surreal portraits against the fetishization of asian women

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The works of the 23-year-old Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee are dreamy and ethereal, soft light, impalpable and soft focus, the one that strikes in her photos in a nutshell is fiction and perspective, unlike many of her peers photographers is extremely recognizable , polaroid of an infinite moment, at least the feeling is that.

Chinese girl, who has grown up in China since the beginning of her very young career, has challenged the media image of Chinese contemporary woman, fought against the objectification and fetishism of the woman’s body.

Through her latest project, XING, a well-kept and self-produced book, Lee continues to address these issues. XING has 10 international photographers – from Lin Zhi Peng in Beijing to Japanese photographer Mayumi Hosokura – whose job is to undermine the stereotypes associated with Asian women and their bodies. “I think it’s important to break this pink vision of Asian women,” says Lee in the dazed interview that we are reporting below. “Not all Asian females are submissive, silent, ants, and timid.”

Photography Mayumi Hosokara

Do you feel fetishized as an Asian woman in London? More so than when you lived in Singapore?
Growing up in Singapore cushioned me in the way that I perceived the world, and it was only when I moved to London that I became aware of the real problems of race that persist on a global scale. Being fetishized is a strange thing — and I think that there is a fine line between being appreciated for one’s beauty in all forms versus being lusted after for the sake of skin colors, facial appearances, and body figures.

Photography Tammy Volpe

Photography Tammy Volpe

How does XING address that fetishization? Which notions are you most challenging?
A lot of the images in XING capitalize on mimicry, and [this] utilization of miming allows the images to satirize and subvert existing notions of Asian women. Asian identities are manifold and can be problematic to navigate. More so, Asian women tred rockier territories because of their intersectional identities — that being doubly disadvantaged being a woman and a person of color on top of gender inequality. More often than not, the bodies of Asian women are highly romanticized [with] exotic-erotic characteristics. Tracing it back to the theory of orientalism, Asian women are looked upon as objects that can be molded or claimed in the hands of her beholder. By confronting existing stereotypes head on, the book regurgitates existing notions and makes them its own.

Photography Takuya Nagata

Photography Takuya Nagata

If the purpose is to subvert stereotypes, why include nude and sexual images?
The association between sex and sexuality and Asian women is almost inseparable; there is a considerable amount of fetishization and objectification of the Asian female figure. In the book, some of the contributing photographers have directly addressed this issue of powerlessness by allowing their subjects to reclaim their intersectionalized identity as a woman, and as a person of Asian ethnicity. I wanted XING to address the elephant in the room, to demystify preconceptions of what the rest of the world thought of Asian women, and anchoring a large portion of the project on sexuality was an appropriate kickoff to further conversations.

Photography Lin Zhipeng

Do you have a favorite photo in the book?
Takuya Nagata’s shot of the two girls from his series Umegoyomi resonates with me. Donned in traditional kimonos, both of the girls are seen without any other clothing underneath. I like this image because it pays homage to one’s heritage and culture, without being archaic. It also highlights the bonds shared between women, and I find this combination of sisterhood, tradition, and risqué-ness very engaging.

Photography Takuya Nagata

Photography Takuya Nagata

What do you want people to know about Asian women in 2017?
I think it is important to establish and recognize that Asian female youth today are independent, modern, and come in all shapes and forms. I hope for XING to be a beacon of sorts to young Asian women, a reminder of the importance of heritage, belonging, and sexuality.

Photography Vivian Fu

Photography Vivian Fu

What’s next for you and for XING ?
With this first chapter just launched, things are still in the air with future installments. The form of XING may change in the next chapter, but its function will always remain the same.

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Elizabeth Gabrielle Lee

Photography Vivan Fu

Photography Vivan Fu

Photography Vivan Fu

Photography Vivan Fu

Photography Ronan McKenzie

Photography Ronan McKenzie

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Banksy wanted to tell his opinion on the exhibition in London dedicated to Basquiat

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The Barbican Center in London, the most important theatrical center in Europe, on Thursday, September 21, inaugurated an exhibition dedicated to US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. “Basquiat: Boom for Real,” which will last until January 28, 2018, coincides with thirty years of death, at 27 years of heroin overdose, of one of the most iconic figures of the 1970s and 1980s and, by extension, throughout the 20th century.

Basquiat, along with Keith Haring, gave dignity graffiti and writing engaging enthusiasts and admirers to bring this movement from metropolitan streets in New York to art galleries. And could one of the “street” icons of the new millennium, do not leave an irreverent comment on this initiative? Absolutely not, so street artist Banksy is back in action in his home country with two new murales, a provocation in his style, to respond to the exhibition promoted by the Barbican Center.

   

On his Instagram account, the anonymous Bristol’s artist has posted three pictures accompanied by brief but incisive comments. Reminders to SAMO (a juvenile pseudonym of Basquiat during the era of graffiti) are obvious. In the first work we can see a queue of people waiting to ride on a panoramic wheel with seats replaced with a recurring symbol in the art of the American artist, the crown. Below, a caption quite eloquent, referring to the Barbican: «A place that is normally very keen to clean any graffiti from its walls».

