Emerging artists on our radar, from Rea! Fair

Emerging artists on our radar, from Rea! Fair

Giorgia Massari · 4 months ago · Art

There is no better place, other than an art fair, to do some scouting. In particular, at Rea! Art Fair, everything is fresh and new. The one hundred selected artists are all emerging and international. The perfect setting to connect with new talents, carefully chosen by a board of experts. Unlike traditional art fairs, such as ArteFiera in Bologna or Miart in Milan, it’s not galleries that represent the artists here, but they are selected through an open call. The absence of galleries, as surprising as it may be to regular fairgoers, allows Rea! to present artworks and artists in a more fluid context, reminiscent of Berlin-like atmospheres, far removed from what we are used to seeing in Italy. This year’s selection is particularly interesting and diverse. It ranges from video installations to oil paintings, from sculptures to analog photographs, and even leaves room for performative and experimental art. Among the numerous works on display, as is customary at any reputable fair, it’s not so easy to navigate. It’s normal that, once the “tour” is complete, ideas might be a bit confused. For this reason, after the opening on October 12th, we have chosen to introduce you to the ten artists who impressed us the most and whom we believe you should keep an eye on.

#1 Ana Julia Vilela (1996, Brasil)

The Brazilian artist Ana Julia Vilela, based in Milan, harnesses the instant language of social networks to create iconographies filled with fluid forms and non-linear narratives that intersect humor and pop culture. Graduated in Visual Arts from the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPEL), Ana Julia primarily develops her poetics through painting and drawing.

#2 Katya Quel (1986, German)

Berlin-based artist Katya Quel holds a degree in sculpture from the Weissensee Academy in Berlin and studied visual communication in Moscow. Her artistic practice focuses on exploring the inherent power of a fairy-tale-like imaginary narrative, using a variety of materials combined through the use of contemporary technologies. Her aim is to blur the boundaries between artistic and academic research, theory and practice, science and fiction, design and art, culture and nature, in order to make new modes of coexistence visible.

#3 Valerio Eliogabalo Torrisi (1993, Italy)

Artist Valerio Eliogabalo Torrisi, originally from Catania and now residing in Milan, studied Technological Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania and completed his studies at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, where he graduated in Photography. His works often draw from his personal experience and serve as a tool to explore his complex identity within a broader sociopolitical context. They also represent the means through which he translates his personal emotions and stories into narratives that exist in a limbo between “extreme truth and fiction.”

#4 Lorenzo Zerbini (2000, Italy)

Lorenzo Zerbini, originally from Stra, has established his residence and workspace in Venice. His artistic practice focuses on the conception of nature as a cultural construct, aiming to challenge the dichotomies and power hierarchies that separate humanity from the non-human world and nature from culture. Lorenzo Zerbini’s art is primarily based on the use of natural materials and ancient printing techniques, with the goal of envisioning possible futures in which there is hybridization and coexistence among different realms.

#5 D la Her (1991, South Korea)

D La Her, born in South Korea in 1991, lives and works in Paris. After her studies in film, she pursued Fine Arts studies in France and the United States. She has a preference for painting but experiments with other techniques, influenced by her passion for cinema. Her works evoke transcendental atmospheres without spatial or temporal limits and reflect the relationship between the artist, the artwork, and the viewer, emphasizing the personal interpretation of the latter.

#6 Nera Branca (1994, Italy)

Nera Branca graduates in painting from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts and lives and works between Valle d’Aosta and Milan. Her research explores decomposition as a way of understanding human life, with poetry as a means of transformation and enlightenment in a perpetual struggle between life and death.

#7 Rosa Frazzica (1999, Italia)

Rosa Frazzica graduated in Painting in 2022 from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, where she is currently attending the two-year Sculpture course. The artist is fascinated by the various forms of living organisms, which has led her to develop a special connection with marine species and their habitats. Through the contrast between softness and hardness, organic and artificial elements, Frazzica’s research oscillates between science and anthropology and translates, through forms and materials, the divergences that characterize terrestrial species.

#8 Naufal Abshar (1993, Indonesia)

Naufal Abshar is an Indonesian artist based between Singapore and Jakarta. He received his education at Lasalle College of the Arts in collaboration with Goldsmith London and has participated in various exhibitions around the world. Abshar is influenced by the philosophy of Henri-Louis Bergson, who explored the role of the ridiculous in society. In his works, the artist uses humor and laughter as tools for social criticism.

