ME, MYSELF AND I, NOVEMBER 2018

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MATTEO CESCHI, Milanese street photographer, essayist and journalist, he writes for several magazines and has exhibited his shots in various locations. His latest book, Un’altra musica. L’america nella canzoni di protesta, was published in 2018 by Mimesis Edizioni. He is a member of f50/The International Photography Collective. His latest projects were in collaboration with f/50 fellows John Meehan, Steve Coleman, Keith Goldstein and Peter Barton and with the Italian fashion brand Lucio Costa. He received a honorable mention at the 2015 International Photography Awards. In 2016 he realized with colleague Jim Marshall KO.existence, a photographic project exhibited in Sarajevo and in 2017 in Milan (with high-patronage of the Italian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina). In 2017 he was curator of an exhibition of historic photos entitled Unseen Sixties at ExpoWall gallery in Milan. In Spring 2017 he launched with creative designer Federico Ramponi remoteclicking, a new shooting language that exploits mobile technology. He was the author of the “making of” of artist and director Federico Garibaldi’s short film, Un filo tra cielo, terra e acqua, winner of the Silver Dolphin prize at the 2018 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

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MATTEO CESCHI & JIM MARSHALL’S “KO.EXISTENCE” IN MILAN

After the Fall 2016 debut in Sarajevo “KO.existence” photo exhibition comes to Milan. OPENING: October 23, h 6:30 PM, Casa dei diritti, via De Amicis 10.

INFO: https://www.unimib.it/open/eventi/Mostra-fotografica_-KOexistence/782914849973395990

SJJ 016 – POSTCARDS FROM A PRESENT IN PROGRESS

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I left for Sarajevo with the reports of a couple of friends and Giovanna Volpi’s essay Sarajevo Maybe, 1994 in my pocket. In the bag, I also had a couple of cameras: a FujiFilm X30 and a small Ricoh GX100. The program included a photo exhibition entitled ko.existence. *

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Those few notions I lost once in town. There, other friends – professor Tatjana Sekulić and photographer Jim Marshall, my partner in the ko.existence exhibition organized by the Universities of Milan Bicocca, Sarajevo and East Sarajevo with the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Sarajevo – pinned on my notebook some names of places and sketches from the past.

But I was living the present.

And this Present was full of new inputs: it was almost unable to contain its stories. The Baščaršija, the Ottoman market district; the Faculty of Political Science; a Sunday marathon; the alleys, a covered shelter during the long siege (1992-1995) away from the shots of the snipers; the numerous and silent cemeteries that embrace the city from the hills. Every aspect of Sarajevo told me stories of a present in progress. Everyday life survived the war and committed to stopping the resurgence of nationalisms and waves of fundamentalisms.

In this present in progress citizens of Sarajevo do not seem tired to defend the urgent sense of coexistence.

My task, as a street photographer, was to record all these inputs and send them to you as series of postcards.

 

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* The title of the exhibition came from a suggestion of one of the directors of the Summer School: the original co.existence became ko.existence better tailored to the life of Western and Eastern metropolises. “Ko”, in the Bosnian language means “who?”, so the title is a pun implying a challenge to the viewers to rethink their notion of coexistence and avoid the danger of a social knock out.

“KO.EXISTENCE” EXHIBITION IN SARAJEVO

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Sarajevo, September 19-24

MATTEO CESCHI and JIM MARSHALL

“KO.existence”

Opening, 7 PM

Public Room Evergreen

Avdage Šahinagića 6, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tuesday-Saturday (4-9 PM)

INFO: federico.sicurella@gmail.com, tanja.sekulic@unimib.it

KO.existence is a b&w photo reportage by Italian photographer Matteo Ceschi and British based in Sarajevo photographer Jim Marshall inspired by the theme of the 2016 International Summer School “Rethinking the Culture of Tolerance” (organized by University Milan-Bicocca, University of East Sarajevo and University of Sarajevo with the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Sarajevo). Two photographers, without ever meeting in person, took pictures in their cities, Milan and Sarajevo, with a street photography approach. The title of the series (50 shots) came from a suggestion of one of the directors of the Summer School: the original “Co.existence” became “KO.existence” better tailored to the life of Western and Eastern metropolises. “Ko”, in the Bosnian language means “who?”, so the title is a pun implying a challenge to the viewers to rethink their notion of “coexistence” and avoid the danger of a social “knock out”. People sharing spaces and places every day, in fact “coexist”, in a neutral situation that has not yet developed into good or bad relationships. Starting from this initial position, each photographer has developed in his own style the different issues of contemporary co-existence trying to give substance to the suffix word “KO”.

“I started to shoot in a restricted central area of Milan with different cameras and different lights. I was looking for this kind of neutral situation, neither good nor bad. Each of my 25 frames – I collected 40-45 shots for this project – represents a possible first step for neighborly co-existence. Asian and African women at the open air market, a group of smiling Asian men as background to a businessman on the phone, a thoughtful tall man sitting in the local café – in my viewfinder all these subjects become the crossroads of co-existence. No judgment or opinion from me, just a well-trained passion for recording the world around me. Quoting the last Michael Jackson, This Is It!”