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ITALY&ITALY by Pasquale Bove and Luca Santese 19:00
ITALY&ITALY by Pasquale Bove and Luca Santese @ Micamera
Jan 11 @ 19:00 – 21:00
Wednesday January 11, 2017 Luca Santese presents ITALY&ITALY by Pasquale Bove and Luca Santese Cesura, 2016 Italy&Italy is the result of the collaboration between the photojournalist Pasquale Bove and photographer Luca Santese, founding partner of Cesura. Searching through Bove’s 250.000 – images archive, Santese has selected 306 photographs taken between 1985 and 2000. Santese aimed at creating an iconography of a specific historic period in Italy, taking the cue from the social daily life in the city of Rimini and the area around it – one of the most famous seaside resorts in Europe. Located in central Italy , Rimini very well represented the so-called Italianity in the ’80s and in the following decade. In those years, close in our memory but incredibly far when looking at the images, Rimini lived its golden years and was able to welcome the jet set as well as a very simple, proletarian Italian tourism, as well as many foreigners, particularly from Northern Europe. Italy&Italy is a book – that you can see and purchase in our bookstore in Milan or on-line here – and an exhibition. Luca Santese will be at Micamera on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 address:  via Medardo Rosso 19 (Isola district) reach us with the underground: MM5 Isola, MM2 Garibaldi (exit via Pepe), MM3 Zara [email protected], [email protected]
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Jessica Backhaus: Six Degrees of Freedom 19:00
Jessica Backhaus: Six Degrees of Freedom @ Micamera - lens based arts
Jan 20 @ 19:00 – Feb 25 @ 19:00
JESSICA BACKHAUS SIX DEGREES OF FREEDOM A GALLERY COLLABORATION: MICAMERA AND ROBERT MORAT (BERLIN) Opening with the artist: Friday, January 20th Workshop with Jessica Backhaus on Saturday 21st and 22nd (special guest: Robert Morat) Aperitif with the gallerist on Sunday, January 22nd Six Degrees of Freedom is Jessica Backhaus’ latest series. The title refers to the freedom of movement of a body in space – in any possible direction.  The definition comes from engineering, but refers perfectly to the fact that, very similarly, we are the result of our own choices in a given environment. The work was, indeed, partly inspired by the artist’s own biography and her desire to find out more about her roots. Backhaus visited places of her childhood and youth and tried symbolically to capture the essence of this search and of the different life stages. Nevertheless, the photographs are open for individual interpretation. In Six Degrees of Freedom the themes are memory, background, yearning, identity and destiny. The search for our roots, in the artist’s work, is the yearning for our real identity and finally a call to follow your own convictions and live without compromises. All this, through perfectly beautiful still lives. As Jean Christoph Amman wrote in the introduction to a previous work (Once, Still and Forever, released by Kehrer Verlag in 2012) ‘Sometimes it takes time to grasp the work of an artist. How often does the attention-grabbing motif stand at the foreground. For Jessica Backhaus, the motif provides an occasion for contemplating the “way of the world,” the “order of things” (which disorder makes necessary), for thinking about light and color as generators of life. And there is something else as well, a quiet melancholy that tells us that we cannot change the tides. In other words: that we should follow them instead.’ Six Degrees of Freedom has been published by Kehrer Verlag in 2015. You can buy the book here This is the third exhibition of Jessica Backhaus’ work at Micamera. Six Degrees of Freedom is organized in collaboration with Robert Morat Galerie based in Berlin. Micamera invites you to discover the work by the German artist together with the main gallery representing the artist’s work. An inspiration for Micamera, founder and director Robert Morat will be in Milan over the weekend and will be a special guest at the workshop held by Jessica Backhaus. Micamera invites you to an aperitif with the gallerist on Sunday, January 22nd at 7pm ROBERT MORAT | GALERIE focuses on contemporary photography and photography of the 20th century, showing German and international photographers. Jessica Backhaus’ exhibition will open on Friday, JAnuary 20th at 7pm. The artist will be present. Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris, where she later studied photography and visual communications. Here she met Gisèle Freund in 1992, who became her mentor. In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009.
 Jessica Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Her photographs are in many prominent art collections including Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany, ING Art Collection, Belgium, Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA and the Margulies Collection, Miami, USA.  She has published seven books with Kehrer Verlag: Jesus and the Cherries (2005), What Still Remains (2008), One Day in November (2008, dedicated to Gisèle Freund), I Wanted to See the World (2010), ONE DAY – Ten Photographers (2010), Once, Still and Forever (2012), Six Degrees of Freedom (2015). She lives in Berlin. In addition to the monographies published with Kehrer Verlag, Jessica Backhaus’ work is also included in: Women Photographers. From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman by Boris Friedewald  (Prestel, 2014) and The Photographers’ Sketchbooks by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals (Thames & Hudson, 2014) Micamera is in Milan, in via Medardo Rosso, 19 (Isola district) we are open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-1pm and 4-7 pm or by appointment
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The Colour and The Shape: Jessica Backhaus 10:00
The Colour and The Shape: Jessica Backhaus @ Micamera - lens based arts
Jan 21 @ 10:00 – Jan 22 @ 18:00
  THE COLOUR AND THE SHAPE (Il Colore e La Forma) workshop with JESSICA BACKHAUS special guest: Robert Morat, founder and director of the gallery in Berlin Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd, January 2017, Micamera Form, light and color describe in an incisive and totally natural manner the visual story of Jessica Backhaus, author of German origin – who moved first to France and then to the States, before moving back to Germany in recent years. At her seventh monograph,  Jessica Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Through these elements (colour, light, shape) the two days of work with the prolific German artist will lead the students to re-consider the potential that lies in simple things, as the result of a perfect balance between poetic inspiration and great precision. Jessica Backhaus searches for answers to universal questions related to the human existence in the small things, in what is around us. Controlling an image, producing a book, the meticulous care in preparing an exhibition are all aspects that will be covered during the workshop. The small group will ensure a lively exchange with the teacher, which will be back at Micamera with a restyled version of the workshop, after the success of the previous editions. Backhaus is among the 55 Women Photographers. From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman by Boris Friedewald, published by Prestel and also among the authors of the Photographers’ Sketchbooks by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals, Thames & Hudson. Six Degrees of Freedom is her last book released by Kehrer Verlag and also the title of the exhibition opening in the same days at Micamera. when: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd, January 2017 / 10am-6pm (with lunch break) cost: 300€ / 250€ (discounted for those who have already joined one of our workshops) maximum 13 students info: Giulia Zorzi: [email protected] / [email protected] phone: +39 02 4548 1569 or +39 335 6817917   Jessica Backhaus was born in Cuxhaven, Germany in 1970 and grew up in an artistic family. At the age of sixteen, she moved to Paris, where she later studied photography and visual communications. Here she met Gisèle Freund in 1992, who became her mentor. In 1995 her passion for photography drew her to New York, where she assisted photographers, pursued her own projects and lived until 2009.
