Do not open until 2023. Millo’s new exhibition in Rome

Do not open until 2023. Millo’s new exhibition in Rome

Giorgia Massari · 10 months ago · Art

Last 14 June, a new mural by street artist Millo popped up in Palermo – in Lo Sperone district. His style is by now unmistakable and his black and white graffiti (with only a few coloured details) are scattered on walls all over Italy, confirming each time that he is one of the most internationally loved street artists.
But Millo’s works are not only on walls, the artist has in fact a vast production of paintings on canvas, loved and acclaimed by collectors all over the world. One of the most interesting collections, entitled ‘Do Not Open Before 2023‘, will be presented tomorrow 30 June by the Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome during the last exhibition of the season. The gallery will be enlivened by Millo’s eleven canvases and two previously unseen paintings on wood root.

The theme investigated is that of memory, understood as something to cherish, to protect and from which to draw inspiration. In this sense, Millo creates an emblematic work, the pivotal point of the entire exhibition. Entitled ‘Time Capsule‘, the work consists of a closed box containing memories, both collective and personal, kept under lock and key until now. Tomorrow, during the opening, the artist will open the box and unveil its contents, with the aim of involving the public in a journey into the past, not only from a personal but from a universal perspective. The thirteen objects, or rather, the thirteen memories, are significant for the collection presented. Each of them is in fact the point of origin of each canvas, which visually transcribes, according to MIllo’s personal point of view, some of the most significant events for the community.

Each work, with its evocative power, is able to remind the audience of the fragility and resilience of human beings. For example, the work “Let them Kids Alone” depicts Millo and his cousin jumping on the bed after doing their homework and, suddenly, the cry of his parents from the other room “It’s down! The Berlin Wall has fallen!“. Or even more, with the work ‘I Will Never Surrender‘ – which iconographically takes up Michelangelo’s La Pietà – he deals with the theme of environmental emergency, replacing the figure of Christ with one of the hundred-year-old trees felled to make way for new buildings.

With this exhibition, Millo embarks on a journey of self-discovery, revealing his story and, more generally, that of his generation, born and raised during a period of great social and environmental change, marked by globalisation.
The exhibition will be on display at the Roman branch of Dorothy Circus in Via dei Pettinari 76, until 25 July 2023.

 Courtesy of DCG and the Artist

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The freedom without veils in Birdee’s shots

The freedom without veils in Birdee’s shots

Giulia Guido · 4 weeks ago · Photography

Blackbird fly, blackbird fly / Into the light of the dark black night, sang the Beatles more than fifty years ago, and it is this song, and its message of freedom, that inspired Jamie Johnson in the choice of what is now her stage name, Birdee. Birdee has been shooting since 2014, when she started with self-portraits. Today, her photographs taken mainly in analogical form are able to analyze the themes of femininity, strength and grace.  The young girls who are the protagonists of her shots are beautiful, carefree, suspended but not for this reason they are not determined and tenacious. Moreover, the fact that we almost never show their bodies in full and often hide their faces helps us to identify with them. They are nobody, so they can be anyone, even ourselves. 

Scrolling through Birdee’s website or her Instagram profile, you will notice that in addition to female figures there is also another element that always comes back in her shots, real water. It almost seems as if the graceful bodies of the girls who shoot are transformed in contact with the waves of the sea or a swimming pool. The little bubbles that caress the skin give light and life to the images. 

Discover a selection of Birdee’s photographs below. 

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The Weight of Memory through Ana Topoleanu’s Shots

The Weight of Memory through Ana Topoleanu’s Shots

Collater.al Contributors · 4 weeks ago · Photography

Ana Topoleanu is a Romanian-Mexican photographer who blends elements from her origins into captivating visual narratives. Her journey into photography began as a means to express her thoughts and capture the essence of the world around her, a passion ignited after completing her studies at the University of Sociology in Bucharest. Since then, photography has become more than just a craft for Topoleanu: it is her universal language and preferred form of expression. Inspired by the diverse cultures of Romania and Mexico, Topoleanu’s work invites viewers on a journey of discovery, urging them to pause, reflect, and appreciate the beauty that exists in both the ordinary and extraordinary. Her photography delves into themes such as the role of women in society, the complexities of motherhood, and the power of human relationships and memories. Today, we discuss “My Pillow”, a project that reflects on memory; let’s see how.

Ana Topoleanu’s My Pillow

One of her most touching projects, “My Pillow,” is a testament to the emotional depth and complexity of her work. The project began during the last years of her grandmother’s life, who accompanied her during her formative years. Topoleanu fondly remembers her grandmother, affectionately called mamaia, as a source of love, guidance, and inspiration. As her grandmother’s health declined, Topoleanu embarked on a photographic journey to preserve the memories of their time together and honor her legacy.

Topoleanu felt that this approach lacked the depth she wanted to convey. Through continuous refinement and introspection, the project evolved into “My Pillow,” a title deeply rooted in memory, representing a poignant moment before her grandmother’s passing. While working on My Pillow, Topoleanu focused on capturing the ephemeral nature of time and the inevitable passage of generations. Each photograph served as an attempt to freeze moments slipping away, reflecting the gradual fading of precious memories and the profound impact of loss.

For Topoleanu, “My Pillow” is more than just a photographic series: it is a labor of love, a tribute to her grandmother, and a reflection of her personal journey through grief and healing. Through her lens, she invites viewers to explore the universal themes of love, loss, and the enduring power of memory.

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Marta Passalacqua and the sad side of summer

Marta Passalacqua and the sad side of summer

Collater.al Contributors · 4 weeks ago · Photography

Summertime Sadness is called Marta Passalacqua‘s photographic project that reveals the sad side of summer. Born almost unconsciously, Passalacqua’s shots place colorful elements in dialogue with desolate settings. Summer has not yet begun, or has just ended. The photographer provides no spatio-temporal indications except for a few clues. A deserted beach with closed umbrellas, then cloths lying in the sun. Or even unlit showers. Human presence never appears but is instead replaced by “objects that smell of saltiness,” placed in a suspended and infinite time that seems to never end. «Summertime Sadness” is the poignant melancholy that catches us, often unprepared, in the middle of a sunny afternoon. It has the flavor of moments already experienced and others still waiting for us, unknown,» reads the curatorial text of Liquida Photofestival in Turin, where Marta Passalacqua will exhibit from May 2 to 5, 2024.

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Perspective, Suzanne Saroff distorted photography

Perspective, Suzanne Saroff distorted photography

Giulia Pacciardi · 4 weeks ago · Photography

In her latest series Perspective, the photographer Suzanne Saroff, creates distorted images of colourful food using glass objects and vases filled with water.
Images play with light and shadow, appearing fractured, divided into several parts, shrinking and incredibly distorted.

With tools and techniques such as refraction, directional light and vivid colours, her photographs offer to everyday objects alternative visual paths.
In fact, through shadows and fragmentation, they seem to become something more than what they really are.

Follow her on Instagram to stay up to date on her beautiful photographic project.

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