Art From The Balcony: A Photo Project Creating Connection in the Time of COVID-19

Art From The Balcony: A Photo Project Creating Connection in the Time of COVID-19

It’s often said that photography is a universal language and one Italian photographer is setting out to prove just that. With required quarantines and job cancellations affecting the photography community worldwide, many photographers are feeling particularly isolated, fearful about their futures and creatively stifled. 

Now, one photographer is projecting art onto the sidewalk outside his window to make us all feel a little less alone.

To combat the loneliness brought on by a lack of in-person interaction, quarantined Italian photographer Dino Jasarevic created Art From The Balcony, an initiative centered around sharing photos, illustrations and videos with his neighbors and social following. Using his Epson 3LCD projector, he’s sharing the work of fellow creatives by projecting their art onto the sidewalk and road in front of his apartment building every evening. For anyone outside of Torino Italy, he’s also streaming the thirty-minute event on Instagram Live.

“This virus is spreading slowly all over the world and sad stories are constantly being shared by the media but there still are reasons to stay optimistic. That’s why we want to focus on how to survive the quarantine through art,” he told us.

Thus far the projections have featured Dino’s own images and photos by Umberto Verdoliva, Fabio Moscatelli, Stefano Mirabella, Paolo Ranzani, Alex Liverani, Mariano Siletti, Federico Arcangeli, Luca Rossi and PhotoShelter member Gabriele Faciotti.

We’ve teamed up with Dino and his brother Abel — who is now also projecting from his balcony, also in Torino — to spread the word and get your images featured. Send your personal application to @dinokose on Instagram with a quick bio and up to five photos. As of the date of this post, Dino plans to include everyone who submits.

“People are staying in their houses trying to kill time by watching tv, surfing on the internet, cooking, singing and so on. Sometimes it is not enough, so that’s why we created a 30 minutes of break to let them travel with their minds watching photos from all around the world. Art constantly inspires us to adopt ourselves to new perspectives.” 

Dino Jasarevic

Have any other ideas for how to stay connected with fellow creatives during these unprecedented times? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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