Anna Utopia Giordano


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Museum Factory / Poetry reading

I have already told you about the project Museum Factory @ Museum Irpino in which I exposed my POPbottles, now I will tell you about the performance during the final evening ot the kermesse.
On 11 and 12 April, I took part in an interesting and unusual performance in collaboration with the b-boy Gianluca Iki, the drummer Ciro Roca and the poet Paolo Battista.
My rhapsodies + Paolo’s poems + breakdance by Iki + drum set by Ciro = minutes of experimentation. Here are some pictures! ;)

Vi ho già parlato, in uno degli ultimi post, dell’expo Museum Factory presso il Museo Irpino, in cui ho esposto le mie POPbottles. Ora vi racconto della serata conclusiva del ciclo di eventi collegato al progetto. Venerdì 10 aprile (e sabato 11), ho preso parte ad una performance interessante – e poco consueta – insieme al b-boy Gianluca Iki, il batterista Ciro Roca e il poeta Paolo Battista.
Le mie rapsodie + le poesie di Paolo + breakdance di Iki + drum set di Ciro = minuti interi di sperimentazione. Di seguito qualche foto! ;)

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Aldo Mondino expo @ Nicola Pedana Arte Contemporanea

…with two paintings by Aldo Mondino @ the opening of the new gallery Nicola Pedana Arte Contemporanea in Caserta.
…con con due quadri di Aldo Mondino all’inaugurazione di ieri del nuovo spazio Nicola Pedana Arte Contemporanea (Caserta)

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#IdentityExchange

I was planning to “exchange” my facebook page with someone … and I finally found a great playmate for the occasion: the one and only (b)ananartista! Discover all the update on fb through the hashtag #IdentityExchange.

Meditavo da tempo di scambiare la mia pagina facebook con qualcuno… e infine ho trovato un perfetto compagno di giochi per l’occasione: il solo e unico (b)ananartista! Scopri tutti gli update su fb tramite l’hashtag #IdentityExchange.

#IdentityExchange - Anna Utopia Giordano / (b)ananartista


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Talking about Thanateros

It was the beginning of 2009 and I had just published my poems on the magazine Montparnasse Cafè (La via dei poeti) when I received  a totally unexpected email from the artist and photographer Luca Catellani. He had read my rhapsodies in that magazine and he asked me to write some poems to match with his photographs for an upcoming art-project called Thanateros (online catalogue here).

Luca’s photographic world intrigued me immediately: it was dark, obscure, an esoteric and scratched dreamlike dimension. It was (and is) totally different from the standard Italian photography I knew… and not only his subjects but also his technical research was interesting.  At that time I was studying mythology, magic, religion and esotericism: a project like Thanateros was exactly what I was waiting to “throw out” all that I had stored in the brain!

The result is a series of exhibitions and poetry readings in Italian cafè and pubs (like La Buca di San Vincenzo, Vampyria, Palazzo Agostini, U-turn) in which I also starred in and wrote the theatrical performances held during the openings. I also invited to perform some of my art-playmates as (b)ananartista and Un Artista Minimalista.

The performances. An explanation is needed!

Luca introduced to me his friend Andrea Ropes. Andrea is really a kind and funny person, he is one of the most important Italian experts on shibari and he performs in national and international nightclubs and art galleries. I’ve only seen one Andrea’s live performance presented at the art gallery Famiglia Margini (Milan) and I was quite impressed. Recently I saw some Lady Gaga and Rihanna music videos and photosets full of references to this shibari/bondage world! By the way, in the far 2009/10, the  Thanateros experience has been my first and only meeting with shibari’s stuff.

Obviously my Thanateros approach is totally soft & quite: no nude, no extreme practice. I’m dressed from head to toe and Andrea and I both have an active recited role. The ropes symbolize, through the nodes, the fusion of the philosophical and psychological concepts Thanatos and Eros.
The screenplays are always different and I write them (with the advice of Andrea about the ties) according to the place in which we will perform: I have been a vampire, a 50’s diva, a goddess dressed in white. The performances are the fusion of art, drama, poetry, music, folklore and a very mild and purified shibari.

Thanateros has envolved the perception of my body and the relationship with myself, it made ​​me think a lot about the concept of “freedom” and “trust” and opened the door to new research topics.

I also would like to thank the historical tailoring Brancato Costumi (Milan) for the costumes used during the performance and Alessia Zaccarelli for the support!

Some photos from Thanateros: