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Photographic art

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MARCO BARBERA

born in La Spezia, Italy 1974 | lives in La Spezia, Italy

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ATTIVITÀ TRA CIELO E MARE, 2019

Black and White
63,67×42,50 cm

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Fragment of working life, shot that immortalizes the fatigue and the meager consolation for an unprofitable fishing, but also the passion and dedication that distinguish the local people. An image of Brazil that denotes the tireless night work that fishermen have to do to feed their families. The deliberately black and white photography makes the landscape sober and modest, but it also captures the wonder of the sea environment in the early hours of the day. The clouds, not yet dissolved, seem to threaten the leaden sky and are reflected in the mirror of water that appears shiny and calm. The sense of trespassing of the marine horizon joins the greyish intensity of the sky in a harmonious embrace between ecosystems and captures our gaze, lulling our thoughts between melancholy and imagination. The fishermen are engrossed in their daily work of cleaning and untangling the nets, after the poor harvest of the booty. The two young people skillfully work on a venture that marks their daily lives, like a ritual that is repeated night after night, morning after morning. The white spheres spaced out along the length of the net seem to reflect their own candied light, like sea pearls. The simple wooden boat stops on the sand still wet from the night dew and with its arrival, opens to a new day marked by the typical atmosphere of the seaside, where calm and warmth will take over.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

SOFIE BERZON MACKIE

born in Beer Sheva, Israel 1984| lives in Be’eri, Israel

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THOMAS, DAY 1 , 2019

Pigment ink on archival paper
90×90 cm

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“Once the red siren goes off, I have fifteen seconds to rescue my kids from an oncoming rocket. I hear their high-pitched whistles. Explosions. The house is shaking. The block again, just like a month ago, and a month earlier, and one even earlier ”. With these words the artist described the context of the work.
Being afraid is normal. Especially for children. Especially when it comes to war. The war that is outside the walls of the house, a few centimeters from the window, makes your legs tremble. The Israeli-Palestinian war freezes the soul. Every day, every morning, every time, the first thing to do is to dress up to be someone else. To feel like others. To become, even for just a few seconds, someone else who is not there at Kibbutz Be’eri, 4.7 km from the Gaza Strip where the bitterness of war awaits you. The work Thomas, day 1 depicts a pure, innocent and naive child looking at something of his own. Only his. Something that the war has not yet taken from him.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ANDREA BIANCALANI

born in Firenze, Italy 1954 | lives in Prato, Italy

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29/09/19 – 15:26:08, 2019

Digital photo
60×40 cm

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Spaces of consumption, production spaces, spaces that we pass through distracted every day, with our gaze turned to our smartphone and perennially lost among the meanders and rooms of our ego. We warn that we are in a place of waiting only when time expands, takes unnoticed folds, prolonging the seconds, minutes and hours.
Looking at the work 29/09/19 – 15:26:08, by Andrea Biancalani, it seems to us that we are facing something that is not new to us, a situation and a moment that we too have experienced. Waiting is just that, a thin and light thread that connects an important moment to another, the pause between two flashes of joy or despair, the exact moment in which – still and immobile – we really have the opportunity. to know ourselves. The artist ennobles the void, the slow shattering of events into what seems to us to be the most absolute nothingness and which actually contains the most brilliant and iridescent fullness. By observing this shot, we are able to grasp, among the elegant and essential lines of the photograph, the etymology of the term expected, from the Latin “to turn the soul towards something”. What, we are not given to know.
Although the title is a clear and essential chronological positioning of the shot on a precise day and at a given time, it is as if we could not really place that image at a time of day and year and it is precisely here that we find the essence of the work: in the dead time that shows up, in the nothing that makes everything.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Natalie Zangari, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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STEFANO BIANCHI CARINI

born in Firenze, Italy 1953 | lives in Verona, Italy

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UNTITLED, 2018

Digital print on Hannemule paper mounted on D-Bond
150×70 cm

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A melancholy stasis: this is how we could describe the shots of Bianchi Carini Stefano.

We are faced with glimpses of a life lived slowly, a life sketched out among the colorful umbrellas that placidly observe the sea. The artist’s motionless lens sets his gaze on transitional shots, shots that show us places lost in the void of a nostalgic wait full of lifeblood. The suspension from the narrative of our hectic lives takes us through delicate and contemplative spaces of reflection. The ephemeral that becomes essence becomes, therefore, the symbol of existences that advance among ordinary landscapes made exceptional in this case. The serenity of the Untitled work embodies a mature and omnipresent acceptance of change and the uncertainty of time, as well as the transitory facets of the world around us. The artist becomes a visual narrator of emotions and situations, which seem stuck in an eternal here and now, in an imperishable present. The Italian Adriatic coast is the undisputed protagonist of a shot that shows us the human being in his denial, in his very absence. The photographer’s gaze is perceived with our senses, like a background voice that accompanies us to the discovery of a personal and at the same time universal journey. The invitation in front of which we are accompanied is to look at what surrounds us, to restore importance to the places that seem to be the glue between the disordered and chaotic lives of those who live and observe these spaces, albeit sometimes too casually.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Natalie Zangari, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ALYSON CARVALHO

born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil 1977 | lives in Belo Hotizonte, Brazil

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DUMISAI – A HERALD, 2016

Digital Photography
56×76 cm

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Dumisai in Yoruba means herald. African societies, especially those of sub-Saharan Africa, are based on an oral tradition. In fact, every event, story or symbol is handed down orally from generation to generation. Without the support of the word, what we see represented makes no sense, it does not find an explanation. We can therefore say that orality is the backbone of these companies.
Dumisai is the herald, Dumisai is orality, an integral part of the community and of the individual himself. In this work we see a person covered entirely with symbols. Her lips are colored as if to emphasize the importance of words and the transmission of tradition. Even the eyes are surrounded by pigments: to emphasize the concept that what we see is part of us, and we will then have the duty to pass it on. The body is surrounded by a purple cloth, the color of love and passion. From the head comes to life an intertwining of branches, similar to a nest, as if the mind were the cradle of the culture that each individual carries with him. And from this nest flowers are born, a metaphor of the traditions that are given to future generations. Young people play the role of standard bearer of what has been and keepers of the burning flame of what will be.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Mariavittoria Crescini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ALYSON CARVALHO

born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil 1977 | lives in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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OSAZE – GOD CHOSE, 2016

