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Janine Gaëlle Dieudji

co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

Janine Gaëlle Dieudji is a bi-national French and Cameroonian graduate of Culture and International Relations from Lyon 3 University in France. She also holds a Master Degree in Political Science from Paris 2 Panthéon Assas University.

She’s been living in Florence, Italy, for the past six years, a city she has since fallen in love with. This is how Florence became home to her and the place where she started to build her career as an art professional. She considers herself as a ‘multi­local’ by believing that we belong to all the places we have lived in. Home is where the mind can create and feel rested at the same time. This is what the life journey is made for, exploring to become the person we decide to be.

Janine Gaëlle Dieudji is a bi-national French and Cameroonian graduate of Culture and International Relations from Lyon 3 University in France. She also holds a Master Degree in Political Science from Paris 2 Panthéon Assas University.

She’s been living in Florence, Italy, for the past six years, a city she has since fallen in love with. This is how Florence became home to her and the place where she started to build her career as an art professional. She considers herself as a ‘multi­local’ by believing that we belong to all the places we have lived in. Home is where the mind can create and feel rested at the same time. This is what the life journey is made for, exploring to become the person we decide to be.

Justin Randolph Thompson

co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

Justin Randolph Thompson is a new media artist, cultural facilitator and educator born in Peekskill, NY in ’79. Living between Italy and the US since 1999, Thompson is Co-Founder and Director of Black History Month Florence, a multi-faceted exploration of African and African Diasporic cultures in the context of Italy founded in 2016.
Thompson is a recipient of a Louise Comfort Tiffany Award, a Franklin Furnace Fund Award, a Visual Artist Grant from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin, two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, A Jerome Fellowship from Franconia Sculpture Park and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. His life and work seek to deepen the discussions around socio-cultural stratification and hierarchical organization by employing fleeting temporary communities as monuments and fostering projects that connect academic discourse social activism and DIY networking strategies in annual and biennial gathering, sharing and gestures of collectivity.

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Justin Randolph Thompson is a new media artist, cultural facilitator and educator born in Peekskill, NY in ’79. Living between Italy and the US since 1999, Thompson is Co-Founder and Director of Black History Month Florence, a multi-faceted exploration of African and African Diasporic cultures in the context of Italy founded in 2016.
Thompson is a recipient of a Louise Comfort Tiffany Award, a Franklin Furnace Fund Award, a Visual Artist Grant from the Fundacion Marcelino Botin, two Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants, A Jerome Fellowship from Franconia Sculpture Park and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park. His life and work seek to deepen the discussions around socio-cultural stratification and hierarchical organization by employing fleeting temporary communities as monuments and fostering projects that connect academic discourse social activism and DIY networking strategies in annual and biennial gathering, sharing and gestures of collectivity.

 

 

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Monday-Myriam Boulos-Beirut

Evento speciale di punta di questa edizione di Middle East Now festival

The works of 7 talented young Middle Eastern photographers – Myriam Boulos, Sina Shiri, Abdo Shanan, Amir Hazim, Reem Falaknaz, Erdem Varol, Mouad Abillat – brought together to provide a personal visual perspective of their city – Beirut, Tehran, Algieri, Baghdad, Dubai, Istanbul, Marrakesh – on a specific day of the week.

The result, SEVEN BY SEVEN, is a collective voice and vision, and at the same time a set of personal and highly original points of view on the life of people in the Middle East, a visual narrative alternative to the media representation of these cities, very often negative and linked to the facts of news and geopolitics.

As an integral part of the project, the curator has created, exclusively for the festival, 7 newspapers that can be browsed in the exhibition: 7 newspapers in whose pages the story is developed through images of every day of a hypothetical week in the Middle East.

SEVEN BY SEVEN is also presented through a special online platf

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The works of 7 talented young Middle Eastern photographers – Myriam Boulos, Sina Shiri, Abdo Shanan, Amir Hazim, Reem Falaknaz, Erdem Varol, Mouad Abillat – brought together to provide a personal visual perspective of their city – Beirut, Tehran, Algieri, Baghdad, Dubai, Istanbul, Marrakesh – on a specific day of the week.

The result, SEVEN BY SEVEN, is a collective voice and vision, and at the same time a set of personal and highly original points of view on the life of people in the Middle East, a visual narrative alternative to the media representation of these cities, very often negative and linked to the facts of news and geopolitics.

As an integral part of the project, the curator has created, exclusively for the festival, 7 newspapers that can be browsed in the exhibition: 7 newspapers in whose pages the story is developed through images of every day of a hypothetical week in the Middle East.

SEVEN BY SEVEN is also presented through a special online platform – 7×7.middleastnow.it – which allows visitors to digitally explore the work of the 7 photographers and their visual account of the cities in which they live.

 

 

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Monday-Myriam Boulos-Beirut

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7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade

Original project produced by Middle East Now Festival, conceived and curated by Roï Saade and co-produced by Murate Art District.

"In this era of revolutions, unrest, exclusion and individualism, photography can play a fundamental role in building bridges between communities in the Middle East and North Africa. The objective of this project is to explore the differences and similarities found in each city and celebrate their diversity and complexity". , Roï Saade.

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Myriam Boulos

Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade

Myriam Boulos. Born in Beirut in 1992, she graduated in photography from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts in 2015. She has taken part in international group exhibitions including Photomed, Beirut Art Fair, Berlin PhotoWeek, Mashreq to Maghreb (Dresden, Germany), Beyond boundaries (New York), C’est Beyrouth (Paris) and 3ème biennale des Photographes du monde arabe (Paris), and received the Byblos Bank Award for Photography in 2014. He uses his camera to interrogate the city and its people, and his photos are a mix of documentary and personal research.

Myriam Boulos. Born in Beirut in 1992, she graduated in photography from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts in 2015. She has taken part in international group exhibitions including Photomed, Beirut Art Fair, Berlin PhotoWeek, Mashreq to Maghreb (Dresden, Germany), Beyond boundaries (New York), C’est Beyrouth (Paris) and 3ème biennale des Photographes du monde arabe (Paris), and received the Byblos Bank Award for Photography in 2014. He uses his camera to interrogate the city and its people, and his photos are a mix of documentary and personal research.

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7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Myriam Boulos | Mondays in Beirut

The works of 7 talented young Middle Eastern photographers on a specific day of the week

Myriam Boulos | Mondays in Beirut

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Myriam Boulos | Mondays in Beirut

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As an integral part of the project, the curator has created, exclusively for the festival, 7 newspapers that can be browsed in the exhibition: 7 newspapers in whose pages the story is developed through images of every day of a hypothetical week in the Middle East.

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade

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Sina Shiri

Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade

Sina Shiri. He was born in Rasht, Iran in 1991. He started photography at the age of 16 and has since worked in various Iranian press agencies and magazines as a photographer. Today he is a freelancer and focuses on social issues and themes.

Sina Shiri. He was born in Rasht, Iran in 1991. He started photography at the age of 16 and has since worked in various Iranian press agencies and magazines as a photographer. Today he is a freelancer and focuses on social issues and themes.

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7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Sina Shiri | Tuesday in Tehran

The works of 7 talented young Middle Eastern photographers on a specific day of the week

Sina Shiri | Tuesday in Tehran

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Sina Shiri | Tuesday in Tehran

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7X7| Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Sina Shiri | Tuesday in Tehran

As an integral part of the project, the curator has created, exclusively for the festival, 7 newspapers that can be browsed in the exhibition: 7 newspapers in whose pages the story is developed through images of every day of a hypothetical week in the Middle East.

7X7| Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Sina Shiri | Tuesday in Tehran

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Abdo Shanan

Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade

Abdo was born in 1982 in Oran, Algeria, to a Sudanese father and Algerian mother. He studied engineering at the University of Sirte, Libya, until 2006. In 2012 an internship at Magnum Photos Paris gave him the opportunity to reflect on his photographic approach and produce his first short story for the magazine “Rukh”. His photographs have been published in numerous international magazines and newspapers. In 2015 he received a nomination for the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, in 2019 he won the CAP (Contemporary African Photography) award for his project “Dry”, in the same year he was selected for Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo.

Abdo was born in 1982 in Oran, Algeria, to a Sudanese father and Algerian mother. He studied engineering at the University of Sirte, Libya, until 2006. In 2012 an internship at Magnum Photos Paris gave him the opportunity to reflect on his photographic approach and produce his first short story for the magazine “Rukh”. His photographs have been published in numerous international magazines and newspapers. In 2015 he received a nomination for the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, in 2019 he won the CAP (Contemporary African Photography) award for his project “Dry”, in the same year he was selected for Joop Swart Masterclass by World Press Photo.

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7X7| Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Abdo Shanan | Wednedays in Algiers

The works of 7 talented young Middle Eastern photographers on a specific day of the week

Abdo Shanan | Wednedays in Algiers

7X7| Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Abdo Shanan | Wednedays in Algiers

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7X7| Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Abdo Shanan | Wednedays in Algiers

As an integral part of the project, the curator has created, exclusively for the festival, 7 newspapers that can be browsed in the exhibition: 7 newspapers in whose pages the story is developed through images of every day of a hypothetical week in the Middle East.

7X7| Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Abdo Shanan | Wednedays in Algiers

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Amir Hazim

Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade

Amir Hazim is an artist and photographer based in Baghdad. He graduated from Baghdad College of Fine Arts and began his professional career in 2019, publishing in Arab News, The National and many others.

Amir Hazim is an artist and photographer based in Baghdad. He graduated from Baghdad College of Fine Arts and began his professional career in 2019, publishing in Arab News, The National and many others.

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7X7| Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Amir Hazim | Thursdays in Baghdad

The works of 7 talented young Middle Eastern photographers on a specific day of the week

Amir Hazim | Thursdays in Baghdad

7X7| Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Amir Hazim | Thursdays in Baghdad

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7X7| Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Amir Hazim | Thursdays in Baghdad

As an integral part of the project, the curator has created, exclusively for the festival, 7 newspapers that can be browsed in the exhibition: 7 newspapers in whose pages the story is developed through images of every day of a hypothetical week in the Middle East.

7X7| Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Amir Hazim | Thursdays in Baghdad

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Reem Falaknaz

Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade

Reem Falaknaz documents with his artistic work the social and physical landscape of the United Arab Emirates and its inhabitants. In 2014 he took part in the prestigious Arab Documentary Photography Program, and his international participations include the United Arab Emirates Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and the Lahore Biennale in 2020.

