“The Wishing Well”, Serge Attukwei Clottey for Desert X 2021

“The Wishing Well”, Serge Attukwei Clottey for Desert X 2021

Federica Cimorelli · 3 weeks ago · Art

“The Wishing Well” is the title of Serge Attukwei Clottey‘s new installation, created in the Coachella Valley in southern California for the latest edition of Desert X – the contemporary art biennial scheduled to run from 12 March to 16 May 2021.

The works featured at this year’s festival include interventions that ask urgent questions about the past while imagining new possibilities for the future.
For the occasion, Serge Attukwei Clottey has decided to pursue Afrogallonism, an ongoing art project that explores the socio-political, economic, environmental and cultural legacies of the African colonial project.

The Wishing Well” consists of two imposing cubes covered in yellow plastic, material recovered from the waste of Kufuor gallons, jerrycans used in Ghana for transporting water and brought to the country by British settlers.

The Kufuor containers are still a constant reminder of the legacy of the colonial empire and their use in the installation serves both to criticise the effects of colonialism on the country’s economic and social system and to highlight the water insecurity that extends across the continent.

– Read also: The most beautiful installations from Desert X 2019

The two yellow cubes tower over the desert landscape of the Coachella Valley and, as they attempt to respond to the climate crisis, they stand in a place where the future is deeply dependent on water.
The Wishing Well” creates a dialogue about our tomorrow and is a reminder of how the past violently manifests itself in the present.

See some pictures of the installation here and find out more on the Desert X website.

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Leo Maki’s intimate and passionate photographs

Leo Maki’s intimate and passionate photographs

Giulia Guido · 1 day ago · Photography

Passionate and intimate, strong and sensual, Leo Maki’s shots open the door to a world where the human body is at the centre of everything. 
Leo Maki is a Polish photographer and videomaker who, at 26, has already developed a recognisable and precise style that he uses to tell and show his point of view on themes such as intimacy, the body and dreams.
The unique cut of his images, in which the focus is all on the subject, has led him to collaborate with different realities and to create covers for different magazines such as PNPPL magazine or HART Magazine. 

From the time he received his first camera at the age of 12 until today, a lot has changed for Leo Maki. If the first approach to photography was through those photographs that we all took at least once in our lives, perhaps of friends in everyday contexts, now the Warsaw photographer’s production astounds for its originality and impact. 

The protagonists of his shots are young men through whom Leo Maki rediscovers the beauty and expressive potential of the artistic nude. Everything revolves around the body, its forms and what it is capable of conveying to the viewer.
In addition, the exaggerated use of coloured lighting, which sometimes makes the shots almost monochromatic, creates even more powerful images. 

There is no shame or embarrassment and in a way Leo Maki’s photographs remind us that we need to rediscover and get used to the beauty and purity of the naked body, without judging. 

We’ve selected just a few of his shots, but to find out more follow Leo Maki on Instagram and visit his website

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The deconstructed photographs by Dominik Hollaus

The deconstructed photographs by Dominik Hollaus

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

Dominik Hollaus is a young photographer and graphic designer from Innsbruck, Austria. After studying and working for several years, he has developed his own style. 

In his portfolio we find photographs with a clear and clean aesthetic, in which the subject stands out above everything else. This technique has led him to collaborate with various brands and organisations such as Chanel, Pomellato or Tom Ford. 

However, we were particularly impressed by two very similar personal projects, Negative Cuts and Strip Portraits. The peculiarity of these two photo series is that Dominik Hollaus somehow assembled one image on top of another onto film to make them like a sketch.

Let us explain: the images that are part of these works are real collages made by cutting and joining together very small strips of photographic negatives by hand. Once all the pieces are reassembled, the photographer re-photographs them: the result is extremely modern and appealing. 

The subject, be it a building or a portrait, remains recognisable, but its shape is fragmented and its perspective and proportions completely destroyed. Only in this way can new and innovative interpretations be ventured. 

