5 works inspired by Dead Sea

5 works inspired by Dead Sea

Chiara Sabella · 1 year ago · Art

The Dead Sea, or Salty Sea, is one of the most interesting areas of our planet for several aspects. It is interesting from a geographical and morphological point of view, because it is located 430 meters below sea level and, reaching a depth of 790 meters, is to all intents and purposes the deepest and saltiest point on Earth. It is also from a political and territorial point of view since, since the United Nations Partition Plan came into force in 1947, its waters are divided between Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Finally, it is one of the most tangent examples of the consequences of climate change: the sun in the Middle East evaporates a quantity of water that can no longer be compensated by the old tributaries, causing a lowering of the water level of about one meter per year.

Poetry and history mix with the salt crystals, making this spiritual heritage a unique place for artists from around the world. It is through their works that we tell the story of an area destined to change over time.

Noam Bedein

According to photojournalist Noam Bedein, the Dead Sea is “far from dead.” Like his colleague Bronfer, he too has documented its nuances over the years. His shots seem to capture details of a distant planet, evidence of an extreme ecosystem that transforms bacteria and minerals into incredible colors, giving an evocative spectacle of mysterious shapes.

Spencer Tunick for the Dead Sea Museum

This precariousness prompted photographer Spencer Tunick just this week to return, ten years after the last time, to one of his favorite places with his “living” nude works. Like grains of salt, 300 volunteers from all over the world on Sunday participated in the shots by dipping their bodies in white paint. The performance is a moving cry and resumes the work in which the artist has immortalized 1200 people, in waters that have now disappeared: “Everything you see in my photographs of 2011 is no longer there.” The protest was a reaction to the closure of yet another beach, Mineral Beach, where the collapse of the ground prevented access. With these works, the photographer inaugurates the Dead Sea Museum foundation, the museum, currently virtual, where you can visit Spencer Tunick’s Dead Sea exhibit, including previously unseen shots, for free. The project “combines a centuries-old tradition of construction in the desert with the latest technology” explain the architects of the mueso, and aims to become a cultural center where art supports and enhances the territory.

The salt sculptures of Sigalit Landau

The delicacy of her portraits immortalizes the mirror of water and imprints it in the collective memory, like the objects of Sigalit Landau, the Israeli who sculpts with the help of the sea. Her works, suspended for months in the world’s saltiest basin, reveal its properties by covering themselves with fine salt crystals. The clothes reshaped by the sea show the contrast of a potentially destructive force, which has been healing man’s wounds since the beginning of time. Shoes and musical instruments are the precious relics of a place that speaks to us of continuous transformation. Symbolic in this sense is the artist’s Salt Stalagmite #1, a floating salt bridge that ideally unites Israel, Palestine and Jordan in the project.

The divided sea by Rayyane Tabet

According to the 1947 United Nations Partition Plan, the Dead Sea is divided into three parts. The ripple effects that this decision produced on the territory become for Lebanese artist Rayyane Tabet the subject of the work The Dead Sea in Three Parts. Here the depths of the sea are broken into a sculpture that represents a geography and industrial policies far removed from the beauty of the place.

The street art of Minus 430 Gallery

In 2018, a number of urban artists from around the world came together to found Minus 430 Gallery, an art site 30 minutes outside of Jerusalem. Here, street artists united in a single cause breathed new life into the former Jordanian shelter. Thanks to colorful messages, the structures abandoned for more than 40 years shine again in a tribute to the Dead Sea: a cry for help that tells of a beauty to be protected.

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Jared Leto will be Karl Lagerfeld in a biopic about the French couturier

Jared Leto will be Karl Lagerfeld in a biopic about the French couturier

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

According to WWD, Jared Leto will play visionary French couturier Karl Lagerfeld in a biopic produced by Paradox, the production company of Emma Ludbrook and Leto himself, along with the House of Karl Lagerfeld foundation.

The film’s executive producers will be the designer’s close collaborators Pier Paolo Righi, Caroline Lebar and Sébastien Jondeau. All three of these key figures in Lageferld’s life have held prominent roles in the French fashion designer’s work for more than 20 years, so who better than them to assist Leto in making the film. 

For now, there are no details regarding the plot of the film, but what is known is that the focus will be on what was Lagerfeld’s inner circle through a unique point of view.

