Month: April 2016

Italy / Venice / Biennale – International Architecture Exhibition 2016

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Nigerian Pavilion

International Architecture Exhibition, Venice 2016 – 15th

Spazio Punch, Fondamenta San Biagio 800/O, Giudecca

 

11800144_10206322584277211_4926908907700799399_nCurator: Mrs. Camilla Boemio (curator, writer, critic)

Camilla Boemio is a writer, curator and theorist whose practice deals with investigating the politics of participation in curatorial practices, the intersection of culture, the social architecture, politics and contemporary aesthetics. Boemio co-founded and directed the thematic AAC platform, she is member of AICA International and she is associate curator at APT – Artist Pension Trust. 

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Commissioner: Mr. Nkanta George Ufot (Director – International Cultural Relations, Ministry of Information and Culture). The Biennale di Venezia 2016 will be the first time that Nigeria will feature in this world renowned event, therefore, it is absolutely necessary for us to integrate and collaborate with consultants and partners with experience and previous involvement at the Biennale. Read more  => (…)

IMG_08-002-624x424Exhibitor:  Mr. Ola-Dele Kuku – (Architect – artist) – http://www.ola-delekuku.com/Bio: Ola-Dele Kuku (Lagos, Nigeria – 1963) studied at the Southern California Institute of Architecture – (SCI-Arc), in Los Angeles, California, and in Vico Morcote, Ticino, Switzerland. His private practise (Ola-Dele Kuku Projects), initiated in Milan, Italy in 1991, and focused primarily on conceptual interventions in architecture with special interest in philosophy, theory, and composition.   Read more  click here => (…)

Biennale Architettura

Paolo-Portoghesi-1020x1024About Biennale Venezia: Established in 1980 curated by Paolo Portoghesi, the Venice Architecture Biennale has developed into the world’s foremost architecture event. It’s the leading forum for the exploration of architectural ideas, the social architecture, the preeminent showcase for building design and the biggest and most publicised gathering of the international design and architecture community. What better place for the first Nigerian Pavilion’s architectural creativity and quality to take the world stage?

Schermata 2016-04-27 alle 18.38.42The Biennale promotes debate about the architectural and urban design issues confronting communities and societies around the world. It’s a highly stimulating event that brings together architects with famous careers, theorists, connections with contemporary art and young practitioners on the rise.
Some countries have permanent national pavilions in Venice; others stage their exhibitions in historic buildings. The Nigerian Pavilion have chosen an industrial building with a strong programming in the year: Punch Space where create a site-specific exhibition of architect and artist Ola-Dele Kuku.
Being at Venice feeds back into this country’s built-environment planning while also telling the world that what we do here has its own distinctive character.

conf venezia 22febThe Biennale kicks off with the two-day Vernissage – one of international architecture’s most prestigious occasions – which includes a host of opening parties and opportunities to tour the exhibitions and meet their curators.
Each Biennale has a theme set by the events director, to which the creators of the national exhibitions respond. The Biennale appeals to a large and highly focussed audience: architects and designers and urban planners, naturally, but also companies that support architecture, clients that commission it, institutions that teach it and the media that publish it.
In 2014, 66 countries staged exhibitions and the Biennale attracted 240,000 visitors. More than 3,300 media were accredited, and 120 universities took part in the Biennale’s educational programme. So also this year we will have an amazing audiences!
Visit the La Biennale website http://www.labiennale.org/it/architettura/mostra/

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‘Teatro Dell’archivio’ 1996 © Ola-Dele Kuku Projects / courtesy- Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art Gallery, Brussels

image‘Diminished Capacity‘ intends to analyze an historical transaction moment with the ambition to rewrite history, starting from Nigeria to provide unpublished interpretations.
In this condition rewrite history becomes a necessary evolution. The wrong reading of Africa transforms continent itself in a country poised in perpetual opposition to restlessness; what is its identity being a ghetto in forms and structures unsuitable? The Africa is not a country. In that conflict the first Nigerian Pavilion wants to prospect a new methodologies.

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‘Agenda Setting’ (neon series) Africa is not a country! © 2016 courtesy ola-dele kuku projects

Conflict is one of the recurrent themes in the work of Ola-Dele Kuku. The architect-artist sees that as one of the driving mechanisms in our world, and as a tool to set change in motion. ‘Conflict has played a crucial role since the dawn of creation, just think of the stories of the Big Bang and the paradise of Adam and Eve’. Throughout his practice, Ola-Dele Kuku has consistently re-shaped representation in a timely challenge. Working with both drawing, installation and sculpture, he has revisited the mainstays of architectural representational methods – plan, elevation, section – to inject unsettling slippages into their rigorous formalism. This new body of work fully embraces an analytic socio-philosophical visceral slant, confronted complex issues such as resource depletion and their manipulation, migration, micro and macro global changes, an alternative vision of west Africa, growing impoverishment and the diminished capacity of a country in a multiplication use of manipulation strategies .

Associate Curator: Mr. Koku konu (architect – critic) Lagos, Nigeria.

Project Manager: Mr. Fabrizio Orsini
Co-founder – AAC Platform, Italy.

