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 worked 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 their 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.
Crossing The Bridge is carried by Mauritian anthropologist Sophie-Claire Violette.