We are glad to celebrate the birth of a new independent publishing house, Skinnerboox
. Founded by Milo Montelli and based in Italy, it focuses on contemporary photography with particular attention towards Italian young authors. The inaugural released titles are Thoreau by Alessandro Calabrese and I resti del viandante by Giuseppe De Mattia.
Alessandro Calabrese’s work is the result of an artist residency conducted between 2012 and 2013 at the Natural Park of Mont Avic in Valle d’Aosta, Italy. The series, inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau – in particular “Walden, Life in the woods” – constitutes a delicate and inquiring wandering on the relationship between man and nature and its unexpected visual connections.
In “I resti del viandante”, Giuseppe De Mattia explores a seaside landscape in Southern Italy, matching forgotten and abandoned objects – evidence of human activities – with photographs depicting the geographical conformation of the land, elements that meet in an intriguing visual journey.
The name Skinnerboox comes from the Skinner Box, an “operant conditioning chamber” invented by Dr. Skinner in the early 30's, a device of primary importance for the study of animal behavior.
Alessandro Calabrese, Thoreau
80 pp., € 22.00
Giuseppe De Mattia, I resti del viandante
44 pp., € 15.00
CALL FOR ENTRIES
International Kontinent Photography Awards is now now open for entries. The awards aim to honor best photographers in the world of photography and provide them global recognition and new opportunities. The winners, one for each of the six categories, will be selected by an internationally renowned jury and awarded with exhibitions, book publishing and representation.
Deadline: 1 May 2014 · kontinentawards.com
SENSORY SPACES: ELAD LASSRY
"Sensory Spaces" is a series of solo projects commissioned by the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum (Rotterdam) for its Willem van der Vorm Gallery exhibition space. Artists have been invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise. Among them, after Oscar Tuazon and Sabine Hornig, American-based artist Elad Lassry (featured on Fantom #03). By using photography, stagings, films and performances, he exposes the problematic relationship between image and reality with consummate control.
Sensory Spaces 3: Elad Lassry
February 22 - June 1, 2014.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands www.boijmans.nl
Above: Elad Lassry, Woman (Ball), 2014. © the artist, courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
ON OUR SHELVES
Hasselblad Foundation assigned its 33rd prestigious International Award in Photography to Catalan photographer Joan Fontcuberta. Co-published by the Swedish Foundation and MACK specifically for this occasion, “The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography” combines six of the author’s most iconic series: Herbarium (1984), Fauna (1987), Constellations (1993), Sputnik (1997), Sirens (2000) and Orogenesis (2002).
Divided into as many chapters, the green velvet-covered volume deals with imaginary botanical and biological findings, undiscovered stars, mermaid fossils and Terragen technologies, up to the tale of a Russian astronaut still lost in space.
Filled with humor and fantasy - the author himself appears, disguised as Hans von Kubert or Joan Fontana - these invented myths repeatedly challenge the deceptive truthfulness of photography, subverting its logical assumptions.
Ironic artifices, clues and inconsistencies aim to call into question the veracity of the medium itself and its function as a means of representation, cornerstones of Fontcuberta’s long-lasting activity as a photographer.
Joan Fontcuberta, The Photography of Nature & The Nature of Photography
224 pp., € 50.00. mackbooks.co.uk
Also available as an ebook published by MAPP.
Above: © Joan Fontcuberta 2013, courtesy MACK
Seravezza Fotografia, the international photography event now in its eleventh edition, presents the first retrospective by photographer Frank Horvat. "House with Fifteen Keys" - held at the Palazzo Mediceo - chronicles 70 years of activity by the great master who was born in 1928 in Abbazia, Italy (today Opatija, Croatia).
Reportage, fashion, portrait, landscape and street photography are collected and reconsidered by the author in an exhibition of 290 photographs, arranged into 15 keys of interpretation. Besides the commissioned work, this collection also offers an in-depth survey on the artist's personal research from the 1980s up to today.
Frank Horvat, House with fifteen keys.
