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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EAST END: FROM JACK LONDON’S EXPERIENCE TO BANKSY’S DISCIPLES

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The original idea for this photo project was to go looking for Jack London’s traces/footprints in the East End area – London visited the East End ‘hoods in the early twentieth century (see The People of the Abyss, 1903). Topography excepted, nothing remains of that early XXth century London.

Starting from the area of the docks and the London Docklands Museum (immortalized in the first two shots) I pursued my research in Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Whitechapel; very soon an initial disappointment was superseded by the curiosity for the “punk” scenarios/scenes that opened up in front of the lens (I shot with FujiFilm X30 and Fuji X100).

Maintaining a historic storytelling, I physically abandoned the first decade of the Twentieth Century and pushed myself closer, towards the present days. So, I discovered the disciples of Banksy (they could be disciples or… might very well be Mr. Banksy himself operating under new pseudonyms), along with melting pot scenes and punk/street attitude.

No Jack London traces were found, but I consider the famous American writer guided me in a subliminal way during a three-days photo walk. Without sinking into the abyss as he did – at the time, Jack London lived eighty days in the slums with the poorest people in London – I pushed myself beyond “the easy job” and I started to collect photos that interacted with each other (in pairs), turning the visual sketches into a document. Each couple of frames is a single voice in a wider story where social and architectural geometries blend or merge into each other.

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THE STREET TALKS VS. THE BUSINESS OF ART

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The street talks vs. the business of art. Italy criminalizes street art BUT supports the unofficial exhibition of an artist who belongs to the streets. [Shot taken with FujiFilm X30] #tvboy #banksy #streetart #nocompromise

ROBBERY

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Robbery, Milano, October 9, 2018 [Fuji X100]

LES SITUATIONS

Les situations, Paris, late November 2016 [Olympus E-P2]

“SIGNES/SEGNI”, NOVEMBER 10-24, 2015

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SIGNES/SEGNI, November 10-24, 2015

Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca
Building U6 – Floor S
Piazza dell’Ateneo Nuovo 1, Milano.

Opening, 10 November, h 14:00

A photographic reportage around the Place de la République monument in Paris, focused on the numerous tags, drawings, graffiti and visiting people commemorating the January 11, 2015 victims of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly magazine and kosher supermarket massacres. The series of 12 raw b&w shots – the fine art print is Gian Paolo Daldello‘s – was taken not only in a photographer’s perspective but with a historical documentation purpose – soon all these signs/evidence will disappear! There is no judgment by the photographer, the will to record prevails. The November 10-24, 2015 exhibition – curated by professor Tatjana Sekulić – is organized in collaboration with the Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca and linked to an interdepartmental series of seminars on the contradictions and conflicts of today’s plural society.

Read Gian Paolo Daldello Italian interview.

PRENDETE IL MIO CORPO

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Prendete il mio corpo, Napoli, early July 2015 [Nikon 1 J2]