The allusion that puts a general reflection on street art is just the different treatment of graffiti in and out of museums.

In fact, tn the second work, the biggest one, we see is the protagonist of the famous 1982 painting “Boy and Dog in Johnnypump” while being searched by two agents of the London metropolitan police. The man, interpreted as a portrait of the same Basquiat, emphasizes the treatment that the artist would have today if he was just a black guy and not the international celebrity on whose museums and collectors are making money. Here too, on Instagram, a pungent comment: «An (unofficial) collaboration with the new Basquiat show».

Touchée.

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Davide Agnolazza: Idomeni and the story of a pirate radio

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“Spring 2016: Hungary, Serbia and Macedonia arbitrarily decide to close their borders in the face of those who flee from Syria, interrupting the Balkan route connecting Europe to Asia. So tens of thousands remain in the middle ground between the Middle East and Northern Europe: Greece. And it is on the barbed wire that divides Greece from Macedonia, which begins this story. At Idomeni, a small frontier country “. Davide Agnolazza, a social worker, begins her relationship with Tedx Taranto “on clouds travel ideas”, the first edition of Ted in the city of Puglia.

In an improvised tendon where more than fifteen thousand people live in the hope of being able to pass the barbed wire that divides them from friends and relatives, managed to go more than a few days before the closure of the borders, the first pirate radio, radio noborder, was born. He started transmitting on May 31, 2016. Two weeks later the activists are arrested, since transmitting is considered illegal practice. But the idea now travels on its legs and spreads to the world. Radio noborder becomes an itinerant project on migration, moving between Italy, Europe and the Middle East. And so an open platform is born to anyone who wants to continue this collective narrative (http://radionoborder.net/about/).

When did the idea of ​​a pirated radio go to Idomeni?

“It was night-time and with so many activists, coming everywhere to help, we were in a big tent. A day curtain was an independent law office and at night it was our home. He always discussed how to do the next day. They were tired, lacking confidence. ‘Boys why do not we make a radio? Yes a radio, a radio station. With antennas and repeaters, we put it in the tent, light it up and start transmitting. Let’s do radio Idomeni. We take activists, volunteers, refugees’. So we started our broadcasts in a refugee camp 20 miles from Idomeni, after this had been swept away by police bulldozers. Without relevant radio experiences, we did not know either that we were doing it or how. An antenna mounted on a fishing rod was sent on a pirated frequency at 95.00 in medium waves. A satellite parabola, pointing to the sky, broadcast live broadcasts on the internet, and a huge loudspeaker in the middle of the field, overwhelmingly disturbed public peace by sending interviews, speeches, stories, and music for hours “

How did the project evolve?

“A community was born around the radio. Content building was done with shared methods as a sort of editing. Everyone slowly found his role. There were technicians, speakers, translators, dj. There were dozens of people alternating with the radio’s microphones every day. The narration of the phenomenon thus became active, self-managed, pure”.

How did migrants approach the use of the radio?

“They lived it like a karaoke at the beginning. The only thing they wanted to do was put music, because the radio we always did with a loudspeaker so that those around us in a radius of a few hundred meters knew what was going on. When they began to understand that radio, beyond the loudspeaker, went online, then they began to tell their stories. Many of them had been interviewed by journalists and TV but faced these media as they were posing. With the radio they pulled out their personality”.

Has the radio changed from its origins to today, looking at the different approaches to migrants?

“The contexts have changed the story. When we were dealing with refugees coming from a conflict like that in Syrian, Greece, their story was a protest tale for the closed border, protesting the authority that would not allow them to reach their destination. With African migrants victims of the caporalate in southern Italy, we found stable people who were not going to continue the journey. Sometimes a ransom, others of extreme sadness because they talked about ghettos, the extreme poverty they lived in. With Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, it was the story of the ongoing protest against the Israeli vice. A reconstruction story in Iraq just after the crisis in Mosul”.

What are you doing now?

“I’m in Greece, working as a logistical manager of a UN-funded refugee camp but managed by an independent Italian non-governmental organization. I deal with cases of extreme vulnerability”.

When did you begin, at Idomeni, what has changed in Greece?

“All those who came to Idomeni did not intend to stop in Greece. They wanted to go to Northern Europe. Those who failed to pass the borders were deported to the military camps and entered the longest car of European reception, asking who for the asylum, few, many for family reunification and many for the relocation, which was a sort of lottery where Europe with the breakdown, decided where to send people. Now in Greece there are asylum seekers in Greece. They realized that there is no hope of going anywhere else unless they have money to pay a trafficker”.

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Cottweiler x Reebok FW 17 Capsule Collection

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Cottweiler’s first collaboration is important.
The London Brand, has launched a collaboration with the Fitness Reebok Giant.
A capsule collection was packed with everything that trained fitness lovers may want.
The FW17 collection, COTTWEILER For REEBOK combines glamorous textures and timeless sports pieces for a long past where design and function are both important.
inspired by the holistic world, the tissues that have been used have a therapeutic effect on the body.

