Our interview with Tropico for the release of “Non Esiste Amore A Napoli”

Our interview with Tropico for the release of “Non Esiste Amore A Napoli”

Cristiano Di Capua · 2 years ago · Art

Available from Friday, September 24 “Non Esiste Amore A Napoli”, the new album by Tropico, labeled Island Records. 

Partenopean and born in ’85, Davide Petrella has given us a delicate album, sensitive and colorful as the sea of Naples; it is divided into 14 tracks all linked by a single red lace that, “like a unique intersection of things”, becomes a real hymn to love. The artist in his new album, accompanied by some featuring (few but good), told us about the world through the eyes of those who see love as the only engine of the planet, all set in a romantic Naples.

Taken by his work then, it seemed right to ask him a few questions about it.

“Non Esiste Amore A Napoli” is a very intimate work. How much of your private life is in the album?

So, I always say that music belongs to the people. And I really believe that.
I believe that in order for a song to be accomplished, it has to try to speak to everyone.
For me, starting with personal, specific facts about my life is just a spark to write a song… there’s my life in my songs, but there’s also every person keeping their antennae straight. I think the songwriter has a high sensitivity to the precious things in life, that maybe other people can’t explain or tell about, but they’re theirs as mine, they’re already there. Songwriters just go looking for them, for everyone, because it’s in their nature.

Naples is certainly a romantic city, with a double face. How much did your hometown weigh in the writing phase of the album?

Naples for me is the center of the world.
I love traveling and discovering new places in the world and until now, for me there is nothing comparable to Naples. It is an unrepeatable crossroads of things, of contaminations, of humans, shadows and lights, absolutely unrepeatable. Naples is seen and told in so many ways, I am deeply in love with it. Cyclically Naples loses the thread of the story, then, its people, its souls, its planets realign themselves and the story becomes incredible again. Naples is always awake, even when it seems to be sleeping, it is always alive.
The feeling is that something very powerful is about to happen. I don’t know what it is, but I’m here. 

In the album there are some very interesting featuring, including Elisa Toffoli. What was it like working with her?

When I wrote “C’eravamo Tanto Amati” I immediately understood that in order to make the story more complete, certain things should be sung by a female voice. I immediately thought of Elisa, because I felt that the piece was special, it was sincere, intimate, and it was really alive. Elisa knows me enough to be able to enter sincerely into the story of the song. It was just asking to be understood. Elisa understood it right away, when I listened to her vocal takes it broke me in two, it was a jewel. I will always thank her for all the advice and for being the way she is, a jewel.

What artist would you like to feature in the future?

I can’t think of one right now, I’m not a fan of featuring for its own sake, there must be a sincere appreciation and the possibility of actually doing a collaboration that enriches us, otherwise there is no point in collaborating.

Considering the health emergency we are living through, it was definitely not a “normal” release. How have you lived/are you living this period? 

We are always going to three thousand km/h. I work with a team that I always try to choose carefully.
I need free people, who want to go higher, who go for music and art, when I find them, I also lend them my soul. I feel that with this team I can really make a difference. I’ve worked so hard to be able to afford the privilege of saying something like this: we’re free here and we’re crazy about this stuff. The installation of the boat in the Gulf of Naples is just one of the things we’re doing. The release, like the videos, the graphics, the songs, the sound, the lyrics, the voice… are all ways to try to make ourselves more visible, to try to tell the music that we are here.

Now let’s talk about live shows. Lately there have been a lot of problems related to this, since the venues still don’t have 100% of the capacity, but hopefully we are on our way to a definitive solution. Will we see Tropico on stage soon?

Before finding the Tropico project I went through at least 3 or 4 artistic lives. We played everywhere in Italy, in any condition, in any place… I’ve been in a band, I’ve been alone, I’ve never asked myself many questions, even when playing wasn’t as easy as today. The important thing was to play.
Concerts are the first thing, because there are people who really believe in you. Honestly, I don’t think the time for concerts has come yet, there is a lot of confusion and for the government of idiots we have, culture in general doesn’t exist. I can’t wait to be able to bring up the delirium that I would like to bring as a show to the live shows… Everything has changed for me and I want the live shows to be an experience too. But there aren’t the prerequisites around yet unfortunately and I don’t want any half-lives for my next concerts, I’ll release a lot of projects and songs and I hope to announce live dates as I’m dreaming of them as soon as possible.

