ME & MR. BRAINWASH

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The first time I’ve run into a Mr. Brainwash stencil I was in Paris with my wife. I was amused by the image of that man in a hat carrying a movie camera not far from a big size OBEY Angela Davis portrait. I took a couple of shots of Mr. Brainwash’s stencil. I like it. Two years later Mr. Brainwash would become a world famous street artist with his first personal exhibition in LA, Life Is Beautiful (2008). Almost thirteen years later, I have met by chance Mr. Brainwash in person, in front of Deodato Art Gallery, the  location he chose for his first Italian solo exhibition, Milan Is Beautiful. We said hello. We shook hands. And I told him about the discovery of the stencil in Paris in 2006. Very naturally Mr. Brainwash lent himself to an impromptu photo session in the street. Five shots – only one slightly blurred. Then each on his way…

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SEVEN NOTES WILL SAVE THE WORLD

SEVEN NOTES WILL SAVE THE WORLD, Athens, early August 2007 [Kodak Easyshare C300]

Seven notes and music lovers will save the world! Fuck off to extremists!

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PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED “STOP CPE” SHOTS

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Paris. March 2006. Students from universities and high schools launched a series of protest rallies in the Latin Quarter against the bill on employment known as CPE. Sorbonne University and Collège de France were the epicenter of the protest. The CPE reportage is my first official professional photo project realized with a super compact and portable Kodak Easyshare C300 camera. Here are published for the first time some unpublished shots of my reportage.

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CPE & NUIT DEBOUT, 2006-2016

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Paris. March 2006. Students from universities and high schools launched a series of protest rallies in the Latin Quarter against the bill on employment known as CPE. Ten years later the Nuit debout movement has emerged from opposition to the 2016 neoliberal labor reforms known as the Loi Travail. Place de la République – a location dear to me (see my successful Signes/Segni exhibition in November 2015) – is the epicenter of this new protest. The CPE reportage is my first official professional photo project realized with a super compact and portable Kodak Easyshare C300 camera.

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OBEY & MR. BRAINWASH

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Obey & Mr. Brainwash, Rive Gauche, Paris, June 2007 [Kodak Easyshare C300]

‘GILLA IN PARIS

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‘Gilla in Paris, Paris, early June 2006 [Kodak Easyshare C300]