Crossing the Bridge is a creative collective founded by Mauritian Anthropologist Sophie-Claire Violette supported by Argentinian Film Maker Vanesa Paredes and Creative Editor Lucy Holland from New Zealand. We create visual and experiential projects with a strong anthropological focus.
Our first eponymous project “Crossing The Bridge; Exploring Identity and Belonging in Ashburton’s Migrant Community” told the stories of twenty one migrants and their experiences integrating into the rural town of Ashburton | New Zealand. We partnered with Belgian photographer Petra Mingneau on this project over a period of seven months. Our research culminated in a multidimensional public experience bringing together anthropology film photography and individual narratives.
“Crossing The Bridge; Exploring Identity and Belonging in Ashburton’s Migrant Community” was exhibited in a purposely imagined transitional gallery in Ashburton and at the Christchurch Centre for Contemporary Art in 2016.
WHAT DO WE DO? We give a voice to stories that want to be heard
WHY DO WE DO IT? We believe in the power of stories to influence local communities and cultures we work in