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About Fiorucci, a rebirth and the history of a brand

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By now everyone knows, is no longer a secret. 2017 is the year of Fiorucci’s return. Perhaps the word “return” is reductive, we should talk about “rebirth” because it is so that they see it in the famous fashion label. To the point that, on 16 September there was a real Resurrection Party in Italian style, arranged for guests and celeb in the middle of London Fashion Week with the opening of a store in Soho, on the corner of Brewer and Great Windmill Street.

For CEO Janie Schaffer, owner of the Italian brand since 2015: “This is a creative and versatile space with movable furniture, perfect for organizing exhibitions, events and Fiorucci style parties”. In fact, it is a fiorucci-style futuristic shop, a 500-square-foot palace, once home to a Victorian chocolate factory. Two floors entirely dedicated to the new Flagship store where, besides the collections of women, men, denim and accessories, there are gift items and home designs, posters, stickers and the Fiorucci volume. The planes are connected by a huge spiral staircase decorated by a floral installation of Pulbrook and Gould. In the basement there is the showroom and the press office. Obviously he could not miss a customization area, which produces jeans customized and personalized, embroidered, screen printed or decorated with original images from the fabulous Fiorucci graphic archive.
In the London store you can enjoy pink cappuccinos or sample cupcakes from Fioruccino, the bar operated by Palm Vaults; while in the cocktail bar and in the lounge on the first floor you can attend music and fashion events each week, just as it happened in those fabulous years at the Fiorucci stores.

A revival that does not forget the past of the fashion house, in fact enhances its old splendor through the volume Fiorucci, which in Italy goes on sale on September 23 just 10 Corso Como in Milan. Edited by Rizzoli, the book celebrates the 50th anniversary of the brand and collects the contributions of all those who crossed the New York store, from a young Marc Jacobs to Sofia Coppola between the 70s and 80s.
Everything started when Elio Fiorucci began exporting London’s Swinging Sixties aesthetics to Italian customers in 1967. By the mid-1970s, Fiorucci was a global business with stores in Milan, London and New York, selling everything from PVC jerseys in graphic t-shirts and leopard prints or glitter. There were also the seminal posters, the stickers and the goods that, from there, would become collectibles.
The story of the Fiorucci label is practically woven into the pop culture tapestry. Remembered as the “daytime study 54.” So much so that the same Andy Warhol founded Interview magazine in the Fiorucci store on Lexington Avenue in New York. Madonna, just 16 years, has held her first own concert in the store in New York where Jackie O and Elizabeth Taylor were knocking on coffee and Truman Capote signed his books.
Boys likes of Klaus Nomi and Joey Arias were part of Fiorucci staff. They sold jeans painted by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. Marc Jacobs met Calvin Klein here when he was just a teenager. His influence was felt in the work of old guard watchmen such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, John Galliano and Isaac Mizrahi, as well as emerging talents such as Charles Jeffrey, Ashley Williams and Matty Bovan.

In the new Rizzoli book dedicated to the brand, Sofia Coppola wrote that there was “nothing more exciting and glamorous”. Today the idea of glamor has changed, but the Fiorucci brand seems more and more current. Perhaps this is the right time for a resumption. It will please the old fans Fiorucci and Millennials obsessed with nostalgia, for which Fiorucci is simply the fashion legend.

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The masked Rapper of Brooklyn, Leikeli47 is back | MILK

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The masked Rapper of Brooklyn, Leikeli47 is back.
after having spent so many years in the undergrowth of the big apple, has finally come to the mainstream.
has produced the new ep with Hardcover / RCA Records label.
Here’s a couple of her tracks down.

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Björk: The Gate | It can cause addiction

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For the first release from her forthcoming new album, co-produced by Arca, Björk has teamed up with a super-troupe of contributors to create a hallucinogenic new video. Artist Andrew Thomas Huang lends his tech-savvy hand to envision a kaleidoscopic world inhabited by the singer-songwriter, who is clad in an iridescent otherworldly garment designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele.

Björk, Dazed magazine

For the first release from her forthcoming new album, co-produced by Arca, Björk has teamed up with a super-troupe of contributors to create a hallucinogenic new video. Artist Andrew Thomas Huang lends his tech-savvy hand to envision a kaleidoscopic world inhabited by the singer-songwriter, who is clad in an iridescent otherworldly garment designed by Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. Here, Huang talks about the project:

“The Gate picks up where 2015’s Vulnicura left off. It is the first glimpse into Björk’s utopia. The doorway lies within the wound from Vulnicura, which now appears transformed into a prismatic portal channeled between the chests of two lovers. Not lovers in the quotidian romantic sense, but in a broader cosmological way. As a throughway into Bjork’s new album, The Gate is a declaration of hope sung by a woman refracted and re-formed into a luminous whole.

