[September 20 2017] : TravelView the gallery
A Space between Sand and Clouds
The calm before the storm. I was in Puerto Rico for the first time this summer, a couple of days after my departure Irma hit the island causing terrible damages, some places I have visited will never be the same. Puerto Rico is an universe suspended between sand and clouds, Puerto Rico is contradictions: little towns isolated into the tropical forest, uncontaminated nature and stinky suburbs, breathtaking views, cristalline waters, the kindness of the people and the economic crisis that has lasted for the last 10 years, old traditions and the American fast foods. Puerto Rico is an island where Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean culture come together. A contemporary... Read More
Text and Photo Nicolò Bernardi
[September 19 2017] : TravelView the gallery
Earlier this year I travelled from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka to Naoshima back to Tokyo and ended up in Shanghai. It was my first time in Asia and while being amazing by the obvious (for the Western eye that has never been to places like this before) all the straight lines constructed by nature and by humans really got my attention. Not being able to fully read your surrounding makes you focus on the small things, which are often overlooked in our day to day life.
Text and Photo Alexandra Bondi de Antoni
[August 22 2017] : Travel
Cuba is where streamline never left, it is a memorabilia of 50’s american architecture and design, with hidden pearls scattered all around the island. It is a country of entrepeneurs and lovers. You will never see anyone begging for money and you will never witness the death of an american classic car. A land where the past is present.
However, Cuba is also an island of alienating infrastructure in which human souls can get lost. Havana, for instance, is surrounded by tongues of concrete, deserted plazas and inhabitated mid-century structures among which the iconic seafront curvy hotels with their empty pools. The outskirts of Cuba is where dreamy land turns into an urban dystopia. It... Read More
Text and photo Andrea Calvetti
[August 1 2017] : Travel
Photo by Nick DeLieto
[June 29 2017] : Travel
The Aoling festival is a festival celebrated in Nagaland, one of the seven sister states in North-eastern India. Every year in the first week of April the Konyak tribe gather in Mon to celebrate the arrival of spring and pray for a good upcoming harvest.
Nagaland, which is located on the border with Myanmar, is known for its headhunting, which was still happening as recently as 1969 when the Christians came to Nagaland. When a member of the Naga tribe beheaded someone they were given a tattoo on their chest as a trophy of the event.
Nowadays, the Naga people can be seen with piercings and facial tattoos and brightly colored tribal patterns selling handicrafts and smoking... Read More
Text and Photo Julia Laird
[June 2 2017] : Travel
The residency, initiated by La Criée, is the first chapter of Territoires Extra, a contemporary art and culture development project in Brittany, funded by the French Ministry of Culture (DRAC Bretagne) in association with La Criée Centre d’Art Contemporain in Rennes and Passerelle in Brest.
Photo David Horvitz
[May 22 2017] : Travel
You drive your car in Casablanca. Shortly after French protectorat was signed in 1912, the first large constructions were built outside of the old Medina. In order to regulate the real estate boom, a masterplan – much inspired by German and American experiences – propelled Casablanca in the history of modern cities : zoning, alignement, template, consolidation and car culture. New rules that France will not experience before the late 1940s.
As it became a new rendez-vous for modern living – both for Moroccans and foreigners – the city attracted urbanists, architects and landscapers inspired by the Art deco and Bauhaus movements. These buildings remain mostly untouched and can be seen Downtown, in Anfa... Read More
Text and Photo Olivier Bec
[March 22 2017] : Travel
Casa Broner was built in 1960 as a home and studio of German architect and painter Erwin Broner (1898- 1971). Declared of Cultural Interest in 2000, is a key piece of modern architecture in the Balearic Islands.
Photo Olivier Bec
[March 12 2017] : Travel
Casa Schillinger was commissioned by Emilio Schillinger – the owner of El Corsario Art Gallery – after refitting rural nearby houses with architect Erwin Broner (1898-1971) in 1962. Available for weekly rentals, the house is located on a hill 2km north of Ibiza town, its compositions of openings project the house outside with views on Dalt Vila, the old town.
Erwin Broner had developed an interest for art from a young age and by the 1920s he was a student of the German artist Karl Albiker. As the Nazi regime grew to power, Broner – who was of Jewish descent – fled the country in the early 1930s. After settling in Ibiza in 1934 the artist emigrated... Read More
Text and Photo Olivier Bec