Milan is the background for “(T)rap&Architecture”, the project by Triennale

Milan is the background for “(T)rap&Architecture”, the project by Triennale

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Art

Yesterday we presented “(T)rap&Architecture”, the Triennale event powered by adidas Originals that will be streamed on Friday 16 April at 6 pm on the website and YouTube channel of Triennale Milano.

“(T)rap&Architecture” will be a digital talk that will see Bianca Felicori, curator of the entire project, discussing with Frah Quintale, Rkomi and The Night Skinny and reflecting on issues related to the city of Milan, the evolution that it has had over the years and how it will be in the future, but also on the deep bond that has always united the genres of trap and rap and the urban context. Topics already well known to the curator.

Architect, researcher and author for several Italian newspapers, Bianca Felicori in 2019 gives life to “Forgotten Architecture”, a platform where the focus is on lesser-known architecture around the world. In a short time, this project turns into a real archive of almost forgotten but always fascinating places, which has become a main resource for her independent works and collaborations.
At the same time, his research focuses on the relationship between architecture and other disciplines, first and foremost rap and trap music.

As well as exploring this theme, the talk also offers the possibility of discovering or rediscovering places in the city of Milan, from the suburbs to the central districts, both through the stories of Frah Quintale, Rkomi and The Night Skinny, but above all thanks to photographic and video documentation created specifically for the event.

The lens of Marco Aurelio Mendia, a photographer who has always been attracted to the urban landscape, and the camera of Van Khokhlov, a filmmaker specialising in advertising, followed the three protagonists to some of Milan’s iconic locations, where architecture is the main feature and characterises areas and neighbourhoods.

Curious to know how a project like “(T)rap&Architecture” is born, we asked Bianca Felicori a couple of questions, and to prepare ourselves even better for the event on Friday 16, we asked Marco Mendia and Van Khokhlov to explain some aspects of their work.

BIANCA FELICORI

How did you start your research project and what made you particularly passionate about the relationship between architecture and rap and trap music?

There are many reasons why I started this research project, but if we want to be concise we can say that it perfectly combines who I was and who I am into a single theme. When I was very young (eleven years old more or less) I started to approach Italian rap and then American hip hop (a reverse path, in short). Being born in Bologna, I felt very close to the scene of my city, at the time dominated by PMC-Porzione Massiccia Crew, but I also followed the Milanese and Roman scene in particular. Growing up and enrolling in high school, I realised how paternalistic an attitude towards this culture and its derivations really was. There was a sort of classist view and it was considered as a musical genre only suitable for those who lived in socially marginalised contexts. Which is absurd to think about today. Over the years, after enrolling in the faculty of architecture in Milan, I developed a personal awareness of the subject, I grew up and realised how much part of my cultural background could be read in relation to what I had become, an architect, a researcher and an author. This is where my interest in architecture used as a background in music videos was born and developed over time, becoming a pretext for establishing a political, anthropological and social debate on the city and our culture.

Why do you think it is important to pursue this discourse and what feedback have you received from those who have followed you so far?

I am privileged, the daughter of people who have built themselves up ‘from scratch’ as professionals and as parents. I am proud of the hard work they have done to achieve certain goals. The theme of social redemption is central for me today and is also central to this project. I believe that, in addition to the interest aroused by the idea of bringing a transdisciplinary experiment of this kind into a context such as the Triennale Milano, many of the people interested in the project also subscribe to the founding idea that I always try to make explicit. Moreover, this project will allow the artists’ audience to be reached and involved in a cultural environment. Vice versa, the artists will have the opportunity to read their work in relation to urban and architectural themes that are often considered disconnected from their reality.

MARCO AURELIO MENDIA

The architecture and landscape of the city are not unknown subjects to you. In fact, for years your artistic research has been based on street photography and exploration of the metropolis, starting from the world of graffiti artists and moving on to photographing from the rooftops and capturing the city’s skylines. Trap&Architecture focuses on the relationship between Milan’s architecture and music, how is this link reflected in your shots?

