The Fire Is Us

Finally I am back. I’ve been pretty much busy because of an exhibition I’ve been working on.

I was offered this interesting occasion to exhibit in an ancient austrian Fort, called Forte Gazzera, which is a few kilometres away from the metropolitan city of Venice.

Forte Gazzera

Forte Gazzera

I designed a little photography project about the four natural elements of an unusual city such as Venice.

Infact I realised six triptychs, made indeed of three photos each. They represent the natural elements wich Venice is conposed of: the first one of the triptych represents water, the second one represents ground and the third air.

Il Fuoco Siamo Noi - The Fire Is Us

The particular thing about the triptychs is that each one is labeled by a particular sign, technically called Pantone.

The Pantone works through an exadecimal code, used to identify a very specific tone of colour. The code in the sign represents, in fact, the code for the main colour of wich the three photos are composed.

I personally made researches and codification for all of them.

Pantone per Il Fuoco Siamo Noi

The title of the series is Il Fuoco Siamo Noi, that means, translated from Italian, obviously, The Fire Is Us. This makes the whole artwork easy to understand: I chose to represent the main elements of a unique city in three pictures as a pattern, but the fourth is missing, the fire.

The fire is us. Us, the inhabitants of the city I chose to represent in my work. We are the fire of the city, because we walk through it like blood in the veins, giving it life, as it should be, to never let it die.

Il Fuoco Siamo Noi - The Fire Is Us

The exhibition is located in Mestre (VE), the inauguration was this Saturday, 23rd September, and it will be open till the end of October.

Il Fuoco Siamo Noi - The Fire Is Us

It was a beautiful day, there were 50 different artists, with every kind of different fields of art, like painting, drawing, sculpture, video, audio installation. And every artwork was great.

Myself in front of the prints of my photographs.

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Damien Hirst in Venice – Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable (part one – Punta della Dogana)

Damien Hirst is a contemporary artist I studied at the University. He was born in 1965 in Bristol.

I live in Venice and I visited the first part of his personal exhibition in the city: Punta della Dogana, in the Francois Pinault Foundation (the second part goes on in Palazzo Grassi).

For Venitians and for students entry is free on Wednesdays, so I went yesterday.

A legend told that a slave called Antiochia, back in the II century, escaped from his poor conditions, travelled the world, collected a large number of preciuous relics and put them all on his enormous boat, that sinked with all its treasures in the Indian Ocean near the East Coast of Africa.

Apparently the Wreck was rediscovered in 2008, with all the treasures. The name of the boat was Άριστος (àristos), which in ancient greek means unbelievable.

Hydra and Kali (detail)

So, this brilliant artist, which I love very much, just imagined what all these magnificent treasures could be.

He created numerous sculptures similar to other relics from every part of the world, from Egypt to ancient Rome, from India to the Aztec People.

A collection of rare jewellery discovered amongst the wreckage of the Unbelievable

He set up the exhibition in the same format of an archaeological museum, displaying every single piece in a window or on a pedestal.

The objects are actually, really unbelievable, just as the name Hirst chose says. Infact they are explicitly outcomes of the artist’s own creativity and mind.

Spoiler alert. Detailed pictures following below.

I just want to publish some of the things I saw, but to the people who do not love exibit spoilers (like me) I suggest not to carry on reading.


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Working on a University project.

Today will be a productive day. I decided to start planning my new school project.

We study NTA, which stands for New Technologies for the Arts, at the Academy of Fine Arts. This means we take and edit photographies, but also shoot videos, realise graphic artworks and similar.

So my task for today is to realise the project of a video that eventually I’ll have to shoot.

Well, actually it’s two videos.

So, in the first one I will tell a particular love story, which has an unexpected ending (I won’t promise it’s a happy one).

The second one will be a modern reinterpretation of a fairly famous YouTube video, which has had a lot of funny parodies, as the video is weird and funny itself. I will realise another one on that format, but I want it to be serious and well done.

Sounds interesting? I will keep posting updates!