Photographer Vanessa Tignanelli raises funds for The Gambia, Africa
Photographers Without Borders (PWB) selected University of Guelph alumna Vanessa Tignanelli to help improve the lives of elderly people in The Gambia, Africa. Tignanelli recently hosted a benefit variety show at The eBar to raise funds for the project, which supports the Ageing with a Smile Initiative (ASI).
The cause: The ASI in The Gambia, Africa
Tignanelli was selected to volunteer with the ASI from a pool of approximately 6,000 applicants.
She will go to The Gambia to take photos of the elderly population to raise awareness about their living conditions.
Tignanelli believes the journey will be emotional, but that she will learn a lot. In an interview with The Ontarion, Tignanelli said that she is excited to come back with what she documents and share it with the community. Tignanelli also noted that humans have more empathy for what they understand.
Tignanelli also noted that humans have more empathy for what they understand.
The show: A benefit variety show at The eBar
Being a photographer for PWB involves fundraising for the costs of the experience. Tignanelli has raised over $3,200 of her $4,000 goal in just over a month. Most of the funding has come from private donors, but Tignanelli also raised funds by producing a variety show at The eBar on April 27.
Tignanelli reached out to the communities she has worked with to find performers for the show. The evening started off with slam poetry performances by Eitan Gallant and Patrick Kelly.
Next were several acoustic performances by Richard Garvey, Matthew Gordon, Anna Wiebe, and Tignanelli.
The acoustic performances were followed by a number of burlesque and drag performances.
The second performance had Parks dressed in a monkey costume lip-synching and dancing to “The Bad Touch” by the Bloodhound Gang. Parks had people out of their seats and dancing along.
Lilith Lemons performed a burlesque fan dance while Sapphyre Poison performed an original remix called “Rocstar Me Out.”
The night ended with bands Jessy Bell Smith, Anthony Damiao Band, and Mad Marion. Tignanelli thanked the audience for all the support she received from the community.
Photos by Tasha Falconer.