“I am especially proud of this film as I feel it is a culmination of my five-year collaboration with Björk and James Merry. It’s been such a nourishing three-way relationship and this film is the perfect synthesis of our brains and our hearts. Having Alessandro Michele’s design as the centerpiece in this film is a dream.

“I want to give a special shout-out to my visual effects partners Wolf & Crow, who have pulled off an exceptional feat for this visually packed video. Building a world like this takes a village and I feel blessed to be in this company of artists.”

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Gareth Pugh S/S 18 by Show Studio! Definitive

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‘This is not a show.’ Nick Knight and Gareth Pugh offer an exclusive visual insight into Pugh’s S/S 18 collection presented here as fashion film. In collaboration with philosophical artist Olivier de Sagazan, Pugh explores the extremities offered by the elements and the raw physicality of humanity

 

This season, in a move that is becoming synonymous with the Gareth Pugh brand, the London-based designer invited his audience to the BFI IMAX for an exclusive screening of this fashion film, edited by Art Director Younji Ku, in lieu of the traditional catwalk show.

Nick Knight and Gareth Pugh continue their longstanding friendship with a film that expresses the intensities of Pugh’s collection for S/S 18, as conceptualised by Knight, Pugh and Carson McColl. French philosophical artist Olivier de Sagazan interacts with Pugh on both a physical and cerebral plane, pushing the boundaries of fashion imagery in their collaborative work with clay, water and paint.

Katie Shillingford styles looks from Gareth Pugh’s S/S 18 collection against a set by Andy Tomlinson. A sea of bodies choreographed by Wayne McGregor surge together whilst Tessa Kuragi is encased in gold foil.

 

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Palomo Spain Spring/Summer 2018 @NYFW

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Palomo Spain S/S18 NYFW
presented yesterday its Spring/Summer 2018 collection,
the fifth one of the designer Alejandro Gómez Palomo, creative director of the brand.

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JR MESSICO E KIKITO

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«Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them». The wisdom of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s words in his masterpiece “The little prince” finds daily demonstrations.
Seeing this gigantic child’s gaze and imagining him while he grabs the iron bars in the barrier would be to think: «What the hell are we doing?!». Kikito is just a little more than a year old, but his look, curious, must be a watch for the drift that day after day are taking by the decisions of the big ones: his hands resting on the wall that separates Mexico from the US is a symbol of genuine resistance.

Kikito appeared near Tecate, a town in Mexico, on the part of the wall that borders San Diego County. The artistic father is the French JR who, following his style of black-and-white photograph reproduction, has printed the image of this child who lives with his mother and grandparents, whom he himself has met at Tecate.
Although it is not a direct statement against the President of the United States, JR’s work follows Donald Trump’s decision to review the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”, the Obama program that protects the children of illegal immigrants grown in America. So-called “dreamers” who risk expulsion are about 800,000. And it’is in a dream that the French artist came to realize this work, the first in Mexico for him: «Some people dream about fantasy worlds, I dream about walls,” he said in a phone interview to New York Times – In one of these, there was a child looking over the wall at the border and, while with a friend I was visiting a house in Tecate, I saw the little one. He reminded me of the dream. I wonder, is this kid worrying about what will happen? What does he think? At one year old, you don’t see the frontier or which side is better»

The work, fully visible only from the American side until October 2th, is not the first made on the border between the United States and Mexico. In Tijuana, the Japanese collective Chim Pom has built a treehouse named “USA Visitors Center”, while American photographer, Richard Misrach, and Mexican composer, Guillermo Galindo, have joined forces to realize the “Border cantos” project, a realization of particular musical instruments (such as llantambores), starting from the items that migrants leave on the trip.

For JR, whose recent work has frequently dealt with immigrants and refugees, the Mexican installation is part of a continuing conversation: «People will always migrate: when we built walls, people built tunnels. When we closed places, they went by the water. The history of humanity is the story of people migrating. Of course, that has to be regulated, but for this little kid, there are no walls and borders».

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My Big Fat Rainbow Wedding | Love is Love

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Imagine a September evening, your feet immersed in the sand of Salento, the beautiful dress, the sweet wind and a late summer wedding. It could also be a civil union, though sometimes, legally, the words make the difference, love not that is the same for everyone. Just like the premarital hysteria of the mothers, sister-in-law, brides, and bridegroom. It does not change anything, there is bureaucracy, publications, participation that is to be sent in time, there is the ceremony to be prepared and it must be touching but not too much, the clothes to be bought, in this regard the spouses should go on a diet, the photographer to choose, a reception to be arranged, dinner test, there is to arrange the guests at the tables, because Aunt Pina does not speak to Aunt Maria from the 1996 quarrel, the music that must entertain everyone, the adornments , flowers that do not have to be too bulky, the most unsuccessful bombshells are more fun, especially there is a celebration of love, a new family that is born.
Whether it is between man and woman, woman and woman, man and man, man and trans, trans and woman, Aunt Pina and Aunt Mary, there is a family that is born!