Digital Photography
56×76 cm

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A magnetic and mysterious gaze connects the observer with the model of the work of Carvalho, a Brazilian artist who through his photographic work investigates and searches for the link between his own culture and that of Africa. The Osaze – God chose shot is characterized by a strong chromatic contrast generated by the saturated and brilliant hues that color the dark skin of the protagonist and the abysmal black of the background of the composition. The articulated movements of the female figure, which give the atmosphere a mystical dimension and recall the gestures of an ancient ritual, contain a symbolic meaning that alludes to the bond with the ancestors and with the tradition of their people, a theme dear to the artist and of to which his art is testimony. The roots, customs, beliefs converge in the broader dimension of identity, which becomes the fulcrum of personal as well as artistic investigation and research in which, through the homage to the models of his photographs, Carvalho carries out a profound introspective analysis.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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CHEN WANG

born in Hebei Province, China 1992 | lives in Hebei Provine, China

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ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE 04, 2018

Seta
93x105x3 cm

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The theory of infinite space comes from China. Looking back at the current art circle and art, this means that imagination and expressions are mutually influential, and there is communication. Traditional Chinese art and art history is an imbalance between photography as a modeling tool and how to achieve expression in the Chinese context. Expression is limited to the general environment. Use the most Chinese art form to express my understanding of contemporary art and the understanding of the world of Chinese philosophy. In other words, art is an extension of the creator’s expression. Tangerine grows from Huainan to orange, and orange grows from Huaibei is citrus aurantium. Imagine how a painter in the Northern Song Dynasty obtained a camera, perhaps like the Chinese and Western sculptures in art history. The only change is the style tool. Invariability is the foothold in the contemporary art environment. I tried my best to make the wooden structure appear in a new look, and the art works that can be born in the Asian cultural circle is not an unattainable era.

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CIANCIA MAURIZIO

born in Viterbo, Italy 1978 | lives in Martignacco, Italy

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SPAZIO #8639, 1/10 – SERIE “C’È SPAZIO PER TUTTI” (THERE IS SPACE FOR EVERYONE), 2019

Digital Photography, fine art print
75×50 cm

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What Maurizio Ciancia tells through his photographs Spazio # 8636 and Spazio # 8639 are anonymous, silent and suspended settings. They are non-places, crystallized spaces, far from the world and beyond time in which the void – the fulcrum of his research – is materialized in compositions that the artist frees from any excess, moving them away from a tangible matter and making them arrive at representations universals at the limit between abstraction and figuration. They are, in fact, structured through vertical and horizontal planes that fit together, creating an aesthetic surface like a painter’s canvas decorated with flat colored backgrounds. Moving from reality, from walls, buildings, streets, a new, different dimension is generated, which pertains to each of us by taking up residence in our innermost imagination and giving life to our own, intimate and personal places.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

MANUEL COSENTINO

born in Avellino, Italy 1980 | lives in Avellino, Italy

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THE FOURTH KIND OF MADNESS (QUALE, LA, BELLEZZA), 2018

Archival Pigment Prints
65×39 cm

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Eternal beauty, timeless, without place, omnipresent. Beauty re-evaluated, shaped, decontextualized.
Manuel Cosentino, through the photographic series The Fourth Kind of Madness, investigates the role of aesthetics and individual in the postmodern era and the social value that emerges by relating them to each other.
Cosentino goes further; beyond the city, beyond appearances, beyond the monotony that accompanies our strident and hectic everyday life to head into an anonymous countryside that dissolves and transcends, becoming an idea, pure and irrational. Perceiving intelligible beauty, in an ethereal rural landscape belonging to the fluctuating world of becoming, only thanks to its most candid and ethereal fragment: love. High and unparalleled expression of madness, love is the only feeling for the artist capable of offering to the viewer an alternative perspective on the concept he investigates. After losing its primordial meaning and having become, for contemporary society, an ideal subject to be consumed, Cosentino, through the photographic lens, tries to exploit this vision to elevate it to a social tool capable of contributing to the continuous and increasingly important research of justice, equality and equity.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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RIGOBERTO DÍAZ

born in Ciego de Avila, Cuba 1990 | lives in Miami, United States

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VISUAL INSTRUCTION DIVISION., 2018

Perforated photography
10×10 cm

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Rigoberto Díaz’s research is based on the concept of space as a symbolic platform capable of generating reflections on the theme of memory. In fact, the Visual Instruction Division was created using old photographs, coming from the archives of the Department of Education of the State of New York, documents related to the past, which the artist scans on paper to then be able to perforate the surface, thus modifying the space on which the image is printed. At the same time, the artist questions the concept of space as a system within which forms of life and information are continuously produced and develops this research by questioning how to make these dynamics visible. of exchange and concentration of relationships in certain areas. In fact, Díaz’s work extends beyond the boundaries of art galleries, entering into dialogue and developing in places such as libraries, archives, publishing houses, prisons, schools and much more, precisely those areas where the concepts dear to this author, like the memory and the reflections it arouses and the space as a concentration of relationships and a source of life and information, are an integral part of the place itself.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Ludovica de Vivi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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BOGOSSIAN DICRAN

born in Paris, France 1975 | lives in Paris, France

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PASSAGE VERO DODAT, 2014

Digital Photo
100×80 cm

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“The dream is a second life. I have never crossed, without trembling, the doors of ivory or horn that separate us from the invisible world. ”
Gérard de Nerval, sitting in the Café located inside this Gallery,describes  with these words the static nature of earthly life, the immobility of our existence dictated by an invisible but suffocating time. Dicran Bogossian immortalizes with this shot a precise, unmistakable moment, an incomparable light, a timeless place. The sensation that emerges by observing it has the same characteristics as the photo itself: unique and unrepeatable. We are immersed in Parisian architecture dominated by an intense and dramatic play of light that generates a mystical contemplation in the viewer. Through the photo shoot we find ourselves in the world of the artist, in his experience, in his personal perspective of what surrounds him. An intense image, an intimate vision in which the diagonal grid of black and white tiles and the ceiling decorated with landscape paintings give an illusion of overwhelming depth.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ANNE ELIAYAN ET CHRISTIAN PIC

born in Arles, France 1963 | lives in Arles, France

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VOILE DE FRAGILE LUMIÈRE / CURTAINS OF WEAK LIGHT, 2015

Paper Hahnemuhle Photo Rag on dibond 45x30cm. Photo in the series named “Syracuse” december 2018
125×150 cm

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A suspended setting, indeterminate in space and time, a silent place, on the edge between dream and reality. The eyes of the observer are led inside this dreamlike dimension and become concrete inside that small café, looking for an orientation behind the dense smoke curtain. The gaze materializes in the room, the viewer becomes the protagonist and is immersed in a crystallized moment, immobile in his present, in a metaphysical atmosphere that defines itself through solitude, silence and possibility. Voile de fragile lumière by Anne Eliayan and Christian Pic is configured, in fact, as a place of waiting, a place blocked in an infinite instant in which anything could, however, happen. A man smokes isolated outside the frame and a young woman sits at the empty tables. The latter, illuminated by the cold and intense light of the chandeliers, looks away thoughtfully while sipping red wine from a goblet. Maybe he’s waiting for someone.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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DINA GOLDSTEIN

born in Tel Aviv, Israel 1969 | lives in Vancouver, Canada

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10 COMMANDMENTS COMMANDMENT JFK “YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.”, 2019

