Coffee and cigarette with Memento

Coffee and cigarette with Memento

Emanuele D'Angelo · 6 months ago · Music

A few afternoons ago we had a chat with Andrea aka Memento on the occasion of the release of his first EP “Memento Non Ha Paura Del Buio”.

It was 3 p.m. and both of us had just finished lunch, so little that there was not even time to enjoy a coffee and a cigarette in peace.

But it doesn’t matter, despite a few too many audio problems we decide to take it together so when do you want it to happen again.
But we have to hurry up because the young artist of Asian Fake at 16 has lessons of the license so we have to get a move on.

For those who don’t know, Memento has joined the roster with “Hanami“, the new project created to give visibility to a new generation of talents in Italian music. The word is Japanese, it indicates the practice of observing the blossoming of trees.
Already at that time, he had given us a preview, so to speak, of his magic with his “Non ti conosco”.

Since the first listening of the first track, we were impressed by his style, his words and his music in general.
In this EP the music traces the boundaries of a dreamy world, an escape route from the darkness of reality where Andrea’s uncommon sensitivity finds its space and its maximum expression. Memento faces with poetry his most hidden fears looking for the light in what surrounds him and in the life experiences that he transfers in his lyrics. The lyrics of the young artist is accompanied by a very special soundtrack that goes from soul music to electronic, and lo-fi, creating a combination of sounds sought and different that is the foundation of the atmosphere of the disc.
An EP of seven tracks, 2 already known that we are sure will convince you from the first listen.

As always, now we leave space for his words, to let you know more about this class of 2002, with great expectations.

How did you come to choose Memento as your name?

Memento came about casually about a year and a half ago. Before, in art, I was called Young Swarthy, because my last name is Bruno and in English it’s swarthy. It was the night of the launch of the new album of Salmo that was made in Darsena and I had the sketch of wanting to change my name. I was there with friends, we started throwing down ideas and Memento I liked a lot and in the end, I decided to call myself that.

What does this first EP mean for you and why did you choose this name or “Memento non ha paura del buio”?

I’m very happy, it’s almost a liberation to release this project, even if I haven’t been working on it for a long time. It was conceived between this summer and these days. Obviously, I’m very happy and, as far as the title is concerned, in reality, Memento is afraid of the dark, in a metaphorical sense like everyone else, I think. For example, this period is quite dark, I can’t complain because fortunately, this pandemic didn’t touch me or my friends, but it was a dark period for everyone.
“Memento is not afraid of the dark” is a kind of conviction, it’s like telling yourself that it’s dark but then everything passes and it’s a title that came a bit by itself.

As a listener and a fan, I would say that Asian Fake always manages to find a novelty and come up with unexpected things. What is the connection between you and Asian Fake and do you feel that this label is perfect for you and your music?

Asian Fake is a godsend. I remember a while back, before I knew all of them, and I was talking to my friends about Asian Fake and saying that it would be a dream to work with them and amazingly it happened.
I really love Asian Fake because it’s a mega family environment where they care about the music and everything around it, the changes, a record path, an image and visual path. It works really well in all those respects.

Instead, you got into Asian Fake by sending “Non ti conosco” When you made it did you think that with this song you could turn it around? What did you think when you produced this track?

When I was producing “Non ti conosco” I was basically thinking about everything I’ve ever thought about and think about when I make music. By the way “I don’t know you” I didn’t do it …… but I did it like any other piece I was doing at the time. When I ……. decided to send the fateful email. Cmq the thought behind it, behind all the music I’ve done and do and will do. ???

The first song that struck me while reading the track titles was “Sometimes I Get Lost”. You have one song, which is “I don’t know you” whose title is actually the same as a Venerus track, then there’s this one, but also the first track. Also on the level of sonority and sound. However, if there is an artist to collaborate with in the future, why Venerus?

Well, I hope it will be Venerus because within Asian Fake he has always been the artist who inspired me the most. He is part of my past.

In your record there is this recurring place, present both as a track but often quoted in various other parts of the lyrics of other tracks.
Was Val di Sogno a bit of your muse, and how important was it in the writing phase?

The places where you write are always the conduit, but the place is definitely one of the most important things. Val di Sogno is my magic place, it’s the place where I am quiet, I feel good and I can disconnect, and it is located on Lake Garda.

In “Memento non ha paura del buio” in the first track you start by getting lost, let’s say, in the last one, instead, you are not afraid of the dark.
Is there a deep connection between the tracks of the EP?

As in all things, I discovered later that I created a journey. In the sense that the journey I experienced it firsthand in these months in which I wrote the EP and then I discovered to connect conceptually, although the EP is not conceptually defined, the idea was to focus on the music. Then, of course, in writing, it came automatically that this sort of pathway within the EP was outlined.

How did the collaboration with Rodrigo from Afterhours come about? Because you are very young, and therefore you are a bit distant from that world.

The collaboration with Rodrigo was also born by chance. First of all, the Afterhours are part of my passive listening, in the sense that they are part of the listening that I “stole” from my parents because they heard them in the car or at home and only recently I listened to them by personal choice. Obviously, they have been a discovery and the featuring with Rodrigo was born thanks to Orange who knows him and Rodrigo listened to the song, he liked it a lot and decided to put his magic touch on it.

To close, the biggest goal not of Memento but of Andrea?

That Memento will always be part of his life, that is, that music will always be part of his life.

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Humans and Landscapes, Ekayyne’s project blends nature and the human body.

Humans and Landscapes, Ekayyne’s project blends nature and the human body.

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

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. 

Discover some of Ekayyne’s works in our gallery.

Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
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Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
Humans and Landscape il progetto di Ekayyne | Collater.al
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The glamorous and elegant portraits by Tom Mitchell

The glamorous and elegant portraits by Tom Mitchell

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Photography

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.

See a selection of his work here, follow him on Instagram and on his personal website.

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The elegant and erotic art of the photographer Calypso Mahieu

The elegant and erotic art of the photographer Calypso Mahieu

Collater.al Contributors · 2 weeks ago · Photography

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.

A selection from her best works below.

Text by Giordana Bonanno

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IMP 2021: the International Festival of Photojournalism returns to Padua

IMP 2021: the International Festival of Photojournalism returns to Padua

Giulia Guido · 2 weeks ago · Photography

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. 

WHAT:
IMP 2021- International Festival of Photojournalism
WHEN:
4 – 27 JUN
WHERE:
PADUA

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. 

International Festival of Photojournalism
© Tony Gentile

“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. 

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© Tony Gentile
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© Annalisa Natali Murri/CAPTA
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©Laura Liverani/Prospekt Photographers
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© KRZYSZTOF MILLER
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©Lorenso Meloni/MAGNUM Photos
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©Giulio Piscitelli/Emergency
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© Nadia Shira Cohen
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©Fulvio Bugani
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©Valentina Piccinni/Jean-Marc Caimi
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© Raffaele Petralla/Prospekt Photographers
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© Antonio Faccilongo/Getty Reportage
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