About the artist
Please find Letizia Lopreiato on INSTAGRAM for an inclusive visual poetry experience, through her multilingual spoken word, 35mm photography, and her Super 8 film art practice.
MY VISION THROUGH ART:
Empathy, Empowerment, Engagement, Environment
Developing a pansensorial mindful experience for radical inclusion
Letizia Lopreiato is a multilingual visual poet and social documentary film photographer from Dublin (born in Monza, Italy). Letizia's artistic practice is engaged in reclaiming a different way to tell a story: from empathy to connection, from impairment to empowerment, from grief to love, from confinement to acceptance, social engagement and equality for our environment, both at an individual and at a community level.
Letizia is Magnum Photos Portfolio Review featured artist (November 2020), and 2021 solo exhibitor at Exposure Alberta Photography Festival (Canada) and PhotoIreland Festival (Ireland), with her three year visual - poetry documentaries: her biographical project titled The Timelapse (2018-2021), and Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021), the artist's social documentary and artivism campaign, centered in the topic of eco-sustainability and the reforestation cause.
Letizia's photography work has been acquired by the Office of Public Works (OPW Ireland) and it is now part of the Irish State Arts' Collection and National Archives.
The artist is awardee of both the most recent Arts Council of Ireland Agility Award (November 2021), Visual Arts Research Bursary (May 2021), and of the Arts Council of Ireland Connect Award (December 2020). Letizia writes and performs her poetry both in English, Italian and Spanish. She has seen her work of visual poetry both featured and published internationally, across the UK, Ireland and Italy.
Letizia works with the media of 35mm film expanded photography, poetry, spoken word. The artist embraced film photography, by introducing a multidisciplinary approach to her poetry, three years ago, only a few months after her visual impairment was diagnosed.
2021 marks for Lopreiato, the year of her creative gaze's expansion, into the realm of moving image, medium to facilitate the awareness of her visual poetry creative social documentary style, and the interconnected layers of meaning of these elements. The artist chose to explore the Super 8 film medium in 2021, inspired by the desire of incorporating the use of her late dad’s Super 8 camera in her art practice.
Letizia Lopreiato’s visual poetry and photography practice is inspired by her academic research background in History of International Relations, Philology and Semiotics, Psychology and Sociology, at a macro-approach level.
In 2020 Letizia completed her Postgraduate Course in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Trinity College Dublin. She comes from a Magna Cum Laude MA Degree in International Relations for Cooperation and Development, and she holds a BA in Political Studies, both titles acquired in Milan (Italy), and with a major in the use of media within politics and international organisations.
Letizia is now leveraging the international program management professional experience, matured over a decade working in the technology industry across four different countries (Denmark, Spain, Ireland and Italy), while investigating the avenues of barrier - free technologies integration in her art practice, from idea's conception to execution, and exhibition of her socially engaged projects.
In particular, her current research work in the realm of Psychology and Neuroscience, has informed Lopreiato’s art practice over the past three years, resulting in the development of a more intimate text and image journey of exploration for her audience. Her creative documentary and art photography style evolved thanks to a fundamental step, the inclusion of her multilingual spoken word in all her art-works, in the form of audio-visual installations.
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, in order to create the best pansensorial experience, for inclusion of her audience at all level of able-bodiness and neuro-divergency.
Alongside her autobiographical and documentary work, the artist's background is allowing her to advance her interest in, and vocation for, the topics of accessibility and equality within the Visual Arts, and with a specific focus on Photography.
She is gathering insights on best practices in regards to radical inclusion and pluri-diversity in photography, both at a contemporary and at a historical level.
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."