Reem Falaknaz documents with his artistic work the social and physical landscape of the United Arab Emirates and its inhabitants. In 2014 he took part in the prestigious Arab Documentary Photography Program, and his international participations include the United Arab Emirates Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and the Lahore Biennale in 2020.

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7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Reem Falaknaz | Fridays in Dubai

The works of 7 talented young Middle Eastern photographers on a specific day of the week

Reem Falaknaz | Fridays in Dubai

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Reem Falaknaz | Fridays in Dubai

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7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Reem Falaknaz | Fridays in Dubai

As an integral part of the project, the curator has created, exclusively for the festival, 7 newspapers that can be browsed in the exhibition: 7 newspapers in whose pages the story is developed through images of every day of a hypothetical week in the Middle East.

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Reem Falaknaz | Fridays in Dubai

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Erdem Varol

Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade

Erdem Varol. Born in 1988, he lives in Istanbul. In 2017 Erdem published his first book “Free Fall” together with two fanzines, published in 2018 and 2019 respectively. He has held solo and group exhibitions in Turkey, Italy, France and elsewhere.

Erdem Varol. Born in 1988, he lives in Istanbul. In 2017 Erdem published his first book “Free Fall” together with two fanzines, published in 2018 and 2019 respectively. He has held solo and group exhibitions in Turkey, Italy, France and elsewhere.

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7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Erdem Varol | Saturdays in Instanbul

The works of 7 talented young Middle Eastern photographers on a specific day of the week

Erdem Varol | Saturdays in Instanbul

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Erdem Varol | Saturdays in Instanbul

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7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Erdem Varol | Saturdays in Instanbul

As an integral part of the project, the curator has created, exclusively for the festival, 7 newspapers that can be browsed in the exhibition: 7 newspapers in whose pages the story is developed through images of every day of a hypothetical week in the Middle East.

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Erdem Varol | Saturdays in Instanbul

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Mouad Abillat 

7X7 Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade

Mouad Abillat is a Moroccan photographer and director. He has a degree in Audiovisual Technician and has also studied photography and screenwriting, which has influenced his style and led him to develop an interest in storytelling. By photographing young people on the streets of Marrakech with a unique and original style, he strives to portray the contradictions and fight against the stereotypes faced by the new generations today.

Mouad Abillat is a Moroccan photographer and director. He has a degree in Audiovisual Technician and has also studied photography and screenwriting, which has influenced his style and led him to develop an interest in storytelling. By photographing young people on the streets of Marrakech with a unique and original style, he strives to portray the contradictions and fight against the stereotypes faced by the new generations today.

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7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Mouad Abillat | Sundays in Marrakesh

The works of 7 talented young Middle Eastern photographers on a specific day of the week

Mouad Abillat | Sundays in Marrakesh

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Mouad Abillat | Sundays in Marrakesh

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7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Mouad Abillat | Sundays in Marrakesh

As an integral part of the project, the curator has created, exclusively for the festival, 7 newspapers that can be browsed in the exhibition: 7 newspapers in whose pages the story is developed through images of every day of a hypothetical week in the Middle East.

7X7 | Transcultural narratives from the Middle east and North Africa. Curated by Roi Saade | Mouad Abillat | Sundays in Marrakesh

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Peter Bialobrzeski

Fotografo

Peter Bialobrzeski è un fotografo e professore di fotografia all’Università delle Arti di Brema in Germania. Bialobrzeski originariamente ha studiato politica e sociologia in Germania prima di studiare fotografia all’Università di Essen e al London College of Printing.

Peter Bialobrzeski è un fotografo e professore di fotografia all’Università delle Arti di Brema in Germania. Bialobrzeski originariamente ha studiato politica e sociologia in Germania prima di studiare fotografia all’Università di Essen e al London College of Printing.

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Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito

Black History Month Florence 2020

An exhibition that examines the implementation of social obligations towards dirty work, the shortcomings of cultural assimilation, the silencing of histories and the politics of respectability.

The artists in the exhibition each draw upon experiences of a periods of permanence in Italy that pushes them to engage the cities of Rome, Umbertide, Milan and Florence as sites for cultural production with the need to engage history while not falling victim to it.

Activist Pape Diaw, in a 2013 interview spoke of “…sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito “, literally getting our hands dirty to do a clean job. This contradiction is at the core of a social context where dirty work is engaged in to maintain a status governed by the politics of respectability and social policing.

The exhibition, curated by Black History Month Florence, as part of the 5th edition of BHMF, in collaboration with Villa Romana (Florence), Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Umbertide) and Galleria Continua (San Gim

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An exhibition that examines the implementation of social obligations towards dirty work, the shortcomings of cultural assimilation, the silencing of histories and the politics of respectability.

The artists in the exhibition each draw upon experiences of a periods of permanence in Italy that pushes them to engage the cities of Rome, Umbertide, Milan and Florence as sites for cultural production with the need to engage history while not falling victim to it.

Activist Pape Diaw, in a 2013 interview spoke of “…sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito “, literally getting our hands dirty to do a clean job. This contradiction is at the core of a social context where dirty work is engaged in to maintain a status governed by the politics of respectability and social policing.

The exhibition, curated by Black History Month Florence, as part of the 5th edition of BHMF, in collaboration with Villa Romana (Florence), Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Umbertide) and Galleria Continua (San Gimignano), presents the work of 6 international artists who have used the Italian context as a place of artistic production. A series of transversal works leads to a reworking of stereotyped notions of Made in Italy that tend to exclude Afro-descendents, revealing colonial attitudes and inviting and breaking preconceptions.

An insistence on personal narratives as an override to the flattened projections of Blackness, the construction of bridges between a colonial past and a neo-colonial contemporary reality and the ethereality of monumentality all infuse these works with a meditation on the past as a marker of what’s to come.

Together they form a harmonic melody that is discordant with the prescribed, centralized, consumed narrative but finds just enough alignment to relay its power to enrich the age-old tune

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Adji Dieye

Photographer

Adji Dieye is an ItaloSenegalese photographer born in Milan in 1991. She graduated in New Technologies for Art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. Over the past years she has been traveling between Milan and Dakar, focusing her research on the influence of advertisement in the African visual culture. Her work explores different facets of West African societies; the influence of advertising in the construction of a national identity and the syncretic spirituality that remains central to African communities.

Adji Dieye’s artistic practice pushes the boundaries of photography in an attempt to investigate the archetypes that constitute African visual cultures. In her research, the continent is never considered an end in itself; instead, it represents a bridge towards further investigations into broader social and geopolitical realities.

Adji Dieye is an ItaloSenegalese photographer born in Milan in 1991. She graduated in New Technologies for Art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan. Over the past years she has been traveling between Milan and Dakar, focusing her research on the influence of advertisement in the African visual culture. Her work explores different facets of West African societies; the influence of advertising in the construction of a national identity and the syncretic spirituality that remains central to African communities.

Adji Dieye’s artistic practice pushes the boundaries of photography in an attempt to investigate the archetypes that constitute African visual cultures. In her research, the continent is never considered an end in itself; instead, it represents a bridge towards further investigations into broader social and geopolitical realities.

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Sasha Huber

Photographer, video artist, performer

Sasha Huber (CH/FI) is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1975. She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Huber’s work is primarily concerned with the politics of memory and belonging, particularly in relation to colonial residue left in the environment. Sensitive to the subtle threads connecting history and the present, she uses and responds to archival material within a layered creative practice that encompasses performance-based interventions, video, photography, and collaborations. Huber is also claiming the compressed-air staple gun, aware of its symbolic significance as a weapon, while offering the potential to renegotiate unequal power dynamics. She is known for her artistic research contribution to the Demounting Louis Agassiz campaign, aiming at dismantling the glaciologist’s lesser-known but contentious racist heritage. This long-term project (since 2008) has been concerned with unearthing and redressing the little-known history

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Sasha Huber (CH/FI) is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage, born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1975. She lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Huber’s work is primarily concerned with the politics of memory and belonging, particularly in relation to colonial residue left in the environment. Sensitive to the subtle threads connecting history and the present, she uses and responds to archival material within a layered creative practice that encompasses performance-based interventions, video, photography, and collaborations. Huber is also claiming the compressed-air staple gun, aware of its symbolic significance as a weapon, while offering the potential to renegotiate unequal power dynamics. She is known for her artistic research contribution to the Demounting Louis Agassiz campaign, aiming at dismantling the glaciologist’s lesser-known but contentious racist heritage. This long-term project (since 2008) has been concerned with unearthing and redressing the little-known history and cultural legacies of the Swiss-born naturalist and glaciologist Louis Agassiz (1807-1873), an influential proponent of “scientific” racism who advocated for segregation and “racial hygiene”. Huber has had solo exhibitions such as at the Hasselblad Foundation (Project Room) in Gothenburg and participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the 56th la Biennale di Venezia in 2015 (collateral exhibition: Frontier Reimagined), the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014, and in the 29th Biennial of São Paulo in 2010.

Sasha Huber

The Firsts-Edmonia Lewis - Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito

Delio Jasse

Photographer

Delio Jasse was born in 1980 in Luanda, Angola and lives and works in Milan. In his photographic work, he often interweaves found images with clues from past lives (found passport photos, family albums) to draw links between photography – in particular the concept of the ‘latent image’ – and memory.

Jasse is also known for experimenting with analogue photographic printing processes, including cyanotype, platinum and early printing processes such as ‘Van Dyke Brown’, as well as developing his own printing techniques.

Recent exhibitions include: MAXXI, Rome (2018); Villa Romana, Florence (2018); Biennale dell’immagine, Lugano (solo, 2017); Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm (2017); SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2017); Bamako Encounters, Bamako (2017); Lagos Biennial, Lagos (2017); Tiwani Contemporary, London (solo, 2016); Walther Collection Project Space, NY (2016); Dak’art Biennale international exhibition (2016); and the Angolan Pavilion, 56th Venice

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Delio Jasse was born in 1980 in Luanda, Angola and lives and works in Milan. In his photographic work, he often interweaves found images with clues from past lives (found passport photos, family albums) to draw links between photography – in particular the concept of the ‘latent image’ – and memory.

Jasse is also known for experimenting with analogue photographic printing processes, including cyanotype, platinum and early printing processes such as ‘Van Dyke Brown’, as well as developing his own printing techniques.

Recent exhibitions include: MAXXI, Rome (2018); Villa Romana, Florence (2018); Biennale dell’immagine, Lugano (solo, 2017); Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm (2017); SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2017); Bamako Encounters, Bamako (2017); Lagos Biennial, Lagos (2017); Tiwani Contemporary, London (solo, 2016); Walther Collection Project Space, NY (2016); Dak’art Biennale international exhibition (2016); and the Angolan Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015). He was one of three finalists in the BES Photo Prize (2014) and won the Iwalewa Art Award in 2015.