From February, 22 to April, 21, 2014
Palazzo Mediceo Seravezza
Above: "2003, Cotignac (France), Grègoire's Hands" and "Model Monique Dutto for Jours de France, Paris, 1958" © the artist
QUENTIN BAJAC AT MOMA
Aperture and The New Yorker salute Quentin Bajac, MOMA's new chief curator of photography.
Read "View from a Judgment Seat. Quentin Bajac in conversation with Philip Gefter" here
The New Yorker.
Read "View Finder. A new photography curator blurs boundaries at MOMA" by Vince Aletti here
Gallery Scaramouche presents the first solo exhibition in New York by Michael Bühler-Rose (featured in Fantom #08) introducing a new body of work which ranges from drawings and photographs to performative installations that contemplate the nature of transformation.
Engaged in a conversation between spirituality and artistic practice, Bühler-Rose's investigations stem from his years spent as a priest in a traditional school of Hindu practices. The notion of transformation is central to his exploration, as he turns the gallery space into a ritualistic site with the artist as catalyst. The viewer is enticed to partake in an immersive experience and Bühler-Rose's visual narratives as a pilgrim visiting a deity.
Michael Bühler-Rose, "Spirit & Matter"
Until March 30, 2014
Scaramouche, New York NY 10002 www.scaramoucheart.com
Above: Michael Bühler-Rose, Kusha, 2013, C-print, edition of 3 + 1 AP, 25 x 20 in. © the artist
ON OUR SHELVES
Casa Ghirri is an intimate visit to Luigi Ghirri’s home in Roncocesi, a little town in the province of Reggio Emilia, Italy, a tribute that François Halard dedicates to the memory of the prematurely disappeared Italian photographer, who died in 1992 at the age of 49.
Walking the rooms of Ghirri’s beautiful house, Halard draws a delicate artist portrait through objects and glimpses, respectfully tracking the photographer’s work and life through the images he himself had hanged on the walls and leaned on his bookshelves.
Numerous are the references to Ghirri’s most iconic images. Each detail, reinterpreted and reframed, is a possibility for Halard to identify with the Italian photographer’s visual world and allow the viewer to do the same by flipping through the alluring pages of the book.
Through the lens of the camera, spaces acquire sacredness and everyday objects become magical theatres, in which the photographer silently undertakes his personal investigation.
François Halard, Casa Ghirri
80 pp., € 39.90. kehrerverlag.com
Above: Casa Ghirri © François Halard 2013
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Taking place in the context of “Les Rencontres Photographiques d’Arles”, every summer the Voies Off Festival brings to light emerging talents in contemporary photography, with participants from over 60 countries.
Among the entrants of the Voies Off Prize, now in its 19th edition, a Discovery Award will be assigned by SAIF, a French non-profit organization that deals with copyright fees and distribution for authors who work in the visual arts.
Portfolios can be submitted at www.voies-off.com. Deadline: February 10th, 2014.
ON OUR SHELVES
The Age of Collage. Contemporary Collage in Modern Art was edited and produced by German publisher Gestalten contextually to an eponymous group exhibition that took place at Gestalten Space in Berlin until January 5th, 2014.
Collecting a large number of artworks, the volume provides the viewers with an outstanding documentation of this strikingly variegated medium, tracing its history up to the most contemporary applications.
All the artists involved - Astrid Klein, Beni Bischof, Dash Snow, Martha Rosler, John Stezaker, Charles Wilkin and many others - are featured with a personal report including a brief description of their approach, together with a selection of their most representative images.
Influenced by a variety of sources - such as photography, painting and illustration, as well as science, pop art and erotica - and playing with elements of abstraction, constructivism and surrealism, the presented artists reflect on our collective visual imagination through irriverent, spontaneous and absolutely personal representations.
D. Busch, R. Klante, H. Gellige (edited by), The Age of Collage. Contemporary Collage in Modern Art
288 pp., 39.90 €. shop.gestalten.com
Above: all images @ Gestalten, 2014
ON OUR SHELVES
"Libya: Inch by Inch, House by House, Alley by Alley" belongs to a series of publications by Giovanna Silva in which photographs of landscapes underlie a wider exploration of countries living in state of war or crisis.
