Five artists for the new Valentino Collezione Milano campaign

Five artists for the new Valentino Collezione Milano campaign

Giulia Guido · 1 week ago · Art, Style

Maison Valentino and its director Pierpaolo Piccioli have always aimed not to limit their work to the world of art, indeed, every cue is good to create and intensify ties with the world of art and culture. 

We have already seen it with the collaboration between Valentino and the writer Tomi Adeyemi, which had the aim of supporting and discovering young emerging writers and again with the creation of the book “The Alphabet for Kids & Adults” together with the writer, comedian and actress Elsa Majimbo. 

For the new Valentino Collezione Milano campaign, however, the Maison has really outdone itself, creating a campaign that relies totally on art. 

For the “Painters ADV” campaign, 5 young painters were asked to create a work of their choice including a Valentino Collezione Milano accessory. 

Louise Giovanelli

The young English painter Louise Giovanelli has created “Dominion” starting from the Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Top Handle and focusing on the volumes of the bag and playing with the seams and shapes creating almost a grid. To get to such an intense black the artist worked overlapping almost transparent layers of color and pigment. Also in this work, as in all her work, a key element is the texture that is achieved once the painting is completed. 

“My process for ‘Dominion’ was to zoom in, isolate, crop and re-contextualise — elements of the Valentino bag that I found most visually interesting and that I considered to have further painterly potential. I focussed on the sculptural volume of the bag, rotating and formally adjusting the indentation lines, connecting them corner-to-corner — delineating space.”

photo credits: Michael Pollard

Alexis Ralaivao 

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The same bag painted by Louise returns in “La Clef”, a work by French painter Alexis Ralaivao. The artist is known for his works with warm tones that convey serenity and tenderness. The texture of his paintings is smooth as if there were a filter, so perfect that you want to brush it with your fingers.

Right away I had an idea about how the painting should look like. I was picturing it outside, in the deep countryside, with this woman reaching in her bag as she walks. I wanted the bag kind of stuck, pressed between her arms.

photo credits: Laurent Grivet

Iori Nagashima

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Class of 1997, Iori Nagashima was born in Osaka and studied at Musashino Art University. For his paintings, he takes inspiration from his surroundings, what he sees walking down the street, photographs, or even what he finds on the internet. For the “Painters ADV” campaign, he created 青い雨, inspired by the Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Crochet bag and a rainy day. 

“The handbag was the main motif, I wanted to draw it in a sense of reality, and tried to express it naturally in the scene. I wanted to give a story to the drawing like a novel or movie, trying to capture a singular moment. The color of the handbag is in beautiful ivory, it quite stands out in the dark.”

photo credits: Naoto Kobayashi

Nahum Kim

The Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Top Handle bag on the other hand is the star of Korean artist Nahum Kim‘s work titled “Roman Stud Space”. Nahum Kim works starting from sketches made in digital and then realizes the work by mixing different tecinics such as oil painting or acrylic colors. Inspired mainly by nature, he creates scenes bordering on the surreal in his works. 

When I first saw the Valentino Garavani Roman Stud Bag, I thought the stud details evoked a variety of emotions as if I was staring at the stars. I wanted to express the mysterious, neat, but fancy stud detail as a star.

Zhang Zihao

Chinese painter Zhang Zihao chose to paint two paintings. In both works two figures are dressed in the same colors as the backgrounds, black and red. The only details that stand out are the faces and the Valentino Garavani Crochet sneakers they wear on their feet. 

“Speaking of Valentino, I think of the color red, and naturally black comes in as the perfect pairing. The faces, they are people I have actually met before, I gave them each an outfit from my imagination that suits their temperament. As a large part of the painting is monochrome, you can easily sense tranquility and a flow of vitality, in turns bringing out the texture of crochet sneakers – they remind me of a sense of comfort.”

photo credits: Hogan

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Adina Salome Harnischfeger,  exploration and discovery

Adina Salome Harnischfeger, exploration and discovery

Collater.al Contributors · 5 days ago · Photography

Undress someone of their secrets without making them weak and fragile is not easy, but with photography, Adina Salome Harnischfeger does it perfectly. Adina digs into the intimacy of her subjects, creates a sharp and keen connection and is able to cancel any embarrassment.
Her photographic portraits are intimate and personal, they focus on the fragility of the human body and seem to create a unique dialogue between interiority and vulnerability.

Her work is made by exploration and discovery and her analog photography is authentic and sensitive. With her shots, she manages to capture the most intimate details and particulars of her protagonists, she perceives the person on the other side of the lens and tells the whole story.

Against web restrictions and censorship of nudity, Adina Salome Harnischfeger shares part of her work on Patreon, an online collective funding platform.
Stop here for a few minutes, watch her shots, enter her intimate and disenchanted world and follow her on Instagram.

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Suresh Serafini’s photography, between nature and experimentation

Suresh Serafini’s photography, between nature and experimentation

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Photography

For many, the lockdown period has not been easy, the isolation from the outside world and the lack of impulses has meant a loss of creativity. Others, on the other hand, have tried hard to find a hint of inspiration within the four walls of their home. Among these is certainly Suresh Serafini

Born in 1995, Suresh Serafini was born in India, in Goa, and grew up in the Marche region, in the town of Porto Sant’Elpidio. Before the pandemic, Suresh divided his time between fashion photography and lifestyle photography, both fields in which the human element is essential. Once he found himself, like the rest of us, locked in his house, he had to focus on something else. 

Instead of giving up, he let himself be carried away by inspiration and also by the desire to experiment and, in the end, the flowers in his garden proved to be the ideal subjects. To describe these new shots, which depart from his own style, Suresh borrowed the words of German photographer Juergen Teller: “I’m not interested in photography, I’m interested in how I can express my ideas and feelings.” 

For Suresh, working on these photographs was like doing a street photography project, but instead of looking for something to photograph on the streets of the city, he did it inside his home.

Read also: The deconstructed photographs by Dominik Hollaus

Discover below the shots of Suresh Serafini’s latest project and follow him on Instagram not to miss all his future works. 

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The artistic nude photo projects of Dawid Imach

The artistic nude photo projects of Dawid Imach

Collater.al Contributors · 5 days ago · Photography

Dawid Imach, a Polish photographer based in Leeds, creates elegant and natural nude art projects. In his shots, he captures the fascination of women, their bodies and forms and puts the beauty and harmony of the models at the center of the story.

Indeed, his photographic portraits, in color or black and white, integrate subjects, lighting and scenery in a balanced way and skillfully mix spontaneity and construction.

Dawid Imach creates personal projects and commercial campaigns for the beauty and fashion industry. Like other photographers in his field, he shares some of his work on Patreon, a collective funding platform that allows artists to fight censorship and web restrictions.

See a selection of his shots here, follow him on Instagram and on his official website.

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Valeria Sigal’s photography, a hymn to beauty

Valeria Sigal’s photography, a hymn to beauty

Giulia Guido · 5 days ago · Photography

There are no stereotypes, no canons of beauty to follow, no right or wrong size, freedom dominates in Valeria Sigal‘s photographs. 

Born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Valeria Sigal worked in a bank and studied philosophy before devoting herself entirely to photography. It was after the birth of her daughter in 2011 that she decided to devote herself full-time to her passion, earning a degree in photography in 2017.
Today, Valeria works and collaborates with various companies and businesses, managing to carry out numerous personal projects. It is the latter that have captured our attention. 

The protagonist of her shots is the human body: the models who allow themselves to be photographed by Valeria Sigal shed their clothes and, with them, all the preconceptions inherent in our society. In a world where, despite a few exceptions, the canons of beauty are still rigid and exclusive, the protagonists of her photos become the symbol of a new beauty, inclusive and unique. 

We cannot help but notice how the construction of the image, in which the subject is triumphant in the centre and the body is enhanced by a play of chiaroscuro, transforms each person into a work of art. The poses and candid skin of the models remind us of the marble of neoclassical statues, but the ideal of beauty has (thankfully) changed. 

We have selected just a few of her photographs, but to find out more about Valeria Sigal’s work, follow her on Instagram and visit her website

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