About the artist
Please see the artist INSTAGRAM PROFILE for an inclusive and immersive experience including: her multilingual spoken word, 35mm photography visual poetry, as well as her moving image art-works.
Letizia Lopreiato is a multilingual visual poet-artist and film photographer from Dublin (originally from Italy). Letizia's story telling practice is engaged in reclaiming a different way to tell a story: from impairment to empowerment, from grief to love, from confinement to acceptance, social inclusion and equality.
Letizia is Magnum Photos Portfolio Review featured artist (November 2020), and 2021 solo exhibitor at Exposure Alberta Photography Festival (Canada), with her three year documentary and biographical visual poetry project titled The Timelapse (2018-2021).
Awardee of both the most recent Arts Council of Ireland Visual Arts Research Bursary (May 2021), and of the Arts Council of Ireland Connect Mentorship Grant (December 2020). she is a registered professional member of Visual Artists Ireland, and a regular contributor to Poetry Ireland.
Letizia works with the media of 35mm film expanded photography, poetry, spoken word and most recently Super 8 film moving image, to facilitate the awareness of her visual poetry creative social documentary style, and the interconnected layers of meaning of these elements. The artist writes and performs her poetry both in English, Italian and Spanish. She has seen her work of visual poetry published internationally, across the UK, Ireland and Italy.
Letizia embraced film photography, by introducing a multidisciplinary approach to her poetry, three years ago, only a few months after her visual impairment was diagnosed.
Letizia has been working primarily with the media of film photography and poetry in her art practice, though by leveraging the work of exploration of her late dad's Super 8 film archives this year, and in love with the incredible potential of the Super 8 medium for her visual poetry creative process, she has chosen to incorporate the use of Super 8 film, and of her dad's Super 8 camera in her art practice.
2021 marks for Lopreiato, the year of her creative gaze's expansion, into the realm of moving image.
Letizia Lopreiato’s visual poetry and photography practice is inspired by her academic research background in History of International / Intercultural Relations, Philology and Semiotics, Psychology and Sociology of Communication, at a macro-approach level.
In particular, her current investigation in the realm of Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience, has informed Lopreiato’s art practice over the past three years, resulting in the development of a more intimate imagery in her creative documentary and art photography style, of which a fundamental step has been represented by the incorporation of her multilingual spoken word, in the exhibition of all her art-works.
Overall this multidisciplinary and multilayered artistic approach has allowed Letizia, to focus both on the production and on the perception, of text and image relationship in her visual poetry practice.
Lopreiato comes from a Magna Cum Laude MA Degree research background in International Relations for Cooperation and Development in Milan, as well as a BA Degree in Political Studies, majoring in the use of media within politics and international organisations. Letizia completed in 2020, her Postgraduate in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Trinity College Dublin.
Lopreiato is leveraging within her art practice, her professional program-management experience matured over a decade working in the tech industry, across four different countries; this background is allowing her to advance her interest in, and vocation towards, the topics of barrier-free technologies for social justice, inclusivity, equality and cooperation within the Visual Arts and Photography sectors.
Alongside the release of The Timelapse next chapter during 2021,
Letizia is currently working on community-engaged documentary practices,gathering insights on the ethics of inclusivity in photography, both at a contemporary and at a historical level.
Lopreiato is specifically focusing on social inclusion, cooperation and development, as well as on equality and accessibility within the Arts and Culture, the Visual Arts and particularly in Photography.
In Letizia's words:
"Documenting reality through storytelling, to explore social issues and uncover social injustice has always been the focus of my poetry. Now this opportunity has been made even more powerful, thanks to the vehicle for empathy that is the camera lens.
I hope you will enjoy being on this journey with me, as much as I love being in it with all of you.
Have a great day wherever you are, and whatever you are passing through whilst checking this site, please remember:
-There is always time to breath-
With much light and respect,
Photo credit: Saoirse Sexton