Reskate Studio, the dialogue between people and art

Reskate Studio, the dialogue between people and art

Collater.al Contributors · 4 years ago · Art

The Spanish art collective Reskate Studio, based in Barcelona, has recently completed three large-scale public art projects entitled: “Connectivity” in China, “Domestication” in Austria and finally “The Peace of Belmonte” in Portugal. The murals are a continuation of the studio’s “Harreman” series and aim to illuminate the dark corners of cities and stimulate conversation between the public and the artwork on local issues. Through the use of lights, the viewer becomes an active participant by interacting with the work and creating his own response to these actions.

At night, each of the murals illuminates a hidden illustration, painted with a photo-luminescent medium, which provides a new perspective on the neighborhood. With the help of the community art centers, Reskate Studio was able to get an idea of the different cultures and create appropriate messages behind the artwork.

Connectivity“, the first mural, is located in a public parking lot in Shenzhen, China, and highlights the exponential growth of the community that was once a small fishing village of about 30,000 residents. Within a decade, the Chinese city has become the hub of the mobile phone industry and home to 12 million residents. Reskate Studio questions the role of social networking – a tool that connects civilians but also puts individual privacy at risk. The hidden koi carp invites locals to look back and reflect on when social networks were not so widespread.

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Painted on the Wien Museum in Vienna, Austria, “Domestication” represents an indigenous dog breed, the Bracke Tiroler. Known for its natural predatory instinct to hunt wild foxes, the mastiff has always been exploited by humans throughout history. At night, the dog’s silhouette reveals two foxes fighting each other.

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Reskate Studio | Collater.al 2
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Reskate Studio’s latest mural, “The Peace of Belmonte“, is dedicated to Jews living in the town of Belmonte, Portugal and celebrates the integrity of the community during the Portuguese Inquisition. For five centuries, the Jewish community had to live with their habits of clandestinity. At night, the illustration of the tree root turns into a handshake to symbolize the respect and tolerance that the inhabitants of the town have shown the Jewish community.

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Reskate Studio | Collater.al 2
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Giulia Frump wants us to reconect with nature

Giulia Frump wants us to reconect with nature

Collater.al Contributors · 2 days ago · Photography

We’ve already talked about Giulia Frump here, but we couldn’t miss mentioning MAPS, the project by the photographer dating back to 2019, now on display at MIA Photo Fair until April 14th. The intention of this visual narrative is to reconstruct this seemingly invisible bond with the natural world through photographs, juxtaposing elements as diverse as they are similar. This reflection stems from the world we live in, characterized by increasingly frequent and facilitated connections where physical contact is diminishing day by day. A consideration shared by many, especially post-COVID-19, but one that continues to fascinate us.

Giulia Frump’s project also speaks of acceptance towards the changing body, aging, and the need to know when to stop. The subjects are all female: women who «have chosen to fearlessly show what can be socially perceived as flaws (skin blemishes, wrinkles, gray hair, scars, veins, and more), offering a genuine image of the numerous changes that occur throughout life, embracing them and letting photography assist them in a process of acceptance,» as the photographer tells us.

In short, this new reality brings us closer to distant worlds, but simultaneously sets aside our belonging to the natural world, now relegated to a few moments of our daily lives. However, this alienation has sparked MAPS, which as early as 2019 was reflecting on these issues.

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MIA Photo Fair, What We Liked Most

MIA Photo Fair, What We Liked Most

Giorgia Massari · 3 days ago · Photography

The preview of the eighth edition of MIA Photo Fair, the photography fair that returns to Milan every year with a selection of international artists, was held yesterday, April 10. This year it is no longer in the usual Superstudio Maxi, but moves next to the star of the week, Miart. So that, potentially, in one day the bravest can see two fairs by getting off at the Portello metro stop. Miart at gate 5 of Allianz MiCo while MIA Photo at gate 16. Getting to the point, let’s talk about what we liked. As is always the case, following the trade fair system, many of the exhibits are seen and seen again, but still enjoyable to review such as shots by established photographers of the caliber of Giovanni Gastel and Ugo Mulas, or even photojournalists Fausto Giaccone and Carlo Orsi. But, among the many evergreens we have unearthed a few new ones, perhaps a few names we have already heard, but not so much in our opinion. Therefore, we made a selection of our favorite booths.

