At the crossroads of anthropology, photography and film, Crossing the Bridge is anchored in the belief that stories have the power to positively impact how local communities welcome and embrace migrants.
Our first eponymous exhibition “Crossing The Bridge; Exploring Identity and Belonging in Ashburton’s Migrant Community” captured the experiences of a group of migrants living in Ashburton | New Zealand. Our research culminated in a multidimensional exhibition which offered a space for personal reflection on the journeys that change their lives. We collaborated with Argentinian film-maker Vanesa Paredes, Belgian photographer Petra Mingneau and New Zealand producer Lucy Holland who were participants in this project as well, to photograph our participants and capture each participant’s individual narratives.
“Crossing The Bridge; Exploring Identity and Belonging in Ashburton’s Migrant Community” was exhibited in a purposely imagined transitional gallery in Ashburton. A pop up show was curated at the Christchurch Centre for Contemporary Art and a social experiment around the interview process was organised at Gallery 464, Christchurch as part of First Thursdays Christchurch.
Crossing The Bridge is carried by Mauritian anthropologist Sophie-Claire Violette.