Introduction

Piergiorgio Casotti is an italian documentary photographer, based in Italy.

Since 2009 Casotti has been photographing and filming in east Greenland trying to paint the social, cultural and environmental landscape of the region and its community.

Sometimes I Cannot Smile is a personal, intimate journey inside the Greenlandic juvenile world. A delicate exploration of the subtle and intimate war many young east Greenlanders fight against violence, boredom and emptiness, a struggle that has always been the “raison d’etre” of young generations; the difference being that in east Greenland many of them lose that battle. East Greenland has the highest suicide rate in the world among teenagers.

Suicide here is experienced differently from the rest of the world. It’s not perceived as the ultimate desperate act of a single person but considered an exit strategy deeply ingrained in the local culture. It was the ancient manner of solving problems, distortedly handed down over generations.

I wanted to follow my instincts, letting myself be guided by the deep empathy established with these people. In an instinctive, intimate, respectful and not bulky manner.

Multimedia Tips

a. What program was used to create the multimedia?

I used Photoshop to create a single smooth and seamless panoramic image using single pictures and then create the video with Premiere Pro.

b. How and why did you choose that sound/music?

The voices are taken from notes I took when I was in Greenland. They were short notes of things some of my greenlandic friends were confiding to me during our talks.

c. Tell us about the editing process when you think of a multimedia.

For me a multimedia is not just putting pictures one after the other. So the first thing is to know what I want to say and then I start creating the narrative, the sequencing and the music/voice that better suit everything.

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