Delio Jasse

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Nari Ward

Fotografo, video artista, scultore

Nari Ward (nato nel 1963 a St. Andrew, Giamaica; vive e lavora a New York) è noto per le sue installazioni scultoree composte da materiale di scarto trovato e raccolto nel suo quartiere. Ha riutilizzato oggetti come passeggini, carrelli della spesa, bottiglie, porte, televisori, registratori di cassa e lacci delle scarpe.

Ward ricontestualizza questi oggetti trovati in giustapposizioni stimolanti che creano significati metaforici complessi per affrontare questioni sociali e politiche che circondano la razza, la povertà e la cultura del consumo. Lascia intenzionalmente aperto il significato del suo lavoro, consentendo allo spettatore di fornire la propria interpretazione.

Mostre personali del suo lavoro sono state organizzate presso l’Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2017); SocratesSculpture Park, New York (2017); The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia (2016); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2015); Savannah College of Art e Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2015); Museo d’ar

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Nari Ward (nato nel 1963 a St. Andrew, Giamaica; vive e lavora a New York) è noto per le sue installazioni scultoree composte da materiale di scarto trovato e raccolto nel suo quartiere. Ha riutilizzato oggetti come passeggini, carrelli della spesa, bottiglie, porte, televisori, registratori di cassa e lacci delle scarpe.

Ward ricontestualizza questi oggetti trovati in giustapposizioni stimolanti che creano significati metaforici complessi per affrontare questioni sociali e politiche che circondano la razza, la povertà e la cultura del consumo. Lascia intenzionalmente aperto il significato del suo lavoro, consentendo allo spettatore di fornire la propria interpretazione.

Mostre personali del suo lavoro sono state organizzate presso l’Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2017); SocratesSculpture Park, New York (2017); The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia (2016); Pérez Art Museum Miami (2015); Savannah College of Art e Design Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2015); Museo d’arte della Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (2014); The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2011); Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA (2011); Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston (2002); e Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2001, 2000).

Nari Ward

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Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito BHMF 2019 Introduction by the curator

Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito BHMF 2020 Introduction
Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito BHMF 2019 Introduction by the curator

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Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito BHMF 2019 Concept by the curator

Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence
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Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

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Sporcarsi le mani per fare un lavoro pulito BHMF 2019 Justin Randolph Thompson about Nari Ward

Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

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Justin Randolph Thompson, co-founder and director Black History Month Florence

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Black Archive Alliance

Black History Month Florence 2020

A Villa Romana project in collaboration with Black History Month Florence

Black Archive Alliance brings an unusual perspective to Florence: that of nine students searching for signs of an African presence in the city. The project, which resulted from the collaboration between the Villa Romana and Black History Month Florence and which is now in its second edition, interweaves different areas and time periods. The narratives that emerged from this excavation exercise are fragments of a little-known, if not completely unknown Florence and its political, social and economic entanglements with Africa, Africans and the Diaspora since the 15th century.

The work ranges from research centres par excellence, such as the Biblioteca Laurenziana and the Archivio del Risorgimento, to study centres known mainly to specialists, such as the Istituto Agronomico dell’Oltremare (now one of the headquarters of the Italian Agency for International Cooperation) and the Istituto Geografico Militare, to pri

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A Villa Romana project in collaboration with Black History Month Florence

Black Archive Alliance brings an unusual perspective to Florence: that of nine students searching for signs of an African presence in the city. The project, which resulted from the collaboration between the Villa Romana and Black History Month Florence and which is now in its second edition, interweaves different areas and time periods. The narratives that emerged from this excavation exercise are fragments of a little-known, if not completely unknown Florence and its political, social and economic entanglements with Africa, Africans and the Diaspora since the 15th century.

The work ranges from research centres par excellence, such as the Biblioteca Laurenziana and the Archivio del Risorgimento, to study centres known mainly to specialists, such as the Istituto Agronomico dell’Oltremare (now one of the headquarters of the Italian Agency for International Cooperation) and the Istituto Geografico Militare, to private collections in Palazzo Pitti with the treasure of the Grand Dukes. The second edition of Black Archive Alliance was carried out as a tutoring format with teachers and scholars in tandem with students, guiding their research. The project collaborated with scholars from Università degli Studi Firenze, Studio Arts College International, NYU Florence, Villa I Tatti, Syracuse University Florence, Santa Reparata International School of Art and ISI Florence.

The exhibition at Murate Art District presents a selection of the research results and links to the exhibition format of Black Archive Alliance’s first edition, which used information stands at various locations and institutions in the city to reveal the unknown or forgotten stories of moments of contact and encounters between Florence and Africa.
Curated by Justin Randolph Thompson, BHMF and Agnes Stillger, Villa Romana

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Mohamed Keita

Photographer

Mohamed Keita was born in Côte d’Ivoire in 1993. At the age of 14, he left his country in the middle of a civil war to travel alone between Guinea, Mali, Algeria and Libya, where he embarked to cross the Mediterranean. After landing in Malta, he managed to reach Italy in 2010. When he arrived in Rome, at the age of 17, he lived on the street for a few months and began to attend the Civico Zero day care centre for minors in Savethechildren, where he was given his first camera.
He lives and works in Rome where he teaches photography at the Civico Zero center. In 2017 he opened a workshop for street children in Mali.

Main exhibitions and awards:

“Piedi, scarpe, bagagli”, Camera dei Deputati, Roma, 2012
“Ritratti”, XII Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO, Roma, 2014
Premio ‘young/old photographer’ PHC Capalbio fotografia, 2015
“Desperate crossing” mostra di Mohamed Keita e Paolo Pellegrin, Istituto italiano di cultura di New York, 2016
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Mohamed Keita was born in Côte d’Ivoire in 1993. At the age of 14, he left his country in the middle of a civil war to travel alone between Guinea, Mali, Algeria and Libya, where he embarked to cross the Mediterranean. After landing in Malta, he managed to reach Italy in 2010. When he arrived in Rome, at the age of 17, he lived on the street for a few months and began to attend the Civico Zero day care centre for minors in Savethechildren, where he was given his first camera.
He lives and works in Rome where he teaches photography at the Civico Zero center. In 2017 he opened a workshop for street children in Mali.

Main exhibitions and awards:

“Piedi, scarpe, bagagli”, Camera dei Deputati, Roma, 2012
“Ritratti”, XII Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO, Roma, 2014
Premio ‘young/old photographer’ PHC Capalbio fotografia, 2015
“Desperate crossing” mostra di Mohamed Keita e Paolo Pellegrin, Istituto italiano di cultura di New York, 2016
“Par l’errance”, Centro d’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, 2018
“Rothko in Lampedusa”, mostra collettiva organizzata da UNHCR, Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi, Venezia, 2019

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Nel pensiero, nello sguardo

Photography exhibition by Mohamed Keita

Mohamed Keita’s residence at MAD Murate Art District focusing on images of institutional integration and volunteering in the media. The project took shape through visits to reception centres based in the Florence area. There, Mohamed Keita took the shots on display in this exhibition, which offer a different representation of otherness; a divergence that is not only the subject of our gaze and thoughts, but also leads us to a different way of thinking and looking.

_ Nowadays the images are so many and widespread to be unquantifiable. The speed that characterizes the visual and cognitive fruition in digital media makes their approach increasingly detached and fleeting. Starting from this observation, the exhibition is designed with the aim of creating a time for the image, citing the composition of the medieval and renaissance altarpieces. The exhibition, without captions, wants to show itself as a visual story, in which the viewer’s thought can find space to explore.

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Mohamed Keita’s residence at MAD Murate Art District focusing on images of institutional integration and volunteering in the media. The project took shape through visits to reception centres based in the Florence area. There, Mohamed Keita took the shots on display in this exhibition, which offer a different representation of otherness; a divergence that is not only the subject of our gaze and thoughts, but also leads us to a different way of thinking and looking.

_ Nowadays the images are so many and widespread to be unquantifiable. The speed that characterizes the visual and cognitive fruition in digital media makes their approach increasingly detached and fleeting. Starting from this observation, the exhibition is designed with the aim of creating a time for the image, citing the composition of the medieval and renaissance altarpieces. The exhibition, without captions, wants to show itself as a visual story, in which the viewer’s thought can find space to explore.

_ The first works on show are a series of shots that frame architectural details; the spaces introduce the story, capturing the look with a simple chromatic effect. But the man immediately begins to be evoked with the presence of some objects such as clothes stretched out in the sun. The exhibition continues with a dialogue between portraits of the guests and details of the places where they live, ending with a diptych of portraits. Mohamed avoids producing pietistic or stereotyped portraits, he prefers to portray people in their individual humanity and he doesen’t want to tell their stories. You need to go beyond piety to accept otherness.

_ The relationship between geometric structures and portraits is a stylistic and narrative choice of the photographer, who create the composition to capture the gaze, to push it to pause and to take time. This shots activates a thought that does not stop at the surface but is able to savor the message of the image, to discover its true content.

In the residency survey were also created two ‘tales’, here exposed, which try to look from inside the world of SPRAR and volunteering, accompanied by images of Aboubacar Kourouma, guest of a reception centre.

