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.
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.