 Jessica Backhaus is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices in contemporary photography in Germany today. Her work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. Her photographs are in many prominent art collections including Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Germany, ING Art Collection, Belgium, Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA and the Margulies Collection, Miami, USA.  She has published seven books with Kehrer Verlag: Jesus and the Cherries (2005), What Still Remains (2008), One Day in November (2008, dedicated to Gisèle Freund), I Wanted to See the World (2010), ONE DAY – Ten Photographers (2010), Once, Still and Forever (2012), Six Degrees of Freedom (2015). She lives in Berlin. In addition to the monographies published with Kehrer Verlag, Jessica Backhaus’ work is also included in: Women Photographers. From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman by Boris Friedewald The 55 most influential women photographers in history.  (Prestel, 2014) The Photographers’ Sketchbooks by Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals (Thames & Hudson, 2014) A book that celebrates the creative processes of the modern photographic era; among the authors also Alec Soth and Trent Parke. All books available at Micamera – on line or at the bookshop in Milan. _____ In December, Micamera published on social media 6 mini-interviews to Jessica Backhaus, each accompanied by an image. Here they are: 1/6 – Micamera: In an interview, you said: ‘Photographs allow you to remember and have the power to bring you back in time’. Your last book – Six Degrees of Freedom (Kerhrer Verlag, 2015) – refers to your past, your roots. Can you tell us something more about this aspect? – Jessica Backhaus: Six Degrees of Freedom was partly inspired by my own biography and my desire to find out more about my roots. There is no specific message, the project holds various themes together like memory, background, yearning, identity and destiny. During the years of making this project I visited some places from my childhood and youth. With my photographs I tried symbolically to capture the essence of this search and of the different life stages. Nevertheless I want the photographs to be open for individual interpretations. 2/6 – Micamera: How do you integrate your experience and emotions into your work? – Jessica Backhaus: Our experiences and our emotions are essential in our reflections. I think my work is very intuitive, it goes along with my own emotions and feelings. You express yourself because there is not another way you can do it. In order to create you also have to allow for a certain vulnerability and need to be open. I believe this open field of the unknown gives my work some lyrical and poetic elements. It’s about the little things and details which I think tell a lot about a bigger picture. You can sometimes read so much more between the lines. 3/6 – Micamera: How was your relationship with Gisèle Freund? – Jessica Backhaus: The relationship I had with Gisèle Freund was very precious to me. It was a beautiful and inspirational friendship in many ways. She was 84 when I met her, but we did so many things together – we went to exhibitions and movies, I introduced her to my friends, I cooked for her… Our friendship was one of the most beautiful gifts I’ve got in my life. Even though we had such a huge age difference, there was a deep understanding, connection and love. We inspired each other. She not only influenced me within my work but also in my life. Another thing I learned from her was to have[...]
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Piergiorgio Casotti: Where Does the White Go 09:00
Piergiorgio Casotti: Where Does the White Go
Jan 25 @ 09:00 – 21:00
On Wednesday, January 25th at 7pm Micamera will host an unconventional book presentation, with music WHERE DOES THE WHITE GO by Piergiorgio Casotti My tribute to the mountains is in the first instance a tribute to (its) silence. An absence of words; this is the nature of my relationship with the mountains. An absence in which we are untouched by the interference of sound, by the ‘white noise’ of our society; an absence that changes our perspective, bringing us back to our primordial perceptions. Faces fade away, images blur, stories are told by the word of mouth, thus often becoming legendary or surreal – Piergiorgio Casotti This work is a photographic census of the population still living in the small villages along the ridge of the Apennines in the area near Reggio Emilia. At the same time is is a personal, silent crosswalk, a tribute to the mountains, a meditation on the progressive cultural and social transformation of the territory. WHERE DOES THE WHITE GO by Piergiorgio Casotti Selfpublished, 2016 Book design: Fiorenza Pinna Essays: Mario Vighi and Silvano Scaruffi 112 pages, duotone BW Italian and English see and purchase the book here / ask for a signed copy! Piergiorgio Casotti is an Italian photographer also known for Sometimes I Cannot Smile (selfpublished, 2013), an intimate and personale work about the youth of the Inuit comminity living in Greenland’s east coast. The work became also a documentary movie: Arctic Spleen. Recommended. Micamera is in Milan, Italy, in via Medardo Rosso, 19 (Isola district) underground _ MM5 Isola |MM2 Garibaldi (exit via Pepe) | MM3 Zara open Wednesday to Saturday 10am-1pm and 4-7 pm or by appointment the bookstore’s website telephone: 02 4548 1569
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