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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Introducing: ITALIAN LOVE THERAPY

Dear my dearest followers,



Today I feel like telling you a funny story about one of my nights this summer.
It was about a month ago and I was in Padua, sitting down in one of the main squares with two friends of mine who I've met not so long ago but who have definitely charmed me since the beginning.
We were having apero before a concert and we started talking about us, my blog, writing, life, interests, love and more...
I suddenly realised that until now I haven't found a way to really involve my readers in this baby blog of mine...
You read, sometimes you comment, you (hopefully) enjoy what you see, but I found out that I wanted something which would have gave me the opportunity to, first of all, communicate to you and for you to communicate with me 
but also to give you something more than pictures and advices about travels and exhibitions...

That's when we all thought: why don't we give other advices?
Why don't we give love advices?
Everyone knows that Italian men have that extra something which makes them special...
I don't actually know what it is, but it seems like they were made in a different way from all the other cultures I've got the chance to know until now.
Sometimes they look like the biggest jackass but they actually are pretty sensitive.
And most of all, they are so good at giving advices to their friends, especially girls.
There's nothing to say about it: about love they know.
It happened so many times to me, while having love troubles or feeling confused to ask advices to my male Italian friends: I must say, every time I've done that I've felt great afterwords.

They are both 25 years old, purely Italians, honest, some of them are cynical, some of them are sweet, some like to see the positive 
aspects so other ones see more negative and therefor give you a slap of reality which is, despite what your girl friends say, exactly what you need!

So here we are:
in this blog, every months, we will talk to all of you who are on the edge of an heart breakdown, taking a brake from our cultural interests and cool stuff to have a chat on what's in our chest instead of our brains... but still using both of them as we like to do.
Here they are, ready to answer to all your letters!
So write, write and write, don't be scared to share your feelings and love troubles with us!
Sex, relationships, doubts, we but most of all they are ready for everything, nothing scares them and of course nothing embarrass them: of course, they are Italian!


Welcome your love doctors, they are the ones who will take you through this
 ITALIAN LOVE THERAPY!





Curious, cinema addict, he likes a real book more than a screen shot.
Travel lover, he has set quite a lot of 'flags' all over Europe and that's why he is ready to answer your world wide questions and share his own experiences about both sexes' behaviour in many many different places, different ways, different languages...
His anecdotes are sometimes real pears of wiseness, maybe if you ask him he is going to share some of them with you!
He is also the sensitive one: he is gonna try to find some positive aspects where his colleague sees all negative and gives you some hope, but a real one!
He is still a man and therefor not genetically programmed to give false hope in love affairs...





Young talented office worker,
DJ as hobby but maybe not just an hobby,
music lover.
He is dry as the desert, he has not a lot of tact when it comes down to relationships and love affairs but hey: what's better than a clear and honest answer when you feel like having a hive of feeling inside of your head and two thick slices of ham over your eyes?
If you don't understand what's going on, he is your man.
He is going to make your mind clear and even if your heart might feel beaten up for a while, with the word of his colleague on the other side you'll have a complete scheme and you will for sure start to feel relieved!



That's of course the main aim of this column...

SEND YOUR LETTERS FOR THEM TO: italianlovetherapy@gmail.com

Waiting impatiently for your letters!
Stay tuned!

Love you all...










Monday, 26 August 2013

Snap shots of the week!


Idro party at Andi's 

The exhibition at Fondazione Forma in Milan

Cami's last night in Italy

The photo shoot for Italian Love Therapy 

Aphrodite, the most beautiful cat ever chilling on Sunday morning...



Have a great monday my dearest! 



Saturday, 24 August 2013

The eyes of the viscera

Ciao you all!

With the summer getting to its end I surely should be thinking about packing and planning but I'm actually much busier trying to make the most of my last weeks in Italy, doing everything I wanted to do and filling my eyes and my mind with this beauty all around...

At the beginning of the summer I made a mental list with all the exhibitions I would have wanted to go to and at this point I am actually quite happy as I made it to most of them...
Of course, only some of them deserve to be quoted in my baby blog and today I want to share with you  something about one of these.

