The series of RIMA creative workshops started last March with a Digital and Film Photography Workshop, under the supervision of photographers Mario Badagliacca (Italy) and Mohamed Keita (Ivory Coast). They engaged with a truly international group of participants, teaching them various aspects of and approaches to photography, and taking them outside the studio to learn the vocation against the windy backdrop of Valletta, and then in Sliema.
Among the many aims that Rima is taking into account, there was the desire to give a strong continuity both to the idea of migration and exile and to all the initiatives pursued since the beginning, as every initiative was strongly linked to the previous one. Following the same spirit, the workshops are all strongly related: the pictures taken by the participants will be used as a springboard for new ideas during the Creative Writing and Storytelling workshop, which is happening in the two last weekends of April. One, or perhaps even more, of the stories which will emerge from this last workshop will, in turn, inspire a script for a short film which will go into production in October. They will also be used for the Digital Storytelling workshop, also in October.
This is over and above the images, stories and objects collected during this intense and beautiful journey, and will all form part of an important component of the final Rima exhibition in October 2018.
While we look forward to meeting the participants of the Creative Writing and Storytelling workshop, here are some shots of the people we've had the pleasure to work, collaborate and share experiences with during our Photography workshop.