#9 Matteo Brigo (1998, Italy)

Matteo Brigo, known by the name Effkai, graduated in Painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, where he continued with a master’s program in Decoration. He employs various mediums, primarily wood and paper, and different painting techniques, favoring oil color. He experiments with a specific technique to define a personal language, rich in dark suggestions and intentionally filled with mysterious and elusive references.

#10 Marthe Wille (1997, Netherlands)

Marthe Willie graduated in Fine Arts and Product Design from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in 2021. Her artistic practice explores macro themes such as movement, science, nature, and the mind. Her works are actual structures that challenge the laws of physics, creating a sense of discomfort in the viewer’s eyes. Her sculptures and installations captivate through the use of unusual materials, which are either entirely natural or extremely environmentally sustainable. While the unstable balances in her works are truly intriguing, the viewer is also drawn to the harmony and pleasing aesthetics of each piece.

Finally, here are some installation views of the fair, which can be visited until October 15th at the Fabbrica del Vapore.

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Has food truly conquered us?

Has food truly conquered us?

Anna Frattini · 1 month ago · Photography

Over the past year, the internet seems to be obsessed with food culture, fueling a trend that is now evident even in the world of visual culture. From the Tomato Girl Summer, which many mock retrospectively, to the foodie fashion girlies, Balenciaga’s collaboration with Erewhon, and the massive success of The Bear. Food appears to be experiencing a rebirth, but in the worlds of art, photography, and design, it has always been present. Is this just a passing trend, or is it the glorification of an element that has always been part of our lives?

Un’illustrazione di Maisy Summer

From Tomato Girl Summer to the pomegranate

It was only in 2020, with lockdown recipes—does anyone remember Dalgona Coffe?—that so much talk about food emerged. On TikTok, @wishbonekitchen made us dream by showing us her life as a private chef in the Hamptons this summer. Unforgettable were her Heirloom Tomato Gallette and the garden where she harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In 2023, it seems to have been the summer of food not only with the release of the second season of The Bear but also with Tomato Girl Summer. On the other hand, according to Danielle Cohen on The Cut, it now seems to be the time of the pomegranate.

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Thanks to its shape and the vivid red that characterizes it, this fruit is widely recognized as a symbol of fertility in many parts of the world. But not only that, we find the pomegranate in mythology, art history, and, according to Cohen, even in the Torah. In short, fruits and vegetables seem to be largely protagonists of this rebirth, so we have collected some works and photographs by artists and photographers we have talked about in the past and more.

Browsing through our archives, we remembered Michael Crichton‘s photos and his photographic series, Conceptual Food, as well as Dan Bannino, who many years ago narrated the eating habits of the powerful. But there is also Stephanie Sarley, an artist who, with fruit fingering, challenged the way the art world has represented the female reproductive organ throughout its history.

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Why it seems not to be just a passing trend

The success of food in visual culture can be attributed to its tangible communicative power. We see and experience the colors and textures of food daily, all evocative elements of memories that we have been collecting forever. In conclusion, we can only wonder which will be the next fruit to receive all this attention, already dedicated to tomatoes and pomegranates, even before avocados and bananas.

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Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Anna Frattini · 1 month ago · Photography

29 ARTS IN PROGRESS recently showcased Michel Haddi: Beyond Fashion, a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Franco-Algerian photographer, marking his first solo exhibition in Milan. Starting from January 16, the second chapter of this exhibition opens, featuring unconventional shots infused with a street and urban soul. Additionally, there are elements of irony and sensuality that highlight Haddi’s complex personality.

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© Michel Haddi – Debbie Harry, British Vogue, London, 1994 | Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

In this second chapter, nude shots and unpublished works by Michel Haddi are presented, stemming from advertising campaigns he personally captured. The displayed photographs capture the spirit of their time, thanks to influential figures such as John Galliano or Patsy Kensit, who have played pivotal roles in the realms of fashion, cinema, and music.

Michel Haddi has the ability to portray his subjects with both irony and depth, and each of his shots tells a unique story. His life, marked by a turbulent start, has nevertheless propelled him to become one of the leading fashion photographers from the 1990s to the present day.