Silva’s itinerary draws the history of Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime through the architectural structures he made build, then destroyed during the revolution. The trip starts from Benghazi, epicenter of the revolts, and culminates in Tripoli, location of the dictator’s bunker.
The narrative parallel unfolds with frequent archival images and news reports, written both in English and Arabic, following the steps of Gaddafi’s political and personal growth from the beginning of his rise to power up to his bloody controversial death.
A conversation between Giovanna Silva and Gaddafi biographer Angelo Del Boca is included in the pocket-sized volume, offering a deepened analysis of the Libyan historical and sociopolitical context.
Giovanna Silva, Libya: Inch by Inch, House by House, Alley by Alley
256 pp., € 20.00. moussepublishing.com
Above: all images @ Mousse Publishing
ON OUR SHELVES
Edited by Otto Letze, Photorealism. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Painting offers an extended overview of artworks realized by the leading figures of the movement, from its birth in the Sixties up to today’s digital experiences.
Fascinated by the shining ingredients of everyday modern life – among which are limousines, shop windows, plastic kitsch utensils and urban scenes – the featured artists employ photographs, scans, brushes and spray guns in order to create astonishing painted illusions on canvas.
Comprehensive texts by Linda Chase, Nina S. Koll, Otto Letze, Louis K. Meisel and Uwe M. Schneede accompany the images, providing the viewer with a complete in-depth survey of the theme.
Hatje Cantz published the volume on the occasion of the itinerant exhibition of the same title first held at Kunstalle Tübingen and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza of Madrid, then currently displayed at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until March 30th, 2014.
Otto Letze (edited by), Photorealism. 50 Years of Hyperrealistic Painting
200 pp., € 35.00. hatjecantz.de
Above: Gus Heinze, Mobile Reentry Vehicle, 1990, Courtesy Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, NY
Hosted at Palazzo dei Pio in Carpi – a small city near Modena, Italy – as part of a series of exhibitions dedicated to eminent Italian photographers, “L’archivio ritrovato di V.P.” consists of a site-specific project commissioned to artist Paolo Ventura.
Focusing on the boundary between reality and fiction, central theme of the artist’s whole work, the exhibition involves the staging of a secret chamber within the walls of Palazzo dei Pio. Historical photographic materials retrace the story of the place through the personal archive of an unknown character, named V.P.
Curated by Luca Panaro and Promoted by Comune di Carpi, Gruppo Fotografico Grandangolo BFI and Nuovagrafica, “L’archivio ritrovato di V.P.” aims at exploring the relationship between contemporary photography and the territory of Carpi, and its historical-artistic peculiarities. A number of tours, talks and educational activities will take place in conjunction with the exhibition.
Paolo Ventura was born in Milan in 1968. His work has been shown in numerous institutions and galleries worldwide and published on important magazines. He now works and lives between New York and Anghiari, a little town in Tuscany.
L’archivio fotografico di V.P.
Opening: Saturday, December 14th, 2013, at 4 pm
From December 14th 2013 – March 2nd 2014
Palazzo dei Pio, Piazza Martiri 68, Carpi, Modena
MACK ON OUR SHELVES
The short series of sixteen photographs included in Preganziol, 1983 dates back to thirty years ago, when Italian photographer Guido Guidi took them within a single room in the homonymous Italian location.
Two windows allow the sunlight to penetrate, shaping the portrayed room’s space. The changes of light, only witnessed by the desolate walls and the photographer’s eye through the lens of his camera, underlie what the author aims to explore.
In a place where the vantage points are limited, Guidi allows the actual subject to unravel: passing of time becomes an unfolding, visible element, included but not limited to the boundaries of the frame.
Guido Guidi was born in Cesena, Italy, in 1941. Since 1989 he has taught photography at Ravenna Academy of Fine Arts and, since 2001, at IUAV in Venice, where he studied architecture himself. His inestimable work as a photographer is determined to explore and challenge the boundaries of the photographic language.
Guido Guidi, Preganziol, 1983
40pp., € 50.00 mackbooks.co.uk
© Guido Guidi, 2013, courtesy MACK
Bonni Berubi in New York is hosting "Between Normalities", a solo exhibition
dedicated to Massimo Vitali’s new series of large-format color photographs.