“Karl had a career that spanned 50-plus years so both personally and professionally he was close to a number of people. I can say we are going to home in on key relationships that convey different parts of his life”, Leto said in the exclusive interview with WWD.

Over the years, we have been approached by several Hollywood producers who suggested to partner on a movie about Karl’s iconic life, Pier Paolo Righi said in a statement released by Deadline. “It has been only since we met Jared and Emma that we felt truly confident about the story being told in the artistic way Karl would have loved to see. Throughout our conversations, we have created an equally trustful and inspiring creative relationship that will allow us to work together very fluidly on this beautiful project”.

All we have to do is wait!

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Rosalía is the new face of Acne Studios

Rosalía is the new face of Acne Studios

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

For three years now, Rosalía has been one of the strongest artists on the face of the earth. 
After eight Latin Grammys, ten number-one singles in Spain, your still-ongoing worldwide and her own radio station in Grand Theft Auto Online, the Spanish singer has become the new face of Acne Studios’ new Fall/Winter 2022 campaign.

Shot and filmed by Dutch photographer Paul Kookier, the campaign consists of a series of very intimate shots where the Spanish artist is immortalized as a true muse. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“When I pose for a photographer, I always try to be myself but also try to channel an energy”, explained Rosalía who added: ”What appealed to me the most about working with Paul [Kooiker] was that he has an atemporal style, his pictures could have been taken when photography was invented. But, at the same time, he transmits a freshness of the moment. His pictures are badass”.

“I love how bold but elegant everything is. To me, Acne Studios is a brand that takes care with the fabrics, the colors, the textures – everything is so well thought through, impeccable and fresh”, Rosalía said about the Swedish brand.

“The campaign tried to capture Rosalía in a way she is rarely seen”, explained Kookier, who then added: “While shooting the videos, I discovered that her movements were so strong and confident that we continued this way of working for the stills. The approach was to shoot the contemporary collection in a timeless and historical atmosphere”.

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Palace’s infamous product descriptions in a book

Palace’s infamous product descriptions in a book

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

Palace is set to release Drop 2 of Fall 2022, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14
In addition to the classic outerwear, sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps, and pants, the British skateboard brand has unveiled a book destined to become an absolute cult among fans, the title is Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive

Published by Phaidon,the book was edited entirely by Palace founder Lev Tanju and is the official, printed archive of the infamous online product descriptions. Since its inception, Palace has always used descriptions that often had nothing to do with the product itself and were totally out of context and decidedly unconventional, chock-full of humor, social satire, strong opinions, and no-nonsense.

The Edinburgh-born writer, poet and literary critic Sam Buchan-Watts, was asked to write the preface, who, in the very preface to Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive, scrive: “Ludwig Wittgenstein claimed that a serious philosophical work could be written entirely of jokes: we might now add product descriptions”.

Divided by points and strictly all in capital letters, the book consists of more than 3,000 descriptions divided into 22 sui generis categories, such as: “anatomy,” “animals,” “etiquette,” “philanthropy,” “romance,” “travel,” and many others, plus product photos of course. 

Palace Product Descriptions: The Selected Archive will be available starting October 14 from both Palace’s web shop and Phaidon’s website for €40.

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Supreme and The North Face rocked again

Supreme and The North Face rocked again

Andrea Tuzio · 2 months ago · Style

Right on time like every year these days, came the new collaboration between Supreme and The North Face for the seventh drop of Fall 2022 from the skateboard brand founded by James Jebbia.

Unlike the previous collabs, however, this one seems to have something more in all aspects, both at the creative and communicative level and from a materials point of view. 
The choice made by the two brands involved was to go digging into old joint ventures and restore contemporaneity to the aesthetic choices made in previous years. 

In the Supreme/The North Face Fall 2022 collection we find the fur print of the Nuptse from Fall 2013, or the map print from Spring/Summer 2014 and then again paisley, camo, denim in short, a look at the past but projecting everything into the future.

This collection represents The North Face’s first release under the creative direction of Tremaine Emory, and the direction taken is immediately apparent. 
The collaboration winks at the world of motocross, but all the garments in the collection can be worn regardless of context and look flawless perfectly within the contemporary urban context. 

The Fall 2022 Supreme/The North Face collaboration will be released online and in Supreme stores on Thursday, October 13.

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