Here I Am

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Nieves Mingueza is a photo-collage artist and special educational needs professional in primary schools who, with the series Here I Am shows a sensitive, low-key portrait of childhood autism.

The images in Here I Am are inspired by her experience in a special school in South London, as a way to connect with the universes of autistic children.

With the help of minimal poetry, the artist links images with a wide range of deep emotions, feelings and thoughts.

Here I Am

Automatic language. Poet’s heart.

Growing up on a swing. Flying like a bird.

Playground. Sound. Song.

Loving the smell of books.

Drawing. Puzzling out emotions.

Well done. I got it.

Switch off the light.

The proper distance with the group. Unique. One.

School. She said that I am a little fish. Swimming.

Giving. Giving.

Tears are in her eyes.

I put my tiny hands on her eyes.

White fog and deep sea and dark rocks.

Home. When I sleep I become a plant.

Love you, mummy.

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Granny is waiting for me with a bird on her shoulder.

This means than over 695.000 people in the UK may be autistic.

If you include their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people.

It’s a gold day. I wrote a poem with just three words:

Here I Am.