Artists from Italy and Hungary who have made their homes in Northern Ireland will come together for ‘Neither here, nor there, New Voices of Ireland Series 8′, a special showcase event for presenting migrant artists to the wider online community, on Thursday 25 February at 7.30 pm.
Organised by the Centre for Creative Practices, a literary arts production company, curated by Monika Sapielak, an independent curator and Artistic Director of the CCP, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, ‘Neither here, nor there’ or the poetry of migration, is a video poem in Italian, Hungarian and English followed by a dialogue on belonging, migrating, creativity, and how home can look very different when viewed from a distance.
Speaking about the event, Csilla says:
“In my video poems, just as in poetry, I am interested in layers of meaning. A new entity comes about from the interconnected footage, sound and rhythm.”Featuring a poetic dialogue and images, the aim of ‘Neither here, nor there’ is to reflect on the experience of migration and the enrichment of diversity in renewing and changing Northern Ireland.”
Viviana Fiorentino is Italian and lives in Belfast where she teaches Italian literature. An award-winning poet in Italy, her poems, short stories and translations have appeared in many international literature magazines. Her poems appeared in the anthology ‘Writing Home’ (Dedalus Press); in 2021, in the anthology ‘Days of Clear Light – A Festschrift in Honour of Jessie Lendennie & in Celebration of Salmon Poetry at 40’ (Salmon Poetry). In Italy, she published a poetry collection (Controluna Press), in anthology (Arcipelago Itaca Edizioni) and a novel (Transeuropa Publishing House). She co-founded two activist poetry initiatives (Sky, You Are Too Big and Letters With Wings) and Le Ortique (forgotten women artists blog).
Csilla Toldy’s poetry, short fiction and essays appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthol-ogies. Her poetry collection Red Roots – Orange Sky was published by Lapwing Publications Bel-fast in 2013, followed by an anthology of short fiction, poetry and memoir with the title “The Emigrant Woman’s Tale” in 2015 and “Vertical Montage” in 2018, which was launched at Dublin Literary Festival. Csilla’s short story collection “Angel Fur and other stories” was published by Stupor Mundi Press, Fife and reviewed in Irish Times. In 2020 Csilla was commissioned to cre-ate a video poem as a public artwork by the Executive Office of Northern Ireland for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Tickets for this online event are free and can be booked now here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/o/centre-for-creative-practices-10957794361