The show, extending the main theme of the artist’s previous works, includes images representing crowds of people on vacation in Brazil, Sardinia, Lampedusa and Greece.
Massimo Vitali’s work, yet represented in a variety of collections, museums and publications worldwide, was previously featured on Fantom Issue 05, Autumn 2010.
Massimo Vitali. Between Normalities
From December 12, 2013 – February 1, 2014
Bonni Beruby Gallery, 41 East 57th St., New York
Above: Massimo Vitali, Bassa Trinità Blue Ball (#4798) (2013). © the artist
ON OUR SHELVES
Published by MACK after winning this year’s edition of the First Book Award, “Between the Shell” by Paul Salveson consists of a series of photographs taken in New York and Virginia between 2006 and 2011.
Absurdist playful constructions are jocosely extracted from commonplace objects, within the walls of domestic environments.
Salveson’s photographic process is intended as a “private performance in an empty house, or after everyone falls asleep”, as the 28 year-old American author puts it.
The logical perception of the objects he depicts is in fact distorted, lost in the photographer’s attempt to bring into question their original function and cultural meaning.
Beyond the boundaries of the comfort zone, colorful cardboard pages find room, dragging the viewer into a brand new intriguing environment.
Paul Salveson, Between the Shell.
76 pp., € 47.50. mackbooks.co.uk
ART BASEL, MIAMI BEACH
From December 5th – 8th, the 2013 edition of Art Basel will take place in Miami Beach.
A selection of leading international galleries will present masterpieces by historical and contemporary artists, while a rich program of events will be enlivening the whole city.
Uniquely for this occasion, within the Film section, the United States première “Nan Goldin – I Remember Your Face” (2013) by Sabine Lidl will be screened in the presence of the artist and the movie director, followed by an open discussion with the public.
Nan Goldin – I Remember Your Face
Friday, December 6th 2013 at 8:30 pm, Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Free admission, limited seating
Art Basel, Miami Beach
December 5th – 8th, 2013
Above: "Nan Goldin. I Remember Your Face" from zff.com
CALL FOR ENTRIES
“You see me. Personal Identities in the Digital Age”, a project curated by Paul Di Felice and Marinella Paderni, is the theme of Visible White Prize 2014, now open for entries.
The award aims to depict the new tendencies in contemporary, artistic portrait photography in the digital age, where social networks and new technologies have led to an increase of a “do-it-yourself” attitude towards photography as a means of understanding and representation of the self.
Single works or projects can be submitted at celesteprize.com
Deadline: February 28th, 2014.
You are still in time to see “Rainbow Variations and Other Works”. The first major exhibition in Europe by Japanese artist Taisuke Koyama has been prolonged until December 28th.
Curated by our editor-in-chief, Selva Barni, and associate editor, Francesco Zanot, the show presents a series of works from the beginning of his carrier to the latest research, and highlights his pondering around the theme of variation and repetition, around the subtle differences between hyperrealism and abstraction.
The show is hosted at Metronom in Modena, the same gallery where they curated the solo show of Dutch artist Ruth Van Beek last May.
Taisuke Koyama, Rainbow Variations and Other Works
Until December 28th, 2013, Metronom, Modena
ON OUR SHELVES
In Bart Michiels’ The Course of History seemingly quiet landscapes trail echoes and traces
of the bloodiest battles that occurred in Europe from antiquity to Second World War.
Taken from different distances, from vast landscapes to close details, the images of the New York-based Belgian photographer are a poetic, moving attempts to understand and possibly represent such complex spaces.
Above: Waterloo 1815, The Fall of The Imperial Guard, 2001
The tragic histories of these fields, hills and beaches are only revealed in the captions. The details of the event that took place in each site function as epiphanies of life and death as well as of our collective memory.
Above: Austerlitz 1805, Stare Vinohragy III and I, 2010
A closing and generous Selected Readings section quotes a series of significant texts to accompany these beautiful photographs, paving the way to further reflections on the sense and consequences of war.
