What happens after a storm?

What happens after a storm?

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Photography

After the fury of nature, photographer and multimedia artist Gab Mejia embarks on a profound visual journey, capturing the enchanting aftermath of Super Typhoon Rai, also known as Odette, in the Philippines. The project, titled The Passage of Storms, narrates the scars left behind by super typhoons after their passage. Mejia’s work explores the lives lost and forgotten, painting a vivid picture of a sea that remembers, echoing the resilience and struggles of coastal communities facing relentless typhoons.

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Local Filipino fisherfolk braves the storms on their wooden boats to make sure their families have food on the table amid the heavenly shadows that loom on the coastal Dinagat island.

Super Typhoon Rai, the most powerful of 2021, struck the Philippines just days before Christmas Eve, leaving behind a trail of destruction. Mejia’s lens captures the raw and unfiltered reality of life after the storm, portraying not only the physical devastation but also the emotional cyclones gripping the hearts of coastal communities. The Philippines, grappling with an average of twenty typhoons annually, stands as a poignant symbol of the impacts of the climate crisis on vulnerable communities.

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The Passage of Storms questions the gods to whom the inhabitants turn for salvation and, in the same vein, sends a message to leaders and corporations exploiting their vulnerability, perpetuating a cycle of disasters and losses. The project, made possible with the support of the United Nations Development Programme in the Philippines, highlights the urgent need for accountability and sustainable solutions in the face of a changing climate.

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Who is Gab Meja?

Gab Mejia emerges as a multidimensional artist, seamlessly blending his roles as a photographer, multimedia artist, environmental engineer, and author. As a queer Filipino, born and raised in the Philippine archipelago, Mejia’s work reflects the intersection of a deep connection to his roots and a commitment to addressing pressing socio-political and ecological issues. His exploration of visual storytelling, environmental design, and ecology through various mediums offers a unique perspective on the intersection of art and activism. Through his lens, Mejia continues to explore the complex relationship between humanity and nature, pushing us to reevaluate our role in the ever-changing landscape of our shared planet.

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Fisherfolks grapple with their lives to survive and return to the same ocean which they depend on. Cyclones of emotions within a sea of compounding trauma and fear within coastal communities have left scars and shame.
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Coastal youth and children are left nothing but their beliefs of a certain god that will save them and their family amid the climate crisis.
Gab Meja | Collater.al
Gab Meja | Collater.al
Tatay continues to prepare his meals in his roofless kitchen a year after the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rai.
Gab Meja | Collater.al
Gab Meja | Collater.al
School and classrooms were completely destroyed during the onslaught of Super Typhoon Rai.
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Gab Meja | Collater.al
Roofs from houses blown away by Super Typhoon Rai drowns amid a seagrass bed.
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A nanay and mother from Siargao Islands tenderly holds her child as he recovers from the trauma of Super Typhoon Rai. Children impacted by the ferocious gales from the storms, become more fearful of the sounds of rain, winds and waves.

Courtesy Gab Mejia

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Ioana Maria Sisea’s Sculptural Narratives Are A Satire Of Contemporaneity

Ioana Maria Sisea’s Sculptural Narratives Are A Satire Of Contemporaneity

Giorgia Massari · 1 week ago · Art

Ioana Maria Sisea‘s sculptural micro-narratives draw inspiration from the history of communist Romania, interpreted by the artist in a contemporary key as a pretext for talking about a humanity at the mercy of perdition and materialism. We are talking about the sculptures part of the series The Adventures of Bear Lache and His Friends, presented by Sisea at the Rosenfeld Gallery in London last year. The small works, made of ceramic and enamel, depict bears interacting with half-naked women. The interactions are sensual, mischievous and ambiguous. The disturbing implication is most evident in the greed with which the bears look at the women. Everything is consolidated on Instagram, where the artist posts the sculptures accompanied by videos and photos that refer to contemporary events, particularly looking at Romanian society and politics, her home country. Thus satire and indignation emerge without too many masks, establishing themselves as blatant critiques of contemporaneity.

The story of Lache bear, from zoo to politics

Ioana Maria Sisea was inspired by the story of Lache bear, a bear domesticated in a zoo in Oradea, later transferred to Brasov with the intention of being hunted by former Romanian ex dictator Ceausescu to challenge Tito’s record. In fact, it all started with an analysis by the artist who was researching Ceausescu’s hunting trips. The photos captured an expanse of dead bears, one in particular had a cigarette in its mouth. Hence the parallelism between the bear and man, which finds in death – particularly in the arrangement of the piled – up corpses-a similarity that leads back to the brutality of the human being himself. In Ioana’s narrative, the bear becomes a powerful symbol of different meanings, including chaos, political corruption, and abuse of power. Ioana creates artworks that highlight these themes, including references to controversial political figures in Romanian history. The second step then comes with the bears’ interaction with the female body.

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Does women’s empowerment still have to come through men?

Ioana Maria Sisea reflects on the exploitation of the female body taking place in Romania. «For women, the use of their sexuality to achieve economic emancipation is a dance with the devil, but many take advantage of it because the rewards would otherwise be unattainable,» the artist told Contemporary Lynx, and she continues, «Sex work is probably one of the few jobs where the promise of capitalism to achieve a better lifestyle than one’s parents still remains». This is where the interaction between bear and woman that Sisea implements in her sculptures comes from, highlighting how women’s emancipation still necessarily and sadly has to come from men. Her intention is to celebrate these women by entrusting the figure of the bear – which here embodies patriarchy – with an entirely negative matrix.

