Since 2010 Lara Platman & Operaestate Festival –Comune di Bassano del Grappa in Italy have been collaborating in a project called Boxing.
It is a reminiscence project with participants of elderly inhabitants and immigrant children who have moved into the region. This multicultural intergenerational project allows the community to include new ways of dialogue and living together. Participants are appointed in couples and invited to share stories, the adults choose a specific place or location in their town where to tell their stories to the children.
Lara Platman teaches the children how to photograph subjects inspired by the stories that are told by the adults. Each participants keeps a written diary along with paper boxes where objects related to the meeting and stories are collected. Diaries, boxes and the pictures taken by the children accompany the final exhibition of Lara Platman’s photographs and her documentation of the project which is set up in each town where the project takes place.
In 2011 the project has developed and takes place in Bari, Bassano del Grappa, London and Maastricht.
The project is supported by the European Cultural Foundation, Comune di Bassano del Grappa, Kismet Teatro OperA Bari, Nederlandse Dansdagen, Photofeature, The Place, Leica Camera AG, Manfrotto and Carterie Tassotti.