My recent visit to the Jerry Thomas Project in Rome, featured on Port Magazine Russia - Spring Edition 2013.
New image from the series Hyper
Hello from Kenya! I'm working on a new project here, hopefully more images to follow.
A few of my images are on show at the Room Gallery's Rough Edit exhibition.
Big Palm, Rome. February 2013.
Rough Edit is an exhibition showcasing the photographic work for the launch of Rough Italia.
The view from my window. Al Barsha, Dubai.
I'm at Art Dubai for Karen Knorr's solo booth. Knorr's India Song is showcased by her Indian gallery, Tasveer.
PHOTO STUDIO MF
I'm starting a new adventure as Studio Manager at Photo Studio MF
Alexander Nikolas (Major Milan), from the series 'Second Camera'. Shot at Photo Studio MF
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THOMAS DE FALCO - BEAUTY BH ED
Curated by Niccolò Fano
BEAUTY BH ED
Installazione e performance di Thomas De Falco
Thomas De Falco, scultore tessile noto per la sua tecnica di wrapping, porta per la prima volta a Roma il suo messaggio distopico racchiuso in una performance elaborata e multisensoriale.
La performance intitolata ‘Beauty BH ED’, sponsorizzata da BH Salon e Mash Up, si terrà allo Spazio Cerere di San Lorenzo il 14 Marzo a partire dalle ore 19:00. L’intero evento verrà accompagnato da una melodia composta ed eseguita al pianoforte, studiata appositamente per complementare le tematiche proposte.
I soggetti, inizialmente immobili in piedi e con gli occhi chiusi, modificheranno le loro posizioni attraverso una lenta e impercettibile mutazione dello stato originario, fino a rimanere “incastonati” nella grande composizione scultorea realizzata.
Il dialogo contemporaneo di De Falco incentrato sulla condizione umana del dolore e della passione è sintomatico delle difficoltà umane e generazionali che affrontiamo tutti nel rapporto che abbiamo con noi stessi ed il prossimo.
La bellezza struggente del soggetto asessuato assieme all’uso costante del simbolico colore rosso sono il fulcro della visione del giovane artista. Queste nozioni sono elaborate nella performance con l’utilizzo di tre soggetti (due modelle ed un modello) resi ‘bloccati’ dal capo con il ‘wrapping’ esteso di De Falco, un simbolo costante che accomuna i suoi tanti lavori. Il wrapping (realizzato interamente con capelli veri e sintetici, lana seta e cotone), fulcro visuale del messaggio, viene appropriatamente accostato all’immagine di un cordone ombelicale che unisce i suoi soggetti resi distanti all’ inevitabile condizione umana del sentimento.
Durata della performance: 180 minuti
Testo di Niccolò Fano.
Pianista e Compositore:
Spazio Cerere: Link
The Room Gallery - Call for Artists
The Room Gallery in Rome is on the hunt for new and exiting work for its exhibition programme.
We accept proposals for both solo and group shows featuring photography, installation art, unconventional design, video and sculpture.
Please send us up to 10 low res images of your work alongside a brief bio and description of the artwork proposed to:
We look forward to seeing your work.
Director: Kevin Pineda
Art Director and Curator: Niccolò Fano
Creative Director: Georgia Darell
Design & Marketing Director: Marin Finerty
PR Director: Alan Goetz
'Diu' , now featured on Tasveer Online
From the archive: 'One MInute' (2010), a small video project I started during my MA at Central Saint Martins. I will be continuing this work in the next few months.
My portrait of Emir Kusturica published in Die Weltwoche Number 48.
The Rome Photography Map I created for the brilliant Visual Culture Blog is now live, take a look. Any suggestions and comments are dearly appreciated.
Visualizza Rome Photography Map in una mappa di dimensioni maggiori
Hyper #1 featured in the group show 'Transformation' at Selma Feriani Gallery from 12/12/2012 to 09/01/2013
Playing around with fashion
I am very proud to curate Wasma Mansour's solo show 'Single Saudi Women' at 28 Piazza di Pietra - Fine Art Gallery
The show opens to the public on December the 2nd and will run until the 30th of january 2013. 'Single Saudi Women' is the first exhibition at the gallery and will inaugurate and kick off a stimulating programme of exhibitions, talks and workshops centered on contempoarary photography.
The gallery situated in the beautiful and central square of Piazza di Pietra in Rome, Italy.
WASMA MANSOUR | SINGLE SAUDI WOMEN
28 Piazza di Pietra - Fine Art Gallery inaugurates its exhibition programme by showcasing the work of young Saudi Arabian artist Wasma Mansour. For her first solo show in Italy, Wasma Mansour will be presenting her elaborate and multifaceted project Single Saudi Women. The body of work, displayed over the two gallery floors is a culmination of an intense research and production period ranging from 2008 to 2012 where Mansour tirelessly explores the spaces, identities and portrayal of single Saudi women living and interacting within a secondary and adopted Western environment.
