A video portrait of Marta, a flower designer from New York now based in Rome.
Quick trip to speak with Caroline and Sabine on Online Business.
A full day of workshop activity with the most open and engaged group, couldn't have asked for better.
It's hardly an easy task to try and tell the story of life in the Philippines. These recent shots from Mark, a friend and aritst, are among the most intimate meditations on home for me.
Having late sunsets and even later bedtimes left us with half mornings and it can be frustrating when you realize your day starts kicking in right before it's time for lunch. But this early morning, this one time we decided to come out and recover the day, was more than worth it.
He has a way of presenting difficult issues, as if looking at its absence in a way that only amplifies its presence. A kind of mind-fuck that breaks your way of thinking, forcing you out of your own mind and knowing. Experiences like this that people call art are really necessary provocations for the soul. Also Cristiano Berti is not an obvious provocateur. I met him for the first time last year, after Fra convinced me to finally go see this great show we heard from artist friends, and was incredibly moved by Vertigo of Reality. For the first time since working in Singapore and breathing art on a daily basis, I felt excited about art (contemporary and conceptual - and dare I say, meaningful) again.
I cannot forget his short film LETY following a Slovak gypsy brother and sister with disabilities and a talent for accapella. The girl, blind and on a wheelchair, talks about one day finding the right man for her and her brother reassures her and later both sing gloriously, happily. The full film, well worth watching, can be viewed here.
A series of photographs called Memorial depicts places, spaces where dead bodies of prostitutes were found in the outskirts of Turin from 1993 to 2001. The pictures are nothing gruesome and with little or no information. The viewer is left with pieces of a puzzle, stirring something from the inside.
Cristiano refuses to be labelled but he does communicate his concerns. He has and continues to work in the areas of social inclusion and gender empowerment. I've also learned, while on a shared vacation in Sardinia last year, that he has a talent for fishing octopus. He spends hours in the water, reaching under the rocky underbelly of shallow seas to grab, with his bare hands, the many-armed creatures. A truly unique and talented man.
I write to celebrate him and also to help promote his new project, a curious exploration that links the Alps and the city of Havana. Have a look and support his Indiegogo campaign here.