As some of you may know due to the article published on Vogue.it 
http://umbraco.vogue.it/en/vogue-starscelebsmodels/vogue-masters/2013/08/antoine-d-agata
Antoine D'Agata, famous and controvert French photographer, is now exposing in Milan his major work and collection of his experiences through the years "Anticorps" at the Fondazione Forma in Milan.



Members of Magnum photograph since 2004, D'Agata was often criticised because of the brutality of some of his images, which is probably one of the reasons why this exhibition was opened only for people over 18.


I must say, I wouldn't take anyone younger than that to see these photos.
Maybe because of his theory that photos should be looked with the viscera and the depth of the person more than with simply the eyes, maybe because they are a real, but seriously real report of his life trough drugs and sex and travels all around the world to discover these things, D'Agata's photographs are extremely strong.
Sometimes even upsetting.



Something which I kind of enjoyed doing was testing myself how long I was able to stare at some photos without feeling the need to look somewhere else, take a brake from them and think.
What I've noticed was that my reaction depended from photos to photos, of course, but in general I've found out that if the firs examples of D'Agata's works such as the pictures he took in Mexico at the end of the 90s totally captured me in a way that I was not expecting, also because the subjects in these were much less strong despite being still very controvert,


the newer pieces of work D'Agata has made recently were a little bit too much.

I do like provocation.
I like to provoke and be provoked.
I do think that provocation could be a strong feature to make contemporary art and photography more interesting, as it's a very simple way to create something new and different and throw it out there to sound out the reaction of the public.

If we think about it, provoking has always been the way for art to introduce something new to the world and the public.
All the new pictorial and photography styles were nothing but the attempt to create something different from what had been done before, even if the inventors of these currents were not at all sure of the reaction the public would have had toward them.
What is this, if not a provocation?

This said, what I really do not like it's the provocation for provocation's sake.
The desperate attempt to shock the public by using thorny symbols and images which are supposed to upset the public and generate attention but which are instead loosing value because of this overuse of them from many contemporary artists.

No, seeing a vagina or a penis in front of me in the form of sculpture, painting, photograph, bricolage doesn't upset me anymore, sorry!
It actually annoys me, as I think about the masters of the pas who were able to generate interest and create something new and, not to forget, beautiful without using genitals or scary images.

What I thought about D'Agata's work at the beginning of the exhibition was: "Wow!";
yes, provocative,
yes, scabrous,
but not at all for it's own sake.
I felt like his way yo take and be taken pictures during real situation of his crazy life in order to give a report of something really deep and dark such as his life which he actually chose to be like that was something I liked.
Provocation with a meaning.

This until I got to the latest works of D'Agata.
I don't know if it's because of the need he may have to go further and further on with craziness and darkness,
or maybe because all these drugs must have had some kind of effect at the end of the day but is latest works are not only a little too much in the sense that they become explicit in a kind of predictable way, but they are actually a lot more upsetting than the other ones.

I respect that feeling they give you because it could be the climax of D'Agata's view on seeing with the viscera (and believe me the viscera here are certainly making themselves be perceived...) but they also take me back to that sense of cheap provocation with not so much effort.
Many incredible photographers were able to play with upsetting topics without compromising the beauty of the photograph itself.
I'm not sure if D'Agata's does that in his latest works.
The first photographs are so beautiful I couldn't stop looking at them, 
the more recent ones are, it makes me sad to say that, very ugly.
And if I can understand the desire of creating interest, provoke and touch sensitive stuff, 
I cannot accept the artist compromising the beauty of his work by focusing too much on the other aspects.

Art is always beauty,
and I am not thinking about a Greek classical type of beauty, 
but beauty has always to be part of the game.
Remember Diane Arbus photographs of outcasts and outsiders of society, sometime portraying subjects which not many people would define as beautiful.
Her photographs instead are absolutely gorgeous.


Anyway, the overall feeling after attending D'Agata's exhibition was of great satisfaction for seeing these photographs, as they were able to raise a lot of reflections in my mind, which is what I love the most about a good exhibition, especially if it's contemporary art.

We were actually very lucky as the Fondazione Forma was not only hosting D'Agata's exhibition but two rooms of the Foundation were dedicated to another Magnum photographer, very different from D'Agata's but certainly famous as the average price for one of his documentary pictures in between 10.000 and 40.000 euros.


