DxO One Grant
Exploring The World
These are all of the past grant recipients, newest first.
This is a project on Theyyam - an ancient cult of Malabar, in the northern region of Kerala, India. An incredibly vibrant tradition that has been in practice for the last 1500 years, Theyyam is a deep rooted folk religion, where the Theyyam practitioner or the Oracle, in a state of exalted trance, becomes the physical manifestation of a deity. With the DXO imaging system, I intend to build up an intense and intimate visual narrative of this cult.
Central American migrants have been making the perilous journey through Central America and Mexico for over 20 years. This is an old refugee story that is ripe and fraught with danger still today. The journey across the borders is taken by riding a giant freight train called ďLa BestiaĒ (the beast) and by various other means. Children and families face violence, rape, torture and worse in doing so. Why would anyone want to risk such dangers? Because they are worse off in their own countries.
Imagine you wake up one morning to find out that by way of whatís basically a genetic fluke, youíre a citizen to a country youíve never visited and whose language you donít even speak.†Thatís about how itís happened for me.
In Becoming Italian I hope to use the DxO ONE to document my first visit to my familyís ancestral village in Sicily and the process of becoming a citizen of a new country.