2021 (July - September), Ireland - Sonia's Trees (2018-2021) developed through a series of solo mobile exhibitions across the island, launched by the artist on July 22nd 2021 as part of PhotoIreland Festival 2021 Open Program. Sonia’s Trees 2018-2021 is a three year social documentary and art-based awareness campaign on eco-sustainability, a photo-story showcased both off-line and on-line, supporting the vision of Ireland’s reforestation through its native seeds and trees, the Irish city-countryside duality, and the topics of place identity from an environmental psychology perspective. This artivism series of events included:
- September 23rd 2021, Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021), Super 8 short film screening, Temple Bar Gallery+Studios Venue, Dublin, Ireland, EVENT LINK
- September 18th 2021, Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021), eco-sustainability artist talk Harvest Day, Bodytonic-BrewTonic , Dublin, Ireland, EVENT LINK
- September 17th 2021, Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021), publication’s artist talk, Culture Night Dublin 21 (on-line), EVENT LINK
- August 27th to August 29th 2021, solo show and artist’s handmade art pack give away, MVP Dublin and John Gunn’s Camera Shop, Dublin, Ireland, EVENT LINK
- August 7th to August 11th 2021, Sonia’s Trees solo show at GOMA Gallery of Modern Art Gardens Waterford, supported by Arts Council and City Council Waterford, EVENT LINK
- July 22nd 2021, Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021) project’s launch talk (on-line), 106 attendees via Zoom, PhotoIreland Festival Open Program 2021, Dublin, Ireland, EVENT LINK
2021 (February 1st to 28th), Exposure Alberta’s Photography Festival (Canada) - solo visual poetry exhibition (on-line): The Timelapse (2018-2021) Chapter 1, autobiographical creative documentary depicting the journey of healing through grief and trauma thanks to art, of two women, the artist coming accepting her visual impairment, and her mother’s relocation to Ireland, after Letizia’s father death. EVENT LINK
November 25th to December 5th, Dublin (IR) - Dublin Art Book Fair 2021 Exhibition, Sonia's Trees (2018-2021) art book publication https://shop.templebargallery.com/collections/artist-books/products/letizia-lopreiato-sonias-trees
November 1st to 28th 2021, Dublin (IR) - PhotoIreland Halftone Print Fair 2021 at The Library Project, two artworks selected from my The Timelapse Chapter 2 and from Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021)
October 15th to 24th 2021, Waterford (IR) - Imagine Arts Festival, one of ten artists selected for the Arts Trail https://www.imagineartsfestival.com/index.php/whats-21/imagine-arts-trail/letizia-lopreiato
September 17th 2021, Dublin (IR) - IOVA Group Culture Night Exhibition, 2nd Annual Photography GroupExhibition, INDEX Studio Gallery, one art work from Sonia’s Trees https://culturenight.ie/event/39-40-arran-quay-pcg-second-annual-photography-exhibition/
March 16th to 31st 2021, Dublin (IR) - Equinox, a NUA Collective visual arts on-line group exhibition https://nuacollective.ie/equinox/
December 2020, Dublin (IR) - All Kinds Art-Book and On-line exhibition, 100 selected artists’ based inIreland, in support of MASI (Movement for Asylum Seekers), published by Henn’sTeeth Gallery and Publisher, Dublin, Ireland https://www.allkinds.gallery/home/letizia-lopreiato
November 2020, Dublin (IR) - NUA Collective Ireland, Premiere Exhibition, launch exhibition https://nuacollective.ie/premiere-exhibition/
September 18th 2020, Dublin (IR) - IOVA Group Culture Night Exhibition, 1st Annual Photography GroupExhibition, Index Studio Gallery, participated with one visual poetry art-work
April 30th 2020, Dublin (IR) - Poetry Day Ireland - There will be time, From the Front visual poetryartwork, Dublin, Ireland https://westcorkpeople.ie/culture/arts/there-will-be-time-as-poetry-day-ireland-2020-takes-place-online-this-year/
September 2019, Ireland - Spoken Word, Ranelagh Arts Festival, finalist artist to perform my poetry at the festival's closing ceremony, Dublin, Ireland
The artist's photography work has been acquired by the Office of Public Works (OPW Ireland) and it is now part of the Irish State Arts' Collection and National Archives.
November 2021, Ireland - Arts Council Ireland, Agility Award Round 3
June 2021, Ireland - Arts Council Ireland, Visual Arts Research Bursary
May 2021, Spain - The Curatorship Portfolio Review Award, winner of portfolio review contestwith five international reviewers
December 2020, Ireland - Arts Council Ireland, Connect Award
June 2020, Ireland - Artist of the Month, Cassandra Voices, arts and culture publisher, Dublin,Ireland https://cassandravoices.com/arts/artist-of-the-month-letizia-lopreiato/
March 2000, Italy - Premio di Poesia Citta’ di Monza (National Poetry Award), winner with twopoems featured in written publication and prize catalogue
July 1996, Italy - Premio di Poesia Rotary Club (National Poetry Award), winner with two poemsfeatured in written publication, prize catalogue, and performed live at Pompei Greek Theatre.
September 2021, UK - WorkShowGrow artist in residence, South-East England
August 2021, Ireland - Gallery of Modern Art Waterford (GOMA) Summer Artist in Residence, South-East Ireland https://gomawaterford.ie/residencies/letizia-lopreiato-summer-residency/
SELECTED ARTIST TALKS
September 2021, Ireland - Culture Night Dublin, Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021)’s publication, artist talk
July 2021, Ireland - PhotoIreland Festival Open Program 2021, Sonia’s Trees (2018-2021), launch talk
May 2021, UK- WorkShowGrow, “And so the story begins”, artist talk
March 2021, Ireland - NUA Collective - Equinox exhibition, artist talk
February 2021, Canada - Exposure Alberta’s International Photography Festival, artist talk
December 2021, Ireland - Arts and Disability: Accessibility in the Arts, NUA Collective podcast series
January 2021, UK - WorkShowGrow, Unite, printed publication, artist profile and photo feature https://www.workshowgrow.com/store-2/p/wsg-united-publication
December 2020, Ireland - All Kinds Gallery printed publication and on-line gallery, charity project insupport of MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers) https://www.allkinds.gallery/home/letizia-lopreiato
Portraits' credit: Saoirse Sexton