What Cortona On the Move 2023 will be like: “More or Less”, not to be missed

What Cortona On the Move 2023 will be like: “More or Less”, not to be missed

Laura Tota · 11 months ago · Photography

More or Less” is the concept that guides the 2023 edition of the Cortona on the Move photography festival, a theme that opens up endless interpretations and which, almost in contrast with its literary translation, aims to investigate a dichotomous universe in a clear and precise way on which social and individual, past, present and future issues move: a real litmus test that will guide the over 30 artists for over 26 exhibitions of the 13th edition of Cortona On The Move in the iconic Tuscan town.

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As stated by Paolo Woods, Artistic Director of the Photography Festival, More or Less is the theme I have chosen for this edition. These categories define the world we live in, our aspirations, our fears, our affiliations. The contrast between abundance and scarcity, the superfluous and the essential, the elite and the masses, accumulation and dispersion.  More or Less are typologies whose value changes over time and in terms of geography. Not only are they economic categories, but also ontological ones, a prism through which we see the world. From architecture to music, fashion to literature, cuisine to sport, almost everything can be seen as being on one side or the other of this emblematic divide. Photography is also very much about More or Less, topics around which entire genres have developed. At Cortona On The Move 2023 we will explore More, looking at the past and the present, and linger Less on stereotypes, with a program that offers plentiful hints for understanding our world and, at the same time, is poor in simplifications”.

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And in the very long carousel of national and international authors invited to interpret the theme, a careful, dynamic research emerges right from the start, ready to welcome original interpretations and to create curated contents: such as the project “Ambiziosamente tua – Love and social classes in the fotonovel” curated by Frédérique Deschamps & Paolo Woods in partnership with Fondazione Mondadori, in which the iconic photonovels seem to ideally anticipate the most contemporary influencers with whom they share a judgment of “cultural lightness” that goes beyond the times.

Alongside names of absolute prestige on the international photographic scene including Larry Fink (one of the first photographers to testify through his works the division into classes within society and whose collection of works entitled “Class Issues” will be exhibited) , Massimo Vitali (witness of the excess in tourist consumption of the territories) or Chauncey Care (who denounces the growing domination of workers by multinationals and the elites who run and own them with his “Working Class Heroes”), there are numerous names of authors presenting unpublished works.

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©️Massimo Vitali
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©Chauncey Hare – The Bancroft Library

To name just a few, the nostalgic “Memory Diamonds” by Reiner Riedler (on the creation of diamonds starting from the ashes of the deceased), the obsessive “Katalog” by Barbara Iweins (who photographs all 12,795 objects in her possession after a move) or the bittersweet “Aka Zidane” by Michaël Zumstein (a series of portraits that immortalize young African men and women wearing the costume of the contemporary hero, i.e. the soccer player: a short circuit between the image of well-being that society teaches us to aspire to and the need to bring home other types of trophies).

Among the Italian authors on display, Marco Tiberio and Maria Ghetti with the “Invisible Cities Calais” project, Marco Zanella with “Scalandrê”, the winning project of the Amilcare G. Ponchielli Prize and Fausto Podavini who, in partnership with Medici Senza Frontiere, presents the “Apnea” project.

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©Michaël Zumstein
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©Barbara Iweins

Trap and rap music dialogue through two projects, namely “Ultima Chance” by Marco Garofalo which portrays the suburbs of Rome, Milan, Florence, Naples, Paris and London in which trap music plays the role of soundtrack of social urgency and “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” (curated by Lars Lindemann & Paolo Woods), a group show that traces 50 years of rap music through the eyes of many photographers who have followed the birth of this movement and have crystallized its iconography.

«Our aim is to continue that investigation of contemporaryity and of the photographic medium that has characterized the path taken by the festival since the beginning, enriching it with new values and tools. Not only unpublished works that open up extra and meta-photographic perspectives, but also projects that go beyond the main reference medium», declares Veronica Nicolardi, Director of Cortona On The Move: the goal seems to have been fully achieved, thanks also to a series of partnerships and collaborations with important institutions and sponsors and as many specific cultural projects, without losing sight of the value of the image and its centrality in contemporary society. 
The historic center of the city, the Medici Fortress of Girifalco and the “Station C” near the Camucia-Cortona station host the exhibitions, bearing witness to the need to take photography out of institutional settings and to revive the territory on which he insists.