Where do we begin now?
My dear ones, now they are bitter cabbages.
It takes a wedding planner!
Do not think you know how to do it all by yourself, unless you are a seasoned professional.
Now, if you want to join in civil union and want to do it in Puglia, what you need are Giovanna and Michela D’Alema. The two sisters have recently won the Pin, Pugliesi Innovativi of the Apulia Region, with a project called “My Big Fat Raibow Wedding”, but on social you will find it with the name “Say Yes wedding and more”.
Their idea is not only to guide and help the bride and groom during the preparation of their special day, but also help them from the bureaucratic point of view.They are the first in Puglia to provide this service to couples. “I am part of a homophobia contrast association called Freely and openly,” told me Giovanna, telling how the project idea was born: “I have been following the LGBTQ casue in Lecce for five years now and I’ve had the opportunity to see the change of territory and approach to issues that were initially a bit of a taboo and are now being experienced more naturally. I was thinking of spending the cause in this regard, also because I’m homosexual and this is also my need to contribute to the improvement of society. While for my sister is a somewhat more complex speech, she is heterosexual: time ago I told her about a couple of friends of ours, who was joining civilly were victims of homophobia, they had gone to buy clothes for the ceremony in a boutique and were mistreated. This has upset her a lot, a number of factors have come to her, she felt hurt, imagining that this could happen to me “.
Thus the first phase of the project is linked to the formation of those who will interface with couples who will join civilly. All those who will interface with their network on civil unions must be ready and comfortable, because there is still much confusion and there are still a lot of prejudice. They will meet Florists, Caterers, Suppliers and Workers to teach and raise awareness of civil unions.
A training that will be used by external partners such as the Lea Association, Freely and Openly and the Seyf Association, with Vincenzo Lotito and Sandro Accogli, who deals with cultural exchanges to help girls to extend abroad and help those couples homosexuals wanting to join Salento. “So, explains Giovanna, to seasonalize Gay Tourism in Salento.”
But let’s come to us. How is a civil union organized?
“Just as a wedding is organized,” replies Giovanna quickly and begins to explain, “with so much difficulty, so much effort. We think first of all at the bureaucratic level, what we need to do to ensure that civil union is valid. In short, the same path as for a traditional wedding. It is necessary to go to the municipality to request a number of forms to be filled out and documents to be submitted. It is an important aid to the couple, because having been approved for only one year the rules on civil unions are not yet clear to all. There is still much confusion”.

Are there any publications, so it does not change much?
“It is the same, only that it has been called civil union to underline, in my opinion, the difference between heterosexual couples and homosexual couples. Because in fact it corresponds entirely to a marriage, exclusion made for the obligation of loyalty. This is something we do not like at all. If, one day, the couple wanted to divorce, adultery would not be the reason for divorce. Almost to emphasize the promiscuous nature of homosexual relationships”.
Giovanna will join herself in June next year, with her girlfriend Gaia and she does not imagine her being betrayed or that they will not be a traditional family. They look tiny, but they are already great women and we will follow them again.

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The law on the apology of fascism and a country tormented by its past

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In the Italian system, we had immediately thought of the constitution drawn up in the wake of the liberation war for twenty years of totalitarianism: “It is forbidden to reorganize, in any form, the dissolved fascist party,” recites the tenth and transitional disposition. Then, in succession, the Scelba Law of 1952 introduced the Fascist apology and the 1993 Mancini law punishing acts and behaviors related to Nazi-fascism and which incited racial discrimination. But, of course, it was not enough in this third millennium Italy that has not yet made peace with itself, with its past and that it too often vomits its xenophobic regurgitation towards migrants disembarking on our shores in search of hope. It is enough to think of this summer that it is ending, with the Chioggia Venetian shrine transformed into a sanctuary of fascism, the “march on Rome” paved by Forza Nuova on October 28 or the cake depicting Hitler’s face for sale in a pastry shop of Maratea.

The Chamber of Deputies approved the text of the law proposal of the Parliamentary pd Emanuele Fiano, establishing the fascist propaganda offense. The rule is made up of a single article punishing the six to two-year jail sentence “anyone who propagates the images or contents of the fascist party or the German National Socialist Party, or its ideologies, even through production, distribution, dissemination or the sale of goods depicting persons, images or symbols to which they are clearly referred, or publicly quoting the symbolism or gesture. ” In addition, the penalty increased by a third “if the fact is committed through telematic or computer tools”.
It is so introduced a new article in the Criminal Code, the 293bis.

The law has received the free Montecitorio with 261 yes, 122 no and 15 abstained: favoring majority and left parties, voted against M5S, Forza Italia, Fratelli d’Italia and Lega Nord. Should also have a green light from the Senate, the text would be a success of the democratic parliamentary Emanuele Fiano, who strongly wanted the law also seen that wears the crimes of fascism, being son of a jew and deported to Auschwitz survivor. Oppositions, on the other hand, complain about alleged unconstitutionality and demagogy of a rule that would limit the freedom of manifestation of thought. But, more likely, it is the voice of those who have no courage to say anti-fascist because they simply are not.