PH Enrico Rassu, Vittoria Piscitelli, Biagio Munciguerra

Our interview with Tropico for the release of “Non Esiste Amore A Napoli”
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Has food truly conquered us?

Has food truly conquered us?

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Photography

Over the past year, the internet seems to be obsessed with food culture, fueling a trend that is now evident even in the world of visual culture. From the Tomato Girl Summer, which many mock retrospectively, to the foodie fashion girlies, Balenciaga’s collaboration with Erewhon, and the massive success of The Bear. Food appears to be experiencing a rebirth, but in the worlds of art, photography, and design, it has always been present. Is this just a passing trend, or is it the glorification of an element that has always been part of our lives?

Un’illustrazione di Maisy Summer

From Tomato Girl Summer to the pomegranate

It was only in 2020, with lockdown recipes—does anyone remember Dalgona Coffe?—that so much talk about food emerged. On TikTok, @wishbonekitchen made us dream by showing us her life as a private chef in the Hamptons this summer. Unforgettable were her Heirloom Tomato Gallette and the garden where she harvested fruits, vegetables, and herbs. In 2023, it seems to have been the summer of food not only with the release of the second season of The Bear but also with Tomato Girl Summer. On the other hand, according to Danielle Cohen on The Cut, it now seems to be the time of the pomegranate.

 
 
 
 
 
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Thanks to its shape and the vivid red that characterizes it, this fruit is widely recognized as a symbol of fertility in many parts of the world. But not only that, we find the pomegranate in mythology, art history, and, according to Cohen, even in the Torah. In short, fruits and vegetables seem to be largely protagonists of this rebirth, so we have collected some works and photographs by artists and photographers we have talked about in the past and more.

Browsing through our archives, we remembered Michael Crichton‘s photos and his photographic series, Conceptual Food, as well as Dan Bannino, who many years ago narrated the eating habits of the powerful. But there is also Stephanie Sarley, an artist who, with fruit fingering, challenged the way the art world has represented the female reproductive organ throughout its history.

 
 
 
 
 
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Why it seems not to be just a passing trend

The success of food in visual culture can be attributed to its tangible communicative power. We see and experience the colors and textures of food daily, all evocative elements of memories that we have been collecting forever. In conclusion, we can only wonder which will be the next fruit to receive all this attention, already dedicated to tomatoes and pomegranates, even before avocados and bananas.

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Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Michel Haddi beyond the fashion shots

Anna Frattini · 2 months ago · Photography

29 ARTS IN PROGRESS recently showcased Michel Haddi: Beyond Fashion, a photographic exhibition dedicated to the Franco-Algerian photographer, marking his first solo exhibition in Milan. Starting from January 16, the second chapter of this exhibition opens, featuring unconventional shots infused with a street and urban soul. Additionally, there are elements of irony and sensuality that highlight Haddi’s complex personality.

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© Michel Haddi – Debbie Harry, British Vogue, London, 1994 | Courtesy of 29 ARTS IN PROGRESS gallery

In this second chapter, nude shots and unpublished works by Michel Haddi are presented, stemming from advertising campaigns he personally captured. The displayed photographs capture the spirit of their time, thanks to influential figures such as John Galliano or Patsy Kensit, who have played pivotal roles in the realms of fashion, cinema, and music.

Michel Haddi has the ability to portray his subjects with both irony and depth, and each of his shots tells a unique story. His life, marked by a turbulent start, has nevertheless propelled him to become one of the leading fashion photographers from the 1990s to the present day.

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Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Joel Meyerowitz is the master of color photography

Collater.al Contributors · 1 month ago · Photography

A few weeks ago, the Huxley-Parlour gallery in London announced the new exhibition by Joel Meyerowitz, which opened on January 17th. We couldn’t help but talk about him, the American photographer born in New York in 1938, famous for his street photography, and recognized as one of the pioneers of color photography. The London exhibition, titled “Dialogues,” highlights this aspect effectively. Pairs of photographs engage in a dialogue concerning light, color, and composition. The pairings are chosen to investigate the development of color in the artist’s work, set within non-hierarchical and unresolved compositions.