Nel pensiero, nello sguardo

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Nel pensiero, nello sguardo

Photography exhibition by Mohamed Keita

Nel pensiero, nello sguardo

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Lucia Baldini

Fotografa

Lucia Baldini vive a San Giovanni Valdarno, punto di partenza del suo viaggio fotografico. Fin dai primi anni di lavoro, facendo parte della casa discografica Materiali Sonori, attraverso mostre, copertine di dischi e collaborazioni con testate musicali, le sue immagini sono divenute un’importante testimonianza della scena underground musicale degli anni Ottanta. Lavora come fotografa di scena per molte compagnie e festival di teatro e danza. Dal 1990 trova una forte affinità con la cultura del tango argentino. Nel 1997 pubblica il libro fotografico “Giorni di Tango” che diviene il catalogo della mostra omonima. Entra in contatto con le più interessanti realtà legate al tango argentino e nel 2001, in collaborazione con la giornalista Michela Fregona, realizza il volume “Anime Altrove – luoghi e genti del tango argentino in Italia”. Nel 1996, con lo spettacolo “Omaggio a Nijinsky”, diretto da Beppe Menegatti, inizia la collaborazione con Carla Fracci, che durerà per

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Lucia Baldini vive a San Giovanni Valdarno, punto di partenza del suo viaggio fotografico. Fin dai primi anni di lavoro, facendo parte della casa discografica Materiali Sonori, attraverso mostre, copertine di dischi e collaborazioni con testate musicali, le sue immagini sono divenute un’importante testimonianza della scena underground musicale degli anni Ottanta. Lavora come fotografa di scena per molte compagnie e festival di teatro e danza. Dal 1990 trova una forte affinità con la cultura del tango argentino. Nel 1997 pubblica il libro fotografico “Giorni di Tango” che diviene il catalogo della mostra omonima. Entra in contatto con le più interessanti realtà legate al tango argentino e nel 2001, in collaborazione con la giornalista Michela Fregona, realizza il volume “Anime Altrove – luoghi e genti del tango argentino in Italia”. Nel 1996, con lo spettacolo “Omaggio a Nijinsky”, diretto da Beppe Menegatti, inizia la collaborazione con Carla Fracci, che durerà per oltre 12 anni. Nel 2003 pubblica per la Materiali Sonori il libro fotografico: “Banda Improvvisa, cinquanta angeli musicanti sospesi su un cielo di note “. Nel 2005 i libri vengono pubblicati due nuovi progetti editoriali: “Carla Fracci – Immagini”: una monografia fotografica che testimonia la lunga collaborazione con la Fracci, e “Tangomalìa”, i due libri divengono mostre che vengono accolte in Italia e all’estero.

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In cartoons

Mostra fotografica di Lucia Baldini

Il progetto fotografico “In Cartoons”, promosso da Baleri Italia e ispirato alla collezione Cartoons di Luigi Baroli (Compasso d’Oro 1994), ha raccontato in ventotto scatti un viaggio alla scoperta di Firenze e di chi quotidianamente vive la città, fianco a fianco con il celebre paravento. I protagonisti sono professionisti di ambiti differenti, persone che con le loro attività rappresentano modelli positivi e la vera identità del territorio (da Andrea Ferrara direttore di ricerca della Normale di Pisa allo scrittore Vanni Santoni, a Fuad Aziz artista riconosciuto a livello internazionale, alle Dragon Boat, donne impegnate nella ricerca contro il cancro, Sergio Staino in dialogo con il suo Bobo, una stele in omaggio al poeta Mario Luzi e ancora molti altri interessanti personaggi).
Ogni scatto ha raccontato dell’incontro tra Cartoons e un diverso personaggio, ritratti insieme nell’ambiente più emblematico per lo stesso. Cartoons diventa così un interlocutore

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Il progetto fotografico “In Cartoons”, promosso da Baleri Italia e ispirato alla collezione Cartoons di Luigi Baroli (Compasso d’Oro 1994), ha raccontato in ventotto scatti un viaggio alla scoperta di Firenze e di chi quotidianamente vive la città, fianco a fianco con il celebre paravento. I protagonisti sono professionisti di ambiti differenti, persone che con le loro attività rappresentano modelli positivi e la vera identità del territorio (da Andrea Ferrara direttore di ricerca della Normale di Pisa allo scrittore Vanni Santoni, a Fuad Aziz artista riconosciuto a livello internazionale, alle Dragon Boat, donne impegnate nella ricerca contro il cancro, Sergio Staino in dialogo con il suo Bobo, una stele in omaggio al poeta Mario Luzi e ancora molti altri interessanti personaggi).
Ogni scatto ha raccontato dell’incontro tra Cartoons e un diverso personaggio, ritratti insieme nell’ambiente più emblematico per lo stesso. Cartoons diventa così un interlocutore con cui ognuno è chiamato a interagire, raccontandosi anche attraverso questo versatile oggetto di design. Omaggio al padre di Cartoons, uno scatto con lo stesso Luigi Baroli, che si aggiunge ai volti toscani e alle loro storie Lavorare trasversalmente su mondi paralleli per creare, grazie ad un fil rouge comune, un racconto inedito, è il modus operandi di Lucia Baldini – riscontrabile anche in altri suoi lavori (come Tangonalìa o il percorso di 12 anni insieme a Carla Fracci).
“Cartoons l’ho scoperto in un bel negozio di design a Firenze. Per questo ho pensato fosse bello far partire il viaggio con Cartoons proprio da questa città” afferma Lucia Baldini “Il progetto In Cartoons è stato esso stesso un viaggio, in cui Cartoons è stato un compagno complice e ludico”.
La mostra “In Cartoons” faceva parte del progetto “Reading in the Square” ed è  stato uno degli eventi dell’Estate Fiorentina 2019.

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RIVA Project 2018

Promoted by the MUS.E Association under the artistic direction of Valentina Gensini

In 2018, the RIVA Project resumed its collaboration with Pelago and Montelupo Fiorentino, involving both the historic centre and the outskirts of Florence. Its action paid special attention to environmental issues, as well as the economic, political, and social context. One of the principal events was Paolo Masi’s solo show QUI with a display of twelve new site-specific artworks produced during his six-month residency at MAD Murate Art District. Montelupo Fiorentino was the centre of activity for Yuval Avital and the ConFusion migrant choir directed by Benedetta Manfriani, for Tempo Reale and its Sentieri del silenzio (Paths of Silence) project carried out at the former psychiatric hospital, and for Radio Papesse with Storie dell’Arno a Montelupo (Histories of the Arno in Montelupo). The other town crossed by the Arno, Pelago, hosted photographer Davide Virdis (who presented an exhibit in a public space and held a workshop in collaboration with Fondazione Studio Marangoni) and Stud

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In 2018, the RIVA Project resumed its collaboration with Pelago and Montelupo Fiorentino, involving both the historic centre and the outskirts of Florence. Its action paid special attention to environmental issues, as well as the economic, political, and social context. One of the principal events was Paolo Masi’s solo show QUI with a display of twelve new site-specific artworks produced during his six-month residency at MAD Murate Art District. Montelupo Fiorentino was the centre of activity for Yuval Avital and the ConFusion migrant choir directed by Benedetta Manfriani, for Tempo Reale and its Sentieri del silenzio (Paths of Silence) project carried out at the former psychiatric hospital, and for Radio Papesse with Storie dell’Arno a Montelupo (Histories of the Arno in Montelupo). The other town crossed by the Arno, Pelago, hosted photographer Davide Virdis (who presented an exhibit in a public space and held a workshop in collaboration with Fondazione Studio Marangoni) and Studio ++ collective art group.
The Murate Art District was the venue for lectures and Italian and English classes held by LWCircus and the Department of Architecture from the University of Florence. The 2018 edition of the RIVA Project opened to the Far East thanks to a partnership with Zhong Art International, and offered a residency at MAD to three Chinese artists, who were invited to provide their specific vision of the Arno River.

 

 

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Mohammad Alfaraj

Photographer, video artist

Mohammad Alfaraj’s (b. 1993 in Al Hassa, KSA, where he lives and works), practice centers around his exploration of the relationship between forms and concepts, is visible through superimposed stories in his photographic collages, regrouping and contrasting fiction and non-fiction subjects. Alfaraj’s work also often uses natural materials found in his hometown and combines them with children games and stories from people working the land, as an attempt to create states of co-existence between man and nature with an undertone of hope. A socio-environment activist at heart, his short documentary Lost, 2015 (which was awarded first place in the student category at the Saudi Film Festival), captures the latent state of the notion of temporality for the stateless Arabs living as refugees in their place of birth, and the dehumanizing effect this plays. This “un-homely” context portrays the poisonous beauty of nature when lived as a nemesis under political paralysis.

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Mohammad Alfaraj’s (b. 1993 in Al Hassa, KSA, where he lives and works), practice centers around his exploration of the relationship between forms and concepts, is visible through superimposed stories in his photographic collages, regrouping and contrasting fiction and non-fiction subjects. Alfaraj’s work also often uses natural materials found in his hometown and combines them with children games and stories from people working the land, as an attempt to create states of co-existence between man and nature with an undertone of hope. A socio-environment activist at heart, his short documentary Lost, 2015 (which was awarded first place in the student category at the Saudi Film Festival), captures the latent state of the notion of temporality for the stateless Arabs living as refugees in their place of birth, and the dehumanizing effect this plays. This “un-homely” context portrays the poisonous beauty of nature when lived as a nemesis under political paralysis.

Alfaraj graduated with a BA in mechanical engineering from KFUPM in 2017. His recent solo show; Still Life and Plastic Dreams, Athr Gallery, Jeddah KSA (2020), and group shows include I Love You Urgently, 21,39 SAC, Jeddah, KSA (2020), Durational Portrait; A brief overview of video art in Saudi Arabia, Athr Gallery, Jeddah, KSA (2020), Sharjah Islamic Festival, Sharjah, UAE (2019). His work has also been shown at the Sharjah Art Foundation; Le Murate Pac, Florence (2019); Athr Gallery, Jeddah (2018); 21,39 Jeddah Arts (2017, 2019); Saudi Film Festival, Dammam (2015) and Dubai International Film Festival (2014). Alfaraj worked as a programmer in both the Saudi Film Festival and the poetry house festival in Dammam.

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The glass between us

Top exhibition of Middle East Now Festival 2019

Mohammad Alfaraj’s first solo exhibition, The Glass Between Us, is an experimentation on sound and image, viewing life through the lens of a child. His new body of work searches for the surprising and the unexpected in daily life, creating a huge mosaic formed by humans and their peers. Presenting works prepared in advance by the artist in Saudi Arabia, alongside new work made with children in Florence during a series of workshops, the exhibition presents a sensory and visual experience that may be simple in form, but depends on a fundamental and important subject around which it tried to create a dialogue.

Middle East Now, MAD Murate Art District and Crossway Foundation Residency in collaboration with PIA Palazzina Indiano Arte della Compagnia Virgilio Sieni.

Mohammad Alfaraj’s first solo exhibition, The Glass Between Us, is an experimentation on sound and image, viewing life through the lens of a child. His new body of work searches for the surprising and the unexpected in daily life, creating a huge mosaic formed by humans and their peers. Presenting works prepared in advance by the artist in Saudi Arabia, alongside new work made with children in Florence during a series of workshops, the exhibition presents a sensory and visual experience that may be simple in form, but depends on a fundamental and important subject around which it tried to create a dialogue.

Middle East Now, MAD Murate Art District and Crossway Foundation Residency in collaboration with PIA Palazzina Indiano Arte della Compagnia Virgilio Sieni.

