Plan X Art Gallery reopens its doors and does so with Dope Baroque, an unmissable exhibition, a journey between past and future through the works of three contemporary artists.
The Spanish artist Julio Anaya Cabanding and the two Italian artists Giampiero Romanò and Francesco de Molfetta propose their personal reinterpretation of Baroque art. The eccentric forms and iconic features of this artistic current blend with the audacity and boldness of the three artists, who propose a journey that starts from the past and catapults the viewer into the future.
PLAN X ART GALLERY – VIALE BIANCA MARIA, 45, MILAN
15 JUN – 15 JUL
JULIO ANAYA CABANGING, GIAMPIERO ROMANÒ, FRANCESCO DE MOLFETTA
Born in 1987, Julio Anaya Cabanding proposes a classic work, removing it from its natural habitat and taking it to the street, giving everyone the chance to look at it and enjoy it.
Giampiero Romanò, born in Milan in 1973, wants to amaze the public with a work that starts from antiques and overturns traditional aesthetic canons.
Finally, Francesco de Molfetta, also from Milan, proposes a bold and ironic vision of classical sculpture, mixing it with elements of contemporary pop culture.
Dope Baroque can be visited until July 15 at the Plan X Art Gallery in Viale Bianca Maria, 45, Milan, but on the gallery’s website, you can also take a virtual tour of the exhibition.
Brussels-based artist and graphic designer Ekayyne uses his Instagram profile as a stage to show the works that make up the Humans and Landscapes project. As you can imagine from the title, the artist’s graphics blend in an original way landscape, from white and endless beaches to flowering meadows, and body parts.
The process of creation begins with the phase of searching for images that take place on the Internet, especially on Tumbler. Only once this first part has been completed does one move on to assembling the images, looking for common elements such as lines or textures.
The peculiarity of Ekayyne’s graphics is that the union of the two images is not hidden, on the contrary, it is often made even more evident by the contrast between shapes and colors.
In any case, the result is always surprising, in which the lines of the sand dunes become those of a woman’s body, the skin turns into sand and a nightdress turns into frothy waves of the sea.
Tom Mitchell is a Scottish director and photographer based in London. His female portraits are perfect, glamorous and elegant compositions.
His photographs skilfully integrate subjects, lighting and scenery and, although his models pose with precision and accuracy, they are always spontaneous, genuine and natural.
In Tom Mitchell’s portraits, glances stand out, they call the viewer, hypnotize him and seem to invite him into their colourful and spectacular world. In his work beauty is the undisputed protagonist, it is refinement, charm and timeless seduction.
Tom’s are intimate and intriguing snapshots in perfect balance between technique and instinct.
Tom Mitchell is also very active in the fashion industry: he creates look books, editorials and photographic campaigns for clients such as Superdry, Missguided, Pretty Little Thing and Passionata.
Calypso Mahieu, class 1993, is graduated from ECAL/University of Art and Design of Lausanne and now she is working between France and Switzerland as a freelance photographer.
Her work is both elegant and erotic and the light is the heart of her photography. Calypso first discovered photography through women’s magazines — she was fascinated by the light, the bodies, and the attitudes rather than the fashion itself.
The light is her secret weapon and nudity and eroticism has become essential to her aesthetic. She is passionate by the light because it can destroy or sublime a picture very easily. It’s like a game for her to build the light around the person or the object she’s shooting. Cinema’s lights, romantic sunset light of the South of France, desk light and many others can be a source of inspiration and are important in her process of photographing.
There are images that, more than others, manage to tell what is happening in the world. Some have become emblematic, are included in school books and are part of the cultural heritage of each of us. These are the shots taken by photojournalists, reporters who, thanks to a passion comparable to a vocation, have for years been bearing witness to wars, political and social changes, inequalities and the violation of human rights. It is by looking at their work that we fully understand the power of photography, which goes where no other medium can go, touching us to the core.
IMP 2021- International Festival of Photojournalism
4 – 27 JUN
To underline the importance of photojournalists, especially at a time when communication passes especially through images, the first edition of IMP, the International Festival of Photojournalism, was held in Padua in 2019. In the wake of its success, the Culture Department of the City of Padua and the University of Padua have been working on the second edition of the event, which opened last week and will remain open to the public until Sunday 27 June.
“The idea behind the IMP Festival is the conviction that photojournalism today is the quickest access to stories and international debates capable of connecting the four corners of the world, a way of making everyone aware of their fundamental role even in the most controversial and geographically distant issues.” – RICCARDO BONONI, Photojournalist and Artistic Director of IMP
The works of 30 international authors will be exhibited in the city’s most prestigious museums and, in order to learn more about their work, the festival programme also includes a series of workshops, readings and meetings with guests such as journalist Domenico Quirico, who survived a five-month kidnapping in Syria.
One of the main exhibitions will be the MAGNUM Photos exhibition, featuring the work of some of the world’s most renowned photojournalists, from Miguel Candela, who shot the latest protests in Hong Kong, to the famous Italian photographer Tony Gentile, author of the portrait of Falcone and Borsellino.
The IMP also gives space to young talent by presenting an exhibition of some of the year’s best work.
“We are proud to reaffirm, also in 2021, Padua as the international capital of auteur photojournalism, through a festival that already in its first editions has become an essential reference point for professionals and enthusiasts.” – ANDREA COLASIO, Councillor for Culture of the Municipality of Padua
See below some shots of the photojournalists on show and visit the IMP website for all the details.