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The emotion in a body: Paolo Troilo

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“To me the colors are an illusion, they are misleading, traitors. Black and white are open doors.
I chose to eliminate the colors because they did not tell their stories. And I also removed the environment around, the objects, the clothes. I want to paint directly, without interference “, he said Paolo Troilo, Italian artist on exhibit in New York. He is an extraordinary artist, who many of you will remember for his vigorous work, others for the spot of Nespresso.
Trolio seems to hold much to his biography, so I will report it precisely: he “was born in Taranto in 1972 from Antonio and Lucia Troilo. He studied Architecture and Modern Literature at the Florence University, then in Rome at the European Institute of Design.
From 1997 to 2009 he worked for several international advertising agencies (Saatchi & Saatchi, Arnold Worldwide) as Art Director first, then as Creative Director”.

He paints himself always with nervous lines, creating strong images and impact. Indeed, the undisputed protagonist of his paintings is his reflection on the canvas, but above all the human being. Troilo painted torn souls that contort and struggle in search of their own identity.
As the artist explained, the naked bodies are painted in an empty space, alone with themselves to make sure that the viewer is not distracted. The emotions the paintings tell of are ancestral drives, despair and redemption, a cry that starts from the depths of the soul and wants to shake the world.
The violence of the image is perhaps also explained by the physicality with which Troilo approaches the canvas using his fingers as brushes, immersing them in his cans of black and ivory acrylic colors, spreading the color on the canvas to obtain an intense material effect.
“The day that I went out to buy all the tools to start painting I forgot to buy the brushes, so I started to paint with my fingers” he explained.
A casualty that has turned into a well-defined stylistic choice, not just hand painting but also working in monochrome, with strong contrasts or gray stairs.

His most exciting works are painted on large canvases, one of them being “Bandiere” where flags are men who seem to be bent over by the wind. Or the “Rannicchiati” series that portrays male bodies folded on themselves, concentrated in their inner world and ready to explode or “Guerra e Pace” where they explore the concept of opposites and the search for a fragile balance.
Surely his pictorial method made him know human anatomy well, because in every bend, every muscle or nerve can tell an emotion.

Nowadays Paolo Troilo is famous and appreciated all over the world and has exhibited in the most famous art galleries and as he explains in his bio: “In 2011 he was selected for the 54th Biennale di Venezia. His works have been displayed in Milan, Rome, Florence, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, San Francisco, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles.
He lives and works both in Milan and in Palermo, he is Antonio and Brio Caterina’s father”.
This year will be IF! Italians Festival, at the Teatro Franco Parenti in Milan, September 28-30, 2017. The theme of this year is: applied art and technology to subvert the system and point the way to a new generation of creatives and brands.

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Helmut Lang Spring/Summer 2018 | top outfit

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Helmut Lang Spring/Summer 2018 @NFW

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NEW Vogue Funky ADDICTION! Fergie – You Already Know ft. Nicki Minaj

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Pre-order DOUBLE DUTCHESS and receive “You Already Know” feat. Nicki Minaj instantly: http://ferg.be/doubledutchess

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HOM, House of Malakai: ritual – esotericism and dance culture

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House of Malakai, the label was born in 2013, the project started out to create tailor made jewelry.
HOM, has quickly become one of the favorite fetish for performance and red carpet.
He, Malakai, is an artist and performer who was born artistically in Berlin, worked as a DJ and in Cirque Du Soleil, when he moved to San Francisco, founded HOM, now lives mainly in Bali, Indonesia.
His works are rooted in the underground scene of SF, a well-balanced set inspired by Neo-Paganism, tribal ritual and dance culture.
The brand was created as a vehicle to convey his Eclectic vision, which is quickly absorbed from the underground international cultures and beyond.
We have seen his creation on the face of many, including shows and performances from FKA Twigs to Beyoncé, to the brother Vieira Borges, Viktoria Modesta and Rihanna, is not only appreciated by the stars, but also has an international resonance between fashionists from London, Tokyo, New York, Paris and Seoul, where tribal ritual is appreciated and fashion is experimentation not just status expression.
There is a strong call for underground cultures like that of ancient Eastern philosophies and some African cultures.
It is certainly something that the fashion had not seen before, the film had already prepared the market for this kind of facial enhancement, but in fashion before him had not seen anything like that, after him, many have graced the faces only for shows but no one for everyday life, the gaze points away, to a future looking at the tribal past.
In the hands of this multimedia artist, cultures are mixed in a very natural way, we can safely define him as avant-garde.
He has collaborated with major brands for their shows and not only, like Manish Arora, Norisol Ferrari, Rick Owens, Joshua Reno of Majesty Black.

He said to vogue:
Among my inspirations are Gothic elements, death interpretations and punk rock, with a neo-romantic twist and bohemian. My ornaments were an art form with something extreme. At age 19 I started to perform with fire and then on stilts, I was involved in burlesque and dance art. Dear Californian friends have brought me to Bali, they love the island and they were already there. It is a place much loved by artists and free spirits like myself –
We hope soon to be able to witness one of his shows and or presentation, where we are certain to sink into a new-old esoteric rituals.

