Feminist Oracles, the illustrated tarot by Laura Callaghan

Feminist Oracles, the illustrated tarot by Laura Callaghan

Federica Cimorelli · 1 month ago · Art

All of us, in times of despair, need words of encouragement and inspiration from someone we trust. Or at least, someone who can give good advice.
We don’t wish this on you, but if you ever find yourself alone in such a situation, we have found a good solution for you to soften any discontent: it’s called Feminist Oracles and it’s a creative motivational project that offers daily mantras and little pills of wisdom in illustrated format.

Produced by London-based publisher Laurence King and written by British editor Charlotte Jansen, Feminist Oracles gives voice to 50 of history’s most iconic women through a set of tarot-inspired motivational cards.

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Illustrated by Irish artist Laura Callaghan, the women in the set are transformed into even more vigorous, joyful and characterful characters.
Bringing together the most accomplished female personalities in the worlds of writing, politics, sport, art, entertainment, fashion and science, this creative project manages to entertain and captivate the reader while guiding them through every dilemma.

See pictures of the project here and find out more on the publisher’s official website.

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Leo Maki’s intimate and passionate photographs

Leo Maki’s intimate and passionate photographs

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Photography

Passionate and intimate, strong and sensual, Leo Maki’s shots open the door to a world where the human body is at the centre of everything. 
Leo Maki is a Polish photographer and videomaker who, at 26, has already developed a recognisable and precise style that he uses to tell and show his point of view on themes such as intimacy, the body and dreams.
The unique cut of his images, in which the focus is all on the subject, has led him to collaborate with different realities and to create covers for different magazines such as PNPPL magazine or HART Magazine. 

From the time he received his first camera at the age of 12 until today, a lot has changed for Leo Maki. If the first approach to photography was through those photographs that we all took at least once in our lives, perhaps of friends in everyday contexts, now the Warsaw photographer’s production astounds for its originality and impact. 

The protagonists of his shots are young men through whom Leo Maki rediscovers the beauty and expressive potential of the artistic nude. Everything revolves around the body, its forms and what it is capable of conveying to the viewer.
In addition, the exaggerated use of coloured lighting, which sometimes makes the shots almost monochromatic, creates even more powerful images. 

There is no shame or embarrassment and in a way Leo Maki’s photographs remind us that we need to rediscover and get used to the beauty and purity of the naked body, without judging. 

We’ve selected just a few of his shots, but to find out more follow Leo Maki on Instagram and visit his website

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Lavinia Cernau photographs the essence of summer

Lavinia Cernau photographs the essence of summer

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

It is on days like these when the temperatures start to rise and the days get longer, that we feel a strange nostalgia for summer. A dual feeling that manifests itself both as a lack of past summers and as impatience in waiting for the one that is about to begin. Then, every time it finally arrives it seems strange, but it only takes a few days, just a weekend at the beach, to get back to feeling comfortable with our legs uncovered and the sun caressing our skin.
In this time, however, when even a short trip out of town seems like a colossal undertaking, Lavinia Cernau‘s photographs come to our aid and cure our nostalgia. 

Lavinia Cernau is a photographer based in Transylvania, Romania, and although this land offers unique landscapes to which she is very attached, photography has led her to explore other places. 

From the Greek islands to the Spanish beaches, from the south of France to the Italian coast, Lavinia goes where summer is at its best and with her camera she is always ready to capture it, to imprint it forever in images that could be part of anyone’s holiday album. 

No matter where she is, the fundamental element of her artistic production is the warm and embracing light. The colours of dawn and dusk cover everything with a patina that transforms views and vistas into magical places.

“As a photographer, I’m drawn to the contrast between light and shadow at sunrise or sunset – both my favorite times to shoot.”

As we browse through her portfolio, we are reminded of the scents of summer, the sound of pine trees blowing in the wind, the salt that remains on the skin, the pleasure of an ice-cold drink, the hours spent sunbathing.  

Lavinia Cernau’s shots are distinguished by a particular aesthetic that seems to have come straight out of films such as “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, where life seems more beautiful and easier just because it is lived a stone’s throw from a cliff that plunges into the blue sea.
In fact, the world of cinema is not far from the photographer’s imagination, as she told us: “I find I think of what I’m going to shoot as cinema stills as I always want my images to tell a story. I want people to be moved, to relate to a feeling inside them when they look at my pictures..”

