Realpolitik: Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli capture the true face of Italian politics

Realpolitik: Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli capture the true face of Italian politics

Giulia Guido · 3 years ago · Photography

There are many artists who say they are inspired by what surrounds them, by what happens around them, but most of the time in their works we find a world far away from ours. The photographic project Realpolitik: La Terza Repubblica by Luca Santese and Marco P. Valli, edited by the independent publishing house Cesura Publish, on the other hand, finally gives us back a perceptible reality, which we live with and deal with every day and for this reason not always pleasant. The undisputed protagonist of their work is nothing less than Italian politics and the personalities who represent it. 

With Realpolitik, the two photographers have managed and continue to give us the truest portrait of the Governo Conte, from the time it took its first steps to the present day, following all the phases.

The first chapter of this journey is called Boys, Boys Boys, a volume that collects the portraits of politicians competing during the last elections and published exactly on March 4, 2018, the day in which Italian citizens were called to give their vote. This volume is famous for the shot of Matteo Salvini, which appeared on the cover of Time on 24 September. 

Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Boys Boys Boys | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Boys Boys Boys | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Boys Boys Boys | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Boys Boys Boys | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Boys Boys Boys | Collater.al

A few months later, exactly on June 2, while the second edition of Boys, Boys, Boys is printed in black and white, Luca and Marco are in Rome to capture the highlights of the celebrations for the anniversary of the birth of the Republic, but also to capture the demonstration of the Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S), initially born to protest against the decision of President Mattarella not to support the new government and, then, turned into a huge celebration for vote of confidence was obtained. 

All the photographic material collected thus formed the third volume Popolopopolo.

Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Popolopopolo | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Popolopopolo | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Popolopopolo | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Popolopopolo | Collater.al

The two photographers are not tired of these public events that, in a period that has seen the mass moving away from politics, see the people take to the streets and actively participate in rallies and party parties and then, in July 2018 go to Pontida. All the photographic material is collected in the volume entitled Lega Nord Party.

Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Lega Nord Party | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Lega Nord Party | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Lega Nord Party | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura Lega Nord Party | Collater.al

Now, we are not here to do politics and/or polemics, we do not want to analyze the work of the current government and we do not want to take any position, but we can say one thing: perhaps because of, or thanks to, personalities like Salvini, the boom of social networks, the spectacularization of politics, the overlapping of figures like the politician and the VIP, it seems that this government more than others has given the country something to talk about (for better or for worse) and has given Luca and Marco further material to collect in the fifth chapter of Realpolitik, MoVimento Lento

The project supported by Cesura Publish is an experiment, but also a satirical analysis of what is around us, of what, willingly or unwillingly, affects the lives of each of us. 

Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura MoVimento Lento | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura MoVimento Lento | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura MoVimento Lento | Collater.al
Realpolitik Movimento Lento Luca Santese Marco Valli Cesura MoVimento Lento | Collater.al
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All for the Gram – Soviet Innerness

All for the Gram – Soviet Innerness

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

Hosted this week by All for the Gram is not just a serial profile but an actual archive that collects details of an aesthetic that, however decayed, still holds great appeal. Soviet Innerness is a journey into Soviet design through the interiors of abandoned houses, amid torn wallpaper and cold, chipped tiles.

The wallpaper has been replaced in some cases by newspaper pages bearing news and photos from the 1980s, the peeling walls look like a layering of now-faded colors, as do the flower designs that once probably appeared more colorful.
The walls of Soviet Innerness are full of tired geometries, blocks of color and forms that always give the idea of unfinished, or of something that ended too quickly, leaving time for cracks to make everything look so beautiful and decadent.

The project curated by Elena Amabili and Alessandro Calvaresi describes the aesthetics of the Eastern Bloc and the themes that were present throughout the houses. There are illustrations on the walls of the countryside in USSR space, but also the great industrialization of communist cities and the memory of Misha, the popular mascot of the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

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Brad Walls knows that squash is a geometric sport

Brad Walls knows that squash is a geometric sport

Tommaso Berra · 3 days ago · Photography

It could not have been easy to fly a drone inside a 20-square-meter squash court, but photographer Brad Walls felt it was the only way to enhance geometry and movement in a few shots. The “Vacant” series depicts the geometry of bodies, moving a choreographed within scenes inspired by surrealism and retro-futurism.
The idea of choosing that particular location came from a visit by the artist to the squash court in which he played in his high school days. The empty space the lines of the field inspired the artist to create one of his aerial series, which had at its center the human body detached from the context but perfectly inserted into the geometric layout.

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One of Brad Walls’ challenges was to avoid a claustrophobic effect, so white is the predominant color in the shots, repeated even in the models’ clothes, a choice that would make even Wimbledon organizers happy.
The clothes themselves are an element that reinforces the concept of retrofuturism, creating a tension between past and future through the inclusion of a futuristic wardrobe in an 80s context such as the squash court.
Looking forward to publishing his first book, due out in the fall and titled “Pools from Above,” Brad Walls defined “Vacant” as follows: “Geometry provides a hint at consistency in an ever inconsistent world. Innately, humans are drawn to it. Me, maybe more so”.

Squash | Collater.al
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Squash | Collater.al
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Kaisar Ahamed and “a thousand of gardens” that no longer exists

Kaisar Ahamed and “a thousand of gardens” that no longer exists

Tommaso Berra · 2 days ago · Photography

The Hazaribagh district in the city of Daka, Bangladesh, means “the city of a thousand gardens” in the Farsi language, and the name gives an idea of what the landscape was like before leather factories polluted everything.
Photographer Kaisar Ahamed has chronicled in his latest project the landscape around the Buriganga River, rendered biologically dead by the poisons poured into the waters by the tanneries. The course of the river now appears as an unreal landscape, the setting for an apocalyptic film in which the dirty water becomes an element of terror rather than life.
Kaisar Ahamed is a chemist, but he chose to conduct his analysis of Hazaribagh’s water through photography. He took water samples taken from the Buriganga River at different locations, building a kind of laboratory in which photography helps tell the story of an environmental disaster.
The title “A Thousand of Gardens” thus sounds somewhat ironic, a mockery to which the viewer is immediately made aware.

You can support the publication of a volume dedicated to the work of photographer Kaisar Ahamed through the fundraiser launched by SelfSelf, click here to find out how you can help make this photography project a reality.

Kaisar Ahamed | Collater.al
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A world without adults in the photos of Julie Blackmon

A world without adults in the photos of Julie Blackmon

Tommaso Berra · 1 week ago · Photography

A world without “when I was your age it was different,” without “the youth of today are worthless,” a world in which therefore there is no “adultsplanning” and children seem to be able to do everything in total autonomy.
This is the landscape depicted in photography by Julie Blackmon, an American artist associated with family issues and small-town life.
The shots are social satire disguised within everyday scenes in which children are the real protagonists, not to say the only ones. All the details depicted are symbolic, as is the arrangement of the subjects, inspired by scenes painted by 17th-century Flemish painters.
Julie Blackmon’s goal is to represent the context of small American communities, tracing the dreams promoted by the American model.

One characteristic of Julie Blackmon’s children is their total detachment from anything related to contemporary technology. Thus they can be found playing “like in the old days,” painting the driveway with chalk, or in the handcrafted swimming pool in their own backyard.
Of inspiration for the photographer’s vision is the context of large families, being herself the eldest of nine siblings. In doing so she traces memories and what more generally influences childhood, made up of landscapes and elements that shape the way we think even as adults, those that Julie does not want to represent, deliberately leaving the feeling of a world in which everything is disconnected.

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