Above: Monte Cassino 1944, Monastery Hill, 2004
Above:Sebastopol 1855, The Shadow of The Valley of The Shadow of Death I and II, 2008
Above: Monte Cassino 1944, Garigliano I, 2006
Bart Michiels, The Course of History
156 pp., €49. damianieditore.com
PARIS PHOTO 2013
The 17th edition of Paris Photo just ended. Since 2011 under the direction of Julien Frydman,
the fair saw the participation of 138 international galleries and 28 publishers.
Located in the heart of Paris, the stunning Grand Palais hosted a rich program of unmissable exhibitions and collateral events, confirming the fair’s unquestionable role in presenting a complete overview of the photographic panorama worldwide.
Above:View of Paris Photo
For the third time, beyond the exhibitors animating the ground floor, much room was dedicated to important institutions, such as the Instituto Moreira Salles (Rio de Janeiro), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto) and the Museum Folkwang of Essen, whose collections were included in the “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition. Moreover, a selection of photographic artworks from Harald Falckenberg at Deichtorhallen (Hamburg) was shown in the “Private Collection”.
Above: View of the publishers' booths at Paris Photo
Alongside historical galleries and established authors – displayed were original vintage prints by masters such as August Sander, Alfred Stieglitz, Diane Arbus and Lewis Baltz to name but a few – on the booths’ walls found their place several pieces of young artists of different provenance, whose works highlight the variety of today’s approaches towards the photographic medium.
Above: Ina Jang, Christophe Guye, Zurich
Ina Jang (Seoul, 1982) is a Brooklyn-based photographer. Swiss gallerist Christophe Guye dedicated a large wall of his stand to her work – yet internationally promoted and shown in numerous important galleries, festivals and magazines – arranged as a delicate combination of pastel color photographs with a sprinkle of fashion, graphics and drawing.
Above: Mårten Lange, Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg/Berlin
According to the landscape tradition, which still takes on a fundamental role in the fair offer, Hamburg and Berlin-based Robert Morat Galerie focused its attention on the ways artists relate to the subject in narrative terms, titling its stand “Biography of the Place”. Beautiful Bertien van Manen, Hans-Christian Schink and Bernard Fuchs’s pieces sustained Mårten Lange’s small-sized black and white photographs of natural elements, part of the 29-year old Swedish photographer’s project Another Language (MACK, 2012).
Above: Rosângela Rennó A01 [COD.18.104.22.168] – A27 [S | COD.23] (RR Edições, Rio de Janeiro)
Martin Parr’s noteworthy selection of “protest” photobooks led the publishers’ area, where the most relevant picks of 2013 were shortlisted and exhibited on the occasion of the Aperture Foundation’s annual Prize.
Winner of the Photobook of the Year is Rosângela Rennó with her A01 [COD.22.214.171.124] – A27 [S | COD.23] (RR Edições, Rio de Janeiro), while Óscar Monzón’s KARMAS (RVB Books, Paris / Dalphine, Madrid) was assigned the First Photobook Prize.
Above: Collective project Lost Home, Super Labo, Kanagawa
Since the amazingly increasing interest towards photography in book form has led to a packed schedule of signings occurring within the trade show, the presence of a whole team of international photographers around one single table would definitely catch the attention.
This was the case of Lost Home, a collaborative bookwork project organized and promoted by Japan-based independent publisher Super Labo. Ten renowned photographers – Harvey Benge, JH Engström, Roe Ethridge, Takashi Homma, Ron Jude, Daido Moriyama, Christian Patterson, Slavica Perkovic, Bertien van Manen and Terri Weifenbach – were asked to freely respond to a specially commissioned prose poem written by Japanese screen-writer Nobuyuki Ishiki. Collected in a 1000 limited edition box and finely printed, the 11 booklets (ten photobooks and the one containing Nobuyuki’s words) express each of the authors’ own understanding and visual representation of the idea of Lost Home. [Ilaria Speri]
BENASSI AT MARSÈLLERIA
Riccardo Benassi’s site-specific installation Techno Casa involves a cycle of ten black and white video-essays called “Attachments”, created ad hoc for this exhibition. The work interacts and communicates with the architecture of Marsèlleria, conceived as a system of presentation itself. The artist’s stream of thoughts, expressed through a variety of media, focuses on how the use of new technologies – smartphones in particular – completely alters our relationship with the quotidian.