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The glass between us

Mostra di punta del Middle East Film Festival 2019

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Edoardo Delille

Fotografo

Edoardo Delille è nato a Firenze nel 1974. Dopo gli studi in Giurisprudenza termina il corso triennale di Fotografia alla Fondazione Studio Marangoni di Firenze. Nel 2001 si muove a Milano dove inizia a collaborare con fotografi di moda e pubblicità.  Dopo pochi anni inizia a scattare le prime campagne pubblicitarie e i primi editoriali per la rivista Uomo Vogue. Non abbandona mai la sua passione per il reportage sociale e nel corso degli anni le sue storie   appaiono sulle più importanti riviste di settore (Sunday Times, Wired Uk, Geo Francia, Stern, Le Monde, Marie Claire USA, Neon, IoDonna Corriere, D Repubblica, Sportweek). Lavora da molti anni sul concetto di confine in quasi tutti i paesi del Medio Oriente dove ha vissuto per lunghi periodi, alternando l’attività di storytelling con quella di ritrattista su assignment per riviste internazionali. Lavora per grandi aziende private e pubbliche (Enel, Camera di Commercio di Milano, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare)

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Edoardo Delille è nato a Firenze nel 1974. Dopo gli studi in Giurisprudenza termina il corso triennale di Fotografia alla Fondazione Studio Marangoni di Firenze. Nel 2001 si muove a Milano dove inizia a collaborare con fotografi di moda e pubblicità.  Dopo pochi anni inizia a scattare le prime campagne pubblicitarie e i primi editoriali per la rivista Uomo Vogue. Non abbandona mai la sua passione per il reportage sociale e nel corso degli anni le sue storie   appaiono sulle più importanti riviste di settore (Sunday Times, Wired Uk, Geo Francia, Stern, Le Monde, Marie Claire USA, Neon, IoDonna Corriere, D Repubblica, Sportweek). Lavora da molti anni sul concetto di confine in quasi tutti i paesi del Medio Oriente dove ha vissuto per lunghi periodi, alternando l’attività di storytelling con quella di ritrattista su assignment per riviste internazionali. Lavora per grandi aziende private e pubbliche (Enel, Camera di Commercio di Milano, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) realizzando corporate e progetti fotografici dedicati. Membro del collettivo di fotografi Riverboom, negli ultimi anni usa diversi mezzi espressivi (video, stop-motion, uso di droni, collage) per raccontare le sue storie sempre impegnate da un fine sociale. Le foto dei suoi progetti sono state esposte in numerose mostre internazionali e fanno parte di collezioni private.

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Paolo Woods

Fotografo

Nato in Olanda da padre canadese e madre olandese, Paolo Woods cresce in Italia e vive a Parigi e a Haiti. Sfruttando la fotografia come strumento d’investigazione, si dedica a progetti di lunga durata dai quali nasce ogni volta una mostra, un libro e una serie di pubblicazioni nella stampa internazionale. Dopo un’indagine sul mondo del petrolio e un’inchiesta sulle guerre americane in Afghanistan e Iraq, si è interessato alla conquista cinese dell’Africa, esperienza da cui è nato CHINAFRICA, libro co-firmato con il giornalista Serge Michel e tradotto in undici lingue. Nel 2010 ha completato il progetto Walk on my Eyes, un ritratto intimo della società iraniana. Tra il 2010 e il 2014 Woods ha vissuto ad Haiti, esperienza che ha portato sia la pubblicazione (2013) di STATE e PEPE che la mostra prodotta dal Musée de l’Elysée di Losanna. Ha esposto in Francia, Italia, Stati Uniti, China, Spagna, Germania, Austria e Olanda, e i suoi lavori sono conservati in molte collezio

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Nato in Olanda da padre canadese e madre olandese, Paolo Woods cresce in Italia e vive a Parigi e a Haiti. Sfruttando la fotografia come strumento d’investigazione, si dedica a progetti di lunga durata dai quali nasce ogni volta una mostra, un libro e una serie di pubblicazioni nella stampa internazionale. Dopo un’indagine sul mondo del petrolio e un’inchiesta sulle guerre americane in Afghanistan e Iraq, si è interessato alla conquista cinese dell’Africa, esperienza da cui è nato CHINAFRICA, libro co-firmato con il giornalista Serge Michel e tradotto in undici lingue. Nel 2010 ha completato il progetto Walk on my Eyes, un ritratto intimo della società iraniana. Tra il 2010 e il 2014 Woods ha vissuto ad Haiti, esperienza che ha portato sia la pubblicazione (2013) di STATE e PEPE che la mostra prodotta dal Musée de l’Elysée di Losanna. Ha esposto in Francia, Italia, Stati Uniti, China, Spagna, Germania, Austria e Olanda, e i suoi lavori sono conservati in molte collezioni pubbliche e private. Ha ricevuto vari premi fra cui due World Press Photo Awards.

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Giuseppe Toscano

Fotografo

Giuseppe Toscano è nato a Catania nel 1976. Formatosi presso la Fondazione Studio Marangoni di Firenze, dal 2003 lavora per la stessa scuola come insegnante di fotografia, organizzatore e coordinatore delle attività didattiche.

Giuseppe Toscano è nato a Catania nel 1976. Formatosi presso la Fondazione Studio Marangoni di Firenze, dal 2003 lavora per la stessa scuola come insegnante di fotografia, organizzatore e coordinatore delle attività didattiche.

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Martino Marangoni

Fotografo

Martino Marangoni si è formato presso il Pratt Institute di New York, dal 1977 al 1993 è stato docente di fotografia dello Studio Arts Center International di Firenze. Nel 1991 ha istituito la Fondazione Studio Marangoni: Iniziative di Fotografia Contemporanea, di cui è presidente. Da quella data, Marangoni affianca la sua ricerca personale alla promozione della cultura fotografica a livello internazionale attraverso attività didattiche ed espositive e l’assegnazione di premi.

Martino Marangoni si è formato presso il Pratt Institute di New York, dal 1977 al 1993 è stato docente di fotografia dello Studio Arts Center International di Firenze. Nel 1991 ha istituito la Fondazione Studio Marangoni: Iniziative di Fotografia Contemporanea, di cui è presidente. Da quella data, Marangoni affianca la sua ricerca personale alla promozione della cultura fotografica a livello internazionale attraverso attività didattiche ed espositive e l’assegnazione di premi.

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Davide Virdis

Fotografo

Davide Virdis, Sassari 1962, vive a Firenze. Si è laureato in architettura. Lavora professionalmente come fotografo di architettura e territorio, realizzando campagne di analisi ed interpretazione dello spazio e delle sue relazioni con le attività umane. Dal 1998 conduce, per conto dell’Amministrazione Provinciale di Sassari, una ricerca finalizzata alla creazione di un archivio fotografico sul paesaggio contemporaneo del nord Sardegna.

Davide Virdis, Sassari 1962, vive a Firenze. Si è laureato in architettura. Lavora professionalmente come fotografo di architettura e territorio, realizzando campagne di analisi ed interpretazione dello spazio e delle sue relazioni con le attività umane. Dal 1998 conduce, per conto dell’Amministrazione Provinciale di Sassari, una ricerca finalizzata alla creazione di un archivio fotografico sul paesaggio contemporaneo del nord Sardegna.

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Incontri Confluenti

Progetto RIVA

Nell’autunno 2017 i fotografi Davide Virdis, Martino Marangoni e Giuseppe Toscano hanno elaborato un progetto originale per San Francesco, Comune di Pelago, e per Pontassieve. Il tema principale di questo lavoro era il rapporto tra il fiume Sieve e la comunità. Questo gruppo di ricerca ha prodotto un lavoro originale sul territorio tra Pelago e Pontassieve presentato durante la festa del patrono a Pelago-Pontassieve il 29 settembre 2018, in una esposizione pubblica delle fotografie prodotte. L’esposizione nello spazio pubblico, sui pannelli di affissione che permeano la dimensione urbana, viene proposta dunque in una dimensione di immediata e spontanea accessibilità. I tre autori hanno inoltre condotto un workshop sul campo con quattro giovani fotografe.

Nell’autunno 2017 i fotografi Davide Virdis, Martino Marangoni e Giuseppe Toscano hanno elaborato un progetto originale per San Francesco, Comune di Pelago, e per Pontassieve. Il tema principale di questo lavoro era il rapporto tra il fiume Sieve e la comunità. Questo gruppo di ricerca ha prodotto un lavoro originale sul territorio tra Pelago e Pontassieve presentato durante la festa del patrono a Pelago-Pontassieve il 29 settembre 2018, in una esposizione pubblica delle fotografie prodotte. L’esposizione nello spazio pubblico, sui pannelli di affissione che permeano la dimensione urbana, viene proposta dunque in una dimensione di immediata e spontanea accessibilità. I tre autori hanno inoltre condotto un workshop sul campo con quattro giovani fotografe.

Incontri Confluenti

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Ossessioni Fluviali

Progetto RIVA

Nel 2018 i fotografi Paolo Woods ed Edoardo Delille sono stati inviati a partecipare al Progetto RIVA con un workshop dedicato a giovani fotografi sul rapporto fiume e comunità, incentrato sul territorio di Pelago e Pontassieve, a cui hanno dedicato poi anche una produzione artistica inedita, che verrà esposta in occasione della grande mostra dedicata alla triennale del Progetto RIVA.

Nel 2018 i fotografi Paolo Woods ed Edoardo Delille sono stati inviati a partecipare al Progetto RIVA con un workshop dedicato a giovani fotografi sul rapporto fiume e comunità, incentrato sul territorio di Pelago e Pontassieve, a cui hanno dedicato poi anche una produzione artistica inedita, che verrà esposta in occasione della grande mostra dedicata alla triennale del Progetto RIVA.