Photographic Tableau
127×99 cm

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Desire, sexuality, pleasure, vice and lust  are some of the themes trapped within Commandment JFK’s You shall not commit adultery“. The artist Dina Goldstein creates tableau – paintings – that portray some of America’s most famous presidents, in the context of the Ten Commandments, where contradictions, absurdities and metaphors are the protagonists of these images. In particular, in this case, John F. Kennedy sips a Bloody Mary cocktail by the pool while Marilyn Monroe, in a bikini, is on a bed on the other side of a glass door. Photography conveys a visual shock, a disturbance and an irony that make us reflect on contemporary American society and on how much it is deviating from the American dream. The violation of marital fidelity and inconsistency are the greatest weaknesses of human nature.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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DIANA HEISE

born in Danbury, United States 1979 | lives in Kansas City, United States

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HEART (FROM REASSIMILATION DIET), 2019

Archival pigment print
70×50 cm

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Assimilate: in biology, an organism that absorbs nutritional material.

Industrialization, linked to the world of food, has now completely invaded our lives to the point of pushing the artist Diana Heise to investigate, through performative actions immortalized with the skilful use of the camera, the intimate and dark relationship between man and his sustenance.

This intrinsically disturbing photographic series is closely connected with the notion of care understood as respect for one’s own body, one’s own ego.

Regardless of the process with which the food that nourishes our body is processed, we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by a sense of lack, of cancellation, of something that we cannot fully understand but that determines and marks our daily life. With Reassimilation Diet, Heise focuses attention on the food resources that surround us perceived not as simple substances to be consumed but regenerative and totalizing elements. The images, made in domestic spaces, generate greater empathy in order to better understand the intimate attitude of taking care of the people we care about. In this way our family and ourselves are examined in our vulnerable and uncontrollable moment of nutritional gestation.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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HSU HSUN HSIANG

born in Belgium, Taiwan 1990 | lives in Taipei, Taiwan

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MICROSCOPIC CITY, 2020

Scanning Electron Microscope, Dual Beam Focused Ion Beam
118.90×84.10 cm

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A lunar landscape, the point of view of an astronaut looking at the sky full of stars. No, none of that. What we are observing is much closer to us, on Earth, more precisely in our roads, in our woods and in our rivers. What we see is a photograph made with a scanning electron microscope (SEM) of fragments of metal, wood or plastic that the artist found. Fragments of the city. Small pieces of our experience, badly discarded, and which, now, seem to be distant worlds on which we can land. The loneliness and harshness of these splinters of matter give us moments of solitude and reflection about the world around us, on how we are exploiting it and how we are disfiguring it. It is disconcerting and disturbing to think about how useless and discarded objects can hide such a charm that attracts us and makes us daydream. The image is pervaded by a latent vitality, as if each of these no longer used objects represented a new world, a new potential, a new life.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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CHIRAG JINDAL

born in Auckland, New Zealand 1993 | lives in Auckland, New Zealand

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”NO. 09 LANDSCAPE ROAD” FROM SERIES “INTO THE UNDERWORLD”, 2018

Terrestrial LiDAR Scan
175×60 cm

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No. 09 Landscape Road is one of 11 photographs from which the Into The Underworld series is formed. With this project Chirag Jindal tells how human intervention has radically transformed the landscape of the areas of the city of Auckland under which the lava caves develop. That of the lava caves is a little known phenomenon, as well as their destruction due to the rapid and violent urbanization that took place in the area in the last hundred years. This series of works was created by Jindal thanks to the use of terrestrial LiDAR tools, technologies that are normally used for archaeological investigations or in forensic crime. This is how from a rigorous scientific practice this artist manages to create fictional images, evidence of the effects, often invisible to us, of the human presence on nature. No. 09 Landscape Road appears as a dreamlike landscape suspended in nothingness, yet even if it would seem impossible to place this scenario in reality, it is actually a perfectly identifiable geographical area. The clash between real and unreal, between empirical artistic process and fictional works, is more accentuated by the strong contrast between the brightness of the support, which highlights the lighter parts of the photograph, and the completely black background. Jindal’s works, linked as much to the scientific geological aspects as to the cultural ones, aim to make us reflect on the relationship between man and nature and on the preservation of the landscape.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Ludovica de Vivi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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BRENDON KAHN

born in Santa Fe, United States 1990 | lives in Dallas, United States

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SLIDING HOPE, 2017

Archival Pigment Print on Dibond, Medium Format Analog Photography
101×81 cm

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Sliding Hope is a work from the series The Baby Tooth Isn’t Loose, which deepens the observation and exploration of ordinary places, made defamiliarized by disturbing interruptions due to often catastrophic events, such as fires and abandonments.
In Sliding Hope, Kahn Brendon shows us his personal and poetic vision of hope, represented in this case by a slide surrounded by total destruction and desolation, typical of a space left to neglect and decline. Today’s world is similar – and metaphorically comparable – to abandonment, which reigns in the shot in question: ours is, in fact, a universe that has now become a hotbed of conflicts, tensions and ecological disasters. In the greyness, however, it is always possible to capture iridescent blue moments, flakes of life, which survive in small corners and in objects that symbolize human rebirth. The slide is the joy of life, the euphoria of the game that defeats the heaviness of tones that the devastation leaves behind: the hope that stands right in the face of the incessant and looming disaster that man himself is procuring. Despite the unstoppable technological advancement, we are perhaps forgetting to do the only thing that is really necessary: ​​recognizing the beauty that surrounds us and deciding to preserve it.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Natalie Zangari, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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SOVANN KIM

born in Cambodge, France 1966 | lives in Caen, France

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DISPARITION – JOUR 1., 2020

Scan, digital
105×105 cm

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The silent degradation of nature becomes the focus of the “Disappearance” series, a set of photographs showing the withering of a flower. The transformation of living matter is documented by shots that crystallize its phases every day until its final disappearance. The artist, with an analytical and investigative but at the same time poetic gaze, suggests through his art a reflection on the ephemeral condition of living beings. He also focuses on the notion of slowness, a typical feature of the metamorphosis of the plant universe, which becomes a real life lesson. Kim approaches the subjects of her compositions by scanning them and then digitally processing the images created; by doing so, the various materials will leave a direct imprint of themselves which will become a sort of visual testament. What in reality a simple glance does not notice and perceives, in these works becomes an element to be explored and from which to be influenced.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ALEXANDER-MARIA LOHMANN

born in Obergurgl, Austria 1972 | lives in Obergurgl, Austria

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SCREAMING SILENCE III 13, 2019

Collage of two photographs from syria & disneyland paris. both taken in 2019
110×75 cm

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Two Photographs taken in Jobar, Damscus in Syria & Disneyland Paris. Two worlds united in a single piece of work: At the heart of Lohmann‘s oeuvre are his large-format photo collages. The images of destroyed theatres of war would be too explicit and too powerful to leave them unfiltered in their wall-sized dimensions. By alienating them, Lohmann removes some of their overwhelming immediacy and only thereby makes them accessible for closer viewing. „My pictures are scary and at the same time inspire hope. They are a visualisation of the very depth of life. I think that something great happens with one when viewing the works“.

