31 December 2012
Zzz. Narcomantic echoed as documented by Michele Manfellotto
On the night of November 30th, the NERO headquarters hosted Zzz. Narcomantic replayed, an event that repeated through an audio broadcast the sleep concert simultaneously performed by John Duncan at Raum in Bologna as part of the sound project Hypnomachia.
Per sempre con te fino alla morte is the first stage in a series of works the artist has devoted to love. The starting point for the project – because our sexual and sentimental behaviour is rooted in our family – is the love story of Ricci’s parents, how they met, and their engagement, wedding and tragic separation. when the artist’s mother died suddenly. The title of the exhibition, which means “forever with you until death do us part”, comes from a letter that Ricci’s father wrote to his fiancée in 1970. (more…)
22 December 2012
Lorenzo Castore meets Roger Ballen
Last Summer, photographer Roger Ballen was invited to Rome by Macro for a lecture and book signing. Born in New York in 1950, Ballen has been living in South Africa for over forty years. He came to fame as an artist with a series of portraits of poor white Afrikaners. His poetics soon shifted away from a documentary approach to a more expressionist vision, eventually coming to include staging and proper fiction. The classical style of his early photography evolved into a conceptual work of deeply disturbing power, such as that published by Phaidon in Outland (2001), Fact or Fiction (2003), Shadow Chamber (2005) and Boarding House (2009). Incidentally, millions now know about Roger Ballen because he directed the music video for Die Antwoord’s I Fink U Freaky.
Our friend, photographer Lorenzo Castore was there that day and took the opportunity to record a short conversation with Roger Ballen, who was so kind as to first ask Lorenzo about his latest effort, a project called No Peace Without War.
Most of her work is realized using mixed techniques involving printing and copying, as Laserchrome prints face- mounted on Diasec, inkjet images printed on canvas, photocopies mounted on canvas, prints from scanned black- and-white archival photographs and negatives, as well as a variety of digital prints from Photoshop-manipulated digital files. (more…)