Ossessioni Fluviali

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Lisa Batacchi

Artista visiva

Lisa Mara Batacchi si forma al Polimoda di Firenze con una lurea in fashion design lavorando in seguito per vari marchi di alta moda, in particolare per Vivienne Westwood a Londra. Successivamente consegue una laurea in Arti Visive presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. Le sue opere sono state esposte in numerose mostre personali e collettive, fra cui ricordiamo: 2°Something Else Cairo Biennale, Murate Art District (personale) a Firenze, Manifesta12 evento collaterale a Palermo, Art & Globalization Pavillion durante la 57a Biennale di Venezia, Dust space gallery a Milano, 4°Land Art Mongolia Biennale a Ulan Bator, Textile Arts Center a New York, Villa Ada a Roma, Clark House Initiative (personale) a Bombay, Villa Pacchiani a Pisa, riss (e) Zentrum (personale) a Varese, Mac, n a Pistoia. È vincitrice, tra gli altri, del premio italiano Movin’up per giovani artisti italiani all’estero. Negli ultimi anni ha tenuto laboratori e collaborato a progetti educativ

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Lisa Mara Batacchi si forma al Polimoda di Firenze con una lurea in fashion design lavorando in seguito per vari marchi di alta moda, in particolare per Vivienne Westwood a Londra. Successivamente consegue una laurea in Arti Visive presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. Le sue opere sono state esposte in numerose mostre personali e collettive, fra cui ricordiamo: 2°Something Else Cairo Biennale, Murate Art District (personale) a Firenze, Manifesta12 evento collaterale a Palermo, Art & Globalization Pavillion durante la 57a Biennale di Venezia, Dust space gallery a Milano, 4°Land Art Mongolia Biennale a Ulan Bator, Textile Arts Center a New York, Villa Ada a Roma, Clark House Initiative (personale) a Bombay, Villa Pacchiani a Pisa, riss (e) Zentrum (personale) a Varese, Mac, n a Pistoia. È vincitrice, tra gli altri, del premio italiano Movin’up per giovani artisti italiani all’estero. Negli ultimi anni ha tenuto laboratori e collaborato a progetti educativi con Palazzo Strozzi a Firenze, con ACAF Foundation a Shanghai, con Siena Art Institute, con Lottozero a Prato.

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Alisa Martynova

Fotografa

Alisa Martynova (Orenburg, 1994) Nel 2019 si diploma nel programma triennale di fotografia professionale presso la Fondazione Studio Marangoni a Firenze. Durante i suoi studi è stata assistente per il collettivo fotografico Riverboom. Nel 2018 presenta il suo lavoro a Leica Story, nel 2019 vince la categoria fotografia del Premio Combat Prize, è seconda classificata del Premio Canon Giovani Fotografi, proietta il suo lavoro alla serata di apertura di Les Rencontres d’Arles e viene selezionata tra i finalisti del Photolux Award 2019 e del 2021 Photo Contest, categoria Portraits, di World Press Photo. È membro dell’agenzia fotografica Parallelo Zero.

Alisa Martynova (Orenburg, 1994) Nel 2019 si diploma nel programma triennale di fotografia professionale presso la Fondazione Studio Marangoni a Firenze. Durante i suoi studi è stata assistente per il collettivo fotografico Riverboom. Nel 2018 presenta il suo lavoro a Leica Story, nel 2019 vince la categoria fotografia del Premio Combat Prize, è seconda classificata del Premio Canon Giovani Fotografi, proietta il suo lavoro alla serata di apertura di Les Rencontres d’Arles e viene selezionata tra i finalisti del Photolux Award 2019 e del 2021 Photo Contest, categoria Portraits, di World Press Photo. È membro dell’agenzia fotografica Parallelo Zero.

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A certain identity

Ciclo Global Identities

Arnas Anskaitis, Ignas Krunglevičius, Andrej Polukord, Ieva Rojūtė curated by Matteo Innocenti in collaboration with Adrius Pocius, Alesia and Yuliya Savitskaya As Second episode of The GLOBAL IDENTITIES cicle, A certain identity is a project that brings together artists of different nationalities to express themselves about identity issues. The first exhibition of the project, presents the young Lithuanian artists Arnas Anskaitis, Ignas Krunglevičius, Andrej Polukord, Ieva Rojūtė. The certain , as an integral part of the title, in Italian “certa”, takes on a double meaning: as an adjective it is synonymous with certainty, the identity which we can undoubtedly recognize, as an alternative it is also an indefinite adjective, without quality or quantity, indicating an identity that is possible among many others. Four artists of a particular nationality are chosen by the curator of the project in collaboration with the museums or the Fine Arts Academy of the respective c

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Arnas Anskaitis, Ignas Krunglevičius, Andrej Polukord, Ieva Rojūtė curated by Matteo Innocenti in collaboration with Adrius Pocius, Alesia and Yuliya Savitskaya As Second episode of The GLOBAL IDENTITIES cicle, A certain identity is a project that brings together artists of different nationalities to express themselves about identity issues. The first exhibition of the project, presents the young Lithuanian artists Arnas Anskaitis, Ignas Krunglevičius, Andrej Polukord, Ieva Rojūtė. The certain , as an integral part of the title, in Italian “certa”, takes on a double meaning: as an adjective it is synonymous with certainty, the identity which we can undoubtedly recognize, as an alternative it is also an indefinite adjective, without quality or quantity, indicating an identity that is possible among many others. Four artists of a particular nationality are chosen by the curator of the project in collaboration with the museums or the Fine Arts Academy of the respective countries to “represent”, according to the particular inclination of their research and culture of origin, the factor of identity through such exhibition. The history and geographic location of Lithuania makes it significant both for the question of identity and for that of the borders and relations within the continent. Since the Republic of Lithuania, like the other Baltic countries, has built itself in a dual movement of independence and annexation, between Russia and Europe – where is been a member since 2004 -. 2018 also marks the centenary of the nation’s independence, which took place in February 1918 and The constitution of the Republic. Vernissage e artists talk: 5 aprile ore 17.30. With the collaboration of Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea – Mus.e and with TUM associazione culturale (Italia/Italy), Fondazione per lo sviluppo della cultura dell’istruzione della persona (Bielorussia/Belarus), Vilnius Pataphysic Institute (Lituania/Lithuania). Con il patrocinio dell’Ambasciata della Repubblica di Lituana nella Repubblica Italiana e del Consolato della Repubblica Lituana di Firenze.

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A certain identity

Ciclo Global Identities

A certain identity

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Alice Machado

Photographer

Alice De Almeida Machado Di origini portoghesi, ma nata e cresciuta a Firenze. Dopo gli studi classici che l’hanno coinvolta in mondi sconosciuti, considerati antichi e ormai defunti, ha intrapreso un percorso del tutto diverso dedicandosi alla grafica e alla comunicazione visiva presso l’ISIA di Urbino. La fotografia è stata una scoperta fatta su una spiaggia nel Nord del Portogallo. Ritiene che l’aspetto più affascinante della fotografia sia la luce, da utilizzare per delineare confini e scoprire dettagli nascosti.

Alice De Almeida Machado Di origini portoghesi, ma nata e cresciuta a Firenze. Dopo gli studi classici che l’hanno coinvolta in mondi sconosciuti, considerati antichi e ormai defunti, ha intrapreso un percorso del tutto diverso dedicandosi alla grafica e alla comunicazione visiva presso l’ISIA di Urbino. La fotografia è stata una scoperta fatta su una spiaggia nel Nord del Portogallo. Ritiene che l’aspetto più affascinante della fotografia sia la luce, da utilizzare per delineare confini e scoprire dettagli nascosti.

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Giulia Dari

Fotografa

Fotografa Freelance Laureata in Fotografia presso l'Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna 110/110 e Lode

Corsi e formazione
Miglianti Studio (GR)
Istituto Marangoni di Firenze
Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
UPV Universidad Politecnica Valencia
Cristina Nuñez studio
MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI sec., Roma
Principali Esperienze Lavorative:
L’Immagine Ritrovata, Cineteca di Bologna, restauro filmico digitale, Bologna;
Galleria Continua, desk, accoglienza visitatori, allestimento, San Gimignano (SI);
Photolux Festival, Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia, Lucca;
Grofest, festival della fotografia, Grosseto;
The Self Portrait Experience, Cristina Nuñez studio, Chiasso, Svizzera Italiana;
Workshops
Antoine D’Agata
Moira Ricci
Cristina Nuñez
Joan Fontcuberta e Cristina De Middel
Luca Andreoni



















Fotografa Freelance Laureata in Fotografia presso l'Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna 110/110 e Lode

Corsi e formazione
Miglianti Studio (GR)
Istituto Marangoni di Firenze
Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna
UPV Universidad Politecnica Valencia
Cristina Nuñez studio
MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI sec., Roma
Principali Esperienze Lavorative:
L’Immagine Ritrovata, Cineteca di Bologna, restauro filmico digitale, Bologna;
Galleria Continua, desk, accoglienza visitatori, allestimento, San Gimignano (SI);
Photolux Festival, Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia, Lucca;
Grofest, festival della fotografia, Grosseto;
The Self Portrait Experience, Cristina Nuñez studio, Chiasso, Svizzera Italiana;
Workshops
Antoine D’Agata
Moira Ricci
Cristina Nuñez
Joan Fontcuberta e Cristina De Middel
Luca Andreoni

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RIVA Project 2017

Promoted by the MUS.E Association under the artistic direction of Valentina Gensini

In 2017, RIVA launched a series of site-specific installations, workshops, exhibitions, and encounters that enjoyed the active participation of performers, visual artists, photographers, and sound artists invited to spend a period of residency in Tuscany with the goal of elaborating on new projects around the theme of the river. For the first time, the RIVA Project did not only touch on Florence but was extended to three other Tuscan towns crossed by the Arno: Pontassieve, Pelago, and Montelupo Fiorentino. Beginning with a reflection on the environmental and cultural heritage represented by the river and its bonds with the community and the territory, the artists involved in the Project (Davide Virdis, Katrinem, Adrian Paci, Radio Papesse, Studio ++) worked in these three towns collaborating with the local Councils and the communities to give rise to new artistic projects. The project that RIVA 2017 focused on was a performance along the river, followed by an exhibit of Adrian Paci hel

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In 2017, RIVA launched a series of site-specific installations, workshops, exhibitions, and encounters that enjoyed the active participation of performers, visual artists, photographers, and sound artists invited to spend a period of residency in Tuscany with the goal of elaborating on new projects around the theme of the river. For the first time, the RIVA Project did not only touch on Florence but was extended to three other Tuscan towns crossed by the Arno: Pontassieve, Pelago, and Montelupo Fiorentino. Beginning with a reflection on the environmental and cultural heritage represented by the river and its bonds with the community and the territory, the artists involved in the Project (Davide Virdis, Katrinem, Adrian Paci, Radio Papesse, Studio ++) worked in these three towns collaborating with the local Councils and the communities to give rise to new artistic projects. The project that RIVA 2017 focused on was a performance along the river, followed by an exhibit of Adrian Paci held in Florence and Pelago with the contribution of Museo Novecento and MAD Murate Art District, which displayed works by Adrian Paci associated with the theme of water as a metaphor of flow, movement, and migration. Berlin artist Katrinem was hosted in Montelupo Fiorentino for her residency under the curatorship of Tempo Reale, during which she performed and recorded her personal crossing of and ‘listening’ to the soundscape.

