In the summer 2020 Nadia Perrotta and Ruairi O'Hare started collaborating in various projects, including films, music videos, animation, online performances reaching an audience of more than 500 people per event. But what makes 2A-LTY unique is the story behind their collaboration.
They met through social media just after the first pandemic lockdown, both struggling with mental health and personal issues. Nadia, after surviving Covid19 was still suffering with post-covid fatigue, for months unable to talk or breathe properly. Ruairi, was fighting against depression and personal issues of his own, and almost gave up on his music. When he learned about Nadia’s struggles he wrote songs for her as breathing exercises. Practicing those songs helped Nadia to improve her breathing, regaining emotional and physical strength. When Ruairi saw the effects of his music on Nadia’s well-being, he decided to turn his life around, begun his own battle determined to win and started writing music again. They continued collaborating together, supporting each other creatively, through friendship.
During a recent residency in Rome they started developing and experimenting a unique musical storytelling style as a means to convey their message of finding strength in their friendship, producing works in both art and music as an expression of the fragility and strengths that lie in all of us as human beings and to offer creative tools for many young people to cope with the times we are living.
Nadia Perrotta is a socially engaged visual artist who works in performance, illustration, moving image, and creative writing. She has considerable experience engaging with people in a participatory and in-depth manner, including with public-sector commissions.
Ruairi O'Hare is a musician, songwriter, and visual artist. He writes songs for young people about topics like anxiety, depression, and addiction, and he uses social media platforms to reach out and provide solace to people suffering from mental health issues.