June 2nd, 2017: a day commemorating the National Republic Day at the Italian Embassy in La Paz, with a special COIBO's (association of the Italian NGOS in Bolivia) collective photography exhibition. The exhibit provided two images per NGO, with the aim to give a glimpse to the fieldwork activities carried out by the organisations. Photo selection, post-production, general organisation, installation and setup were managed by Michele Pasquale, EUAidVolunteer communication officer (GVC Onlus, Italy), and Daniele Bordoli, international civil service volunteer (ASPEm, Italy).
The two volunteers participated with their own works too. Michele with 4 photos: 2 of them dedicated to GVC's native community project called “QNAS SOIÃII (HOMBRES DEL AGUA): CHIPAYA, ENTRE TRADICION Y TECNOLOGIA, HACIA UN MUNICIPIO RESILIENTE", and 2 images for RC (Ricerca e Cooperazione), “Desayuno Escolar Km 0” project. Daniele with 3 photos: 1 for ASPEm's “Manos a la tierra! ” project, and 2 images for Fondazione don Gnocchi's “rehabilitación domiciliaria, fisica y intelectual“ project (community based rehabilitation to physical and intellectual disability).
Starting from the main gate of the historical residence in Obrajes, Calle 5, the photography exhibition proposed 24 images, touching upon several topics. The pictures were supported by fascinating easels - spotted with oil colours - obtained thanks to a collaboration with the Academy of Fine Arts "Hernando Siles". The official memorial day was opened by a welcome speech mainly focusing on the role of Italy and its culture in Bolivia, taking the cue from the video “Italy: The Extraordinary Commonplace”, promoted by the Ministry of the Economic Development to promote the “Made in Italy” excellence products. The event was a great occasion to present NGOS' fieldwork activities to a wide audience, national and international, confirming an open dialogue with the local authorities and a reiterate, friendly collaboration within the Italian NGOs in Bolivia.