Riccardo Benassi (Cremona, 1982) is an Italian artist, currently based in Berlin. Working with different media – sound, video and installations above all – he focuses his attention on the relation between artwork and space, which is always an integral part of his work.
Riccardo Benassi’s Techno Casa
November 15 – December 5, 2013
Via Paullo 12/A, Milan
Above: "Techno Casa – an introduction to" from www.365loops.com © 2011/2013 Riccardo Benassi
Kaufmann Repetto are hosting two unmissable exhibitions in their Milan and New York galleries; the latter just inaugurated on this occasion.
In New York, the space they share with Andrew Kreps, hosts a personal exhibition of Italian artist Pierpaolo Campanini: the first in a series of events that will introduce to the city the Europeans represented by sisters Francesca Kaufmann and Chiara Repetto.
In Milan, Thea Djordjadze’s Oxymoron Grey shares the gallery with Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, here with her first Italian solo show, a project room called Things Are Going Great In My Absence.
Alexi-Meskhishvili was featured with a portfolio in Fantom #2, in winter 2010.
Above:Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Things Are Going Great In My Absence. © the artist and Kaufmann Repetto.
November 9 - December 21, 2013
535 West 22nd Street, New York
Thea Djordjadze | Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili
November 21 2013 - February 1 2014
Via di Porta Tenaglia 7, Milan
MACCHINE PER ABITARE
The exhibition "Macchine per abitare. Architecture photographs and drawings from the Galleria Civica di Modena" collects around 100 works selected from the Gallery’s archives, including famous 20th Century architects’ drawings, architectural projects – both real and utopian – and images of finished architecture interpreted by photographers from around the world.
Studies of single buildings along with urban visions offer an extensive overview of some of the most important representatives of contemporary architecture.
“Macchine per abitare” is curated by Francesca Mora and Gabriella Roganti, promoted and organized by Galleria civica di Modena and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, with support from the Culture Councillorship of the Emilia-Romagna Regional Council.
Macchine per abitare.Architecture photographs and drawings from the Galleria Civica di Modena (Italy)
November 13, 2013 – January 26, 2014
Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy
Above: Ico Parisi, Grattacieli, 1986. © Fondo Ico Parisi, Galleria civica di Modena
AMÉRICA LATINA 1960–2013
Coproduced by Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and Museo Amparo in Puebla (Mexico), América Latina 1960–2013 offers a new perspective on Latin American photography, focusing on the relationship between the text and the photographic language.
Sixty-two artists of different provenance – most of them were rarely exhibited in Europe – are gathered for this occasion to show the multiplicity of approaches relating to the medium and allow the viewer to rediscover the history of the continent.
América Latina 1960–2013
November 19, 2013 – April 6, 2014
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 75014 Paris
FORNASETTI AT TRIENNALE
On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Piero Fornasetti - featured on the cover of Fantom #04 and on Fantom #05's "Stories" - the Triennale Design Museum presents "100 Years of Practical Madness", a first grand and unprecedented exhibition of the artist’s work.
The exhibition includes more than 700 pieces, mostly from the extraordinary Fornasetti archive in Milan, curated by Barnaba Fornasetti, who still carries on his father’s work.
Piero Fornasetti. 100 Years of Practical Madness
Triennale Design Museum, Palazzo della Triennale, Milan
November 13, 2013 - February 9, 2014.
Exhibition catalogue published by Corraini Edizioni. Designed by NuClear Lab.
MICAMERA 10th Anniversary
In Milan, November 8th, Spazio O', Via Pastrengo 12.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of MiCamera, Italy's best and largest photography bookstore, Fantom co-founder and publisher Massimo Torrigiani discusses publishing and photography with Chris Pichler of Nazraeli Press and Giulia Zorzi of MiCamera.
At 5.30p.m until 7.00p.m., Spazio O', Milan.
