ANTI-DO-TO reminds us the power of the music

ANTI-DO-TO reminds us the power of the music

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

ANTI-DO-TO, the Milan-based activist post-streetwear brand, presented its second social project since its inception in 2020 after funding Ha’ramba, the first skatepark on the Gaza Strip dedicated in toto to Gazawi youth.
In this second venture into the social sphere, ANTI-DO-TO reminds us of the incredible power of music as a tool for expression, redemption and reintegration.

In the coastal city of Douala, Cameroon, lies the chaotic, suffocating and overcrowded New Bell prison, one of the harshest and most difficult in the entire country. 
More akin to a refugee camp in New Bell live, in conditions at the limits of humanity, 3000 inmates all crammed into a space designed for only 800 people.
Of these 3,000 detainees, 70 percent have been incarcerated for years without trial or conviction because Cameroonian law does not provide for limits on pre-trial detention. 

Voiceless, cast aside by society and left to their own devices, inmates struggle to reintegrate because of stigma, and right in the midst of all these difficulties Jail Time Records was born.

Jail Time Records is the collective that runs the record and audio-visual production label composed of prisoners and former prisoners, founded in 2018 in Douala Central Prison by artist and filmmaker Dione Roach.

From being a recording studio for inmates , the first ever set up in an African prison, the project expanded its horizons by going outside the prison and soon became an aggregator of talent and artists.

After learning about the project in 2021, ANTI-DO-TO decided to support the project by fully funding the construction of a new recording studio in the Deido neighborhood of Douala, and thus, this time, outside the prison.

Starting in mid-May and for the next six months, purchasing any item will participate in the project by refinancing it through 50 percent of the net profits from the sale. 
The project aims first and foremost to reintegrate formerly incarcerated rappers, producers and artists within the community, to give them a chance to cultivate their talents and to keep themselves away from what brought them to prison.

“Thanks to ANTI-DO-TO, we were able to realize the dream of creating a recording studio outside of prison, and this for the artists of Jail Time Records definitely represents a real breakthrough. Music has changed their lives in prison, but once they get out it is necessary to be able to keep them focused. It is the most critical time. Having a place to get together, continuing to record for free, comforted and supported by those who know their reality well, means giving them a new life”, these are the words of Dione Roach, founder of Jail Time Records.

A capsule collection dedicated to the project was also created under the artistic direction of designer Federico Curradi. The graphics were created by the inmates themselves thanks to a workshop organized in prison by Dione herself, where art has become a fundamental tool for escape and freedom of expression.

In support of the project ANTI-DO-TO has made a short film in which the true essence of what is being accomplished comes out and the incredible and disruptive power of music as a pivot around which to build something good and useful for the community.
Below you can take a look at the trailer for the short film while you can see the entire short film on ANTI-DO-TO’s website.  

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Brad Walls knows that squash is a geometric sport

Brad Walls knows that squash is a geometric sport

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

It could not have been easy to fly a drone inside a 20-square-meter squash court, but photographer Brad Walls felt it was the only way to enhance geometry and movement in a few shots. The “Vacant” series depicts the geometry of bodies, moving a choreographed within scenes inspired by surrealism and retro-futurism.
The idea of choosing that particular location came from a visit by the artist to the squash court in which he played in his high school days. The empty space the lines of the field inspired the artist to create one of his aerial series, which had at its center the human body detached from the context but perfectly inserted into the geometric layout.

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One of Brad Walls’ challenges was to avoid a claustrophobic effect, so white is the predominant color in the shots, repeated even in the models’ clothes, a choice that would make even Wimbledon organizers happy.
The clothes themselves are an element that reinforces the concept of retrofuturism, creating a tension between past and future through the inclusion of a futuristic wardrobe in an 80s context such as the squash court.
Looking forward to publishing his first book, due out in the fall and titled “Pools from Above,” Brad Walls defined “Vacant” as follows: “Geometry provides a hint at consistency in an ever inconsistent world. Innately, humans are drawn to it. Me, maybe more so”.

Squash | Collater.al
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All for the Gram – Soviet Innerness

All for the Gram – Soviet Innerness

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

Hosted this week by All for the Gram is not just a serial profile but an actual archive that collects details of an aesthetic that, however decayed, still holds great appeal. Soviet Innerness is a journey into Soviet design through the interiors of abandoned houses, amid torn wallpaper and cold, chipped tiles.

The wallpaper has been replaced in some cases by newspaper pages bearing news and photos from the 1980s, the peeling walls look like a layering of now-faded colors, as do the flower designs that once probably appeared more colorful.
The walls of Soviet Innerness are full of tired geometries, blocks of color and forms that always give the idea of unfinished, or of something that ended too quickly, leaving time for cracks to make everything look so beautiful and decadent.

The project curated by Elena Amabili and Alessandro Calvaresi describes the aesthetics of the Eastern Bloc and the themes that were present throughout the houses. There are illustrations on the walls of the countryside in USSR space, but also the great industrialization of communist cities and the memory of Misha, the popular mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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Giulia Degasperi’s tale of pastoralism in Trentino

Giulia Degasperi’s tale of pastoralism in Trentino

Tommaso Berra · 4 days ago · Photography

In summer, whole herds of cattle move from the valleys to the mountain meadows, thousands of feet above sea level, where the air is thinner and the rhythms are dictated only by nature’s needs. Along with the animals travel shepherds, who in the mountain pastures become part of a single cycle of life, which does not suffer pauses but flows slowly and steadily.
Giulia Degasperi has represented this age-old practice of the mountains of Trentino, without directly showing the beauty of the landscapes but that of work, effort and tradition. The series “These Dark Mountains” is an anthropological study that describes the abandonment of small mountain towns and the difficulty of preserving habits that have always linked man and nature.
The choice to shoot in black and white makes the photographs almost timeless. One cannot frame a historical period because everything has remained the same, from the places to the shepherds’ clothes.

You can support the publication of a volume dedicated to the work of photographer Giulia Degasperi through the fundraiser launched by SelfSelf, click here to find out how you can help make this photography project a reality.

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A world without adults in the photos of Julie Blackmon

A world without adults in the photos of Julie Blackmon

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

A world without “when I was your age it was different,” without “the youth of today are worthless,” a world in which therefore there is no “adultsplanning” and children seem to be able to do everything in total autonomy.
This is the landscape depicted in photography by Julie Blackmon, an American artist associated with family issues and small-town life.
The shots are social satire disguised within everyday scenes in which children are the real protagonists, not to say the only ones. All the details depicted are symbolic, as is the arrangement of the subjects, inspired by scenes painted by 17th-century Flemish painters.
Julie Blackmon’s goal is to represent the context of small American communities, tracing the dreams promoted by the American model.

One characteristic of Julie Blackmon’s children is their total detachment from anything related to contemporary technology. Thus they can be found playing “like in the old days,” painting the driveway with chalk, or in the handcrafted swimming pool in their own backyard.
Of inspiration for the photographer’s vision is the context of large families, being herself the eldest of nine siblings. In doing so she traces memories and what more generally influences childhood, made up of landscapes and elements that shape the way we think even as adults, those that Julie does not want to represent, deliberately leaving the feeling of a world in which everything is disconnected.

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