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Courtesy Ioana Maria Sisea

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Vincent Mahé’s illustrations and the art of telling without words

Vincent Mahé’s illustrations and the art of telling without words

Buddy · 1 week ago · Art

Before being an illustrator Vincent Mahé is an observer. One of those capable of seeing things that most people miss. And then to capture those details and with sensitivity and immediate synthesis to be able to translate them into universal and delicate micro stories, discreet, languid, so intense and yet so candid.

In Smoke, the 1995 film directed by Wayne Wang, written and co-directed by Paul Auster, the protagonist Auggie Wren every morning, at eight o’clock, places his tripod and camera in front of his tobacconist in New York and takes a picture on the corner of Third Street and Seventh Avenue. A romantic and curious approach that immediately reminds me of Mahé’s work.

That’s why I can never take a vacation. I’ve got to be in my spot every morning. Every morning in the same spot at the same time – he said – It’s my project. What you’d call my life’s work.  It’s my corner, after all. It’s just one little part of the world, but things happen there, too, just like everywhere else. It’s a record of my little spot. “.

The place is the same, but each photo is different from the other. As in the illustrations of Vincent Mahé, the places are those of the cities we live, that we see every day, but the stories they host are always different.

You’ve got your bright mornings and your dark mornings. You’ve got your summer light and your autumn light. You’ve got your weekdays and your weekends. You’ve got your people in overcoats and galoshes, and you’ve got your people in shorts and T-shirts. Sometimes the same people, sometimes different ones. And sometimes the different ones become the same, and the same ones disappear. The earth revolves around the sun, and every day the light from the sun hits the earth at a different angle.

Take your time. You will never understand if you don’t try to slow down.

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MSCHF puts 250 Picasso fakes up for sale, but one is original

MSCHF puts 250 Picasso fakes up for sale, but one is original

Giorgia Massari · 1 week ago · Art

Known to many for Jesus, the pair of Nike Air Max 97s customized with Jordan River water and sold for $1,425, the art-fashion collective MSCHF arrives in Los Angeles with the second act of its exhibition No More Tears, I’m Lovin’ It. Also at Perrotin‘s, first in NY and now in LA, the collective opened Art 2 a few days ago, prompting lots of comments. Starting with the invitation for the opening, an envelope from Apple with anything but real AirPods inside. The headphones looking identical to the real thing were just an edible reproduction, a small sweet snack to ease the bitterness of disappointment. Still in the wake of reproduction, the exhibition also continues consistently following the line that MSCHF has started for a few years now. After selling a Warhol original for $250 but among 999 other fakes reproduced by them, this time it is Picasso‘s turn. The collective reproduced 249 times the Le Poisson sculpture by the world-famous Spanish artist, previously buying the original that they then displayed among the fakes. So there are 250 wooden fish on display waiting to be bought, but only one person will be lucky enough to purchase the original. But the exhibition does not end there.

On display alongside this “real Picasso treasure hunt” is the 2004 Chrysler PT Cruiser automobile, yet another MSCHF Drop, the eighty-fourth to be exact. It is the vehicle used to cross the country-destined Truckee, California-by thousands of drivers who could use it through duplicate keys made available by the collective. Now the relic is on display at Perrotin’s after more than a year of performance.

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Also not to be missed at Perrotin’s are the much-discussed Big Red Boots that MSCHF released last year, enjoying huge success especially among influencers. This time the collective presents them in a series of six sculptures where the boots are worn by hairy legs, tracing the images spread on social in memes. Not just Picasso, not just the car and the boots. There are many provocative installations that MSCHF presents in Los Angeles, including a rotating machine that mixes Coke and Pepsi. Scroll through the carousel below to discover them all.

 
 
 
 
 
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Felicia Chiao and her surreal and imaginative illustrations

Felicia Chiao and her surreal and imaginative illustrations

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Art

Pennarelli artistici, un blocco per gli schizzi e tanta fantasia, questi sono gli unici strumenti  che Felicia Chiao utilizza per realizzare le sue stupende illustrazioni. 
Felicia è nata in Texas, a Huston, durante il periodo degli studi si è trasferita in Rhode Island, dove ha studiato design, specializzandosi in design industriale e oggi vive a San Francisco. Di giorno è a tutti gli effetti una designer industriale, ma di notte e nel tempo libero si dedica completamente alla sua più grande passione, il disegno. 

Felicia Chiao disegna da sempre, fin da quando era bambina, ma la vera svolta è avvenuta quando ha cominciato a condividere i suoi lavori su Instagram e su Tumblr. In breve tempo i suoi schizzi hanno catturato l’attenzione di migliaia di persone, arrivando ad avere oltre 200 mila follower. 

Non essendo un’illustratrice di professione, Felicia è libera di disegnare liberamente ciò che le piace, senza avere restrizioni o scadenze. Le sue illustrazioni sono calme e spesso e volentieri hanno come protagonista un omino, mostrato durante diversi momenti della giornata all’interno di quella che può essere casa sua. A volte è triste, altre è felice, in alcuni casi è stanco e in altri sta aspettando solo un momento migliore, un po’ come tutti noi. 

Qui sotto trovi alcuni lavori di Felicia Chiao, ma se vuoi scoprirne di più seguila su Instagram

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