The photobook and art photography.
Open talk on contemporary photography and art publishing with Chris Pichler, founder of Nazraeli Press and Massimo Torrigiani, publisher of Fantom.
The talk will focus on photography book publishing and on how it faces today's cultural and technological challenges, the relationship between publisher and author, the selection of the projects, the managing strategies. The audience will have the opportunity of meeting two leading figures of the international art publishing scene: Chris Pichler, founder of Nazraeli Press and Massimo Torrigiani, publisher in the art field and director of SH Contemporary, the contemporary art fair in Shanghai, from 2010 to 2012.
Right after the talk we will go to micamera (a few meters ahead) for the opening of Andrea Alessio’s exhibition.
At 7pm, micamera, Milan.
Exhibition of photographs by Andrea Alessio. Opening.
Andrea Alessio: Before you, Santa Claus, life was like a moonless night.
«A night journey through Northeast Italy, immersed in the silence and in the darkness of the night, if it weren't for those Christmas lights. A small light and everything is transformed, we see the road, we understand where to look, where to go. Andrea Alessio lingers on the detail, trying to control chaos and at the same time appeasing his rationality. That's what the camera does; it's an instrument that we use to create what might not even exist and for sure, it shows us things differently from what we would have expected».
Flavio Franzoni, Micamera
The monography Before you, Santa Claus, life was like a moonless night, curated by micamera, is published by Nazraeli Press. Andrea Alessio is the first Italian author to be published by the American imprint.
«Nazraeli eagerly agreed to publish this book because we fell in love with the work of Andrea Alessio right away, and wanted to celebrate with our friends at micamera on their anniversary» writes Pichler. «Before you, Santa Claus, life was like a moonless night is remarkable through its visual language and allows us to get lost in a world where everything is possible», says German artist Jessica Backhaus about the works by Alessio that will be on show at micamera.
Through December 7th, the exhibition by Andrea Alessio is accompanied by a special display of a selection of titles published by Nazraeli Press over the last 10 years.
Micamera · via Medardo Rosso, 19 - 20159 Milan, Italy
ph +39 02 45481569 / www.micamera.it
Opening hours: wednesday - saturday 10 a.m/1 p.m - 4 p.m/7 p.m
Tracy Williams Gallery New York, presents a series of photographs by Italian artist Domingo Milella - a contributor to Fantom First Issue - in his second solo show at the gallery.
For nearly a decade Milella has taken as his subject matter the ever-evolving frontiers of urban landscape, capturing the flux of human civilizations. Choosing sites conflicted in nature or where ancient and modern paradigms collide, he investigates geography through human’s relationship to the natural and built environment, history, and identity. Taking us on some of his most recent journeys through the early Greek tombs in the Anatolian provinces, Milella questions the ability of photography to compress temporal distances and document objects for posterity, as well as the expectations it produces.
Born in in 1981, Domingo Milella lives between Bari (Italy), London and New York. He had solo and group shows in the U.S. and, , among others, at FOAM museum Amsterdam, MACRO museum Rome, Les Rencontres d'Arles (France), and Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery London.
November 1 / December 21, 2013,
Tracy Williams, Ltd., New York
ON OUR SHELVES
"Mrs. Merryman’s Collection" - published by MACK - presents 43 postcards collected by Anne-Marie Merryman between 1937 and 1980 and rediscovered by Anne Sophie Merryman following her grandmother's death.
The postcards form the story of two intertwined lives - one lived travelling the world through the images of postcards, the other as a child and then an adult whose life was influenced by this collection.
Each of the intriguing postcards reveals a detailed reverse, complete with handwritten messages and exotic stamps, encouraging the reader to elaborate the narrative threads of this unusual collection and to unravel a hidden secret.
While Anne-Marie and Anne Sophie never met, both their lives were inspired by these postcard - a relationship that was born, and continues to flourish, in the realms of the imagination.
Anne Sophie Merryman, Mrs. Merryman's Collection
112 pp., €42.50. mackbooks.co.uk
Also available as an ebook, published by MAPP
The first solo exhibition in Europe of Edson Chagas in the historical rooms of A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia.
