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

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