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MICHAEL VINCENT MANALO

born in Manila, Philippines 1986 | lives in Taichung City, Taiwan

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A HERMIT’S WAY OF LOOKING AT LIFE NO. 47, 2019

Digital Mixed-media
80×80 cm

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A girl on a motorcycle travels with her hands firmly grasping the steering wheel and her head floating in an enveloping and colorful cloud: Manalo Michael Vincent represents a scene of everyday life observing it from his special point of view, that of an artist with his own particular and dreamy world view.
His work is inspired by the universe of memory and memories, by the fervid imagination of nostalgic and melancholy environments. Thanks to the digital manipulation of images, it is possible to obtain defined and precise photographs of imaginary dream dimensions, which lead the observer into realistic spaces, inhabited by human figures lost in their thoughts and in the places of their mind. The cloud, a symbol of lightness and levity, becomes in this case an obstacle to the total observation of the work, obscuring the face of the female figure on the bike. The result is a look at the unreal and imaginary universe of the artist, who finds himself in symbiosis with the suggestive nature of the work. A Hermit’s Way of Looking At Life No. 47 thus becomes a lucid and clear comment by Manalo Micheal Vincent on the society that surrounds him and in which he himself lives and lives.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Natalie Zangari, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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AKITOSHI MATSUHARA

born in Kyoto Japan, Japan 1961 | lives in Kyoto Japan, Japan

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DAWN OF LOTUS, 2019

Digital elaboration
170×85 cm

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Go beyond. Push the limits. Grasping the intrinsic essence of life in a fragile fragment of light, the keeper of life.
Matsuhara Akitoshi’s works are a hybrid of science, spirituality and wonder. Observing them from a distance, a sense of peace and tranquility emerges, an apparent calm in stark contrast to the vibrant energy that comes out of looking at them more closely. The light rays, a vital symbol, express the mystery of the universe, going beyond the limits of space and time and allowing the viewer to find himself in elements belonging to his everyday life. Looking at his works, we perceive the power of nature in action, the essential element in which we can discern the secret of life. Lotus flowers, immersed in a fairytale landscape, sometimes surreal, contain the ultimate meaning of the world, a world in which to rediscover one’s self, one’s own life, one’s personal experience. Light and shadow, in apparent antithesis, define the surface shape of the immortalized elements, making the entire work an organism pervaded by its own life.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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MESLET FRANCIS

born in Nancy, France 1963 | lives in Malzéville, France

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CONCRETE FLOWER, 2019

Digital Photography
120×80 cm

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Abandoned and deserted places are the treasure chest of meanings that the artist Meslet narrates through his photographs, which are thus transformed into a silent temple of the passage of time. The passage of man remains a fleeting trace in these empty spaces, now inhabited only by suggestions and memories of a distant world. The rustle of the wind, as well as the creaking of what remains, is perceived at the first impact with his works that suggest melancholy and mysterious atmospheres, in which old secrets seem to be kept and hidden by the ruins themselves. These are photographs with a timeless essence that crystallize abandoned landscapes and homes and bring to life distant and forgotten situations. The numerous journeys undertaken during the course of his life are a constant source of inspiration and a source of resources that the artist draws on to communicate his inner world and create parallel universes in which the observer is free to immerse himself in order to enrich them with his own interpretation. and sensitivity.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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LORENZO MINI

born in Rimini, Italy 1973 | lives in Cesenatico, Italy

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ALTROVE #03, 2020

Digital photography on fine art paper
100×80 cm

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Calm, familiarity and tender past memories, these are the sensations that emerge observing the photographed scene, but also loneliness and a sense of bewilderment. In this dichotomy we find peace, thanks to the only two recognizable things that indicate human presence, namely the children’s house and a stake immersed in the fog.
The house, intended as a safe place of protection against everything that happens outside, and the dense fog that stands in the air, which seems to confuse the horizon line with the end of the beach. It is placed in the foreground, on the beaten sand and marked by numerous footprints.
The only way we have to orient ourselves in this haze is the sound of the waves breaking on the shoreline and the chirping of the seagulls interrupted by the distant voices of the owners of the bathing establishments, who are preparing to arrange the beaches for the summer. All this is a clear reference to the film Amarcord directed by Federico Fellini, when Titta’s grandfather leaves the house and is enveloped in a dense fog bank that has not been seen for years. In that moment, old memories resurface in the mind of man, as he seeks a foothold to stand before the immensity of nothingness, of which he is surrounded. The fog that assails us like a dream during a deep sleep, slowly clears, leaving behind it the memory of a past life.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

MILOS NEJEZCHLEB

born in Czech Republic 1978 | lives in Jedovnice, Czech Republic

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MOON FOR SALE, 2020

Photography
90×60 cm

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I created the Moon for Sale series in response to a consumer society in which everything is for sale. Human is not important, the planet is not important. Wheels spin up consumption and the most important are money, profit and wealth.

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MUHAMMAD TAHIR PERVAIZ

born in Lahore, Pakistan 1991 | lives in York, Canada

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BE…, 2020

Experimental
96×66 cm

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Fine lines. White on black. It all seems to be the work of the hand of the artist who, with graphite, draws according to inspiration. But no. What we see is neither pencil nor charcoal, but oily solvents gently run on carbon-coated glass plates. The forces of Nature such as gravity, the viscosity of oils and the speed of movement come into play. The elegance of simple gestures and the refinement of the features give a great charm to the image. Like waves of the sea, the marks left by chemical reactions transmit harmony to us. A harmony that cradles us and gently pushes us into another, almost dreamlike dimension, where one is alone with the work and contemplates it almost like a mantra. You are completely absorbed. Clean lines, of different shapes, which in part come into contrast without breaking the balance of the photograph. They almost seem to represent the inner disagreements of the human being. Different thoughts that, at a given moment, come into contact and disturb us. A confusion not necessarily negative, but from which new ideas, new creations and a new harmony can be born.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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SIMONA PONCIA

born in Viterbo, Italy 1973 | lives in Bassano in Teverina, Italy

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STATI D’ANIMO, 2018

Photography
70×100 cm

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Simona Poncia’s photographs speak about  transcendental, suspended, timeless stories and environments. These are today’s fairy tales in which the observer can get lost and dream. The fog is the main protagonist of the artist’s shots. It does not set a limit to the gaze, but allows the context to be revealed little by little and to go beyond the contours, the shapes, the impressions. It looks like a light mantle: it rests on surfaces and covers them, modeling itself, as if it had a life of its own through light.
The use of black and white is essential to restore the silence of these views. A light silence, as rarefied as the fog itself.
States of Mind is a photograph that eliminates the complex and articulated fabric of reality to show the essence of the fantastic, the sublime and the unexpected.
The city and everyday confusion is swept away to leave room for the calm and tranquility typical of early autumn mornings.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Gandini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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KIAH PULLENS

born in Brunswich East, Australia 1990 | lives in Brunswich East, Australia

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THE SEDUCTION OD DARKNESS, 2019

