Gelato! Art Salon

Rome, December 2009

Gelato! Photo Slide Show, December 18th 2009

TrastArt, Vicolo de Cedro, 5 Roma


Photography by Laura Razzano, Hiroki Kobayashi, Damian Castro

Laura Razzano : Amato Opera, Una Storia d`Amore.

This documentary tells the unique story of the maestro Anthony Amato and his theatre ” The Amato Opera” in NYC. The theatre closed at the end of May 2009 and for 61 years has been a space where emergent young singers, opera directors,and stage directors could find a place to learn and perform under the guidance and knowledge of Mr. Amato, who also kept the ticket prices affordable for the American working class.
The Amato Opera has been the only self -sustained opera theatre in the United States and with his 107 seats has been the smallest opera theatre in theworld.

Hiroki Kobayashi : The Slave Theater

This series of photographs documents the deterioration of the historic Slave Theater, a rallying point of black activism in Bedstuy, Brooklyn in the 1980s.  The theater was opened by Judge Phillips, a controversial figure in the community who originally bought the theater to showcase his movies about interracial marriage and kung fu but then opened the space to political meetings and speeches during and after the racially motivated Crown Heights riots.  The theater was closed in the 1990s and now faces destruction.  In the era of President Obama we must not forget the volatile times that have led us here.  This project is still in progress.

Photography by Matias Okawa, Vladimir De Fontanay, Simone Anzini, Valentina Caniglia

Matia Okawa : Inner Realities in New York

Being a son of a Japanese family in Buenos Aires, an Argentinean in New York and a Neuroscientist turned Photographer, I have a lifelong experience in looking at things from the outside. Seeking the extraordinary on the mundane, the comical absurdity of everyday life, I document urban life with a smile, showing not only humor but also warmth and acceptance, generating a feeling of awe at the beauty of coincidence.

Vladimir De Fontenay : Urban Nature

For the past few months I have tried to capture the chaos of nature and how we make our urban environments a reflection of it. A closer look at urban infrastructures reveals similarities to even the most untamed nature: abstract geometry, disorder and the mark of time.
My images are from the five boroughs and the isolated community of Bolinas California.
By showing them together I am emphasizing that no matter where you are, you can feel the same way – if you are surrounded by buildings, cars, broken chairs, or if you are on the beach facing a vacant sea, you will always be lost in the middle of nowhere.

Simone Anzini : Lourdes, Verso una Guarigione

Un omaggio a tutti quelli che convivono con forza con la propria o l’altrui malattia…

Valentina Caniglia : Naplistina

Napoli – Palestina, a reportage of 26 photographs in Silver halide taken in Palestine and Naples while Valentina was working as an Artist and Director of Photography in a movie Pomegranates and Myrrth Official Selection of Sundance film festival 2009 with Ali Sulimand and Hiam Abbass. The pictures were taken from September 2007 to March 2008. The 26 black and white pictures express the similarities of the two cultures that shows the simplicity of life under a critical situation, the Arabic and the Parthenopaean one forced to accept an internal occupation in Naples by the Camorra (mafia) and the external occupation in Palestine by the Israeli. The two population is kept alive by finding the simplicity of their life under disastrous situations.The photographs at the exhibition were chosen according to a peculiar mix of lights and contrasts and they portrait the difficult daily life of those communities. They are the result of many experiences Valentina shared with the people of Palestine. Their face similarities, their similar way of living and habits, and the architecture inspired Valentina to photograph portraits that express their simplicity, opposed to the difficulties they have to face in their daily life.

Photography by Wen Ti, Julie Hau, Alessandro Vecchi, Kiritin Beyer, Laura Razzano

Julie Hau : Abkhazia

Abkhazia has been in and out of war since the late 1980s, when they demanded independence from Georgia. In 2008 the Abkhaz people celebrate the 15th year of independence , slowly rebuild the cities and go back to normal liffe. ALthough the war is always present in people’s minds, through houses that still show destruction, bullet holes and dilapidation and so many families experienced losses of loved ones, the Abkhaz peoplewant to move on  and are full of life and enthusiasm that the future can  only be better. The people of the Republic of Abkhazia, from the United Nations (UN) unrecognized, deserve to “Come Into Focus“ because documenting their lives, jobs and celebrations that come along with it, show their sacrificec, joys and traditions as the move into a new era of support from Russia. A support they fought to escape 15 years ago and now embrace.

