MEET MY VOISINS: INSPIRATION THROUGH CURIOSITY
The concept for Meet My Voisins was born from my curiosities. Curiosity about why my experiences were so difficult, curiosity about other people’s experiences adjusting to life here and curiosity about why some locals have a “like it or leave” attitude towards new arrivals who express having difficulties trying to adjust here? Is there a way for us to understand each other better? Asking these questions out loud led to finding greater understanding of myself but I also became much more aware of what other people are going through in their lives and the emotions that can overwhelm us.
This project seemed like an excellent opportunity to learn more about people living in and around Geneva, but I think it can also serve as a gentle reminder that there is no singular experience; everyone’s situation is different. I hope that it can become a way to open everyone’s hearts and minds to the difficulties we all face and motivate us to be more compassionate towards each other. I hope it will be a way to expose our own preconceived notions to ourselves but also to expose our similarities and encourage conversation and learning between us.
I invite you to take part in this project! Have your photo taken and your voice heard; here’s your chance to introduce the beauty and diversity of Geneva from your perspective! There are many cultures and subcultures to be discovered here and if we take some time to get to know each other, fascinating stories will be shared. This space is a much-needed window into our lives because empathy doesn’t hurt anybody; however, apathy hurts everybody.
If you are interested in participating in this project, I would love to meet you. Start by filling out the 5-minute questionnaire below!