Darkroom photograph, handprinted photograph, darkroom print, Ctype photograph, photography
320×550 cm

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Kiah Pullens’ artistic production is strongly influenced by her passion for archival images that she uses and reinterprets, proposing them in a contemporary context. Pullens only frames the details of these reproductions of the past and, thanks to a skilful photographic cut, creates the possibility of a new vision of the original image. He is an artist linked to the world of performance, a fundamental aspect also in his photographic production. In fact, in addition to the use of archive images, in his creative process there is a crucial performative component which requires the artist’s body to become part of the work. The final result is given by the superimposition of images among which there are also fragments of photos representing the author intent on carrying out thoughtful actions, while moving fluidly in the dark, entering into a relationship with the surrounding space while not seeing it. Darkness is a fundamental aspect: in fact, most of the photographs are printed analogically in the dark room, a production process that Pullens alternates with digital printing. The Seduction of Darkness is a skilful research that unravels the complex relationship between man and images, questioning their nature and what attracts us to the so seductive reproductions of a time now lost, giving life to a photographic performance whose result they are prints that combine the past with the present and the static image with human action.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Ludovica de Vivi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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RUYA QIAN

born in Suzhou, China 1987 | lives in Shangai, China

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WHAT YOU COLLECT IS PART OF YOURSELF-NO.1, 2018

Digital photo, Diasec mount
90×120 cm

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A feeling of uneasiness embraces us looking at this image. A piece of furniture full of dolls that look human and a human that looks like a doll. Naked, immobile, like a statue, Qian Ruya seems to have transported herself to an inanimate dimension, where human feelings, desires and dissatisfactions cannot weigh on her. Bombarded by the frenzy and stress of everyday life, the artist finds refuge in the fictional world of plastic, which seems to give her that feeling of safety and well-being that she cannot find in the outside world. A simple shot that, however, shows us a lot. In fact, from the glass doors of the cabinet it is possible to count dozens of these puppets. She does not treat them as mere objects, but as human beings, to whom she dedicates a lot of care and attention also in dressing them, combing them and posing them, and then taking pictures. Photographs that want to show his ideal world, where no one is overwhelmed by the passions, by the bitter disappointments of life and by the blind ambition that drives men to irrational actions. Here everything is quiet, everything is under control. No unexpected actions, no bad behavior, only dolls with human features and a human with the appearance of a doll.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Saiani Giulia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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DIEGO RANDAZZO

born in Milan, Italy 1984 | lives in Milan, Italy

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ILLUDENS, 2018

UV print from original graphite drawings
64×42 cm

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From a historical point of view, the 20th century has been called the Century of Images. The images accompany the daily life of the human being and their reproducibility was at first made possible thanks to new technologies, then spread and shared throughout the globe with the advent of the internet.

Diego Randazzo, through his artistic research, addresses the issue of images and their proliferation using a hybrid technique: UV printing from original graphite drawings. Illudens is a layered work that analyzes and investigates the contemporary on multiple levels. The main subject is the mushroom, which thanks to its rapid and extensive reproduction characteristic, leads to an immediate similarity with the digital world.
The orderly and elegant composition recalls an encyclopedic atlas, thanks to which the viewer can study and analyze what is microscopic and invisible, but the duplication of the subjects and the complexity of the photograph cast doubt on its authenticity and veracity, placing the work between science and magic.
Randazzo lays the foundations for a social criticism, addressing the themes of reproduction, diffusion and accumulation typical of this historical period.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Gandini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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UGO RICCIARDI

born in Torino, Italy 1975 | lives in Roletto, Italy

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ACACIA#1. EAST SAHARA, 2018

Digital Photography
120×90 cm

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A tree in the middle of the desert, a light that dances around it. All simple and natural elements, yet so amazing they take your breath away. Acacia, a plant that grows in hot and dry places, is a bearer of life in an inhospitable environment such as the desert. The beam of light seems to crown it, giving it a mystical, almost sacred aura, as if we were in a mythological tale. It is extraordinary how something as common as a tree can fascinate and surprise, attract and intrigue. The light allows us to look at this glimpse of nature with a new, different gaze, which allows us to perceive and understand the complexity of the plant, given, in its small size, by thousands of leaves, twigs and roots, which, on the whole, they create this being as majestic as it is delicate. The solitude and pride of acacia make the image transmit its vital energy to us, as if to give us a new lymph, a lymph that comes from the most harsh and true nature.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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LUCREZIA RODA

born in Erba Co, Italy 1992 | lives in Milan, Italy

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STEEL LIFE #5 – SOTTERRANEO, 2015

giclee print on Baryta paper, mounted under 3mm Plexiglas®
135×90 cm

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Immortalize fragments of industrial working landscapes with one click, a symbol of man’s sustenance and his redemption. This is what Lucrezia Roda’s photography narrates, an immersion in the concrete, in what can be achieved through the processing of iron. Tough metallic element, silvery, but at the same time malleable and flexible through the hard and mechanical work typical of steel plants, as can be seen in this photographed rolling mill. The greyness of the material contrasts with the sparks and steam generated by the jet of water on the incandescent metal billet which in turn will give life to new industrial artifacts. Strong contrast between the solidity of the iron and steel machinery and the fluidity of the water which, in cascade, extinguishes the intensity of heat generated by the incandescent iron bar; a sort of vital narration, a tale from which finite matter is generated, as in a new rebirth. The energy released, enclosed in the frame, catches the eye of the observer who lets himself be transported into a working world of strong impact, almost certain to also hear the typical noises, smells and heat, which characterize the workforce and fatigue.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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JULIA ROMANO

born in Carlos Pellegrini, Argentina 1978 | lives in La Calera. Cordoba, Argentina

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CULTURAL LANDSCAPES XX – TIPA, 2018

