by Tina Biello
Momenti is a collection of poems inspired by her
cousin Loreta Giannetti's watercolours of their ancestral village: Casacalenda
on the south-east coast of Italy. Their collaborative exhibition, Acquerelli
e poesie di Kalena, showcased at the Vancouver Italian Cultural
Centre March 27 to April 9, 2010.
The poems are rich with the dialect from Casacalenda.
Using an iPod Shuffle, museum-goers were able to hear the poems in Molise
dialect and in English. The closing gala featured live music with original
compositions to Tina's poetry. The compositions have now become a CD of
8 songs called 'Dolci Momenti', by Annette Coffin and Marguerite Thorne.
There is an exhibition featuring painting, poetry and song planned for
Pier 21 in Halifax for 2012 and Italy 2013.
Tina Biello was born in Lake Cowichan B.C., the child
of immigrants from Casacalenda. One of four Italian families in this
small logging town, Tina grew up very aware of her lineage and her roots.
Her poems have appeared in chapbooks edited by Patrick
Lane. Tina also has a long background in theatre
as an actor, playwright and performer. She teaches Commedia dellArte
and has written a childrens play about Autism called The Indigo
Cover Image: Loreta Giannetti: Veduta sulla valle (2008). Watercolour
on Arches paper 140 lb 8.5 x 12 inches. Ms. Giannetti's work is represented
at Galerie Cactus9artistes9.
Momenti was shortlisted for
the Bressani Prize at the Vancouver Italian Cultural Centre.
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