Alessandro Vecchi : Other Kosovaros

In October 2008 I went on my umpteenth trip into the Balkans, with the aim to observe the minorities’ situation in Kosovo. I photographed a Serbian and Roma enclave of approximately 5,000 people who live in the two villages of Priluzje and Plemetina. Even if formally protected as minorities in the mainly ethnically-Albanian new state, they share feelings of isolation, fear and uncertainty. This work is part of an ongoig, personal project.

Kiritin Beyer : Farmers from Pyrenees

This project commemorates the disappearing way of life in these highland hamlets of the Pyrenees. The high-top farms of France are among the last outposts of a generational tension: a tension between the hardscrabble farming life and the siren song of industrialized urban centers. Are the fathers—the farmers—merely dinosaurs; anachronistic vestiges clinging naively to the ways of times long gone?


Photography by Gisella Sorrentino, Gabriella Caponigro, Paivi Anita Ristell, Giampaolo Demma, Mario Cutolo

Gisella Sorrentino : Bodies in Space

In my work I use photography to explore the relationship between the self  and outside space. I `m interested in envisioning where the inner space (emotional, ideal, personal) overlaps outside space (social, natural, public) as well as how they interact. In order to experience that, I place my body in different environments -cityscapes, landscapes- and I allow my self to perform in and around them. Having a background as a dancer I use certain locations as a choreographic objects and I dance within them. I sometimes place other people bodies in these spaces and direct them as well.

Päivi Anita Ristell : Absence Portraits

In my work I’m dealing with questions of absence and presence. I work with structured portraiture creating narratives, scenes and scenarios dealing with basic human emotions such as confusion, solitude, boredom and despair. People looking away, hiding, staring into space. People just waiting. Longing for something that that is already lost; or perhaps it was never there. The foundation of my work lies deeply in a personal loss. I accidentally lost my little sister at the age of 17. Her absence has made me the person I’m today. She is in my heart no matter how naive it may sound. Her absence is present in my pictures.

Giampaolo Demma : You Other Me

Portrait is not an objective fact: portrait is a subjective opinion. Space is all that we have to tell a story of a person. The project starts to this thought to relate exterior and intimate space, looking through a special – out of focus – lens, to feel a new hidden face of the subjects. Are you able to see it ?

Mario Cutolo : Space of Dreams

This project celebrates dreams as the personal and free space in which everyday elements transfigure into an alternate universe where emotion overpowers rationality. Dream space is even more abstract but can reveal more about ourselves than we are capable of saying.

Photography & Editing by Mikaela Carucci

Photography by Antonello Mazzei, Matilde Soligno, Eymeraude Cordon, Barbara Gentile, Melissa Marino

Antonello Mazzei : Ora Non Sento Più Dolore

I once read a short story about a Dead’s Town in Italo Calvino’s Invisibile Cities. “The inhabitants of this city called Eusapia,” Calvino wrote, “have constructed an identical copy of their city underground, to make the leap from life to death less abrupt”. A confraternity of hooded brothers arranged, dried and embalmed the corpses in yellow skin, and carried them down, where they would “continue” their former activities. For a long time, I imagined how this place could be. When I found one that somehow reminded me of it, I decided to represent it. I tried to depict the theatricality of this real ipogeo and convey my estrangement through photography. Dead bodies, hanged on the wall or placed somewhere else, seemed to move and talk one to another. They looked like actors on a stage. Everything there reminded me of the way Calvino’s story ended: the dead mixed with the living Eusapians. This is the first time that my images are related to a literary work.

Matilde Soligno : Archaeology

These images are part of my project Archaeology, in which I investigate inner and outer spaces where past and present live together. The presence of past events is very strong, even when they happened a long time ago: what we find inside these photographs is an evidence of their existence. In this sense, we can look at the different environments as at excavation sites, in which the viewer is pushed to build a possible narrative by observing «what is left». My wider artistic research is mainly focused on time perception and memory. Seeing things in a long-term perspective makes these images look melancholic, though hopeful at the same time: everything changes into something else, and what we find, after that change, is mostly traces and ruins we can examine, and on which we can start building something different.