Photography, digital photography, nature, landscape, artificial landscape, artificial nature, oasis, construction, representation
100×55 cm

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A surreal landscape, like a mirror that shows us two parallel worlds at the same time. We don’t know where to look first: up or down? We see trees, ponds, animals, buildings and rocks, yet our eyes cannot decide what to rest on. The multiplicity of immortalized elements pushes us to frantically search for a point that allows us a definitive interpretation, but at every glance, the work seems to change. This is precisely the artist’s goal: to generate the confusion that leads us to investigate what we have in front of us, what is real for us and what we consider as natural. To do this, Julia Romano used scanned images taken from paintings depicting European landscapes, and then superimposed them on photographs, taken by her, which immortalize the environments of Latin America. In this way, a new place has been created, real and unreal at the same time, where each of us has the opportunity to observe and understand, thanks to this different perspective, the truest meaning of Nature for us.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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GUIBERT ROSALES ABREU

born in La Habana, Cuba 1979 | lives in Madrid, Spain

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GEOGRAFIA DEL PODER, 2019

Photographic
170×160 cm

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The photographs taken by Rosales Abreu Guibert unleash an unrivaled strength.
The message she wants to convey is significant today: the limits dictated by the national borders of Central American countries and the possibility denied to many citizens to go beyond those outlined by the United States  in search of a better life. Borders that lead to illicit escapes, violence, denied freedoms and even death.
This theme dear to the artist, is addressed through the Geography of Power project where the relationship between body and space is investigated, analyzing the concept of limit, understood not only from a geographical point of view, but also from a psychological and social point of view.
A sort of photographic narrative consisting of six shots, where the human body replaces a geographical map on which boundary lines are drawn with the color white; the tense back muscles, the position of the body and in particular of the arms make the concept of border almost physical, which is shown at the bottom of each shot. The dark skin of the subject contrasts with the line drawn on it and the choice of a muscular body represents the strength of all those people forced on those long journeys in the hope of finding shelter and comfort. The black background and the penumbra make the scene even more impactful and the border line almost phosphorescent. This technique makes the entire composition extremely elegant and clean and the communication of the message is perceived in a strong and clear way.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

TOMMASO SACCONI

born in Roma, Italy 1984| lives in New York, United States

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HAIR (A), 2018

35mm film B/W
59×42 cm

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This shot shows one of the oldest hobbies in the world, that is collecting. A recurring practice since ancient Egypt, which will then take root in the strict sense of the term in Greece, in the common areas of the city. The artist confesses to being a lover of this phenomenon and to catalog in a meticulous and careful way any object of daily life, from school notebooks and objects that accompany the person from an early age, also bringing with him an emotional value, to the receipts. of supermarkets. In addition to various objects, the artist loves to preserve organic elements of his body, from nails to hair, to the teeth, to preserve them from destruction and consumption. It is in this work that we can see her hair gathered in a white plastic divider; they appear tangled like small skeins but deliberately arranged in small compartments. One of the latter is left empty and contrasts with the dark space occupied by the others. In his shots are immortalized mostly elements in series, arranged in an orderly manner. Having order is in fact the only way to best preserve and catalog the artist’s personal relics. Over time, the lack of space has led him to use the camera to be able to immortalize his affections, as the only way to physically detach himself from the object, but to ensure that it continues to survive in the memories of the time. By doing so, it puts an end to what could appear to be a cumulative obsession, giving importance to less preserved things, while keeping them as pieces of history and distant memories.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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CAMORS SALOME-CHARLOTTE

born in Nimes, France 1987 | lives in Toulouse, France

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TERRITOIRE #3: dREE-GRAND LAC, 2020

photography on steel
100×50 cm

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The artist Camors Salome-Charlotte proposes a suggestive and apparently abstract image which, observed with more attention, reveals an aerial view of a lake landscape. The photograph is printed on a raw steel plate, thanks to which a particular play of reflections is established between the material itself and the represented nature. The work is extracted from Territory # 3 Dree, a photographic project set in New Caledonia that shows the destructive effects caused by global warming and mining; with this in mind, the choice of the background material, a metal destined to oxidize over time, suggests the effect of the deterioration of our ecosystem and accentuates the artist’s intention to sensitize the observer and to highlight these global issues. The relationship with images thus becomes an aspect of investigation and reflection that leads Camors to approach them in more conceptual terms, with the intention of enhancing their agency and impact as well as visual as well as communicative.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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BENJAMIN SEMM

born in Wiesbaden, Germany 1978 | lives in Wiesbaden, Germany

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PERSPECTIVE NO.9, 2019

Digital processed with Adobe Lightroom
80×120 cm

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The natural alternation of light and darkness ensures depth and movement. It leaves the view free to recognize and encounter archaic basic patterns, which can be experienced in emotional and symbolic visual power. A spontaneous new way of seeing that, unlike usual, is in a sense scientifically guided and emotional at the same time.
The professional handling with the technical capabilities of my profession helps me to challenge the ambivalence of sight (seeing) again and again, but also to stimulate (encourage/ motivate) the viewer to scrutinise his viewing habits through change of focusing and choice of picture details. In an intentional play  with colours and geometrical form, I create new impressions, image sections (display details), colours, perspective variations (transitions) and lighting moods through image processing (image editing). Infinite in endless expanse (vastness), from unfathomable depths in the glance of the observer into the lucid, which maybe lies in front, under, over, behind or in him. It is not the big, maybe familiar (well-known) close picture, it is the alienations, irritations, miniaturisations with each of the possible image sections that are in the foreground of my work.
It is an attempt to blur the thin line between photography and painting. The unexpressed ambition of my artistic work is to leave the viewer to his inner world while looking. Allowing him to find the to date (until now) unexplored in himself and to connect with that and make the power of the inner pictures perceptible.

