Decolonizing the City: Visual Dialogues in Padova
Annalisa’s participatory video ‘Decolonizing the City: Visual Dialogues in Padova’ represents a public visual sociological approach to confronting and reflecting on Italy’s colonial past by building counter histories coming from racialized people with family migratory backgrounds.
The committee thought that Annalisa’s project was a fascinating, multi-dimensional initiative that directly supports anti-colonial ideals through collaboration with immigrant communities to design and conduct walking tours, a film, and workshops—all of which recall through contemporary and popular consciousness different examples of Italy’s colonial past.
The committee was impressed with how Annalisa engaged local residents in developing materials and language for restoring the history (and abuses) of Italy’s colonial past in ways that can inform current discussions and policy making.
Annalisa would especially like to thank Elisabetta Campagni MA graduate in Sociology, who assisted her in the organization of the course, the shootings and the editing processes with the students. Essential assistance came also from Dagmawi Yimer, a filmmaker of Ethiopian origin who has been working within the Italian independent cinema industry.
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