From Monday to Sunday in one night, interview with BLUEM

From Monday to Sunday in one night, interview with BLUEM

Emanuele D'Angelo · 2 months ago · Music

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

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The sensual and analogue photography of Chantal Convertini

The sensual and analogue photography of Chantal Convertini

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

We were immediately captivated by the beauty of Chantal Convertini‘s shots. 

Sensual, delicate and intimate. 

Chantal Convertini is a 28-year-old girl who approached photography almost by chance and only later decided to turn this great passion into a job. Like many other photographers, the first approach she had with photography was through digital. Then, later, four years ago, she also approached the world of analog. This led Chantal Convertini to know how to juggle the two techniques very well, preferring analog for her personal projects. 

The protagonists of her shots are two, the light and the bodies of young women. 

The light is almost always natural, which lightens the interiors of houses and bedrooms slightly. Sometimes her photographs are illuminated by just a few rays of sunshine that penetrates between the slits of closed shutters and blinds. These rays rest on the naked bodies and faces of her subjects, often female, as in the series A feminine view on femininity, in which Chantal Convertini gives her personal vision of the female universe. 

Often, however, she puts herself in front of the lens, creating fantastic selfportraits, intimate and personal. 

Below you can find a selection of her shots, to find out more go to her website, her Instagram profile and her Patreon profile, where you can also support her financially.  

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Contemporary photography comes to Bologna with PhMuseum Days

Contemporary photography comes to Bologna with PhMuseum Days

Giulia Guido · 17 hours ago · Photography

PhMuseum was founded in 2012 as the first online museum dedicated to contemporary photography with the aim of offering a space accessible to everyone from everywhere that would promote visual culture. Over the years PhMuseum has organised various activities and initiatives, from photography courses to training programmes and high-level masterclasses. This year it wanted to go even bigger, abandoning its digital form for a while and becoming a physical event.

From 23 to 26 September, in fact, the Binario Centrale of Bologna’s DumBo will host the first edition of the international photography festival PhMuseum Days.

The theme chosen for this first edition is A New Beginning and it perfectly fits both the historical moment we are living and the new decade that has just begun and because the event represents a new adventure for PhMuseum.

The 4-day programme includes individual exhibitions, a collective installation, workshops, portfolio reviews, screenings, performances and a space dedicated to independent publishing.

Guests include Argentinean photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg, whose Natur-e reflects on the relationship between man, nature and technology, and Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass, who will be exhibiting Humanae, a project that seeks to demonstrate that what defines the human being is his inescapable uniqueness.

There will also be the Encounter project by Italian photographer Silvia Rosi, who starts from her family album to tell stories of migration and diaspora through self-portraits and performances, and Afterlife by French photographer Vasantha Yogananthan, who tells the eternal challenge between good and evil by reinterpreting a passage from the Indian epic poem Ramayana.

In addition, three works chosen from over 700 projects submitted through the festival’s open call will be on display: Human by Ecuadorian photographer Fabiola Cedillo, focusing on the human need to reproduce, naturally and through technology; Fading Senses by Polish photographer Ligia Poplawska, on the implications of the loss of ecosystems on our mental and emotional health; and finally, C-R92/BY by British photographer Samuel Fordham, a project focusing on thousands of British families separated as a result of Home Office policies.

Visit the PhMuseum website and follow the Instagram profile to keep up with all the updates.

Fading Senses, Ligia Popławska
C-R92_BY, Samuel Fordham
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Luisa Mazzanti, between portraits and artistic nude

Luisa Mazzanti, between portraits and artistic nude

Giulia Guido · 15 hours ago · Photography

Photography is much more than an image. It is an experience that starts from the photographer, passes through the subject and reaches the viewer. It is sharing emotions, moods, values and feelings.
If you’re not sure this is the case, Luisa Mazzanti‘s shots will certainly change your mind. 

Born in Lucca and moved to Milan, Luisa Mazzanti is a fine-art photographer of only 23 years old who, despite her young age, already has clear ideas on what messages and what stories to tell with her photos.

There are two genres in which Luisa has specialized, the portrait and the artistic nude.
Through the portraits she manages to capture the attention and curiosity of the viewer: the gazes of the models that point straight at us wrap us and do not let us go.
Instead, through the photographic nude she fights the aesthetic canons imposed by society and shows bodies free to show their forms in all their unique beauty. 

Sometimes it also happens that she becomes the subject of the shots, engaging in self-portraits of impact in which photography becomes the means by which to enhance their bodies and the body, with its natural beauty elevates photography to art. 

Read also: The intimate and analog self-portraits by Celeste Ortiz

Check out below some shots of Luisa Mazzanti and do not miss her future works follow her on Instagram and visit her website

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The taste of summer in Julien Pounchou’s photos

The taste of summer in Julien Pounchou’s photos

Giulia Guido · 14 hours ago · Photography

A summer is always exceptional, whether it is hot or cold, dry or wet.” wrote Gustave Flaubert. That summer is always exceptional is an indisputable truth, it is that time of year when everything seems possible, when everything is waiting for a new beginning, when our days are freed from the daily routine, our mind is freed from duties and work to do, our body is freed from all its beauty. Summer is waiting, happiness and nostalgia at the same time. Capturing the essence of summer is almost impossible and when someone succeeds in this task it is always a pleasant rediscovery. One of these is Julien Pounchou, a French photographer who lives and works in Barcelona. 

Julien specializes in portraits and fashion photography, but among his work, there is always a constant that can be found in all his shots: the summer atmosphere

The subjects he photographs, from the colorful costumes, to the faces without make-up, to the tanned skin, are illuminated by the warm light typical of the summer months, the sun’s rays embrace everything and looking at the images we can almost feel its warmth. Julien Pounchou’s photographs are extremely natural and the choice of analog makes them even more particular, immediately giving them a style that recalls that of the 60s and 70s. And perhaps it’s their spontaneity that makes them as exceptional as Flaubert’s summer. 

Below you can find a selection of shots by Julien Pounchou, but to find out more go to his website and follow him on Instagram!

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