Stefanie Fiore’s A New Home Series

Stefanie Fiore has a stunning 10-photograph series that captures homes of Italian-Canadian families in their everyday garishness. Decorative wallpapers sandwich ornate furniture, gaudy photographs, and miscellaneous trinkets. Inanimate objects serve as subtle storytellers of history and social change. Posh or gaudy? Regal or cluttered? It honestly becomes hard to decide, but these photographs certainly capture a richness of character.

Fiore explains the series herself, saying:

This series is an investigation into the home of the first-generation Italian-Canadian in attempt to piece together an “Italian style,” and its significance within our history. The homes I am photographing belong to two Italian immigrant families who arrived in Canada after WWII. Specifically, these are the first homes that these families purchased since arriving in Canada over thirty years ago, and are the same homes they live in today.

 

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Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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