 

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Federica Gonnelli

Progetto RIVA

Federica Gonnelli (Florence, 1981) attended the Liceo Artistico and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. She lives and works on the border between Florence and Prato, where since June 2011 she opens “InCUBOAzione”. Boundary that characterizes her path materially and conceptually, implementing a research at the limit between the disciplines of visual arts. Every veil of organza or double exposure photography are decisive elements that contribute to the meaning of the work, imposing to the observers a momentum to cross the border. Since 2001 he has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions and competitions. In 2006 he graduated with a thesis entitled “L’Arte & L’Abito”. Since 2007 he has been part of the artistic collective “Arts Factory” for which he has been involved in the design and production of videos, installations and video installations. In 2013 he obtained a specialization in Visual Arts and New Expressive Languages, w

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Federica Gonnelli (Florence, 1981) attended the Liceo Artistico and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. She lives and works on the border between Florence and Prato, where since June 2011 she opens “InCUBOAzione”. Boundary that characterizes her path materially and conceptually, implementing a research at the limit between the disciplines of visual arts. Every veil of organza or double exposure photography are decisive elements that contribute to the meaning of the work, imposing to the observers a momentum to cross the border. Since 2001 he has been exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions and competitions. In 2006 he graduated with a thesis entitled “L’Arte & L’Abito”. Since 2007 he has been part of the artistic collective “Arts Factory” for which he has been involved in the design and production of videos, installations and video installations. In 2013 he obtained a specialization in Visual Arts and New Expressive Languages, with the thesis “Videoinstallations between Body-Space-Time”. Since 2015 he has participated in various artist residencies, a practice that acquires particular importance for his research.

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Gabriele Galimberti

Fotografo

Gabriele Galimberti (1977) Il suo lavoro consiste nel raccontare storie, attraverso ritratti e racconti brevi, di persone in giro per il mondo, narrandone le peculiarità e le differenze, le cose di cui sono orgogliosi e gli averi di cui si circondano. Si è impegnato nella fotografia documentaria dopo gli inizi come fotografo commerciale e dopo essere entrato a far parte del collettivo artistico Riverboom. Le sue foto sono state esposte in tutto il mondo, come il Festival Images a Vevey, Svizzera, Le Rencontres de la Photographie (Arles) e il V&A Museum di Londra, oltre a essere pubblicate in riviste internazionali come National Geographic, The Sunday Times, Stern, Geo, Le Monde, La Repubblica e Marie Claire.

Gabriele Galimberti (1977) Il suo lavoro consiste nel raccontare storie, attraverso ritratti e racconti brevi, di persone in giro per il mondo, narrandone le peculiarità e le differenze, le cose di cui sono orgogliosi e gli averi di cui si circondano. Si è impegnato nella fotografia documentaria dopo gli inizi come fotografo commerciale e dopo essere entrato a far parte del collettivo artistico Riverboom. Le sue foto sono state esposte in tutto il mondo, come il Festival Images a Vevey, Svizzera, Le Rencontres de la Photographie (Arles) e il V&A Museum di Londra, oltre a essere pubblicate in riviste internazionali come National Geographic, The Sunday Times, Stern, Geo, Le Monde, La Repubblica e Marie Claire.

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Straniamento – Seemingly familiar or seemingly unfamiliar

Exhibition in collaboration with Korea Film Fest 2017

Straniamento – Seemingly familiar or seemingly unfamiliar

7 Korean contemporary artists are showcased at MAD Murate Art District, Florence, Italy from 30 March to 29 April, 2017, featuring approximately 20 art works including Photography, Video, Performance, Painting, Sculpture. This exhibition was started by two Korean independent curators, Jiyoung LEE(Representative of Platform A) and Kko-kka LEE (former Head of Planning and the academic program for Busan Biennale 2016), who are interested in promoting Korean art abroad, and have worked in collaboration with the director of Florence Korea Film Fest, Riccardo Gelli from Taegukgi, Toscana Korea Association and the Artistic Director of Le Murate and the Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Valentina Gensini. As an extension of the Florence Korea Film Fest 2017 (23 March to 31 March), the exhibition hopes to broaden the understanding and appreciation of Korean culture in Toscana, Italy. Straniamento is an Italian word meaning Defamilarization

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Straniamento – Seemingly familiar or seemingly unfamiliar

7 Korean contemporary artists are showcased at MAD Murate Art District, Florence, Italy from 30 March to 29 April, 2017, featuring approximately 20 art works including Photography, Video, Performance, Painting, Sculpture. This exhibition was started by two Korean independent curators, Jiyoung LEE(Representative of Platform A) and Kko-kka LEE (former Head of Planning and the academic program for Busan Biennale 2016), who are interested in promoting Korean art abroad, and have worked in collaboration with the director of Florence Korea Film Fest, Riccardo Gelli from Taegukgi, Toscana Korea Association and the Artistic Director of Le Murate and the Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Valentina Gensini. As an extension of the Florence Korea Film Fest 2017 (23 March to 31 March), the exhibition hopes to broaden the understanding and appreciation of Korean culture in Toscana, Italy. Straniamento is an Italian word meaning Defamilarization which expresses the curators’ intention to promote a dialogue between Italian audiences and unfamiliar Korean contemporary artworks so as to expose and explore shared feelings and common values.

Participating Artists BAE Chanhyo, GUEM Minjeong, HAN Sungpil, KANG Yiyun, KIM Jongku, WON Seoungwon, YEOM Jihye (Alphabetical Order) Curators: LEE Jiyoung, LEE Kko-Kka (Alphabetical Order) Host: Platform A Organizer: Comune di Firenze, Muse and Le Murate. Progetti Arte Contemporanea, Taegukgi (Toscana Korea Association) Sponsor: Arts Council Korea

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Straniamento – Seemingly familiar or seemingly unfamiliar

Mostra in collaborazione con il Korea Film Fest 2017

Straniamento – Seemingly familiar or seemingly unfamiliar

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Fotoromanzo Italiano

Collettivo artistico

Collettivo artistico, fondato nel 2011 da Giorgio Barrera, Andrea Botto e Marco Citron, lavora sull’immagine e sul costume dell’Italia oggi attraverso una nuova forma di racconto che attinge all’immaginariocollettivo, attivandolo e dotandolo di nuovi significati. Un ‘minestrone’ caustico e ironico di immagini e parole, che, partendo dal reale, produce libere narrazioni, incrociando politica, gossip e fatti di cronaca arrivando a nuovi contenuti, secondo criteri ispirati a quello che è stato definito ‘neorealitysmo’

Collettivo artistico, fondato nel 2011 da Giorgio Barrera, Andrea Botto e Marco Citron, lavora sull’immagine e sul costume dell’Italia oggi attraverso una nuova forma di racconto che attinge all’immaginariocollettivo, attivandolo e dotandolo di nuovi significati. Un ‘minestrone’ caustico e ironico di immagini e parole, che, partendo dal reale, produce libere narrazioni, incrociando politica, gossip e fatti di cronaca arrivando a nuovi contenuti, secondo criteri ispirati a quello che è stato definito ‘neorealitysmo’

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Quei giorni del diluvio

Progetto RIVA

Durante i giorni dell’alluvione del ’66, per la prima volta a Firenze si mise in moto spontaneamente un’enorme catena di solidarietà. Ad accorrere furono giovani provenienti da ogni parte del mondo per salvare l’arte italiana: per tutti loro fu coniato il termine ‘angeli del fango’. Fotoromanzo Italiano lavora assemblando e contaminando immagini e materiali vari; per MAD Murate Art District gli artisti hanno costituito un gruppo di lavoro che ha coinvolto studenti o giovani artisti under 35 attivi sul territorio toscano in un workshop di ricerca attorno all’Arno. I partecipanti hanno lavorato come una vera e propria redazione procedendo prima alla stesura e poi alla realizzazione di un fotoromanzo sul fiume.

Durante i giorni dell’alluvione del ’66, per la prima volta a Firenze si mise in moto spontaneamente un’enorme catena di solidarietà. Ad accorrere furono giovani provenienti da ogni parte del mondo per salvare l’arte italiana: per tutti loro fu coniato il termine ‘angeli del fango’. Fotoromanzo Italiano lavora assemblando e contaminando immagini e materiali vari; per MAD Murate Art District gli artisti hanno costituito un gruppo di lavoro che ha coinvolto studenti o giovani artisti under 35 attivi sul territorio toscano in un workshop di ricerca attorno all’Arno. I partecipanti hanno lavorato come una vera e propria redazione procedendo prima alla stesura e poi alla realizzazione di un fotoromanzo sul fiume.

Quei giorni del diluvio

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RIVA Project 2016

Promoted by the MUS.E Association under the artistic direction of Valentina Gensini

In 2016, on the occasion of the fiftieth commemoration of the flood of the Arno River, the RIVA Project focused on the city of Florence to raise awareness on good practices and attitudes toward the territory and the environment through art. Besides the participation of three internationally acclaimed photographers – Jay Wolke, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, and Massimo Vitali – under the curatorship of Studio Marangoni, the project enjoyed the contribution of several artists, including Bernard Fort with Tempo Reale, Radio Papesse, Studio ++, Francesco Pellegrino, Fotoromanzo Italiano, who were commissioned original artistic creations: site-specific installations along the banks of the river, workshops, exhibitions and conferences along the Arno and at MAD Murate Art District. Among the permanent site-specific artworks that can still be visited is the Terzo Giardino (Third Garden), designed by the Studio ++ collective art group: ten thousand square metres over the banks of the river were re

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In 2016, on the occasion of the fiftieth commemoration of the flood of the Arno River, the RIVA Project focused on the city of Florence to raise awareness on good practices and attitudes toward the territory and the environment through art. Besides the participation of three internationally acclaimed photographers – Jay Wolke, Arno Rafael Minkkinen, and Massimo Vitali – under the curatorship of Studio Marangoni, the project enjoyed the contribution of several artists, including Bernard Fort with Tempo Reale, Radio Papesse, Studio ++, Francesco Pellegrino, Fotoromanzo Italiano, who were commissioned original artistic creations: site-specific installations along the banks of the river, workshops, exhibitions and conferences along the Arno and at MAD Murate Art District. Among the permanent site-specific artworks that can still be visited is the Terzo Giardino (Third Garden), designed by the Studio ++ collective art group: ten thousand square metres over the banks of the river were returned to the city; a green maze whose name reminds of the metaphor used by landscape designer Gilles Clément, who argued that abandoned vegetation in those “residual places left out of the rational organisation of man” is an extraordinary reserve of biodiversity and evolutionary potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arno Rafael Minkkinen