We have selected just a few of his works, but to find out more follow Dominik Hollaus on Instagram and visit his website.

Photo credits: Dominik Hollaus

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The decadence of beauty in Remi Rebillard’s photographs

The decadence of beauty in Remi Rebillard’s photographs

Giulia Guido · 2 days ago · Photography

Naked bodies of young women fight against dim lights, cold colours, shadows ready to swallow them up. There is something sad and disturbing about Remi Rebillard‘s shots. 
Remi Rebillard is a French photographer who grew up in Paris in close contact with artists and actors. After working with French director Jean Becker and for a few magazines, he moved to New York, where he continued to work as a photographer shooting for magazines and catalogues. Over time and with the experience he gained, Remi began to move away from the fashion world and, in 2009, began his own artistic research. 

Since then his pictures stand out for their unique style and themes. 

Today, Remi Rebillard’s photographs focus on naked young women in austere, dark, almost abandoned environments. The beauty of the forms and the purity of the models’ diaphanous skin create a strong contrast with their surroundings, accentuated by an exaggerated saturation of colours.

With these images, the French photographer wants us to reflect on the condition of the world today and how any kind of beauty – in this case represented by the girls – can survive without suffering. 

In fact, the models’ bodies bend and crumple as if the decadence of their surroundings had affected them too. 

“His work dares to dwell in broken, stark and dirty places to draw out the story of a naked soul seemingly stumbled upon. He examines the dichotomy of his subjects’ sensuality and despondency, and from that examination, he creates a narrative colored by his own intimate experience with life and society’s heartbreaks.”

Below you can find a selection of his shots, but to make sure you don’t miss any of Remi Rebillard’s upcoming work visit his website, blog and Instagram profile

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Lavinia Cernau photographs the essence of summer

Lavinia Cernau photographs the essence of summer

Giulia Guido · 3 days ago · Photography

It is on days like these when the temperatures start to rise and the days get longer, that we feel a strange nostalgia for summer. A dual feeling that manifests itself both as a lack of past summers and as impatience in waiting for the one that is about to begin. Then, every time it finally arrives it seems strange, but it only takes a few days, just a weekend at the beach, to get back to feeling comfortable with our legs uncovered and the sun caressing our skin.
In this time, however, when even a short trip out of town seems like a colossal undertaking, Lavinia Cernau‘s photographs come to our aid and cure our nostalgia. 

Lavinia Cernau is a photographer based in Transylvania, Romania, and although this land offers unique landscapes to which she is very attached, photography has led her to explore other places. 

From the Greek islands to the Spanish beaches, from the south of France to the Italian coast, Lavinia goes where summer is at its best and with her camera she is always ready to capture it, to imprint it forever in images that could be part of anyone’s holiday album. 

No matter where she is, the fundamental element of her artistic production is the warm and embracing light. The colours of dawn and dusk cover everything with a patina that transforms views and vistas into magical places.

“As a photographer, I’m drawn to the contrast between light and shadow at sunrise or sunset – both my favorite times to shoot.”

As we browse through her portfolio, we are reminded of the scents of summer, the sound of pine trees blowing in the wind, the salt that remains on the skin, the pleasure of an ice-cold drink, the hours spent sunbathing.  

Lavinia Cernau’s shots are distinguished by a particular aesthetic that seems to have come straight out of films such as “The Talented Mr. Ripley”, where life seems more beautiful and easier just because it is lived a stone’s throw from a cliff that plunges into the blue sea.
In fact, the world of cinema is not far from the photographer’s imagination, as she told us: “I find I think of what I’m going to shoot as cinema stills as I always want my images to tell a story. I want people to be moved, to relate to a feeling inside them when they look at my pictures..”

Read also: Guillaume Gaubert’s photos, memories of a past summer

Lavinia Cernau manages to encapsulate the whole atmosphere of summer in one image. Below you can find some of her shots, but to find out more visit her website and follow her on Instagram

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