MILAN, DECEMBER 12… 1969-2019

 

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Memories and faces cut the darkness of the darkest Past. Men and women whisper the sad chronicle of a bombing. Milanese civil society once again remembers the citizens who were slaughtered by extreme-right violence. In Piazza Fontana people loudly condemn fascism. The public speakers speak. The flags flap. Eyes fire up. Another December 12 adds new memories to the heart of the city.

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MATTEO CESCHI & JIM MARSHALL’S “RISE AND FALL” IN SARAJEVO

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Matteo Ceschi and Jim Marshall‘s Rise and Fall multimedia art exhibition (with high-patronage of the Italian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina) at Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Zmaja od Bosne 5, Sarajevo)

 

OPENING EVENT: TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2019, 7PM

 

Walls are absolutely central to the history, experience, interaction, culture and condition of humans. From ancient paintings on the walls of caves, to the Great Wall of China, to the Walls of Jericho, the Wailing Wall, and the Walls of Babylon, to the modern perspectives of the Berlin Wall, right-wing dreams of border walls, and contemporary graffiti, not least in the context of the internationally recognised works of Banksy and Blu, et al.

While walls can divide and exclude, they can also function as shared, inclusive, even sacred spaces. They can communicate cultural, historical and political events and experiences through fading signs, plaques, shrapnel marks, other more subtle features, and of course street art.

Urban environments, such as Milan and Sarajevo, speak through their walls, telling stories of often tumultuous change.

Jim Marshall and Matteo Ceschi’s photo project presents a dialogue between two different contexts and artists, reflecting the humour, the horror, the light and the darkness of the stories told by the walls of our cities. Stories of events and of empires, and indeed of walls as they rise and fall.

 

SEE: https://www.unimib.it/unimib-international/winter-and-summer-schools/summer-schools-2019

THE SIENESE COUNTRYSIDE

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The end of August 2018. Five days in the Sienese countryside with my old Fuji X100. Colle Val d’Elsa was my headquarters. Day after day I visited Casole d’Elsa, Monteriggioni, Montalcino, Mensano, Sovicille, Rosia, Sant’Antimo and San Galgano… ENJOY my b&w tour!

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CARESSING A SKULL

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I think sometimes pics have an educational role: looking that people working to recover the stories of those people who lived almost 2000 years ago, you can reach a more balanced vision of death. The skull emerges again with stories of life. [Shot taken with Olympus OM-D E-M5 + Zuiko 30mm f3.5 MACRO]

LET YOUR PICS TELL A STORY

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Let your pictures tell a story. During the years as photographer/journalist/essayist and curator I’ve always looked for a personal narrative that could help me put a story together in a thoughtful way. Very soon I’ve felt bored by the dangerous & sticky idea of “beautiful images.” The ability of storytelling – a deep love for History and the need for different languages – is now the main difference between a “catcher of beautiful images” (closer to a lone collector) and a photographer who is a visual artist.
Please contact me – this is my e-mail: ceschimatteo@gmail.com – if you feel the wish and the urgency to let your pictures talk! I can help you arrange your stories in a professional way.

SERVICES:

– curator
– text/narrative editor
– historical/visual professional advice
– backstage set photographer
– press office

MY NEW BOOK

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Now in bookstores my new book, Un’altra musica. L’America nelle canzoni di protesta (Mimesis Edizioni 2018), an ideal spin-off of my Unseen Sixties photo collection exhibition at Expowall Gallery. The shot used for the cover is one of the pictures of the exhibition.  If you like the cover shot and you want to buy a fine art print by Mario Govino, please contact my gallery. ENJOY!

BACKSTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

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Photography is documenting a moment.

Whatever the situation or the subject to be recorded, the photographer carries out his task/assignment through his instrument.

Usually we forget this specific aspect, stressing the aesthetic value of the shot excessively, to the detriment of its historical value.

Humans need to record their activities and photography has proved to be the most agile and comfortable means, especially with the advent of digital technology.

The setting up of an art exhibition or fair, the backstage of a fashion catwalk or a studio recording session can now be shared in a flash. Today the world moves on with the speed of social networks; let’s not forget it!

In particular, everything that cannot be seen, the backstage of events in fact, is a source of continuous curiosity for the public connected to the web.

Responding to this wish to “know more”, to see what goes on behind the scenes, companies and individuals rely on backstage set photographers: in this way they share the backstage of their own production process.

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In the past, enlightened managers like Adriano Olivetti entrusted the telling of their industrial narrative to the universal evocative power of photography. Wherever you looked at them, those photos spoke and contributed to the fortune of those who had commissioned them.

Today as then, showing yourself for who you are is a winning card.