Alessia Cocca was born in Benevento (Italy) in 1982 and now lives in Berlin. She uses all the photo possibilities to explore big and small issues of our inner world. Enjoy the reading of her answers to a few questions.And don’t miss her solo show in Berlin: Absence / Mancanze opens 09. Feb. 2013 and will run ’till 23. Feb. 2013 at Kunstraum Tapir.
Full interview and preview images after the cut.
[All images and self portrait copyright by Alessia Cocca]
Where do you come from and where will you go?
I come from Italy and I will go towards everyone, everyplace and everything that is waiting for me, I don’t know where.
Multi_award winner photographer Dean West (1983, Australia) join forces with ultra_real Lego sculptor Nathan Sawaya (1973, Usa) in this hide and seek serie entitled In Pieces: every pic has a Lego element perfectly inserted (if you really cannot find them go here and use the “detail” tool to explore the photos). In Pieces is at the Columbia Museum of Art till Feb 27.
And check out all of Dean’s works here and Nathan’s here.
Whole serie HERE.
Virginia Panichi is what I call a digital symbolist. Her photos are rich of spirituality and classic reminiscences, filtered by contemporary patterns and extreme colors. Virginia is out of our times, and she has to be proud of it. Check her out here.
Pieter Hugo was born in Johannesburg in 1976. He fills his photos with dramatic ecstatic beauty and he has a special glance for the contradictions of African lifestyle, especially when it is on the edge of African culture and western and consumerist attitude. Check him out after the cut and on his website.
One of my fav artists opens a solo show next Saturday downtown in Rome, at the One Piece Art Gallery. Fernanda Veron made a project between art and fashion for Roma Alta Moda. Don’t miss it!
Nandipha Mntambo was born in Swaziland in 1982 and she is the kind of artist that can use every kind of media. What I see in her works is that life if a fight, that life is fickle and that life (or just being alive) is a natural instinct. We are made of what surrounds us, and nature surrounds us so… never forget where you come from. More after the cut and on her website.
Maybe my followers will be puzzled by this technicolor choice. I love Namsa Leuba photos: they have passion and alienation, they show African identity and on a wider plan they tell that we are just human beings, all alone on this planet, everyone with his cultural baggage on his shoulders. More pics after the cut and on Namsa’s website.
PKD wrote a few non science fiction novels between 1948 and 1960, Confessions of a crap artist is one of these, originally written in 1959. Charley and Fay are married and live in a place that looks like Twin Peaks 30 ears earlier, just a little bit less creepy. In the end, Charley kills all Fay’s animals and then commits suicide. This is Ludiko showing us that tragic epilogue. Details pics after the cut.
A scanner darkly is an award winning novel by PKD about drugs abuse and related issues. Bob Arctor is the protagonist: his persistent use of the drug “Substance D” causes the two hemispheres of his brain to function independently, or “compete.” After the cut “Rehab”, the whole junkie set by Christian Rainer about Bob and his mates and their world.
Imagine your wife is dead. Imagine a clinic in Swiss where her body is retainer in cryonic suspension and you can wake her conscience up and talk to her again. She is Ella Runciter, deceased wife of one of the main characters of Ubik by PKD. Her portrait is by Fernanda Veron.
And this is Zina directly from The Divine Invasion, second book of the Valis triology by Philip K Dick. The story is about the Second Coming of God on Earth as invasor from outer space. Eleonora Chiesa did this diptych and an amazing mystic video portraiting Zina, an earthling child that is the female side of God
Of Withered Apples (1954) is a curious short story by Philip K Dick. It deals with mystery and it has a borderline horror taste. A dried apple leaf stings Lori and then… well you can red the full story clicking its title. This is Lori photographed by Serena Zanardi, an amazing diptych you can see ’till tomorrow at the Here Today, Mars Tomorrow show at the Ducal Palace in Genoa, Italy.
Squp pays tribute to grand master Philip K Dick choosing the “precog woman” from The Minority Report tale (1956). Precogs are raised in a government-operated training school for people with dysfunctional brain. The precogs are kept in rigid position by metal bands, clamps and wiring, which keep them attached to special high-backed chairs. Their physical needs are taken care of automatically and it is said that they have no spiritual needs. They do not understand their predictions. Most of the data produced is useless for preventing murders and is passed to other agencies.
On December 12/21/12 I opened an exhibition at the Ducal Palace in Genoa, Italy: Here today, Mars tomorrow. I asked artists to portrait a character taken from PKD stories. This is Kongrosian by Zaelia Bishop. Richard Kongrosian (from The Simulacra – 1964) is a well known pianist who performs in the White House. Kongrosian believes that his body odor is lethal; this belief is delusional, he has no such body odor. Kongrosian has telekinetic abilities: he can play piano using only his mind and he is schizoid. Unfortunately he cannot recover because analysts are illegal.
My new project will see the light next Friday, December 21 (yes, that day!) at the Ducal Palace in Genoa, Italy. It’s a tribute to the late Philip K Dick: I asked a bunch of artists to choose a character from one of his novels/tales and make a portrait of him/her/them. More info soon!
Daniel Arsham was born in Cleveland (Usa) in 1980 and lives in New York. His production is about the relationship between what is real and what is enclosed in the dark side of the mind, our little untold secrets, mania and fears. I adore his lunar series. It gives me shivers and makes me feel alone, an atavistic loneliness that comes from the human collective memory. Check him out here!
If you wanna know how looked Nicol Vizioli‘s solo show in Milan (curated by me) just watch carefully these pictures. And if you wanna see it live just go to Officine dell’Immagine gallery before x-mas. Hope you enjoy it, it was a great show due to the magnetic images by Nicol and a bunch of professional people that worked with her to have this result. More after the cut.
Amber Isabel is a young artist born in Amsterdam. I like her artworks because they pretend to give you beauty and serenity but at a second glance you feel void and all the emptiness of our lives. And then you restart, just like being on a roller coaster on the moon. Dizzy in the middle of nowhere in the heart of the universe. Not boring at all. Check her out on her website and after the cut.
Natalie ‘Miss Aniela‘ Dybisz was born in Leeds, 1986, some of her photos are amazing, they remind me of a plastic surrealism applied to everyday life. And she loves nature too. Check her website out if you don’t know her, three more after the cut.
These days the photo constructor David Hochbaum and the painter David Stoupakis are building a one of the kind exhibition together at Strychnin Gallery. The two Davids started talking in doing a collaborative show since 2004 and now they are doing it while the world is approaching the famous 21 December 2012 alignment of the planets. Requiem: Caretakers of the Garden of Stars tells us about the inhabitants of the garden of stars that lay before the kingdom of heaven. They are portraits of guides that one may encounter as the soul enters the realm of purgatory. Don’t miss it, next friday in Berlin. And visit the artists website David here and David here. A small preview after the cut.