Cortona on the Move will open in Cortona on 13 July with a packed program of talks, presentations and portfolio readings and will be open until 1 October. More info about all of the authors at this link.

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Michele Gabriele brings his aliens to miart

Michele Gabriele brings his aliens to miart

Giorgia Massari · 1 week ago · Art

After yesterday’s preview on April 11, today miart officially opens to the public until Sunday 14. With the title no time, no space, director Nicola Ricciardi declared that this edition, the 28th, will be the best in recent years. Impossible to state objectively, but the novelties and the quality of the installations lead us to confirm this thesis. The emergent corridor, the first one you encounter as soon as you cross the entrance, is always the most interesting in our opinion. So many galleries we already knew, like Milan’s ArtNoble with an installation by Luca Staccioli, others we discovered here like London’s Gathering with works by Soojin Kang. Moving to the established corridors, also from London we also liked the booth at Cooke Latham Gallery with Lisa-Marie Harris’ solo show. Then Ciaccia Levi with Zero Gallery and Francesco Gennari’s installation; Cassina Project with works by Louisa Clement, Alessandro Fogo, Cecilia Granara and Erin Jane Nelson. What surprised us, however, was the work of Michele Gabriele (1983, Fondi), presented by the New York gallery ASHES/ASHES, which, by the way, is also simultaneously present in the spaces of the aforementioned Cassina Project, in the group show To Romanticize with Indecision that he curated together with Monia Ben Hamouda. So let’s talk about his work, perhaps the most Instagrammed of the fair because of the particularity of the subject, an alien – actually two, three if you count the painting – wounded, plastered and with fins on his feet.

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Michele Gabriele‘s mediums are painting, sculpture and installation. At miart there are two alien sculptures presented by the Lazio artist, class of ’83. In the background of July 2nd, the work at the center of the ASHES/ASHES booth, is the painting A Life in Theory that offers a clearer idea of what his research is. On the one hand, the artist makes us reflect on what are the alienating effects of the era in which we live, on the other hand, he does not take himself too seriously strong in an aesthetic that is extremely linked to the most sophisticated pop culture possible. In the midst of the Anthropocene, it is not surprising that everyone is drawn like moths to this booth, intrigued by the novelty of something finally divisive on display at miart.

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ASHES/ASHES, Michele Gabriele, miart 2024, installation view

Courtesy Michele Gabriele

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All facets of Alessandro Mendini

All facets of Alessandro Mendini

Giorgia Massari · 5 days ago · Art

«I am not an architect, I am a dragon,» is how Alessandro Mendini described himself in a self-portrait drawing that is now the poster for his just-opened retrospective exhibition April 13 – atTriennale Milano in collaboration with Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. Indeed, his eclectic personality is difficult to describe in a single word. Architect, designer, graphic designer, artist, poet, craftsman. Mendini was all this and more. From the emotional charge present on stage during the April 12 press conference, where daughters Elisa and Fulvia Mendini also spoke, one could sense not only the genius but also the incredible sensitivity that such a multifaceted figure guarded. This exhibition, open until Oct. 13, aims to connect all the threads that make up his complex, kaleidoscopic identity, to quote Stefano Boeri. «In the exhibition we have tried to give an identity to the various sections to show how Mendini’s identity is not univocal, but composed of many parts. Like so many red threads that lead to the various rooms of the dragon,» explained curator Fulvio Irace, who had a long-standing friendship with Mendini.

Drawings, installations, design objects, thoughts. In this exhibition there is everything. Or rather, there is the whole world of Alessandro Mendini, the whole reality filtered through his eyes, no doubt colorful and never boring. The playful aspect is evident as well as his cartoony gaze. Mendini in fact, as Irace explains, also wanted to be a cartoonist. Even more, his daughter Elisa Mendini-during a touching speech-describes him as a shaper of reality. His empathy for everyday objects and the mystery of poetry that transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary is clearly rendered in Pierre Charpin‘s installation, which divides the path into six thematic nuclei, while maintaining the coherence that has always distinguished Mendini’s personality. Through more than four hundred works, the exhibition I am a Dragon. The True Story of Alessandro Mendini offers viewers a broad look at the history and especially the creative force of a man who changed the history of design and architecture.