With a large selection of his works - including the series Found Not Taken, Luanda, which contributed to his triumph at the Venice Biennale - Chagas juxtaposes the reasoning about the form and how the city is perceived and experienced by the people who live it. The systematic cataloguing of objects and people – including documents and poetry – at the exhibition takes the shape of a map where relations between forms, people and cities create new relations, invented spaces and suggestions for new ways of living.
Opening: October 12, 2013.
Galleria A Palazzo, Brescia (Italy)
EVE PLAYS DUCHAMP
Brancolini Grimaldi announces Eve Plays Duchamp, a group exhibition of three American artists - Tricia Lawless Murray, Heidi Snow and Hannah Whitaker - each working in a vein of feminist-inflected neo-Surrealism.
The show is curated by Kevin Moore, an independent scholar and curator based in New York.
Eve Plays Duchamp
Until November 9, 2013
Brancolini Grimaldi, London W1S 4JJ
Above: Hannah Whitaker, Untitled, 2013.
After an extended 2 year period of research and experimentation, artist Richard Galpin (featured in Fantom # 05) debuted new tridimensional works in a temporary Hales Gallery project space, in Shoreditch, to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair.
The free standing sculpture made from steel drywall studding and an orbital sanded photograph originated from Galpin's own photographs of cities and construction sites, and show a significant, and beautiful, new dimension of the English artist's work.
Find out more on Richard Galpin here and here.
As part of Fantom’s current reshape, we just started a programme of two years in collaboration with our friends at Marsèll
. As first installment of this partnership, we were in Amsterdam for Unseen, “the” international photography fair for new discoveries, new talents and hidden treasures.
There we organized "Picture Perfect", a talk with artist Maurizio Anzeri, photographer and critic Gerry Badger, and Fantom editorts Selva Barni and Francesco Zanot, investigating the role of photography as a core element in the work of non-photographers.
Please click here for a short photo report from Unseen.
"Rainbow Variations and Other Works" is the first major exhibition in Europe by Japanese artist Taisuke Koyama.
Curated by our editor-in-chief, Selva Barni, and associate editor, Francesco Zanot, the show presents a series of works from the beginning of his carrier to the latest research, and highlight his pondering around the theme of variation and repetition, around the subtle differences between hyperrealism and abstraction. Opening on October 12th at Metronom in Modena, the same gallery where they curated the solo show of Dutch artist Ruth Van Beek last May, the show will be on view until November 30th 2013.
Taisuke Koyama, Rainbow Variations and Other Works
October 12 - November 30, 2013
Collezione Maramotti unveils "9'/ Unlimited": the new body of works by Beatrice Pediconi.
The exhibition marks a further development in the Italian artist's research, dealing not only with the use of photography (Polaroid and large-size shots) but also creating a full environment where visitors enter and are wrapped in a firmament of moving pigments, a visual space that leads them into other possible territories. The exhibition also presents a selection of Polaroid shots taken during the production process of the work, together with an artist's book.
Beatrice Pediconi, 9’/ Unlimited
October 6, 2013 - January 31, 2014
Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia
ON OUR SHELF
Studio Blanco presents "To Belong", a journey in Emilia after the earthquake.
On May 20th, 2012, a crack opened in the earth's crust under a village near Modena called Finale Emilia. In the following weeks, the earthquake reverberated everywhere in the provinces of Modena, Reggio Emilia, Ferrara, Mantova, Rovigo, Bologna. Over two months, 2,300 aftershocks left almost thirty people dead and a society in shock.
Studio Blanco contributed with a visual story to join together Emilia's faces and places. They brought Swedish photographer Anders Petersen to photograph wherever, whomever, however he liked, with the idea that only an outsider could find and capture the spirit that keeps these lands together.
One year after the earthquake, Petersen's photos create a small poem about Emilia, which sews up that deep crack and returns this land, whole, to the humanity that has always belonged here.
[From the text by Cosimo Bizzarri]
Founded in 2005 in Reggio Emilia by Sara and Valerio Tamagnini,
Studio Blanco creates communication projects via multidisciplinary mediums.