Exhibition Promotion and Communication: Mrs. Kavita Chellaram
Director – Arthouse Contemporary Limited, Lagos, Nigeria
Collaborators – Sponsors:
Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Abuja, Nigeria.
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Rome, Italy.
Arthouse Contemporary Ltd, Lagos, Nigeria.
KU Leuven – St Lucas Architecture, (Int Masters Programme) Gent, Belgium.
LMS Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.
Philippe Laeremans Tribal Art Gallery Brussels, Belgium
Malloni
Orsogna Winery

Caption image:
Ola-Dele Kuku,
‘Agenda Setting’ (neon series) Africa is not a country!
2016 courtesy ola-dele kuku projects.

Website: http://www.nigerianpavilion.org/

 

Special Thanks To Alessandro Sicuro

Journalist / Editor  by Sure Com America

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THE BEST BOOTIES FOR FALL 2016

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Footwear designers may or may not have been thinking of Destiny’s Child singing “Bootylicious” when creating their fall lineups. But they certainly had booties on the brain. The collections were awash with ankle-high or lower calf-hitting creations, and their incarnations were many. Balmain did a regal, black and gold military style that featured a nine-strap closure over a gilded inset. Roger Vivier’s purple suede version sported cheerful pink, green and blue laces.Francesco Russo showed more detail than normal with a sexy open-toe and open-braided black number that had a hint of dominatrix.

 

FALL DENIM ACCESSORIES

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From Left: Circus by Sam Edelman’s bag. Manolo Blahnik × Rihanna’s boot. RumbaTime’s watch. Louise et Cie’s pump. Martin Keehn’s belt. Chanel’s bag.
From Left:
Circus by Sam Edelman’s bag.
Manolo Blahnik × Rihanna’s boot.
RumbaTime’s watch.
Louise et Cie’s pump.
Martin Keehn’s belt.
Chanel’s bag.

For fall, denim is looking new, chic and, as always, cool, on the runways and on the street. And accessories are no exception. Cross category, from Chanel bags to RumbaTime watches, Louise et Cie heels and even boots by Rihanna, it’s the American staple gone global.

HOW IT IS BORN AND DEVELOPS AN ARTISTIC CREATION TO WEAR

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When you create something that elicits emotion: this is the moment in which art comes to life and transports us to another dimension, that of ecstasy. That subtle transfer from the concept to the work accomplished is perceptible not only by its creator, but also from a more informed public, which captures the uniqueness of that creation, drawing a benefit unforgettable emotional.

Each artist then acts according to a personal style, and it is the different way of feeling and shaping the art that distinguishes a work from the other, carrying within him the autograph and unmistakable mark of its maker.

At this point the obligatory question is: fashion is also an art form? Yes, when the artist transforms his work in pure creative essence, through detachment from the consumer system, the conventions, the production series and the strictly commercial needs.

Always it inspired by art and fashion from the past, blending in with the trends of cultural movements: experimentation unabated is the essential characteristic which gives life to the creations that combine ancient forms in materials and innovative models and especially outside the box .

Therein lies the great innovative value of LA COUVERTURE   http://www.lacouverture.it/

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FASHION IS A FORM OF ART? THE MOMA OF NEW YORK , BELIEVE YES…

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FASHION IS AN ART FORM BUT SO FAR THIS CONCEPT HAS NEVER BELIEVES THE PROFESSIONALS.
EDITORS OF MUSEUMS AND ART EXPERTS HAVE ALWAYS KEPT AWAY FROM THEIR SANCTA SANCTORUM, THE WORLD OF FASHION, WHY CONSIDERED COMMERCIAL &  FRIVOLOUS.
AFTER REFLECTION AND ALSO INFLUENCED BY CHARACTERS OF VISUAL COMMUNICATOR, THAT COOPERATE WITH THESE TWO WORLDS TOGETHER. THEY ARRIVED AT THIS DECISION, THAT FINALLY THE FASHION JOIN IN THE CATHEDRAL OF ART.
THE MOMA OF NEW YORK CUSTOM CLEARANCE FASHION TOWARDS OLIMPO OF ART AND OPENS ITS DOORS TO ITS DISCLOSURE IN THE WORLD

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The MoMa

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York invests in fashion, planning for the end of 2017 an exhibition entitled “Items: is fashion modern?”. Probably, the growing success of the annual exhibitions centers organized by the Met competitors under the supervision of Anna Wintour, “(Anna Wintour is the daughter of a newspaper editor and a philanthropist. She was born in London in 1949 and began working as a journalist to 16 years has become editor of Vogue in 1988, and then also one of the most recognizable symbols of the fashion world) “, have prompted the Moma to give more space to topics closer to the history of costume: 99 clothing taken from the last hundred years crowd the salt institute museum. To anticipate the event, two days of discussion on the subject scheduled the next 15 and 16 May with comparisons among fashion editors and academics.

The last exhibition dedicated to fashion organized by MOMA in 1944, “Are modern clothes?”, Which is inspired partially “Items: is fashion modern?”. We’ll see …!

 

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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