Sebastiao Salgado is a Brazilian photographer, documentary photographer, educated in Paris and prizewinning artist.
The Fondazione Forma is now hosting a small account of his work through the North America, Africa and the Poles, whose images are simply incredible.
I personally love documentary photography and one of the reasons for that is because I think you need much more that a camera, a good lens and a beautiful landscape to take good documentary pictures.

Well, seeing Salgado's ones made me feel crazy for not knowing him already.
He is amazing and I surely recommend you to have a look at him.
For now, you could read his story and look at some of the snaps I've taken...


...African beauties






After the exhibition we moved to the centre of Milan to have an ice cream in Piazza Duomo and wonder a bit around, enjoying the sun and the nice temperature which is finally reaching Italy after two months of tropical heat.
Doing that, we bumped into some other kind of art, maybe we should call it street art...
What do you think?


video

Thinking about this Tuesday in Milan it makes me laugh to realise how this always happens in Italy: you go somewhere to see one particular thing and you end up finding so much more to see, like and enjoy that at the end of the day you almost forget which one was that you went there for...

Hope you enjoyed all!
Tonight I'm going to another exhibition, this time much more private but I don't want to spoil it yet...
More coming up!

Stay tuned...












Monday, 19 August 2013

Getaways snaps!


A day trip in the mountains, discovering some pretty amazing views...

A week end in Muggia

Playing tennis in the sunset

The beautiful seaside in Slovenia

The gorgeous and characteristic little town of Pirano 

Country flowers on the dinner table

A little present from a new friend



More to come about this trip and not only as I am currently working at something pretty cool...
Cannot wait to show you all!

Stay tuned!



Wednesday, 14 August 2013

The wind, the sun and the sea...

Here you are my dear ones!

Again, I've been away from my beloved blog for a while but just to come back to you enriched from some new things I've seen and learned in the past days.
I must confess: I've been away again, this time to the South of Italy for a holiday with some of the people I love the most in the entire world, first among them my sister Arianna.



We've spent a very intense week in Puglia, the heel of Italy, whose best part is definitely the so called Salento, which is the bottom of it and where you can find some of the most beautiful seaside places and country side spots of the country.



The Mediterranean vegetation grows spontaneously giving olives, rockets and basil that looks like salad  and which is to be found at a side of the street in any country walk (that lowers the groceries budget quite a lot...),







the rocks and beaches are all so beautiful and, most of them, savages that every time you climb down a cliff or swim in the light blue sea until one of the caverns that point the coast it seems like you were the only person there.







It's very easy to feel the contact with the nature there,
because of the elements that explode around you: the heart which smells so good, the sea that moves and curls under the push of the wind, the air that blows all the time, the fire that comes from the sun, so warm so good.









It's a very beautiful place and despite being quite full of party places and feasts where to go and have fun on holiday,













 the aspects of that place that I enjoy the most every time I go there are the ones I've been telling you about: being somewhere where the man is not yet fully in control of the nature, he takes advantage of it but the nature itself is still able to surprise him at any point, and he knows that.





I think that people coming from this part of our country are quite easily recognizable.
Not only because of their colors: dark hair, dark eyes, dark skin, but also because of their attitude and way of living: 



everything is chilled and worrying is not an option as even if you had the most horrible day ever in your life, you just have to take off your clothes and jump in the fresh sea or pick up some figs from one of the endless trees all around and eat it to feel how sweet it is, how sweet life is after all...







Anyway, here you have some snaps of my holiday, I hope they'll be enough to give you an idea of what I'm talking about, or maybe even enough to inspire you choosing Salento for your next holiday.
Highly recommended!

Right now I'm going to stay at home for some days before leaving for France at the end of August and I have so many projects in my mind to be completed...
So if you are even just a bit curious about them: stay tuned!




Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Snapshots made in Salento


A bit of seaside

A bit of sightseeing

A bit of clubbing

A bit of 80s feeling

A lot of family love,

Wind and sun.



More coming up on my wonderful holiday in the South of Italy!
You all, stay tuned!