From Monday to Sunday in one night, interview with BLUEM

From Monday to Sunday in one night, interview with BLUEM

Emanuele D'Angelo · 2 years ago · Art

An archaic and lunar sound, bare but powerful and evocative. A creative universe immersed in an enveloping darkness, with an eye to Sardinia, the most ancestral and pure. Today we are here to talk about NOTTE, the first album in Italian by BLUEM, born Chiara Floris, Sardinian singer-songwriter and producer based in London.

“NOTTE” is a magical album that moves me in a very specific time frame, from Monday to Sunday, but it is also a tribute to the night, a magical and prolific moment in which BLUEM is completely at ease.

An album full of second voices, personal lyrics able to tell deep and painful feelings, soft beats and intertwining of percussion, minimal but intense productions, recorded voices that intertwine with the melodic parts amplifying the energy.

We had a chat with her to deepen even more her new seven tracks with a unique sound that accompany intense and sometimes lacerating words, which trace toxic and deteriorated relationships.

But first you just have to let yourself be enveloped by the music of BLUEM, so intimate, ethereal, essential but powerful, a breath of fresh air, which you needed.

Just to get to know you better, BLUEM, where did this stage name come from?

It’s actually a name I chose many, many years ago, tied to an old project when I was still singing in English and I’ve never changed it. It comes from “Blue Moon,” the Billie Holiday version that I’m simply obsessed with. I studied jazz, I love that genre and it comes from that. I wanted to call myself “Blue Moon” but it was already taken, even if it turns out that there is already someone called Bluem, a mess. But in short it comes from that piece there.

“NOTTE” is a well-structured project, with a well-defined logic and able to attract attention right away. An album that goes from “Luned'” to “Domenica”, a week of music that is then enclosed in a night. Can you explain us how you thought about it?

Yes, actually I think the answer is more trivial than what people would like to hear, because I wrote this album in a week, writing a song a day, so in fact it was born like that. In fact, each title corresponds to a day of the week, they were supposed to be temporary but then I decided to leave it like that. It was a bit of a complex period so I took a week off from work and I put in my head that every day of that week I would make a song. Then it’s called “Night” because I generally write at night, it gives me more peace of mind.

An album that intertwines and merges with Sardinia, the region where you were born and to which you are very attached. And you can see it also from the cover you chose, can you tell us about this link?

Musically I had not thought of doing something related to my island, in fact if there are influences they are things that came unconsciously, I did not have that intention. But it was a time when I was very nostalgic, and since the record was in Italian and Sardinia is everything to me, I decided to include these postcards of Sardinian ladies, which I still have in my room, made by a friend of my mother as a cover for each song. While I was making the record I happened to see them, to observe them for a while and from there I started to think about building an imagery centered on Sardinia, dedicated a bit to the memory of my grandmothers. So I first drew them and then I did the work of production, research of costumes and we shot them again.

Come on, let’s go ahead and try to challenge you. An artist that has particularly inspired you or with whom you would like to do a feat?

Ah well, wait, maybe people I would like to collaborate with are unattainable (laughs). Then a little difficult, I’ll tell you another obsession which is Frank Ocean, so I always quote him. For me he was fundamental, the way he writes, the way he sings, the way he sets up the songs, the speech, in short he’s unique. But to collaborate with him now, I don’t think, difficult, let’s put it that way. Who knows if it will happen in life. In Italy, one of those I like the most is Cosmo, I listen to him a lot.

Now that “NOTTE” has arrived, what will be BLUEM’s next steps?

I wish I could answer you, actually I don’t know. Definitely I will continue my life here in London. Then I hope in the future that Italian projects will start to be heard in England, I’m not saying mine eh, in general I think. But I would like to have this kind of openness, to be able to collaborate with everyone, national and international artists, and to follow an open path. I don’t want to set any limits for now. London has been fundamental in my artistic growth, the first song of my life was written here.

Let’s close this way, a bit sympathetically, but we can’t help but ask you given the album. Favorite day of the week?

So random? Look I think it’s actually Friday, the weekend starts.

So come on I can’t help but ask you about your memory related to the track “Friday”.

You’re putting me on the spot, because it’s the one where my grandmother is talking. In fact, it made me cry a little, it was terrible… maybe it’s better to change the day (laughs), maybe it’s better on Wednesday, I’m obsessed with odd days.

Photo credits: Jasmine Färling

From Monday to Sunday in one night, interview with BLUEM
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The unpublished shots of the great fashion photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri

The unpublished shots of the great fashion photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri

Tommaso Berra · 5 days ago · Photography

Gian Paolo Barbieri is one of the giants of fashion on film, a member of a group of photographers who have been able to depict the world of models, fashion shows and product by going beyond any superficial narrative.
An exhibition by the great master of photography Gian Paolo Barbieri opens in Milan today, Nov. 29, and at the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery at 13 Via San Vittore, Milan, he will present a series of never-before-seen, full-color works.

© Gian Paolo Barbieri – Laura Alvarez, Venezuela, 1976 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

The title of the exhibition is ‘Gian Paolo Barbieri: Unconventional,‘ and it is indeed unconventional how the artist has approached photography and fashion, reworked based on the many experiences and celebrities with whom he has woven relationships and direct contacts.
In the shots of Barbieri, known mainly for his black and white production, provocation and history chase each other, taking up poses from art history, citations to design and architecture, a symbolism that is connoted by an ultra-personal and authentic vision. The new elegance and eroticism that Barbieri has been able to represent in his career can be seen at the 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery, in an exhibition that comes a few days after the cinema release of “L’uomo e la bellezza,” the first docufilm on Gian Paolo Barbieri and already awarded at the Biografilm Festival 2022 in Bologna.

© Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery
© Gian Paolo Barbieri – Eva Herzigova, Roma, 1997 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery
© Gian Paolo Barbieri – Neith Hunter, Grecia – 1983 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Gian Paolo Barbieri – Neith Hunter, Grecia – 1983 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery
© Gian Paolo Barbieri – Moira O’Brien, Seychelles, 1981 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery
© Gian Paolo Barbieri – Isa Stoppi in Coppola&Toppo, Milano 1968 – Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri : 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery – © Copyright Gian Paolo Barbieri/ Courtesy of Fondazione Gian Paolo Barbieri / 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery
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Triangle of Sadness in 10 frames  

Triangle of Sadness in 10 frames  

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

What happens to society if suddenly the status quo changes? Swedish director Ruben Östlund‘s answer is called Triangle of Sadness. 

Triangle of Sadness was presented during the 75th Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Palme d’Or for best film. Since then its success has crossed all borders. From Sweden to France, from France to the world, abetted by a trailer that in just a few seconds already manages to capture the viewer’s attention and catapult them into this critique of modern society watered by champagne and vomit. 

Carl and Yaya are two models who decide to take a luxury cruise. During the vacation they get to know the other passengers, without ever really relating to them, until at one point the ship sinks and the survivors find themselves on a deserted island. It is at this point that a role reversal begins, and those who were previously at the top of the social pyramid now find themselves having to work for the only people who really know how they can survive in that circumstance. Some will be able to forget the luxury and adapt to the new status quo, others less so, but the more days go by the more the transformation from human to beast takes place. 

Ruben Östlund, however, decides not to take sides and leaves it up to the viewer to decide whether this process of decivilization will be finished or whether there is still hope in human consciousness. 

In sharp contrast to the brutality and cynicism of the plot we find a clean and elegant aesthetic, also the child of the work of Fredrik Wenzel, a Swedish cinematographer who also collaborated with Luca Guadagnino on the miniseries We Are Who We Are. Thus, the more critical the situation becomes the more beautiful the image becomes, mesmerizing the viewer. 

One piece of advice, however, I will leave you with: watching Triangle of Sadness after dinner may not be the best idea. 

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“The Beauty of Imperfection”-the shots of Alina Gross

“The Beauty of Imperfection”-the shots of Alina Gross

Tommaso Berra · 6 days ago · Photography

The female nude body in the photographic shots of Alina Gross becomes an element far from any erotic representation, or rather the language of photography facilitate the attempt to evoke the ambivalences of sexuality and gender.
The Ukrainian photographer and now based in Germany brings to mind erotic elements through the associations of natural shapes and elements, combining them to create an imperfect beauty, the “Beauty of Imperfection” that is also the title of her latest artbook as well as the project the artist has been pursuing for the past four years.
Alina Gross does not show a univocal beauty – and figure of women – to be told only through traditional canons of beauty, but expands the meaning of forms, thanks also to a pictorial rendering of bodies, aided by the use of color that often sprinkles the skin. The disturbing effect of viewing naked parts is not masked, Gross however invites the viewer to review the mental process of analyzing reality and its definition, which leads to breaking down dizzying barriers.

Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
Alina Gross | Collater.al
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“Don’t Worry Darling” in 10 frames 

“Don’t Worry Darling” in 10 frames 

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Photography

Don’t Worry Darling is one of those cases where one watches the film more out of curiosity than healthy interest. The film, which arrived in theaters last Sept. 22 and was presented at the Venice Film Festival last Sept. 5, began to be talked about long before the trailer, teaser and first photos from the set. 

In fact, the controversies began right at the beginning of filming, when Olivia Wilde, who signs off as director, fired Shia LaBeouf, justifying this decision to the actor’s method of working, which according to Wilde did not fit her modus operandi.
Olivia Wilde’s problems also continued with the leading lady, Florence Pugh, with whom she seems to have had several tensions (never publicly confirmed).
Rounding out this complicated production phase came the director’s choice to replace LaBeouf with then-partner Harry Styles

Inevitably, all these events also took their toll on the promotion phase, which, however, shifted the focus from the actual film to pure gossip. 

A shame? Perhaps not. 

Alice and Jack Chambers are a happily married couple living in Victory, an experimental 1950s community where the men spend all day at work, while the women take care of the house, and then spend their free time with their neighbors. Something suddenly changes, however, and Alice begins to feel constrained in that life, with an increasing desire to discover what lies beyond the city limits. This is the plot, which in itself also hides something potentially interesting, unfortunately it is the development that is lacking. It’s like when teachers in school used to say “he has potential but he doesn’t apply himself.” 

Of all that Don’t Worry Darling puts on the table-which seems more like a need for redemption on Wilde’s part-something is saved and it is the reason why the film lets you watch it to the end: the aesthetics

In fact, the director used the work of Matthew Libatique, an American cinematographer and regular collaborator of Darren Aronofsky, to take care of the photography. In nearly three decades of work, Libatique has handled the cinematography for such films as Requiem for a Dream and The Black Swan, experience that led him to be prepared for the eerie reality brought to the big screen in Don’t Worry Darling. It is immediately noticeable how the warm light that illuminates the entire town becomes cold and gloomy when Alice is alone with herself, and becomes colder and colder as time passes. The use of light, then, goes hand in hand with the colors of the places: for example, the bathroom tiles are green, reminiscent of hospital uniforms. 

For this reason, it was particularly difficult to select only 10 frames from the film, which perhaps focused heavily on aesthetics and too little on content. 

“Don’t Worry Darling” in 10 frames 
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