The exhibition in London

Meyerowitz’s imagery blends a distinctly American aesthetic with a meditative approach to color. Spanning from 1964 to 2011, the exhibition at Huxley-Parlour reveals Meyerowitz’s enduring interest in the sensory and evocative experiences of his surroundings. Paired with lesser-known images from the artist’s extensive archive, the exhibition features some of Meyerowitz’s most famous works, including his early street photography and images from his seminal series, Cape Light.

Joel Meyerowitz and the Color Revolution

Joel Meyerowitz is widely acknowledged as one of the first photographers, along with William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, to bring color photography from the periphery to the center of fine art photography. Historically, where black and white photography was considered a serious medium, color was widely viewed as technically inferior and aesthetically limited, relegated to advertising campaigns, television, and personal holiday photographs. In the London exhibition, it’s interesting to trace Meyerowitz’s shift from black and white to color. On display are works from “A Question of Color,” where Meyerowitz, carrying two cameras, paired black-and-white and color prints of nearly identical scenes.

Courtesy Joel Meyerowitz

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A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

A photographic journey in Bangkok with Xiaomi

Giulia Guido · 1 month ago · Photography

Not even a week ago, Alessia Glaviano – Head of Global PhotoVogue – a guest on our Spigola podcast, reminded us that it no longer matters whether you shoot with a camera or a smartphone. What matters is the intention behind the shot, not the means. We pondered deeply on this statement, and although there was initially some skepticism, we concluded that to take a true stance on the matter, we had to try it ourselves: capturing moments solely with a smartphone, but with the same attitude we would have had with a professional camera. Xiaomi provided us with the opportunity and the means.

Almost by chance, Xiaomi presented us with a challenge: to visit a distant place and attempt to capture its uniqueness using the brand-new Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G. And so began our journey, short but very intense, in Bangkok.

All the promises of this new device – which, along with four others, forms the new Redmi Note 13 Series, further enriching the brand’s Redmi Note lineup – were substantial. Starting from the battery, rechargeable to 100% in just 19 minutes with a lasting capacity of days (not hours), and of course, the camera system consisting of 3 cameras, including a main 200 MP camera, an ultra-wide-angle camera, and a macro camera.

We decided to put Xiaomi to the test in every moment spent in the Thai capital. The first stop was at the Royal Palace and the Wat Pho temple, where the goal was to capture the colors of the mosaics and decorations.

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Being one of the most touristy places in the city, we encountered many people who, like us, were fascinated by the architecture of these sacred places. The Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G came to our aid in this moment as well. The smartphone is equipped with AI-based editing tools that, among other things, allow us to remove people who accidentally end up in our shots. You know those photos you see on Instagram of tourist spots always empty? Now you can have them too, effortlessly!

But a city is not only visited during the day; often, it comes to life at night, illuminated by a myriad of different lights. In our case, the lights were those of the legendary tuk-tuks, indispensable in a trip to Bangkok. In this case, the challenge was formidable: darkness, colored lights, movement. All the ingredients for a challenging shot were present.

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Not content with just the shot, we continued to play with AI tools and added a bit more movement, some stars, many stars.

When traveling, we know very well that we are not only captivated by architecture, landscape, and glimpses, but we also focus on the faces we encounter on the streets. However, we often don’t have much time to photograph them, sometimes because they move, other times because we are the ones on the move. That’s exactly what happened to us in the characteristic Thai markets, first and foremost the Floating Market.

Reviewing the photos on the return flight and at home with friends was like reliving the journey once again, leaving no detail behind.

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In Bangkok, on the occasion of the launch of the new Redmi Note 13 Series, the brand also introduced the brand-new Redmi Watch 4 and Redmi Buds 5 Pro. Visit Xiaomi’s website to discover all the features of these devices.

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Photos shot on Xiaomi Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G

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