Fotografo

Arno Rafael Minkkinen è un fotografo finlandese-americano. Dopo la laurea presso il Wagner College con un BA in letteratura inglese, ricopre l’incarico di copywriting in Madison Avenue. Tra i suoi scritti “Cosa succede dentro la tua mente può accadere all’interno di una macchina fotografica” (per le fotocamere Minolta) e “Jingle Bells” (per J & B Scotch). Dopo questa esperienza la sua attenzione si rivolge in maniera esclusiva alla fotografia. In un workshop con John Benson a Apeiron, Millerton, New York, nel settembre 1971 produce una serie di autoritratti nudi ispirati in parte dal lavoro della compianta Diane Arbus. Pochi anni dopo, studiando con Harry Callahan e Aaron Siskind alla Rhode Island School of Design, consegue l’MFA in fotografia. Nel corso del decennio successivo, intraprende la carriera di insegnante/curatore e di direttore creativo/copywriter. Minkkinen continua nel corso della sua vita a dedicare le sue energie e la ricerca fotografica all’autori

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Arno Rafael Minkkinen è un fotografo finlandese-americano. Dopo la laurea presso il Wagner College con un BA in letteratura inglese, ricopre l’incarico di copywriting in Madison Avenue. Tra i suoi scritti “Cosa succede dentro la tua mente può accadere all’interno di una macchina fotografica” (per le fotocamere Minolta) e “Jingle Bells” (per J & B Scotch). Dopo questa esperienza la sua attenzione si rivolge in maniera esclusiva alla fotografia. In un workshop con John Benson a Apeiron, Millerton, New York, nel settembre 1971 produce una serie di autoritratti nudi ispirati in parte dal lavoro della compianta Diane Arbus. Pochi anni dopo, studiando con Harry Callahan e Aaron Siskind alla Rhode Island School of Design, consegue l’MFA in fotografia. Nel corso del decennio successivo, intraprende la carriera di insegnante/curatore e di direttore creativo/copywriter. Minkkinen continua nel corso della sua vita a dedicare le sue energie e la ricerca fotografica all’autoritratto: nello specifico la sua attenzione si rivolge alle immagini non manipolate della figura umana nuda nel paesaggio naturale. Attualmente è docente di Arte presso l’Università del Massachusetts Lowell; ricopre inoltre un incarico come docente presso l’Università di Arte e design di Helsinki e alla facoltà del Maine Media College in Rockport, Maine. Ha pubblicato ed esposto in tutto il mondo, i suoi lavori sono presenti nelle collezioni del Museum of Modern Art di New York, nel Museum of Fine Arts di Boston, presso l’Addison Gallery of American Art di Andover, nel Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville di Parigi e Centre Georges Pompidou di Parigi, presso il Musée de l’Elysée di Losanna, nel Center for creative Fotografia in Tucson, al Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of photography in Giappone e in molti altri musei di calibro internazionale. Arno Rafael Minkkinen è stato insignito nel 1992 della medaglia di prima classe all’Ordine del Leone da parte del Governo Finlandese, e del Premio Finnish State Art in Fotografia nel 2006. Attualmente è membro del Consiglio Nazionale della Society for Photographic Education.

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Jay Wolke

Fotografo

Jay Wolke vive e lavora a Chicago, Illinois. Personali a lui dedicate sono state organizzate presso l’Art Institute di Chicago, il St. Louis Art Museum, Harvard University, la California Museum of Photography, e la Galleria Primo Piano di Napoli. Tra le varie collezioni permanenti che espongono sue fotografie vi sono il Museum of Modern Art, New York, il Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, l’Art Institute of Chicago e il Museo di San Francisco di arte moderna. Dal 1981 è docente di fotografia e arte in varie università. Dal 1992-1999 è stato Coordinatore della laurea in Documentary Photography presso l’Istituto di Design (IIT). Nel 1999-2000 è stato responsabile della “Art and Graduate Studies” presso Studio Art Centers International di Firenze. Attualmente è docente di Fotografia presso la Columbia College di Chicago, ha ricoperto anche la carica di presidente del dipartimento di Arte e Design anche nei periodi 2000-2005 e 2008-2014. Wolke ha ricevuto borse di stu

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Jay Wolke vive e lavora a Chicago, Illinois. Personali a lui dedicate sono state organizzate presso l’Art Institute di Chicago, il St. Louis Art Museum, Harvard University, la California Museum of Photography, e la Galleria Primo Piano di Napoli. Tra le varie collezioni permanenti che espongono sue fotografie vi sono il Museum of Modern Art, New York, il Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, l’Art Institute of Chicago e il Museo di San Francisco di arte moderna. Dal 1981 è docente di fotografia e arte in varie università. Dal 1992-1999 è stato Coordinatore della laurea in Documentary Photography presso l’Istituto di Design (IIT). Nel 1999-2000 è stato responsabile della “Art and Graduate Studies” presso Studio Art Centers International di Firenze. Attualmente è docente di Fotografia presso la Columbia College di Chicago, ha ricoperto anche la carica di presidente del dipartimento di Arte e Design anche nei periodi 2000-2005 e 2008-2014. Wolke ha ricevuto borse di studio e premi dalla National Endowment for the Arts, l’Arts Council Illinois, Focus Infinity Fund and the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. Wolke ha conseguito il suo B.F.A. in Printmaking / Illustrazione presso la Washington University, St. Louis, e un M.S. in Fotografia presso l’Istituto di Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Ha pubblicato alcune monografie come “All Around the House: Photographs of American- Jewish Communal Life” (Art Institute of Chicago, 1998), “Along the Divide: Photographs of the Dan Ryan Expressway” (Center for American Places, 2004) e “Architecture of Resignation: Photographs from the Mezzogiorno” (Center for American Places, 2011). Le sue fotografie sono apparse in numerose pubblicazioni tra cui il New York Times Magazine, Doubletake, Architectural Record, Newsweek, Fortune, e il Village Voice.

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Massimo Vitali

Fotografo

Nato a Como, Massimo Vitali si trasferisce a Londra dopo il liceo, dove studia fotografia alla London College of Printing. Nei primi anni Sessanta lavora come fotoreporter, collaborando con molte riviste e agenzie in Italia e in Europa. In questo periodo di intenso lavoro incontra Simon Guttmann, fondatore dell’agenzia Report, fondamentale per la sua crescita come “Concerned Photographer”. All’inizio degli anni Ottanta una crescente sfiducia nella convinzione che “la fotografia abbia avuto una capacità assoluta di riprodurre le sfumature della realtà” porta Vitali a intraprendere un cambiamento nella sua carriera. Lavora come direttore della fotografia per la televisione e il cinema, tuttavia, il suo legame con la fotocamera rimane e la fotografia diviene per lui mezzo di ricerca artistica. La sua serie di panorami balneari italiani è iniziata alla luce dei radicali cambiamenti politici in Italia. Vitali osserva con attenzione le realtà italiane dipingendo una “vision

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Nato a Como, Massimo Vitali si trasferisce a Londra dopo il liceo, dove studia fotografia alla London College of Printing. Nei primi anni Sessanta lavora come fotoreporter, collaborando con molte riviste e agenzie in Italia e in Europa. In questo periodo di intenso lavoro incontra Simon Guttmann, fondatore dell’agenzia Report, fondamentale per la sua crescita come “Concerned Photographer”. All’inizio degli anni Ottanta una crescente sfiducia nella convinzione che “la fotografia abbia avuto una capacità assoluta di riprodurre le sfumature della realtà” porta Vitali a intraprendere un cambiamento nella sua carriera. Lavora come direttore della fotografia per la televisione e il cinema, tuttavia, il suo legame con la fotocamera rimane e la fotografia diviene per lui mezzo di ricerca artistica. La sua serie di panorami balneari italiani è iniziata alla luce dei radicali cambiamenti politici in Italia. Vitali osserva con attenzione le realtà italiane dipingendo una “visione clinica e compiacente di normalità italiane”. Nel corso degli ultimi 12 anni sviluppa un nuovo approccio per ritrarre il mondo, “illuminando l’apoteosi della Mandria”, esprimendo e commentando attraverso le più intriganti, forme palpabili di arte contemporanea.

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Arno Immaginario Collettivo

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Mostra fotografica di Massimo Vitali, Arno Rafael Minkkinen e Jay Wolke A cura di Fondazione Studio Marangoni

Arno immaginario Collettivo si è configurato come un triplice lavoro fotografico sull’Arno che da settembre a novembre 2016 ha coinvolto fotografi locali, fotografi internazionali e giovani fotografi. Il progetto si sviluppa sul rapporto tra Firenze e il suo elemento naturale più importante, il fiume, e restituisce una ricostruzione collettiva dell’immaginario intorno ad esso, attraverso tre momenti espositivi distinti. La mostra conclusiva ha visto la partecipazione di tre grandi fotografi internazionali. Arno Minkkinen, Massimo Vitali e Jay Wolke hanno interpretato la città di Firenze attraverso la sua spina dorsale, l’Arno, e hanno prodotto una serie di lavori inediti. Focus della ricerca di Arno Minkkinen è il paesaggio antropomorfizzato e il rapporto tra la figura umana e l’elemento dell’acqua. Un sistema combinatorio che tiene insieme a livello visivo le div

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Mostra fotografica di Massimo Vitali, Arno Rafael Minkkinen e Jay Wolke A cura di Fondazione Studio Marangoni

Arno immaginario Collettivo si è configurato come un triplice lavoro fotografico sull’Arno che da settembre a novembre 2016 ha coinvolto fotografi locali, fotografi internazionali e giovani fotografi. Il progetto si sviluppa sul rapporto tra Firenze e il suo elemento naturale più importante, il fiume, e restituisce una ricostruzione collettiva dell’immaginario intorno ad esso, attraverso tre momenti espositivi distinti. La mostra conclusiva ha visto la partecipazione di tre grandi fotografi internazionali. Arno Minkkinen, Massimo Vitali e Jay Wolke hanno interpretato la città di Firenze attraverso la sua spina dorsale, l’Arno, e hanno prodotto una serie di lavori inediti. Focus della ricerca di Arno Minkkinen è il paesaggio antropomorfizzato e il rapporto tra la figura umana e l’elemento dell’acqua. Un sistema combinatorio che tiene insieme a livello visivo le diverse anime del fiume è, invece, al centro della produzione di Jay Wolke, mentre Massimo Vitali guarda alla relazione tra i cittadini e il fiume come momento aggregazione.

Arno Immaginario Collettivo

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