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Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Collater.al Contributors · 1 month ago · Photography

A few weeks ago, the Huxley-Parlour gallery in London announced the new exhibition by Joel Meyerowitz, which opened on January 17th. We couldn’t help but talk about him, the American photographer born in New York in 1938, famous for his street photography, and recognized as one of the pioneers of color photography. The London exhibition, titled “Dialogues,” highlights this aspect effectively. Pairs of photographs engage in a dialogue concerning light, color, and composition. The pairings are chosen to investigate the development of color in the artist’s work, set within non-hierarchical and unresolved compositions.

The exhibition in London

Meyerowitz’s imagery blends a distinctly American aesthetic with a meditative approach to color. Spanning from 1964 to 2011, the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour reveals Meyerowitz’s enduring interest in the sensory and evocative experiences of his surroundings. Paired with lesser-known images from the artist’s extensive archive, the exhibition features some of Meyerowitz’s most famous works, including his early street photography and images from his seminal series, Cape Light.

Joel Meyerowitz and the Color Revolution

Joel Meyerowitz is widely acknowledged as one of the first photographers, along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, to bring color photography from the periphery to the center of fine art photography. Historically, where black and white photography was considered a serious medium, color was widely viewed as technically inferior and aesthetically limited, relegated to advertising campaigns, television, and personal holiday photographs. In the London exhibition, it’s interesting to trace Meyerowitz’s shift from black and white to color. On display are works from “A Question of Color,” where Meyerowitz, carrying two cameras, paired black-and-white and color prints of nearly identical scenes.

Courtesy Joel Meyerowitz

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A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Photography

Not even a week ago, Alessia Glaviano – Head of Global PhotoVogue – a guest on our Spigola podcast, reminded us that it no longer matters whether you shoot with a camera or a smartphone. What matters is the intention behind the shot, not the means. We pondered deeply on this statement, and although there was initially some skepticism, we concluded that to take a true stance on the matter, we had to try it ourselves: capturing moments solely with a smartphone, but with the same attitude we would have had with a professional camera. Xiaomi provided us with the opportunity and the means.

Almost by chance, Xiaomi presented us with a challenge: to visit a distant place and attempt to capture its uniqueness using the brand-new Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G. And so began our journey, short but very intense, in Bangkok.

All the promises of this new device – which, along with four others, forms the new Redmi Note 13 Series, further enriching the brand’s Redmi Note lineup – were substantial. Starting from the battery, rechargeable to 100% in just 19 minutes with a lasting capacity of days (not hours), and of course, the camera system consisting of 3 cameras, including a main 200 MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a macro camera.

We decided to put Xiaomi to the test in every moment spent in the Thai capital. The first stop was at the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple, where the goal was to capture the colors of the mosaics and decorations.


Being one of the most touristy places in the city, we encountered many people who, like us, were fascinated by the architecture of these sacred places. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G came to our aid in this moment as well. The smartphone is equipped with AI-based editing tools that, among other things, allow us to remove people who accidentally end up in our shots. You know those photos you see on Instagram of tourist spots always empty? Now you can have them too, effortlessly!

But a city is not only visited during the day; often, it comes to life at night, illuminated by a myriad of different lights. In our case, the lights were those of the legendary tuk-tuks, indispensable in a trip to Bangkok. In this case, the challenge was formidable: darkness, colored lights, movement. All the ingredients for a challenging shot were present.


Not content with just the shot, we continued to play with AI tools and added a bit more movement, some stars, many stars.

When traveling, we know very well that we are not only captivated by architecture, landscape, and glimpses, but we also focus on the faces we encounter on the streets. However, we often don’t have much time to photograph them, sometimes because they move, other times because we are the ones on the move. That’s exactly what happened to us in the characteristic Thai markets, first and foremost the Floating Market.

Reviewing the photos on the return flight and at home with friends was like reliving the journey once again, leaving no detail behind.


In Bangkok, on the occasion of the launch of the new Redmi Note 13 Series, the brand also introduced the brand-new Redmi Watch 4 and Redmi Buds 5 Pro. Visit Xiaomi’s website to discover all the features of these devices.


Photos shot on Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G

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