You could say that the projects are more similar than they seem, graffiti and urban exploration. The question I asked myself during the research is whether it is the person who exploits and contaminates his surroundings or the architecture itself that influences the person who exploits the corner of the city he is most attached to and grew up in. Personally, I think it’s a good mix: for example, some of the stories told through music are about the contexts in which the artists grew up, which inspired them, which contributed to their personal growth.My interest has always been to tell this subtle connection between man and urban context, whether it’s graffiti in underground tunnels, or rooftops overlooking skylines. It has always fascinated me to see how aseptic concrete can become a container for ideas and a source of inspiration on a multidisciplinary level.

What are the most difficult elements to calibrate and study in order to create shots in which the protagonist is as important as the surrounding environment?

Certainly in the design phase, that of combining two different languages, trying to tell the story of these architectural elements in the right way and giving the subject a voice.
Then in the realisation of the content, of the shots, it was very natural. I found a strong synergy between the selected places and the artists, just like a tailor-made photographic backdrop.

VAN KHOKHLOV 

Your work as a filmmaker started with your passion for skateboarding and then specialised in adverstising, especially in the world of fashion. Trap&Architecture, on the other hand, is a project that combines architecture and music, how did you approach this work? What was it like working with Frah Quintale, Rkomi and The Night Skinny?

I’ve always been fascinated by architecture, ever since I was a skate filmmaker. We would go everywhere, most of the time on the street, and you would find buildings with absurd constructions. In this project I found the me of those years and it was cool to put it all together. With Frah and the other guys there was an immediate understanding, many of them come from the same background as me and we understood each other immediately.

How did you manage to create a work in which the focus is on architecture without taking away space from the three protagonists?

Generally, you have to remember to insert the figures carefully into the architectural spaces: all you need is a little bit of handwork and the basics of composition. The rest is pure taste and imagination.

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Softness and vulnerability in Luce Lapadula shots

Softness and vulnerability in Luce Lapadula shots

Buddy · 6 days ago · Photography

Looking at Luce Lapadula‘s photography, @LuceLapadula, the light of September comes to mind. Her images are capable of painting that shy and warm glow capable of enveloping everything and preparing us for the first shiver of cold. And then everything seems permeated by nostalgia, the memory of a place we have not lived, of a person with whom we cannot be together.

Luce has this gift: she knows how to capture the fragility of her subjects, she strips them of any mask. And she does the same with images of landscapes, ungluing them from reality and bringing them into a dream dimension.

We were lucky enough to hear and talk about her love for photography and art. Enjoy the reading.

Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al

How did you discover photography? 

Photography has always held a special place for me, there isn’t a specific event or moment that led me to discover it. Since I was a child, I have always loved art and began to draw my family and friends’ portraits with pastel, watercolour and ink. Back at secondary school and college, I was assigned a task: drawing a series of castles in my home region of Basilicata with ink, and if I remember correctly, they were then turned into adorable books. 

My passion for visual art grew even more during school trips. In fact, I would always buy the latest, and at the time, the best, disposable cameras to capture the fantastic historical scenery and the breathtaking landscapes. It was only a while later when I received a gift from my mum, my first Kodak – a camera with which I could experiment in the new prospects of photography and videography. Growing up, my passion became even more alive with the fact that I was continually aiming to upgrade my equipment, and it was intensified by moving to London.

My first DSLR, a canon 400d – a mere present, really boosted my confidence as well as my creativity in different ways. Whilst in London, I also began working in galleries which continually inspired and motivated me to pursue my route into photography. 

Fast forward a few years and in 2017, I made the decision to make photography my main artistic venture. Now, that is where I’m channelling all my time and energy.

What do you like to tell through your photography?

With my portraits, I really like to tell stories and convey intimacy through simple gestures between the subject and what I feel in that precise moment of time. Softness and strength through vulnerability are the souls of my images, as these are qualities we possess profoundly inside.. There is no strength without vulnerability, as vice-versa. 

When it comes to landscapes instead, I like to reveal what I see around me and what I see inwardly, the images are the outcome of compositions of the confluence between my dreams and my reality. The results are warm, dreamy scenery, with the perception of infinity.

I am faithful to the tones, style and aesthetic of my work, whether I am making portraits or landscapes.

What is femininity for you?