Crafted primarily in the UK, Single Saudi Women presents a characteristic methodology and documentary aesthetic dictated by Mansour's long-lasting and collaborative relationship with her numerous subjects. With a diverse approach to image making and solid theoretical foundation, her photographs capture both the private and public realm and are purposely broken into sub-sections with the aim to survey and present the elaborate reality of the women featured.
Purposely, Single Saudi Women employes multiple viewpoints as necessary means to challenge and revisit the cultural stereotypes and generalised aesthetics propagated within Western culture and mediatic depiction. Filled with signifiers and symbolism, Mansour's images feature portraits, a multitude of objects and hand printed shopping bags containing the women's folded veils. Many of the photographs showcased touch upon inescapable, heavily debated political and cultural issues of our time without an imposed reading or direction. The focus of Mansour's work throughout remains the life of the women encountered and their transparent and objective depiction. As a Saudi woman herself, Wasma Mansour's photographic journey carries an introspective aspect, a presence unseen within the images although ultimately apparent in the depth and scope of this body of work as a whole.
Wasma Mansour was born in Saudi Arabia in 1980. In 2007 she relocated to the United Kingdom where she currently lives and works. Mansour is concluding her PHD at London College of Communication and has participated in numerous exhibitions (London Festival of Photography, Charlottenborg Fonden Spring Exhibition), conferences (Reflection on the Public and Private Symposium, Oral History Society Annual Conference) and publications (Brownbook Magazine, Text Revue). Since 2008 Mansour has dedicated her work to the creation of her elaborate project Single Saudi Women, a body of work she plans on expanding internationally in the forthcoming years.
I'm finally getting back to my own images and adding to my project 'Hyper'.
This is a small teaser for what I'm up to now.
On My Way Home
Flollowing is the press release for the exhibiton by Thomas De Falco currently on show at The Room Gallery in Rome.
Thomas De Falco, ‘Untitled’
The Room Gallery, Rome.
19th of October – 28th of October
Exhibition curated by Kevin Pineda and Niccolò Fano
On October the 19th 2012, artist Thomas De Falco will be presenting his solo-show ‘Untitled’ at the Room Gallery in Rome. The exhibition is part of an extensive programme of interdisciplinary events and exhibitions architected by the dynamic gallery director Kevin Pineda.
The Room Gallery, in the central district of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II of the Italian capital, serves as a perfect host for the introspective and thoughtful themes generated by the self described ‘Textile Sculptor’ Thomas De Falco. Although this term could diminish the real scope of his wide application to a number of mediums within the artistic spectrum, the title of Textile Sculptor might well be the best description of the artist’s work. De Falco’s practice as a whole is in constant movement, migrating through multiple disciplines, including performance, sculpture, painting, photography and video. These vehicles are not only conventional ways of making work, moreover these become necessary tools to comprehensively convey and elucidate the elaborate reasoning and discourses woven within the work itself.
The exhibition is comprised of four works by the artist: Three physical pieces (Textile Sculptures), varying in size, and one video projection presenting one of the artist’s filmed performances.
Thomas De Falco, 'Senza Titolo'.
De Falco’s largest textile sculpture, mirrored by a smaller version also included in the exhibition, is mounted on white canvas and purposely titled, ‘Untitled’. The work is placed on the largest, empty and porous wall of the cavernous gallery, a decision well thought out by the artist; De Falco’s work is in direct conversation with the space itself. His white textile protuberance originating from the mounted canvas, or symbolic ‘head’, is sprawled along the gallery floor occupying 8 meters of the space. Much like a white woven root, or more poignantly, an umbilical chord, this piece encompasses all aspects of De Falco’s dramatic and romantic reflections on personal loss, the role of conscience and the fine line between beauty and aesthetic façade.
De Falco, a former model, knows all too well what the pitfalls associated with our cultural and sociological quest for aesthetic acceptance can be. These particular notions are exemplified on a larger scale in his performance ‘Constellation TN’ enacted in Milan’s Piazza XXIV Maggio in 2011 and presented in the gallery as a video projection. Comprising of 22 improvised actors and professional models, this thoughtful enactment presents De Falco’s most ambitious and dynamic work to date.
Still image from the performance 'Constellation TN'.
The artist’s overall body of work, crystallised primarily in lengthy white woven sculptures, shifts in aesthetic vision and theme with the small-scale piece ‘Petit Nocturne’. Carefully located within a floating transparent plinth, purposely hung by white threads, ‘Petit Nocturne’ thematically aims towards a darker and multilayered discourse; Its surface covered in black fabric is placed on an evenly dark canvas, black threads obscuring the uneven body of the cloudy sculpture.
The choice of colour, much like all of De Falco’s work, is direct and symbolic. Be ready to discard what is purely visual and conventionally ‘beautiful’ and be guided through a thought process where beauty in many cases turns out to be pleasingly defective.
All the work on this site is ©Niccolo Fano 2012