Read also: Guillaume Gaubert’s photos, memories of a past summer

Lavinia Cernau manages to encapsulate the whole atmosphere of summer in one image. Below you can find some of her shots, but to find out more visit her website and follow her on Instagram

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“Sesso italiano” the photographic project by Martina Dendi and Lorenzo Paci

“Sesso italiano” the photographic project by Martina Dendi and Lorenzo Paci

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

Checked tablecloth, spaghetti with sauce, red wine, him in a white tank top and her in a housecoat: this is the Italy of stereotypes, this is the Bel Paese seen by others, this is “Sesso italiano“, the photographic project by Martina Dendi and Lorenzo Paci

Born in 1994, Martina Dendi was born in Livorno and is a photographer who built up her background and knowledge at the LABA in Florence, Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas, the Accademia di Brera in Milan and the Moholy-Nagy Művészeti Egyetem in Budapest. Today he lives in Milan and has already produced the photobook Caducità and several exhibitions. 

A year younger, Lorenzo Paci was born in Cecina, where he still works as a barman. Attracted by the world of theatre and the art of acting since he was a teenager, today he continues to participate in productions and short films.

The meeting between Martina and Lorenzo gave birth to “Sesso italiano“, a photographic project that starts from the most common stereotypes linked to Italy and recontextualises them. The images update the clichés that often characterise us abroad (or on which we sometimes make bitter jokes ourselves) and show how they are paradoxical and grotesque in today’s world. 

There are three themes in particular that Martina and Lorenzo question: religion, patriotism and family. These themes are represented through recognisable symbols such as a crucifix around the neck or the national team jersey.

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God.
The Italy of the roaring ’60s, the economic boom and Fred Bongusto is evoked here, a reality that clashes violently with our generation, touched by the 2008 crisis and Covid.
The climate of suspension of the total, with its plastic, forced poses, is disrupted in detail: thus a catharsis takes place of all the repressed sexuality that that generation had to endure because of the constant presence of taboos in their lives.

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Homeland.
The moment of the match is the peak of Italian patriotism.
In a very young nation, which has never managed to quell the enmities between neighbouring countries, when ‘Italy plays’ we become the proudest and most cohesive of peoples.
Italy, clad only in its flag, attends the match alongside its fan-lover.
Their complicated relationship only finds peace in this context.

Family.
A clear homage to Casa Vianello, we find ourselves in the most intimate moment of the day.
Sourja, the only “daughter” they can afford given their job insecurity, keeps them company.
The disillusionment with the future is catalysed in a perpetual search for stimuli that distracts from the present and weakens every impulse
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Once we have finished looking at the photographs in “Sesso italiano“, we cannot help but wonder whether these stereotypes, these clichés that distinguish us and that have characterised us for so long have stood the test of time or whether, adapted to today, they are merely a caricature of a reality that is no longer our own. 

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Sesso Italiano Martina Dendi Lorenzo Paci | Collater.al
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Between reality and fiction, the photography by Ibai Acevedo

Between reality and fiction, the photography by Ibai Acevedo

Giulia Guido · 7 hours ago · Photography

Born in 1984 in Barcelona, Ibai Acevedo is a photographer who, thanks to his shots, takes us into a world on the border between dream and reality. 

The one between Ibai and photography was neither a love born as a child, nor a love at first sight: there was a time, that seems so far away in which he was a graphic designer and in which he spent the summers peacefully, without having to take pictures of anything. Then something slowly changed. 

Ibai Acevedo

Today Ibai Acevedo has found in the camera the means to express emotions and states of mind. To do this he has developed a very particular style, able to capture us and never let us go. 

Through an almost exasperated and unnatural use of lights and colors, Ibai Acevedo manages to transform ordinary subjects and places, such as a bedroom or a bath in the sea, into something extraordinary and surreal. 

We recognize everything in his shots, each element seems real but at the same time impossible. 

– Read also: The natural and fleeting portraits by Nirish Shakya aka Nizzah

Ibai Acevedo’s portfolio is a journey into the oneiric, ready to dive in?

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