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Racist Criticism: a mural was (temporarily) blocked in Kiev

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There are happy eyes and a smiling mouth. There is a child who, joyfully, looks all the people from the top of a palace in Kiev, in Ukraine. A spontaneous and belly laugh, who knows how to enjoy simple things, who has the world in hand while having empty hands. One of the images that can less offend or provoke perplexity and discussion, a dear and “safe” theme to make a mural. But the baby is black and some irascible resident of the Ukrainian capital didn’t appreciate.
The work is made by Xav, a multi-faceted artist, divided by the passion for tattoos and murals, that painted the facade of a 20-story building to achieve the greatest work of the city, 70 feet high for 15 feet tall. Xav was invited to Kiev by Iryna Kanishcheva, co-founder, along with Geo Leros, of Art United Us – a project that deserves to be thoroughly explored – with the aim of involving 200 street artists around the world to realize as well as works to raise public awareness by focusing on the problem of war and aggression, but by misleading belligerent propaganda that leads to brainwashing.

Xav, during the realization of this work, had several hollows: the surface of the wall was not completely flat, he had to divide the wall into two pieces due to the platform badly mounted and then classical and predictable atmospheric conditions. But what the Asturian artist did not expect was to receive cruel and racist disapproval from some locals, while day after day he revealed details of his work. So, as chorios and protests intensified, reaching verbal threats, Xav was forced to store brushes and cans for a few days when the work was only 40%. According to Kanishcheva, there was also a former deputy chief of police living in the area (some say he lives right in the palace) and has used visibly racist and sleazy terms to show his criticism in seeing this image in his city.
«Most people liked it, but some complained that the boy was black – says Xav- . I was very surprised because I had not expected a possible racist reaction to my job».

Xav at least completed the mural successfully, and even though he and the curator could be happy at the end, they go away with a bit of bitterness and a bit of negativity. But if Art United Us was made it is also for this. To create, if possible, dialogue and debate: «It’s like a cultural injection with an unpredictable reaction, but it is good to see people react and think, because it makes you human – says Iryna Kanishcheva – . For any country, regardless of the economic conditions, arts and education programs must exist. People learn and express their feelings through art and learn to start a dialogue. Art United Us brought a lot of artistic diversity in Kiev, but I feel like people may need some time to digest this».

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Gay men and gay women are essential to humanity: the epigenetics according to O’Keefe

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It’s a bit ‘of time that epigenetics theory linked to homosexuality has leapt to the headlines. There is so much talk of this argument that it was not possible to glissate on the subject even though I can not say epigenetic if I speak in a hurry. The fact is that, overcoming my hatred for molecular biology I’m here to write about.
Then what the hell is Epigenetics? You’ll ask you?
Soon I said. It is a branch of molecular biology that studies genetic mutations and the transmission of hereditary characters that can not be directly attributed to the DNA sequence.
Now, as it is related to homosexuality, we should ask Dr. James O’Keefe.
O’Keefe, if you’re in doubt go find it online, recently spoke to TED talk at TEDxTallaght in Dublin, where he said these words: “Gay men and gay women are essential to humanity”.
Let’s start from the beginning. It all started twelve years ago, when the eighteen year old son of Dr. O’Keefe, said his family of being gay. His father’s reaction was special. O’Keefe has confessed he was worried about his son’s safety and happiness, but he also had an insight that led him to think that homosexuality was not abnormal, but a way to survive a species.
The doctor has done studies to try to explain homosexuality scientifically and also seems to has succeeded.
“Viewed in the light of evolution, homosexuality seems to be a real self-defeating non-productive strategy -explains O’Keefe. Gays have 80 percent fewer kids than heterosexuals. This is a trait that ought to go extinct in a few generations, yet down through recorded history in every culture and many animal species as well, homosexuality has been a small but distinct subgroup. If this were a genetic error, natural selection should have long ago culled this from the gene pool.”
For O’Keefe, there would be special circumstances such as a woman who generates a high number of male offspring or a severe prenatal stress that could increase chances of giving birth to a gay son.
In short, very close to the guncle theory, a term created by the union of gay and uncle words, to explain the benefits of homosexuality in the family world: having no children in most cases, gay men contribute greatly to the serenity of the family context that surrounds them.
In addition, the doctor exalts the theory of epigenetics of genes that “would express themselves in different ways on the basis of external circumstances.” In essence, explains the doctor: “If the [human]family is flush with plenty of kids and/or it’s a stressful place in time, nature occasionally flips these epigenetic switches to turn on the gay genes. This alters brain development that changes sexual orientation.”
Then in Ted talk’s video, he looks at the audience and explains:“You probably have gay genes in your DNA,but unless they were activated in your mother’s womb, they remained coiled up and silent.”
But there would also be an anthropological explanation: “Homosexuality gives advantages to the group by specialized talents and unusual qualities of personality,” O’Keefe says. “So a society that condemns homosexuality harms itself.”
According to O’Keefe, the specific talents highlighted by a homosexual would be the ability to help humans to be kind to one another, a high emotional intelligence and the ability to compassion and cooperation. “Homosexuality is like a catalyst to help emotionally connect groups of people together,” he says. Therefore, “for heterosexuals to disapprove of gays is kind of like the white flour in bread disapproving of the yeast.”
And concludes by saying, “gay men and women are essential to humanity … it is in our diversity that we find our collective strength.”
I do not know if O’Keefe is right or not, I do not understand anything about molecular and epigenetic biology, but what would not a dad do to protect his son!

