I have been invited by Al-Tiba9 to take part in an online preview of the new edition of their art magazine. Time: Jun 26, 2020, 14:30 Madrid
“Al-Tiba9 (الطباق) focuses on light as a manifestation of energy, a principle that makes it possible to reach the phenomenological world, an element of knowledge to achieve multiple levels of reality. This transgressive contemporary Arab show emerges between lights and shadows, human and artificial from here and there, reaching for profound hope but staying rooted in reality.“
— Mohamed Benhadj, Founder & Curator
Luca Rossinin, an Italian visual artist and fashion photographer, was a featured guest presenter. Her work was not known to me before. Her website is divided into three parts containing fashion, still life and collage. I become absolutely fascinated by her lonely, withdrawn and impactful art. Her style is original and unique and resulted in the creation of highly aesthetic and powerful images, which force a strong reflection on a viewer. They have a dream like quality and appear to visualise a world, which appears to be perhaps unreal. There are strong references to the old Dutch and Flemish masters in terms of her use of colour and chiaroscuro. Her models are withdrawn and absent minded. She is somehow questioning our perception of someone’s presence. Perhaps, her creative intentions are best summarised by her statement is below:
‘”Photography to me is not a way to document reality, but more the way in which I can suspend reality, with all its physical and societal rules, and turn everything into my dream of it. I love working with complex lights and low light, both in studio and in the open. My favourite subjects are portraits which tell dream-like stories; places which seem daydream scenarios; and surrealistic concepts created in my studio.
My view over the world has been seriously affected by “dreamers” like David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Federico Fellini, with their ability to transmit the distinct and uncomfortable feeling of not being really awake.
I come from the analogue days of the dark room, but my stylistic growth is very digital. I spent most of my life struggling to confine my artistic nature, so I achieved a PhD in biomedical engineering. It didn’t work, nothing works, there’s no cure against the urge to create and communicate, I guess.”