VitraHaus, in Weil am Rhein, is a place for exhibition and it was imagined by Herzog & de Meuron in 2010.
“Our installation focuses on a busy, creative, young family. We have actually created a space for ourselves, for both of us and our two daughters. We want to show how a space can function equally well for parents and kids alike – for living, playing or working.” Raw-Edges, said.
As in other projects, they searched three elements: movement, improvisation and surprise and they rich them creating particular playful spaces. For their installation, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay have chosen different materials and colors and they have employed them in cheerful and unexpected arrangements.
Is it possible to photograph a virtual place? And if so, could you call it landscape photography? If you are skeptical of the subject, Leonardo Magrelli‘s project will make you change your mind, but if you were already convinced you will find further confirmations in the shots of West of Here.
Born in 1989, Leonardo Magrelli was born in Rome where, while he graduated in Design and Architecture, he made his first steps in the world of photography both collaborating in the organization of the International Festival of Photography in Rome and working with publishing house Punctum Press. For more than five years he has focused on both commissioned and personal work. Among these, the last one completely overturns the traditional idea of landscape photography.
West of Here seems to present us with black and white views of the city of Los Angeles, from Downtown to the more suburban areas, from beaches to three-lane streets limited by long rows of palm trees. It all seems so real that finding yourself in front of an illusion can only leave you speechless. In fact, West of Here is a collection of reworked wallpapers and screenshots of Grand Theft Auto V, a popular video game set in the imaginary city of Los Santos, parody, if not memory, of Los Angeles.
Thus, the capital of entertainment, cinema, studios, and television becomes, in turn, nothing more than a set, the setting for something bigger. But West of Here was not created just to analyze the theme of the border between virtual and real, and Leonardo Magrelli is keen to emphasize this:
“This work was meant as well as a tribute to a long series of great photographers who worked in Los Angeles widely throughout the second half of the past century. Even if it is mainly through cinema that the city of L.A. has become part of the collective imagination, however the influence of these artists can not be underestimated. With their own perspective, all of them contributed to create an idea and an image of the city that is still vivid and lasting.”
Born in 1982, Pietro Motisi was born in Palermo and, after approaching self-taught photography, he decided to follow a course to specialize in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales in Newport. Even during his studies he never stopped shooting, working on personal projects or on commission, developing his own style and cut.
Through his photographs, Pietro Motisi analyzes the deep bond that unites man with the environment around him, the space in which he lives. For this reason in many of his photographs the natural landscape blends with elements of architecture or objects, traces of man’s presence.
Among his projects, the one that struck us the most and the one from which this research of his is Sicilia Fantasma. These are a series of shots taken between 2012 and 2018 that shows us a unique and personal vision of the territory, in this case of territory very dear to him.
Pietro Motisi accompanies us on a journey that forces us to reflect on the importance of our actions, our presence and the responsibilities that each of us has towards what surrounds us.
Below you can find a selection of shots of Sicilia Fantasma, to find out more go to Pietro Motisi’s website.
Blackbird fly, blackbird fly / Into the light of the dark black night, sang the Beatles more than fifty years ago, and it is this song, and its message of freedom, that inspired Jamie Johnson in the choice of what is now her stage name, Birdee.
Birdee has been shooting since 2014, when she started with self-portraits. Today, her photographs taken mainly in analogical form are able to analyze the themes of femininity, strength and grace.
The young girls who are the protagonists of her shots are beautiful, carefree, suspended but not for this reason they are not determined and tenacious. Moreover, the fact that we almost never show their bodies in full and often hide their faces helps us to identify with them. They are nobody, so they can be anyone, even ourselves.
Scrolling through Birdee’s website or her Instagram profile, you will notice that in addition to female figures there is also another element that always comes back in her shots, real water. It almost seems as if the graceful covers of the girls who shoot are transformed in contact with the waves of the sea or a swimming pool. The little bubbles that caress the skin give light and life to the images.
Discover a selection of Birdee’s photographs below.