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– KIEV – love your home | eastern europe brand, fight for LGBTQA

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Have you ever thought that you could be illegal?
Imagine one day landing in a country whose color of your hair is illegal, would you like to pretend and pretend to be another person, different from what you really are? Or do you fight for what is also the cost of living?
I am minimizing the discomfort that the LGBTQA population can experience in countries such as Chechnya or Russia, countries where the community is legally not protected by any form of discrimination but, it is considered church and state, something unlawful.
Of course, if you do not fight, nothing is gained, but the events in Chechnya a few months ago make it clear that the LGBTQA community in Eastern Europe does not only need external but is necessary protection.
Death like beatings, insults and physical pain like the psychological one, does not stop the search for freedom, man is known to be one of the most resistant animals, thanks to his willpower. Precisely for this reason, in the undergrowth of a mainstream culture call provincial and obtuse, and I’m ceremonial, something is moving.

The Kiev clothing line focuses on the moral and style, on the homosexual working class. A very pragmatic style of the Ukrainian brand, style has not become mainstream but is coming to the center in recent seasons, just think of the undeniable success of Gosha Rubchinskiy.
The entire line Kiev, at least this season is based on the false, it has been redone the IKEA logo, colors and shapes squeeze in a non-veiled uniforms of workers in the furniture giant.
Obviously the communication campaign is sublime in my opinion, with a marked European accent, a fake amateur who makes the nose grow to the well-thinking people secretly adore it.
Also -LOVE YOUR HOMO- is IKEA’s claim “love your home”, changing its meaning to KIEV’s marketing, they wanted to continue a struggle to protect the LGBTQA community.
We in our card castles do not think we really understand what it may mean to be different in countries where you are not even safe in the home; because others have decided that you are a broken toy. And we with KIEV support this fight!

 

 

 

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Suburbicon: Clooney’s Look, Coen’s Screenplay and America’s Negative Welcoming

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It was presented at the Venice Film Festival and is already the autumn film the event. It’s called Suburbicon and is the new film written by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen with Grant Heslov and George Clooney who has also directed.
It was from “Hail, Caesar!” that the Coen were missing from the big screen and returned to great with a very important cast of actors such as Oscar Isaac, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore and Glenn Fleshler.

The story is that of Gardner Lodge, a white collar living in the laughing Suburbicon with Rose, his wife paralyzed by an accident, Nicky’s son and Rose’s sister, Margaret, ubiquitous. To crush the tranquility of Suburbicon is the arrival of a black couple, the Meyers who, with a Nicky’s baby boy, moves to the chalet next to the Gardner. At this point, the well thought community of Suburbicon flames and tries to push back “Negroes” by all means. Meanwhile, two delinquents burst into the lodgings at night and stunned them with chloroform, killing Rose. Creating a Mother Scene, which resumes a script by the Coen brothers, written several years ago, telling the true story of the wave of violence that triggered the installation of color families in the residential centers of the middle of the 1960s white class and xenophobia.

The scene’s lens is focused on Nicky’s terrified look that helplessly assists his mother’s murder. Although it is a very light dark comedy in the Clooney / Coen style, the baby look, along with all the other such moments that dotted the film from there, like Nicky’s looks from the balcony, from under the bed , from inside the closet, give the film a moral play weight. It is just by watching and observing that the child learns, from all this hatred, and how much tolerance and acceptance are more urgent. Despite the ugliness of the actions of the crowd and his own family, little Nicky learns the most important lesson from the black peer: resilience, that ability to absorb a shock without breaking. A lesson learned from a child who had almost been forced to attend.

The morality of the story is very timely and seems to want to give a political message to the United States obsessed with the fear of an outward, black or Islamic enemy. Clooney’s story tells an American unable to see that the most brave, the most chilling threat is in their homes, nourished by greed and envy.But this is a blindness that is far from being unintentional, because real blades are erected to deny the Meyers vision, which also appropriately conceals the view on the other side of the wooden wall.
It is obvious, in short, that this black comedy seeks heavily on the social and political reality of Trump America, even though it was set in 1959.
Someone speaks of a political turnaround of George Clooney, also supported by his family almost Kennedyenne. The fact is that the film is to be seen, was nothing but the interpretations of Matt Damon and Julianne Moore that did not disappoint their expectations.

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