Sharon Harris/The evocative fascination of pinhole photography

by Romina Ciulli & Carole Dazzi

Un-travelling #13

Sometimes a photograph taken with naturalness is enough to show the hidden side of reality or emotions, where the images, even if not very defined, appear incredibly sharp and engaging. This is what happens with the pinhole photography, one of the first techniques used in the photography, which doesn’t use lenses or objectives but, through a small pinhole, it generates images where gaze regains possession of a sensory tale that is extraordinary every time. The American photographer Sharon Harris uses this technique, and her photographs depict ethereal, sensual female figures, captured in surreal atmospheres and eccentric attitudes. Read more

Who’s next?…Hannah Höch 

by Valentina Biondini, literature amateur

The beautiful girl

Hannah Höch, stage name of Anna Therese Johanne Höch, was born in Gotha, Germany, in 1889. Mainly known for the work she produced during the Weimar Republic, today she is considered one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century Dadaist season and a pioneer in the technique of photomontage. Hannah Höch is in fact the woman who innovated the collage technique, elaborating images taken from different types of magazines, in a continuous cross-reference of political-cultural ideas. Read more

Open dialogues: interview with Silvia Levenson

by Margaret Sgarra

Through complex and emblematic works of art with an installation nature, the artist Silvia Levenson investigates the complexity of today’s society, reflecting on the critical issues and problems of the present, with a particular reference to the condition of women within both family and society. Her works, made of glass, are as crude as immediate, highlighting gender discrimination, the importance of solidarity and the fight against violence without half measures. Read more

Margaret Sgarra/A curatorial perspective

Alice Biondin, “So, this our power, are you scared?”

In the heterogeneous world of art, what other figure combines emotion, discovery, resourcefulness, trepidation, if not that of the curator? An eclectic, versatile, often complicated job, in which as well as the knowledge, it is passion that plays an essential role, that pushes you to get involved, and to make you live as many realities as possible. And in addition to constantly questioning, seeing the nuances through different angles, and finally creating, managing, celebrating. An “artistic” activity which we follow and pursue, and that is also carried out by the Turin-based Margaret Sgarra, who recently curated the exhibition entitled #penelope in Perugia.

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Elena Modorati/Conceptual art which reveals the depth of existence

Omphalos

Sometimes concepts such as memory or time pass through a path of creation that finds in matter new possibilities of reflection. In this way the artistic research can investigate issues related to the ambiguity and vulnerability of the human condition, the transcendence of reality and present, the relationship between the visible and the invisible. This creative process characterizes the works of Elena Modorati, a conceptual artist who, through an intimate and minimalist approach, manages to shape not just the perception of existence, but also of art itself. Read more