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ALICE SERAFINO

born in Pinerolo, Italy 1980 | lives in Pinerolo, Italy

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NATURALIA TAVOLA VI, 2016

Cyanotype
38×50 cm

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Immortal images that are fixed in the mind and eyes of the beholder. The gaze is magnetized by this blue sky that meets and merges with the blue of the sea in a unique cohesion that leaves you speechless. A time suspended in the white of the sheet, elements of nature that delicately settle like feathers on the surface to remain there forever. Multiple creatures make up this world and live it with serenity, aware of their infinite time, photographed in that daily moment which, until the end, is uncertain, limping, but which in the result appears fascinating, on another symbolic and spiritual level. Because now, these creatures are spiritual living beings who live in their immortal world, unperturbed in front of us all. A feeling of melancholy assails us, a childhood memory now left behind but which, like a sudden hurricane, comes to mind, leaving us at first unsatisfied, but which, once let go, sows a feeling of trust in that that will come.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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MASUMI SHIOHARA

born in Shiojiri City, Japan 1974 | lives in Shiojiri City, Japan

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BLACK & WHITE GRAPES, 2020

Photograph, High-definition image of 102 million pixels
61×84 cm

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Simplicity and elegance. Black and white, two modest but never banal colors, which are the basis of the whole composition. A discreet image that plays on the contrasts of two variants of the fruit. This two-colored cluster is not given by an intentional composition, but by the natural fusion of two different types cultivated by the artist himself, who decides to proudly immortalize the result of his collaboration with Nature. The berries of different colors seem to move in embrace, almost in a spiral, where the individual parts merge to create a unique identity, like two lovers who meet again after a long time. The sweetness of photography transports us and involves us in a reflection on how complexity is generated by mere simplicity. The high definition image seems to almost materialize before our eyes, making the gesture of reaching out to steal some grapes spontaneous. This freshly picked bunch, with the grains still dirty, and sometimes slightly bruised, reminds us that Nature is never taken for granted. Indeed, it always surprises us, even with such simple elements.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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STANISLAV SHMELEV

born in Oxford, United Kingdom 1977 | lives in Oxford, United Kingdom

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MAGICAL REALISM 2, 2016

Photo
120×120 cm

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The combination of saturated and dissonant colors creates a strong chromatic contrast that makes the landscapes photographed by Shmelev striking and striking. These scenarios, similar to dystopian universes belonging to an imaginary reality, stimulate an unusual visual perception in the observer, as well as a sense of curiosity and fascination. The artist, through his intriguing images, aims to capture the attention of the public and to establish an emotional bond with those who are confronted with his shots, considering the intrinsic beauty of life an effective means to meet the sensitivity of as many as possible. people. The deep message of his photographs lies in the value of nature itself and the aim of his work is to raise awareness, through a visual approach, of a greater awareness of sustainability and the protection of ecosystems, increasingly threatened by human intervention. who too often prefers economic interests, forgetting the priceless gift that surrounds and hosts him.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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DAVID SOLOMITA

born in New York City, USA 1953 | lives in San Francisco, USA

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NASCENT, 2020

Photography
123×82 cm

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Throughout my life I have had a constant aesthetic which revolves around light, color and volume which I use to create unique spaces. For the most part these are paper studies or sculptures that are illuminate with multiple light sources and enhanced with colored gels. The work is an attempt to create environs for people to inhabit upon viewing and experiencing them. I am working with large formats and as I move forward I will be pushing the images to even larger final prints. This is intended to allow the collaboration between the work and the viewer to be physical as well as cognitive. The work has a presence, which I hope is enticing and inescapable for any audience. I strive for a certain level of visual ambiguity so that the viewer can be an active participant in the work and interpret something that is of value to them. Additionally, I hope that one is surprised each time they visit a piece and that new things are experienced. Each unique image represents one space to be lived in and played with, it is only when you look away that one is grounded in a less comforting reality. It has been my pleasure to witness some viewers spending a considerable amount of time with individual works and not looking away.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Giulia Saiani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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ANNE-KATRIN SPIESS

born in Lugano, Switzerland 1968 | lives in New York, United States

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DEATH BY PLASTIC (VENICE), 2019

Digital C-print
61×91.50 cm

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Contamination, pollution, poisoning, decay and ruin are just some of the many words we hear every day. Plastic has always been a much discussed topic around the world and is the subject of study by the artist Anne-Katrin Spiess. The work Death by Plastic (Venice) focuses on the enormous quantity of disposable plastic, which envelops most of the products used, representing the artist’s body in a transparent plexiglass coffin, transported by a gondola through the canals. of Venice, full of fishing nets and full of this organic material. “Plastic is undeniably a precious material, which prolongs the lifespan of people and perishable goods. It is a highly reproducible, non-permeable, light and low-cost compound, but it is also one of the main causes of pollution on the planet “, says the artist. Plastic is not digested.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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LEONARD SURYAJAYA

born in Medan, Indonesia 1988 | lives in Chicago, United States

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GORDON AND SON, 2020

4×5 film process
81.28×101.60 cm

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Disorder, chaos, play, fantasy and imagination are the fundamental protagonists within the frames of the artist Leonard Suryajaya. Gordon and his son David are photographed in a world full of colors, lost in delicate floral fabrics, surrounded by numerous brightly colored shoes, in a truly strange situation and occasion. Gordon and Son seems to create a painting portrayed on another planet, similar to ours, where certain limits have now been exceeded, where the bizarre, the unexpected and the queer – people without labels and words, who do not want to fit into any of the definitions created. from the hegemonic culture – they can mate and mix. We must not limit ourselves to looking at something from a single point of view, we must observe carefully from different angles to give power to society, to enrich ourselves and our mind, to feed us with something more, something we have need. Borders are our invention.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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MARCELLO VIGONI

born in Milan, Italy 1979 | lives in Cisliano, Italy

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ARDI OH MONDO…, 2019

Gelatin Silver Print on baryta paper coupled with dibond
70×70 cm

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Alpe Devero is a small mountain located on the border of the Veglia – Devero Natural Park, in the province of Domodossola. The area is now protected for its landscape interest, but is about to be threatened by a new, very invasive project, which could risk distorting otherwise uncontaminated places. The artist feels the need to take sides with all those people who are fighting to fight against uncontrolled – and unnecessary – human development, thus stemming the exploitation of places that are visually magnificent and not modified by the human hand. The project, of which the work is part, is based on a series of shots that try to tell what the disfigurement of these natural spaces would entail: in two years Vigoni Marcello takes photographs in analog format, in order to free from the technological effect the images and highlight the vintage atmosphere of the same. Nature is the protagonist of these works and, merging with the artifice, manages to give life to a heavy criticism of the confrontations of a society no longer able to stop in front of the absurdity of its actions. The work Ardi Oh Mondo …  becomes the manifesto of a thought that we should all share, thus preserving the uncontaminated and trying to stop the unbridled anthropocentrism of today’s society.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Natalie Zangari, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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SNEZHANA VON BÜDINGEN

born in Perm, Russian Federation 1983 1983 | lives in Cologne, Germany

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MEETING SOFIE, 2018

Analog camera Hasselblad 500 CM / Kodak Portra Film 120
100×100 cm

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When you are young, love knows no obstacles. Time, for example, has no chance of victory against the eyes of the person we love. The inevitable hitches of life will not be able to defeat the arms of him or her who will hold us forever to himself. In the work of Von Büdingen Snezhana, Sofie is experiencing this dreamy period, the phase of falling in love. The photograph Sofie in poppy field with her boyfriend Andy, Germany 2018, is part of the Meeting Sofie series and shows us the nineteen-year-old girl lying in a field of poppies and wrapped in the embrace of her boyfriend. The artist met Sofie, a girl with Down syndrome, in the fall of 2017, when she had just finished school and spent almost every day on the family estate in Eilensted, Germany. The girl’s emotions and sensations emerge from the shots: we can perceive a part of her life, the ups and downs experienced along the way of love, the missteps and mistakes that made her suffer and the joys that made her suffer. they made you smile. He is able to live free from social pressure and to feel joy for the little everyday things, to experience love and pain in an intense way, to live life and allow us to observe something of his ordinary – and at the same time extraordinary – existence.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Natalie Zangari, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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PENGPENG WANG