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@delfino sl @dsl studio ©Triennale Milano
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@delfino sl @dsl studio ©Triennale Milano

Courtesy Archivio Mendini, Triennale Milano, Fondation Cartier

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Cécile Dormeau illustrates what it means to be a woman

Cécile Dormeau illustrates what it means to be a woman

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Art

Every woman knows how difficult it is to be a woman: fighting with your hair in the morning, trying to hide pimples, dealing with comments about your weight, your appearance, your clothes. These are aspects that are part of everyday life and that sometimes take a heavy toll on morale. French illustrator Cécile Dormeau gives voice to all women by drawing scenes of normal everyday life and normalising certain aspects that are not always talked about. 

Cécile Dormeau graduated from the Estienne school of design in Paris, then lived first in Hamburg and then in Berlin where she worked as a designer and illustrator. She later worked as a junior art director at Ogilvy One in Frankfurt, finally deciding to pursue a career as an illustrator and return to Paris, where she now lives and works. 

Every day Cécile shares simple illustrations with her 265,000 followers on Instagram, with colourful backgrounds and featuring girls of all ages struggling with jeans that are too tight or hair growth.
What sets Cécile’s work apart from that of all other illustrators is that she started dealing with these topics in “unsuspected times”, beginning to make her illustrations as early as 2015, long before movements like NormalizeNormalBodis. 

The illustrator manages to summarise in a single image the state of mind of thousands of people, who share her work, finally feeling understood and no longer alone. 

We’ve selected just a few of her works, but if you want to find out more, follow her on Instagram

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The History Of Writing Told At MAMbo

The History Of Writing Told At MAMbo

Giorgia Massari · 4 days ago · Art

When the phenomenon of Writing was not yet fully known in Europe, researcher and scholar Francesca Alinovi (Parma, 1948 – Bologna, 1983) promoted an exhibition on frontier art, specifically looking at the New York scene. This was in 1984, the writers Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, and Ronnie Cutrone were so young that their works were still accessible, yet Alinovi had already understood the magnitude of the phenomenon that would shortly thereafter explode internationally. Forty years have passed since the exhibition at the Galleria comunale d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, and to mark the anniversary, MAMbo in Bologna has decided to pay homage to Alinovi and writing with an exhibition that intends to retrace all the evolutionary stages of the phenomenon, to tell the story of the past but also the present. FRONTIERA 40 Italian Style Writing 1984-2024 – curated by Fabiola Naldi – collects the sketches of 181 authors, testimonies of the creative process of several generations of Italian writers, unique expressive devices, priority and generative of each author’s style. Let’s better understand what it is all about.

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More than 40 years have passed since Francesca Alinovi began writing about graffiti, glimpsing in the concept of frontier the evanescence of boundaries and in aesthetic contamination a new Avant-Garde. In the years when the scholar was telling about this new frontier, painting was overcoming the space of the frame, was expanding into the environment, was dematerializing in futuristic visions in which a single platform would share and contaminate all styles and all languages, while knowing how to interact with a complex social, anthropological, and cultural place. This premonitory vision allowed the scholar to see beyond the surface, to go where one should not go, to meet, talk to, and thus understand all those kids who, armed only with their letters and their fast-changing style, were training a new generation of authors, disrupting the fortunes of all Western metropolises

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Bozzetto CURSE Roma 2024

Writing today, city by city

Among the writers selected for the exhibition at MAMbo are some young Italians who bear geographical witness. In other words, the importance of the city in which they operate emerges from the writers’ works. «Operating in Milan certainly has a different meaning from doing so in Bologna or Rome, and furthermore, the thickening of the relationships woven with provincial places has reinforced in these authors the use of contaminated languages that have given rise to letters containing different styles and little comprehensible to a public unaware of the glossary of the discipline», reads the press release. But the phenomenon does not remain confined to the city of origin; in fact, the exhibition shows how the friendships and crews that were created were instrumental in forging a connection between different cities, giving rise to larger and even international groups that contributed to the spread of the phenomenon and, above all, to its affirmation.

The exhibition will be open at MAMbo until July 13th, 2024

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Bozzetto BREEZY G, Roma 1993
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Bozzetto ROSE, Rimini 1995
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Installation View, FRONTIERA 40 | MAMbo di Bologna
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Bozzetto DAFNE, Genova 1996

In cover: CRASH, Torino 1995

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