#1 Maria Svarbova – ARTITLEDcontemporary (B022)

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#2 Irina Werning – OTM Gallery (B023)

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#3 Karla Hiraldo Voleau – Christophe Guye Galerie (B019)

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#4 Laetitia Ky – LIS10 Gallery (E014)

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#5 Giulia Frump – Young Art Hunters (F018)

#6 Paolo Ventura – MarcoRossi ArteContemporanea (A022)

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#7 Daniele Ratti – VisionQuest 4Rosso (C018)

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#8 Najla Said – Mashrabia Gallery (F005)

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#9 Angelo Formato – Welcome to my known collective exhibition

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#10 Thorsten Brinkmann – Galleria Fumagalli (A019)

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MIA Photo Fair will remain open until Sunday, April 14.

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Nanni Licitra’s non-places

Nanni Licitra’s non-places

Giorgia Massari · 3 days ago · Photography

Nanni Licitra ‘s (1988) photographs focus primarily on non-places, anonymous and impersonal spaces that dot urban peripheries. Licitra transforms these marginal areas into other scenarios that acquire new meaning. We are talking about the series Hell end in Hell, whose images are emblematic reflections of a society in transformation, where the individual struggles to find a sense of belonging and identity in an increasingly chaotic and alienating context. The series, winner of the Liquida Photofestival Grant, on view in Turin from May 2 to 5, is a true socio-cultural analysis that reflects in toto the contradictions of contemporary society.

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Nanni Licitra ha iniziato la sua ricerca fotografica nel 2008 concentrandosi esclusivamente sulla fotografia analogica. Questa scelta non è casuale; infatti, la fotografia analogica richiede una pazienza e una precisione che si riflettono nel suo approccio distaccato e contemplativo. Licitra si pone come uno spettatore attento delle realtà che lo circondano, privilegiando uno sguardo che va oltre le apparenze per cogliere l’essenza delle cose. L’utilizzo dell’analogico da parte di Licitra non è solo una scelta tecnica, ma rappresenta anche una dichiarazione di intenti. In un’epoca dominata dalla velocità e dall’effimero delle immagini digitali, il fotografo siciliano opta per un ritmo più lento e contemplativo, che permette di approfondire le tematiche trattate e di trasmettere un senso di nostalgia e malinconia tipico dei non luoghi.

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Courtesy Nanni Licitra

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Alec Gill and Hessle Road photo archive

Alec Gill and Hessle Road photo archive

Anna Frattini · 4 days ago · Photography

Alec Gill is an English photographer, historian, and psychologist born in Hull, a city in the East Riding of Yorkshire county, famously known for its port. A few years ago, a crowdfunding campaign was launched on Kickstarter to celebrate the fifty-year anniversary of the first photo taken for the project dedicated to Hessle Road with a book, and we’re discussing it here today. The archive of 7,000 photographs – taken with his Rolleicord twin-lens reflex camera – dates back to the decade between 1970 and 1980. There are 240 images included in The Alec Gill Hassle Road photo archive, and in each of them, one can feel the atmosphere of a very difficult historical moment for the residents. It marks the decline of the fishing industry and the demolitions of mass housing in the area.

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The Alec Gill Hassle Road photo archive

The book, launched on May 18th last year, was written and conceived by Iranzu Baker and Fran Méndez. In this interview with Port, Baker discusses some aspects of working with Alec Gill. The photographer – during the writing of the book – proved to be «endlessly curious, extremely determined and dedicated». During those years, Gill also focused on the lack of play areas for children and how younger generations adapted to the changes in the area. Another goal was certainly to freeze time before the end of an era. That of fishing in the area, ended with the Cod Wars starting from 1958 until 1972 and 1975. A piece of history that thanks to Gill has not been forgotten.

Gill’s is a genuine inclination towards the stories of the underdogs. The aim was to ensure that these stories were told, both now and at the time of the shots. The Alec Gill Hassle Road photo archive is not just a social study, therefore. It is a testament to the relationship Gill has established on a human level with his fellow citizens. Their stories seem to tell themselves in front of the photographer’s lens. Furthermore, the naturalness of the shots not only captures the theme of childhood but also communicates extremely functionally moments of the daily life of the inhabitants of Hassle Road.

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