to the war of the Ukrainian community of Dublin…), some of us just a wall where to hang their pieces.
I needed both, as my work consisted in two sets of pictures and a video, each one representing a different backstage.
That's how I ended up with a lovely cubicle, which happened to be very handy as we used it to hide our bags but also other stuff that remained available after our hours of work setting up the venue.
The day of the inauguration of the entire Creative Show we were all much more excited than what we would have thought.
Everything looked so good and we were so proud of ourselves that the glass of cold Prosecco we drank at 4.30pm seemed to be very well deserved.
Personally, I was so happy for everyone and because some of my favourite people in the entire world were present on the day.
Nico, who came back to Dublin after two years and stayed the week end, providing after-exhibition fun and a lot of extra happiness, and blondness.
And of course Alex, who has been showcased in the Creative Show for the second year in a row (last year my documentary about him was selected to be showcased as well…).
This is definitely the best thing that I will always remember about Dublin: the wonderful people I was so blessed to meet in the past three years of my life.
Not only friends that will remain for life and whom I feel very attached to, but people who have the power of inspiring me and making me believe in talent and passion day by day.
As I told you, the photographs I exposed were taken in two different backstage which of course I've been telling you about already but whose official backstage photographs I haven't showed you yet as I was actually waiting for this moment.
The first backstage I exposed was the one of Alex and Caitriona's music video, show by Aidan Farrelly for the Red Queen Contest.
The second backstage was the one of the fabulous editorial shot by Nicky Johnston in Connemara with design from Linn Marie Karsler.
In both cases, choosing just three pictures from the whole series I had was probably the hardest challenge.
In the end, I was pretty sure about the ones I selected and I think in terms of colours and shapes they fit in together well enough.
The video I exposed was the backstage video I shot during Fashion Shed Int.'s official shooting and which I've showed you in a previous post.
This Final Show was not only a great opportunity to show to our dearest ones and everyone else what we have learnt and which identity we have developed during the course of the past three years, but also the last opportunity for us class mates, future colleagues and friends to share the same feelings about our journey and its end, which came so fast.
Now, despite the fact that everyone will go toward a different directions from the others, his very own direction, we will always share the memory of this great achievement and of our time spent together.
We have learnt a lot, we have changed and we have discovered some things about ourselves we wouldn't probably know by now if we didn't go throughout this process of self-discovery which took three years.
I will always remember this period of my life as one of the most important ones, no doubts.
Saying goodbye to go toward a new adventure is bitter sweet, my eyes are watering and I actually don't know if I should call this sadness or happiness.
Thank you to all the people who have thought me so much in the course of these wonderful three years together.
Good luck to all my friends and colleagues, some of the people I respect the most in the whole world.
But most of all, congratulations.