Meetings with Art: Angela Bombardi
“I believe that social art will play an increasingly important role in spurring change”
Let’s get to know more about the artists involved in AAA. Accessible Art for All by interviewing Angela Bombardi, a young artist from Ferrara who transform her art into a social mission.
“I am absolutely convinced that art can be an important means to convey messages of awareness and this conviction drives me to create every day. The social issue that I explore the most is the deafness to which I am very attached since I myself am deaf “.
Angela Bombardi has thus embarked on a path of interconnection between her art and society, going beyond the conventional limit between signs and forms of figurative art, enriching her works with a special social value: “…I am absolutely convinced that art can be an important means to convey messages of awareness, this is the basic belief that drives me to create every day: in particular, I deal with the issue of deafness, a social issue to which I am very attached because I am deaf. Based on my experience, through art I’m trying to make this invisible handicap known, so as to break down prejudices and improve the relationship between society and those who have this characteristic. Through images, messages reach the brain immediately: images are immediate, and remain better impressed than words”.
The social value of art, which, thanks to the AAA project we have seen manifest itself through a universal language, allows every human to reflect, understand, and get closer to realities that otherwise would be physically and cognitive distant. Creating art with social value allows the expression of one to resonate in the collectivity, developing empathy and bulding more inclusive environment for all.
“As a deaf person, I’ve never particularly suffered from inaccessibility to public restrooms since I can rely on visual cues but I always wonder how people with another disabilities could access to public toilets. I’ve never seen a bathroom with tactile signals for the blind, and rarely spaces for those in wheelchairs or automatic soaps or taps for those with motor difficulties…I hope that in the future we can increasingly expand our collective mentality in order to improve the freedom and autonomy of those with different needs”.
In this historical context, there are several spaces and notions to question our habits “In our homes, the bathroom is one of the places where we take care of ourselves, we take a break from the chaotic and busy life we have, it’s a nest inside our nest. The bathroom is a space where we can take time to reflect, and this gives creativity a chance to circulate. Sometimes in the morning before going to work, my partner and I exchange creative ideas and cues while one is washing in the shower and the other is occupying the sink, it’s a time of sharing and exchange. When I spend a day away from home, I almost always have the need for a bathroom, so I count myself lucky to find one in every place I go. However, this certainty is absence in some countries since the existence and the accessibility to toilets can’t be given for granted . Thanks to this project I have reflected on the importance of this place that I took for granted, how important its presence is for our health, and how equally important its care and accessibility for all should be”.