Start of the 4th edition of IS ME, the talent that combines music, streetwear and art

Start of the 4th edition of IS ME, the talent that combines music, streetwear and art

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Music

If music fills your days and you always have a keen eye for style, IS ME – Music Edition 2021 is the perfect opportunity to make a difference and show off your talent.

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After the huge success of the previous editions, the talent that combines music, streetwear and art, conceived by AW LAB, presented in collaboration with Fandango Club Creators and powered by PLUG-Mi, is renewed by raising the bar even higher.

IS ME 2021 will be broadcasted on MTV and streamed on NOW and will feature two special guest judges from the contemporary Italian music scene: Milanese rapper Ernia and Italian-Argentine DJ and producer Shablo.

But that’s not all! This year’s winner will receive a never-before-seen prize: the chance to travel to Dubai to perform on the main stage of SOLE DXB, one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the year.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the creation of this new edition of AW LAB IS ME – Music Edition. We’re now in our fourth edition, but the basic idea hasn’t changed: what we want to do is amplify youth culture, give young talents a voice, a stage on which to perform and a unique opportunity to express themselves and compare notes with professionals in the sector. With MTV and SOLE DXB, we believe that the project has everything it takes to establish itself once again as a point of reference in the industry”, said Antonio Marrari, Head of Marketing at AW LAB. 

Now for the practical information. Until 31 August, anyone who thinks he or she has what it takes to become the next IS ME winner can send a video of a performance on a base of their choice or on the beat that Shablo has created for the occasion and which can be downloaded HERE.

The best 8 will be selected, divided into two teams captained by Ernia and Shablo and will be the protagonists of 4 episodes that will tell their experience from the live battle to the grand final. 

“IS ME powered by PLUG-Mi is a talent show aimed at all young people with an unbridled passion for music, live performances and a keen eye for style. The hybrid nature of the project, which originates from social networks and arrives on MTV, demonstrates once again how Fandango Club Creators is capable of proposing and creating formats with an international appeal, aimed above all at Millennials and Gen Z. IS ME is the perfect place for those who are aware of their talent and were just waiting for the right moment to show it”. –Domenico Romano, CEO of Fandango Club Creators 

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The setting for the event will be the nhow in via Tortona 35 in Milan, an exceptional location that, thanks to its spaces, designed by Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun, will link the world of music and art to Milanese design and lifestyle. And since the eye also needs its part, the event’s exceptional partners will be four iconic streetwear brands that will give character and style to all the protagonists: Converse, Diadora, New Era and Puma.

What are you waiting for? Participate now and become the winner of IS ME – Music Edition 2021!

Participate in IS ME 2021!

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The sensual and analogue photography of Chantal Convertini

The sensual and analogue photography of Chantal Convertini

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

We were immediately captivated by the beauty of Chantal Convertini‘s shots. 

Sensual, delicate and intimate. 

Chantal Convertini is a 28-year-old girl who approached photography almost by chance and only later decided to turn this great passion into a job. Like many other photographers, the first approach she had with photography was through digital. Then, later, four years ago, she also approached the world of analog. This led Chantal Convertini to know how to juggle the two techniques very well, preferring analog for her personal projects. 

The protagonists of her shots are two, the light and the bodies of young women. 

The light is almost always natural, which lightens the interiors of houses and bedrooms slightly. Sometimes her photographs are illuminated by just a few rays of sunshine that penetrates between the slits of closed shutters and blinds. These rays rest on the naked bodies and faces of her subjects, often female, as in the series A feminine view on femininity, in which Chantal Convertini gives her personal vision of the female universe. 

Often, however, she puts herself in front of the lens, creating fantastic selfportraits, intimate and personal. 

Below you can find a selection of her shots, to find out more go to her website, her Instagram profile and her Patreon profile, where you can also support her financially.  

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Contemporary photography comes to Bologna with PhMuseum Days

Contemporary photography comes to Bologna with PhMuseum Days

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

PhMuseum was founded in 2012 as the first online museum dedicated to contemporary photography with the aim of offering a space accessible to everyone from everywhere that would promote visual culture. Over the years PhMuseum has organised various activities and initiatives, from photography courses to training programmes and high-level masterclasses. This year it wanted to go even bigger, abandoning its digital form for a while and becoming a physical event.