Eymeraude Cordon : Empty Space

It is a route in an unknown space which aims to portray the deserted place. It is a slow progression in the time of space, looking for traces of faded life. Emptiness and light draw the place in negative, only remain appendages.

Barbara Gentile : I’ve grown up – Sono cresciuta

In February 2009 I spent a lot of time in the apartment where I grew up, in Milano, to take care of the lifetime my parents had left behind. One of the last times I was there I took time to take some photographs. A sort of therapeutic ritual.

Melissa Marino : Nightwalking

I like the quiet of the night  when I can hear the soul of the city speaking. Normally her voice is muffled by the bussling masses of transient flashes of light called people. But I can hear her anyway and she’s calling me to the night. Like the stump at the end of Shel Silversteins “the giving tree” NYC continues to give no matter how much those who visit her ravage and strip her, very rarely ever asking what they have given her in return for asking for so much. NYC is tired, too. I find solace  in the night and when I visit new places I find it best to learn  through that stillness and great mystery and wonder  it evokes in our emotions. This slideshow starts in Brooklyn and highlights walks I’ve taken in Chinatown, Coney Island Soho and South beach.

Photography by Eleonora Calvelli, Joel Simpson, Filippo Del Vita

Eleonora Calvelli : Abandoned umbrellas

I conceived this project by chance, while spending some days in New York. Many umbrellas were laying just in front of me, abandoned, as if they had their own will and wanted to communicate with me. I was fascinated by the thought that these objects, the same  that now stood abandoned in front of my eyes, once were seen as useful and precious. Again, I was fascinated by the thought that different people could share the same gesture and mood.

Joel Simpson : Negative Spaces in Welsh Castles (12th and 13th Centuries)

The forces of erosion and lapidary decay have created a fantasmagorical collection of negative spaces from the windows, doorways, turrets, crenelation and other featues of Welsh castles. Wales has more castles for its area than anyplace else in the world, since it was England’s first target of colonization back in the 12th and 13th centuries, the great era of castle fortress building in Europe. Seduced by these forms—toothed with protruding brick, open and closed, some at bizarre angles and with seductive curves, I systematically photographed them as I visited 14 castles during July of 2007. These photographs show negative spaces both as vertical planes, perpendicular to the viewer, filled with sky, and as receptacles, opening downward, filled with earth and stone. The mute irony is that these monuments to an archaic conquering and defending mentality, neglected for many centuries before they became prized as tourist attractions, have produced shapes that we can easily perceive as modernist, as they inscribe abstract shapes over sky, landscape and architectural aperçus. This series is intended to survey the variety, allusiveness and seeing whimsy of these shapes.

Filippo Del Vita : Prehistoric Pinhole

I love toys, i always loved them. Starting from when i was a child of course, i have always been surrounded by toys, you know i am italian,and every italian mother take care of their child really a lot, that’s why i always had tons of toys.  Luckily for my parents i was happy enough with small plastic animals and DINOSAURS and PREHISTORIC MAMMALS were my favourites, oh yes, i used to place them everywhere…sea dinosaurs in the bathtub, mammoth in the freezer, flying reptiles hanged on chandeliers and so on. Unluckily i grew up and it became more difficult to express my love for them, then  i started to study photography. With a camera i still can play with them, i can spend my time placing them on shooting tables or anywhere else and if curios people ask me what the hell i am doing i can say that i am an artist and they leave me alone happy.Art,photography and toys, this is what i love more. Whenever i travel, i always bring them with me, and i always look for an environment that can suit them perfectly…so no more bathtub but hot beaches, esotic islands and torrents ( regarding this selection).I decided to used a pinhole camera first because it can be considered of course a toy camera and also because a so primitive medium can express so perfectly a primitive and fantasy world.I always have been inspired from people that like me loved toys all life, people that worked with them and i am talking about Ray Harryhausen and Willis O’Brian that have been able to bring their love to the higher level.

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