born in Heilongjiang, China 1991 | lives in Novate Milanese, Italy

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HAILSTONE V, 2020

Digital Photography
70×50 cm

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In the immensity of the cosmos our innermost self. Our entire existence is in a tiny hailstone. Wang Pengpeng, in one shot, questions and questions himself about the primordial bond that unites and gives life to an indivisible whole, a unity in which the individual parts are related to the whole. Today, man, regardless of what happens, passively lives his own existence welcoming, motionless, the vicissitudes of life. An evocative starry sky, a favorite nocturnal poetic reference, is no longer the source of great philosophical questions, unanswered existential questions and intimate thoughts regarding our place in the universe. In Hailstone V micro and macrocosm are again interconnected and, secretly, like two small synapses, through the propagation of an impulse, they communicate with each other. The artist, always feeling attracted to this iridescent body, explores, investigates and scrupulously examines, in a respectful silence, the elegant luminous formations of this candid nova still able, perhaps, to enchant our fearful and glassy gaze.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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NOZOMI WATANABE

born in Hadano, Japan 1984 | lives in Yokohama, Japan

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OBSERVER, 2016

Photograph
154×103 cm

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To observe. Scrupulously observe every detail. Observe it in detail and arrive at a complete visual extrapolation of the latter. The environment that surrounds us is placed under the magnifying glass of the artist’s camera which, by capturing the accidental conformation that is created with chewing gum, gives the viewer a different perception, establishing a new relationship between the human being and the cosmos. Watanabe Nozomi, with this photographic series made with the ink jet technique, gives a new vision of what surrounds us every day, thus transforming the banal residues present on our streets into a shining starry sky.
The waste becomes the brightest element in the universe so what is formed by chance on the microscale is readapted on the macroscale of the cosmos, guaranteeing a sensory and emotional depth capable of capturing the naive gaze of the spectator unaware of being in front of him to a simple collection of what’s left of a packet of chewing gum.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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DOUG WINTER

born in Denver, United States 1966 | lives in Elk Grove, United States

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SOUTH OF GREELEY, 2020

Photographic
150×101 cm

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A latent image, our labile memory that tries in vain to remember what it was and what it will no longer be. Once remembered and seen, with the mind’s eye, the past, this is told, realized through the artist’s works. Everything is captured in the moment of disappearance or apparition, by a faint light that plays with the shadows that slowly retreat to the sidelines, restoring lost, dreamlike and almost surreal atmospheres to the sick eyes. Torment of pragmatic, crystallized emotions, destined to live in human consciousness alone. What was perfect dissolves into a blurred setting; a veil of tears that falls on the curtain of life. Winter underlines how what was perfect becomes acting, approximate, fleeting in an instant.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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PHYLLIS WONG

born in Singapore, Singapore 1976 | lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands

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IN THE HOUSE OF MARTHA AND MARY, 2020

Photography
100×70 cm

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The tableau vivant frozen in the shot by the artist Wong Phyllis evokes the structure of Renaissance biblical paintings and the scenic setting typical of Baroque still lifes. The title “In the house of Martha and Mary” alludes to the episode narrated in the Gospel of Luke, concerning the visit of Christ to the house of Martha and Mary, during which the value of the spirit and of religious interiority is emphasized, at the expense of daily practical needs. The profound message of the biblical episode represents the fulcrum of the artist’s thought, who with this work wants to stimulate a reflection on the social problems underlying eating disorders, in an era dominated by consumerism and a lack of awareness of sustainability and respect. environmental. Wong, through his visual narration, proposes a contemporary scenography that summarizes the current food culture and symbolizes two antithetical approaches to it: on the one hand, a conscious attitude of consumption of local and seasonal products while on the other the preference for exotic foods , which entails numerous social and environmental problems.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

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TSENG YU CHIN

born in Taipei, Taiwan 1979 | lives in Taipei, Taiwan

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SCENERY OTHER END.IN A HOT AND HUMID SEASON., 2020

Digital photographic
1875×111 cm

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This is a video for 2019  Scenery other end, the original photographic medium, I spent 6 months thinking about it and reworking the original photography into the state and feeling I was trying to express.

The half-naked man and woman clinging to each other in the humid and hot conditions are like trapped in a grassland, surrounded by various insects, which are like an allegory or metaphor, clinging to each other in a warm and lonely state.

The bodies of young boys and girls, with insects clinging to them, seemingly absorbing their sweat, are intermingled.

It’s a metaphor for love and the destiny of our life. Let’s try to imagine you’re entering a prairie when you’re just a newborn baby and all you can do is keep crawling because there’s no chance to make a stop. You keep moving ahead to somewhere you assumed it’s a forward place. There’s no rule or order in this case. Afterwards, you touched and acknowledged there’s someone else with you in this
journey, therefore, you both depend on each other and marching on in this endless grassland no matter the sun is scorching hot or there’s already numerous bruises on both of yours body. It’s about a statement of life in my opinion. Life is all about moving on and attach someone else

andrea zanatta | ArteLaguna

ANDREA ZANATTA

born in Treviso, Italy 1967 | lives in Massanzago, Italy

andrea zanatta | ArteLaguna

EAT GOLD, 2019

Edition photographic 1/6
68×92 cm

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Irreverent, ironic and sarcastic, this is how the style of the artist Andrea Zanatta can be summed up. Through his snapshot of everyday life he places us in front of a provocation of which we certainly cannot remain indifferent. There are many questions that emerge on the meaning of the work after reading, which, like a tag, bears the words “eat gold shit money” with a black permanent marker.
The pattern repetition of the tiles in the  photographed bathroom, in a golden yellow hue, sequentially give the image of a mosaic, interrupted by the toilet cistern, which takes you back to the real setting, without filters. The gold writing emerges in size compared to the rest of the sentence, placing an emphasis on the recall of the color of the tiles. A new, contemporary way to express oneself directly, letting out messages and allusions about today’s times, through the use of satirical art; a research by the author to express and reconstruct emotions relating to the historical period that is being lived, without too many words, but through immediate and direct visual communication. An intent that was born to cause amazement, curiosity, but also fun, in a dualism between lawful and illegal.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia