Showing posts from 2011

THE ASFEH - Zeid and the Wings

Beautiful music video shot during the Beirut Love Attack Tour in Italy (2010).
I remember the Roman tour date with pleasure: Friday 21st of January 2011. music: Zeid and the Wings director: Gigi Roccati

United States of Africa

United States of Africaan exhibition by artist Mansour Ciss Kanakassy @

Raw Material Company,center for art, knowledge and society (Dakar, Senegal).

September 21 – December 31, 2011

[Sin-til-li] "I am many sparks"

35 Summers music video taken from new forthcoming album Scintilli (out on 26th September 2011) Music by Plaid Directed by Richie Burridge

The christalline's world of Bjork/Gondry

One of my favourite artistic couple, singer Bjork and film director Michel Gondry, worked together again. Here the music video of new Bjork's single: Crystalline. This song announces forthcoming release of her next studio album "Biophilia", on September 26th. For this album, the artist followed her need to find where nature and music meet. This personal research took her into deep reading of a lot of books. Music and nature probably meet in the universe, so in this new video yellow meteorites hit a lunar planet, ice crystals grow and a perfect animation of wave signals create a special harmony. Bjork sings, moves and dances inside a crystal ball. She sings: "Underneath our feet crystals grow like plants (listen how they grow)". Here is how she demands the light.

She also created a Christalline series, including remixes by Matthew Herbert and Omar Souleyman (check the video below).

WestLicht in Vienna loves polaroids!!!

On Friday 17th of June an important collection of polaroids opened in Vienna. The photo museum WestLicht is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a show on instant photography and the amazing book "From Polaroid to Impossible / Masterpieces of Instant Photography - The WestLicht Collection" has been published by Hatje Cantz for the exhibition.
Straight after the miracle accomplished by Impossible company to bring back to life the polaroid films - and the acquisition of the wide Polaroid collection by WestLicht last March - we can now celebrate with them our love for polaroids pictures in Vienna.
I am sure that the polaroid inventor Edwin Herbert Land, would be happy to see these beautiful works, more than 350 on display, by so many different international artists. Andy Warhol, Ansel Adams, Helmut Newton and Oliviero Toscani to name a few.
The exhibition will be opened for WestLicht tenth anniversary.

Rivelazioni in blu di Hadeel Azeez

testo di Alessandra Migani 

Perché là dov'è il tuo tesoro, sarà anche il tuo cuore. La lucerna del corpo è l'occhio; se dunque il tuo occhio è chiaro, tutto il tuo corpo sarà nella luce; ma se il tuo occhio è malato, tutto il tuo corpo sarà tenebroso. Se dunque la luce che è in te è tenebra, quanto grande sarà la tenebra!  Vangelo secondo Matteo
Quanto di noi riusciamo a rivelare a noi stessi e al mondo? Quanto spesso ci ritroviamo ad indossare delle maschere senza neppure accorgercene? Alcuni di questi interrogativi si affacciano sicuramente nei pensieri di Hadeel Azeez mentre dipinge. La voglia di svelare i moti personali dell’animo si tramuta in arte, si rivolge verso una tela bianca, che poco a poco prende forma e colore. Rivelazioni in blu, la prima personale dell’artista a Roma, offre allo spettatore un’esperienza di lettura introspettiva molto intima. Gli otto dipinti ad olio e le due maschere che scendono dal soffitto, grazie ad un gioco di rifles…

The Venice Golden Lions - The Clock of Christian Marclay!

Today the 4th of June the Jury of the 54th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia comprised of Hassan Khan (President, Egypt), Carol Yinghua Lu (China), Letizia Ragaglia (Italy), Christine Marcel (France) and John Waters (USA) has decided to confer the awards as follows:

Golden Lion for Best National Participation to Germany: Schlingensief (Pavilion at the Giardini) Commissioner:Susanne Gaensheimer
Golden Lion for the best artist at the ILLUMInations Exhibition to Christian Marclay (United States, 1955; on display at the Corderie, Arsenale)The Clock, 2010
Silver Lion for a promising young artist at the ILLUMInations Exhibition to Haroon Mirza (Great Britain, 1977; on display at the Corderie, Arsenale and at the Central Pavilion, Giardini)
The Jury has also decided to assign two Special Mentions: Lithuania Behind the White Curtain Darius Mikšys (Pavilion in town; Scuola S. Pasquale, Castello 278) Commissioner: Kestutis Kuizinas
Klara Lidén (Sweden, 1979; on display at the Arsen…

Africa: See you, See me

These are the last days to enjoy a brilliant exhibition: Africa: See you, See me! Curated by Awam Amkpa at Officine Fotografiche in Rome. Until the 4th of June.

Zak Ové @ Volta, New YOrk!

Last week I received an email by London-based artist Zak Ové announcing his New York debut show at Volta, the successful art fair taking place these days at 7W 34th Street, directly across the Empire State Building. I was very pleased to hear it!! Ové attained a BA in Film as Fine Art at St Martins School of Art in London, and from there pursued a career in both film and photography. He is an extraordinary Film Director, Photographer and Sculptor.
I 'met' Zak's work many years ago while working at the tv series Funky Black Shorts for the Community Channel in London. His short film ‘I Have a Dream’ (2002) caught my attention immediately. It is absolutely brilliant! The film was the winner of the best short film award as well as Best Director and Best Up and Coming Talent at the Black Film Awards in the UK, and was screened at various film festivals around the world. ‘I Have a Dream’ was shot in New York where Zak lived for many years. It must be now emotional for the artist to…