Sofia Aldinio

Visual Journalist & Multimedia Storyteller
   
Greta
Location: Baja California, Mexico
Nationality: Argentine
Biography: Sofia Aldinio is an Argentine-American documentary photographer and multimedia storyteller. She is currently based between Portland, Maine and Baja California, Mexico. Her work uses collaborative practices to tell stories about home, immigration,... MORE
Public Story
Greta
Copyright Sofia Aldinio 2022
Date of Work Jan 2021 - Dec 2021
Updated Oct 2021
Location portland, maine
Topics Documentary, Faith, Family, Immigration, Photography
Summary
This short visual essay documents the day in the life of Greta, an Armenian woman who moved to the US, and created a garden where she could find a sense of belonging. This essay is a reflection on the ways in which immigrants can reconnect with their hometown from afar, and invite other immigrants to engage, connect and heal.  

In 1988, 60.000 people were killed in Armenia by an earthquake. Greta was 7 at that age and saw how the earth swallowed buildings and people. Shortly after that, the war came, and Greta and her family were displaced. 


Greta moved to the USA 15 years ago but it wasn't until a couple of years ago that she bought a house in Yarmouth with her husband and two kids, a place where she could finally feel home. 


During Covid, her Armenian grandfather died. As an impulse she bought 1,500 daffodils and dug the ground by hand - leaving behind a crooked shovel and a token for her grandfather. What she didn't realize was that through that gritty act she would uncover a love and passion for growing flowers - healing her fear for the earth.


Today, she dreams about a space where she can invite other immigrant women to her garden and provide them a space where they could heal their own paths. 


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