EDITORIAL BY ANNALISA CEOLIN
VISIONS one is a new web magazine by ****contrasted gallery on flickr. VISIONS is periodic, thematic and multimedia. This Number One issue is a project by Annalisa Ceolin, curated by Axiom_Atic . VISIONS is an idea of Manuel Diumenjó. Thanks to Roberto. For this Number One we have chosen the theme “THE MOON IN THE EYES“.
VISIONS one, “THE MOON IN THE EYES” is a special number. We have chosen 27 women photographers of high level, who can express the fascinating, mysterious and sometimes contradictory multiplicity of the female world.
Their gaze is of a lunar kind because these women search in the night, because the moon represents the woman, the unconscious, a different dimension and identity. It represents the hidden side, the dark child, the open body,eros and death, mistery and madness. It stands for imagination, menstrual blood, tides, love and creativity, sex and instability. The moon represents tenderness and frailty, the longing for the male world.
“THE MOON IN THE EYES“is dedicated to women but also to all those men who respect and wan to understand the female world.
SARAH MOON, CINDY SHERMAN, SALLY MANN, SHIRIN NESHAT, ALESSANDRA SANGUINETTI, LETIZIA BATTAGLIA,VIVIAN MAIER.
Sarah Moon and Cindy Sherman use photography and clothing in a revolutionary way. Sarah Moon, who works in the fashion world, has introduced a completely innovative and extremely refined photography and has surprisingly outclassed the stereotypes of her times. Cindy Sherman uses disguising to interpret the various female roles in western society in a critical, ironical and sometimes cruel way.
Sally Mann and Alessandra Sanguinetti have expressed the fragile world of adolescence with a surprising understanding. Sally Mann‘s analogical photos to her family and children are very famous. Also photos are famous by Alessandra Sanguinetti, in particular ” The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their” where the two girls are photographed during 11 years of their life, from childhood to adolescence.
Shirin Neshat and Letizia Battaglia have used their photos the means of their pacific fight. Shirin Neshat is an Iranian visual artist who lives in New York City. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography explore notions of femininity in relation to Islamic fundamentalism and militancy in her home country, the central themes : religion, violence, madness, and gender. Letizia Battaglia is one of the most famous journalist photographers,very appreciated for her social engagement and courageous shots which show crimes committed by the Mafia,in particular in Palermo. Her crude shots have related the evils and the nobility of her city and have revealed the desperation of the victims of dreadful crimes and sudden deaths in the streets.Vivian Maier , was an American street photographer, who was born in New York City and spent much of her childhood in France. After returning to the United States, Maier worked for about forty years as a nanny, mostly in Chicago. During those years, she took more than 150,000 photographs, primarily of people and architecture of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, although she traveled and photographed worldwide. A Chicago historian and collector, John Maloof, examined the images and began posting scans of Maier’s photographic negatives on the web in 2009, soon after Maier’s death. Critical acclaim and interest in Maier’s work quickly followed. Maier’s photographs have been exhibited in the USA, Europe, and Asia and have been featured in many articles throughout the world. Her life and work have been the subject of both books and documentary films.
BETINA LA PLANTE‘s portraits show a unique psycological capacity of showing people’s soul; she has an incredible control over technique and is open both to classic and experimental photography.
THEA CURTIS‘s conceptual photography has a symbolic, metaphoric and intriguing vision of reality. His postproduction are extremely attractive and sophisticated.
SUSAN WOLFF uses the camera in an innovative way, so that her images, both strong and poetic, are close to the pictorial art,whose world she belongs to.
THE PHOTOGRAPHERS Flickr
KALLIOPI ASA, TAIDA CELI, SARAH JARRETT, (X)99 AMANDA ELLEDGE, ELENI ONASOGLOU, STEPHANIE POIRAUD – POINT DE VUES, JENNY PAPALEXANDRIS, TINA KAZAKHISHVILI, SUSAN BEIN, MARIA LUISA CORAPI, LOLA MITCHELL, NYNEWE – MICHAELA KNIZOVA, KATHLEEN MERCADO, ANA NONYMOUS.
In their differences, both conceptual and technical, they express themselves and the variegated plurality of every single woman and of all the women at the same time. Their biographies, accompanied by poetic and literary texts, selected by the same authors, reveal to us the essence and the spirit of their photography, which has a specificity, not surprisingly, feminine and which certainly represents a necessary and decisive instrument in their lives.
MARINA ABRAMOVIC has pioneered the use of performance as a visual art form. The body has been both her subject and medium. Exploring the physical and mental limits of her being, she has withstood pain, exhaustion and danger in the quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. Abramović has presented her work with performances, sound, photography, video and sculpture in solo exhibitions at major institutions in the U.S. and Europe.
REBECCA HORN is one of a generation of German who came to international prominence in the 1980s. She practices body art, but works in different media, including performance, installation art, sculpture, and film. She also writes poetry. Sometimes her poetry is influenced by her work e viceversa.
PIPILOTTI RIST was born in Switzerland , is a visual artist who works with video, film, and moving images which are often displayed as projections. Her colorfu land musical works transmit a sense of happiness and simplicity. Rist’s work is regarded as feminist by some art critics.