From 23 to 26 September, in fact, the Binario Centrale of Bologna’s DumBo will host the first edition of the international photography festival PhMuseum Days.

The theme chosen for this first edition is A New Beginning and it perfectly fits both the historical moment we are living and the new decade that has just begun and because the event represents a new adventure for PhMuseum.

The 4-day programme includes individual exhibitions, a collective installation, workshops, portfolio reviews, screenings, performances and a space dedicated to independent publishing.

Guests include Argentinean photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg, whose Natur-e reflects on the relationship between man, nature and technology, and Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass, who will be exhibiting Humanae, a project that seeks to demonstrate that what defines the human being is his inescapable uniqueness.

There will also be the Encounter project by Italian photographer Silvia Rosi, who starts from her family album to tell stories of migration and diaspora through self-portraits and performances, and Afterlife by French photographer Vasantha Yogananthan, who tells the eternal challenge between good and evil by reinterpreting a passage from the Indian epic poem Ramayana.

In addition, three works chosen from over 700 projects submitted through the festival’s open call will be on display: Human by Ecuadorian photographer Fabiola Cedillo, focusing on the human need to reproduce, naturally and through technology; Fading Senses by Polish photographer Ligia Poplawska, on the implications of the loss of ecosystems on our mental and emotional health; and finally, C-R92/BY by British photographer Samuel Fordham, a project focusing on thousands of British families separated as a result of Home Office policies.

Visit the PhMuseum website and follow the Instagram profile to keep up with all the updates.

Fading Senses, Ligia Popławska
C-R92_BY, Samuel Fordham
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Luisa Mazzanti, between portraits and artistic nude

Luisa Mazzanti, between portraits and artistic nude

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

Photography is much more than an image. It is an experience that starts from the photographer, passes through the subject and reaches the viewer. It is sharing emotions, moods, values and feelings.
If you’re not sure this is the case, Luisa Mazzanti‘s shots will certainly change your mind. 

Born in Lucca and moved to Milan, Luisa Mazzanti is a fine-art photographer of only 23 years old who, despite her young age, already has clear ideas on what messages and what stories to tell with her photos.

There are two genres in which Luisa has specialized, the portrait and the artistic nude.
Through the portraits she manages to capture the attention and curiosity of the viewer: the gazes of the models that point straight at us wrap us and do not let us go.
Instead, through the photographic nude she fights the aesthetic canons imposed by society and shows bodies free to show their forms in all their unique beauty. 

Sometimes it also happens that she becomes the subject of the shots, engaging in self-portraits of impact in which photography becomes the means by which to enhance their bodies and the body, with its natural beauty elevates photography to art. 

Read also: The intimate and analog self-portraits by Celeste Ortiz

Check out below some shots of Luisa Mazzanti and do not miss her future works follow her on Instagram and visit her website

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The taste of summer in Julien Pounchou’s photos

The taste of summer in Julien Pounchou’s photos

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

A summer is always exceptional, whether it is hot or cold, dry or wet.” wrote Gustave Flaubert. That summer is always exceptional is an indisputable truth, it is that time of year when everything seems possible, when everything is waiting for a new beginning, when our days are freed from the daily routine, our mind is freed from duties and work to do, our body is freed from all its beauty. Summer is waiting, happiness and nostalgia at the same time. Capturing the essence of summer is almost impossible and when someone succeeds in this task it is always a pleasant rediscovery. One of these is Julien Pounchou, a French photographer who lives and works in Barcelona. 

Julien specializes in portraits and fashion photography, but among his work, there is always a constant that can be found in all his shots: the summer atmosphere

The subjects he photographs, from the colorful costumes, to the faces without make-up, to the tanned skin, are illuminated by the warm light typical of the summer months, the sun’s rays embrace everything and looking at the images we can almost feel its warmth. Julien Pounchou’s photographs are extremely natural and the choice of analog makes them even more particular, immediately giving them a style that recalls that of the 60s and 70s. And perhaps it’s their spontaneity that makes them as exceptional as Flaubert’s summer. 

Below you can find a selection of shots by Julien Pounchou, but to find out more go to his website and follow him on Instagram!

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