I describe femininity as those gentle and graceful characteristics of human beings.

I like to think that the attribute as we intend it has been exclusively associated with the female gender, because the female’s aesthetic has naturally been deemed as delicate. Femininity does not apply [to], [n]or include only females, but all genders.

Your images can naturally express moments of real intimacy. How do you capture it?

I like to capture real moments of everyday life and create dreamy scenes that project from my inner world; indeed, this is what I will be focusing on in my future personal projects. 

Capturing moments of real intimacy comes naturally really, the subject(s) that I choose are ideal for expressing the stories or messages I want to portray through my images. The locations make a significant impact on the subjects in order for them to be at ease during the shoot. Each location will bring its own atmosphere to the final outcome of the project. Mostly, I’ll use a quiet home or peaceful space deep within mother nature’s grasp, where intimacy will be supremely embodied.

Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al

Which artists have influenced your search?

Working as a fine art agent, dealing with all kinds of art has had a rich and diverse influence on my creativity. I would say the Renaissance is where I draw much of my inspiration from. Many contemporary artists also inspire me, such as Marta Bevacqua, Cvatik, and Alessio Albi, to name a few. Alternately, my landscapes are motivated entirely by nature and by the influence of my partner, who is also a photographer.

What are you working on lately? 

I’m working to raise the standard of my portrait photography, to bring it to the next level. Since I feel my style is representative of my own self, I’m now ready and to push forward after years of experimentation; with confidence towards my vision and the stories I want to tell. I’ll be channeling this knowledge into a particular project which I hope to exhibit further down the line.

Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
Delicatezza e vulnerabilità nella fotografia di Luce Lapadula | Collater.al
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Roeg Cohen, an intimate and seductive photographer

Roeg Cohen, an intimate and seductive photographer

Federica Cimorelli · 6 days ago · Photography

The photographs of Roeg Cohen are intimate and seductive, talking about life, memory and eternity. His shots tell the most personal aspects of his subjects, they are enigmatic images full of meaning.

Roeg started photography at the age of thirty, but his artistic level is far from immature. He uses photography to express his creativity, it tells as much about himself as about those on the other side of the lens, it communicates independence, courage and boldness.

What Roeg Cohen seems to have with his subjects is an intense and sincere connection. The protagonists of his photographs communicate through body and eyes. They are immortalized in different situations and express opposite and complementary feelings: quiet, peace, silence but also tumult, tension and revolt.

His photographs evoke sensations that are difficult to express in words, which is why we let his images speak for themselves.
Look at a selection here, follow him on Instagram and on his personal website.

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The simple and familiar photography by Lauren Bamford

The simple and familiar photography by Lauren Bamford

Federica Cimorelli · 5 days ago · Photography

Lauren Bamford is a freelance photographer based in Melbourne, Australia, specialising in still life, travel and documentary photography – both editorial and commercial. Her shots combine simple, familiar subjects with eye-catching colour palettes and are the result of careful work on atmosphere and compositions.

Her personal style, discreet and humble, mixes instinct and reason. Lauren Bamford in fact, places great importance on natural light, but when it cannot be used for the image, she reconstructs and artificially imitates it as much as possible.
Design objects, food, people, details are the protagonists of her photographs, they are collections of interesting things put together with harmony and balance.

– Read also: The introspective self-portraits of Handra Rocha

See a selection of her shots here, follow her on Instagram and visit her personal website.

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Soft Tissue, an unexpected female sensuality

Soft Tissue, an unexpected female sensuality

Giulia Pacciardi · 5 days ago · Photography

Soft Tissue, a project born from the collaboration between photographer Prue Stent and artist Honey Long, explores female sensuality through the eyes of those who ignore stereotypes.

In fact, always fascinated by the meaning of gender identity, the creative duo wanted to focus the lens on body portions generally not considered sensual.
Skin, hair, veins and defects become the protagonists of shot between the grotesque and the dreamlike.

Everything is focused on the detail that disturbs, on textures and details that almost resemble the beauty of unexplored landscapes.

The aim of the project is to encourage the viewer not to become a slave of a single point of view, rather than to create their own associating different ideas with shapes that have now become descriptive.

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