You may have noticed a new image greeting you on my home page! I have been working hard on a new project following my recent bout with endometrial cancer and the full hysterectomy that was needed to cure it. I was very lucky to catch it early. This new project focuses on the reproductive rights of ALL women, those who have wombs, those who have lost them, and for women all over the world to retain the power over their own selves, futures, and bodies.
I have been awarded a 2019 Grant from the Puffin Foundation for film and video. Production will begin soon for my film about two Philadelphia DACA recipients. Stay tuned for more information. Thank you Puffin Foundation!
EYES OF A CITY is currently on display in the Artists' Equity Annual Show, "Connections" at Cheltenham Arts Center. The show, juried by Thora Jacobson will run from September 23 to October 21, 2018.
It was a busy summer for PHILADELPHIA POETS where my epic poem, Complexion: Dark, was featured by Editor, Rosemary Cappello, in Philadelphia Poets' Volume 24. This poem highlights the life of my grandfather, Umberto Liberati, as seen through my own eyes.
COMPLEXION: DARK came directly into the homes of Philadelphia throughout the month of April 2018 thanks to Philadelphia Community Access Media (PhillyCAMTV) who broadcast my film every Saturday in April. Visit PhillyCAM.org for more information.
WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS was on display in the Personally Speaking exhibit at the International House of Philadelphia. This exhibit, developed and sponsored by DaVinci Art Alliance in partnership with IHP opened on January 23rd and ran through March 17th 2018. The 20x20 black and white piece, WE ARE ALL IMMIGRANTS, is a direct outgrowth of the film, COMPLEXION DARK. It is printed on bamboo to show that life can thrive on any ground, in any country and climate, because it strives to. The piece includes nothing but the eyes of many individuals, all from a diverse set of backgrounds, races, and religions. It is a "snapshot" of everyone in the United States. It is an image of those who descended from immigrants, and of those who came here willingly for freedoms of all kinds.
COMPLEXION: DARK was selected to be part of The Woodmere Art Museum's 76th Annual Show running from June 3 - September 4 2017. Juror, Harry Philbrick, founder of Philadelphia Contemporary, invited artists to submit work that contends with the importance of art in an era of heightened political uncertainty . . . work that give sresonance to the phrase “Speaking truth to power.” Says Philbrick on Complexion Dark: "Costanzo's film examines immigration through the lens of her grandfather and his experience coming to the United States. By including the voices of refugees and immigrants who are living today, the work compares what it’s like to be a refugee now with what it was like in the case of her grandfather, to be an immigrant from Italy in the 1920s. It reminds us that most of us in this country are immigrants, and the stories behind that are deeply personal and rooted in our families’ narratives."
COMPLEXION: DARK was selected to be a part of the Fall 2017 "Docs Without Borders Film Festival, winning the "Kudos Endeavor Award." Docs Without Borders Film Festival is an online film festival dedicated to documentaries and docu-dramas only. Docs Without Borders Film Festival
COMPLEXION: DARK was part of the Philadelphia Fringe Film Festival event, "Migration" at 3rd Street Gallery. Migration featured Carol Wisker's month-long art installation, "Left Behind," as well as a special evening of Film + Poetry on September 18, 2017. Along with the film's showing were special guest poets, Cindy Arrieu-King, Emari Di Giorgio, and Jade Fleming with work that focused on the theme of immigration, migration and ancestry within the United States.
COFFEE + POLITICS
Coffee + Politics are monthly salons sponsored and hosted by members of the Elections Committee of Philly Up, a grassroots group of passionate Philadelphia progressives. C + P are scheduled every month in a variety of Philadelhia neighborhoods with topics ranging from how to understand the election process and who's running for office, to finding funding sources for local education, sustaining civic engagement in the election process, and government in general.