Anna Utopia Giordano


“Write about art”

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Stamattina ho ricevuto dall’Australia il quarto volume di “Write about art”  (Eyeline Publishing), antologia di saggi scritti da giovani studenti del Queensland sull’arte e la cultura visuale. Julian Oronos parla di Venus e del ritratto “Marta” del fotografo Andrzej Dragan nel saggio “Extreme makeover: Venus and the digital scalpe”.

This morning the fourth volume of “Write about art” (Eyeline Publishing) has arrived from Australia, it is an anthology of essays written by young students from Queensland about art and visual culture. Julian Oronos talks about Venus and the portrait “Marta” by the photographer Andrzej Dragan in the essay “Extreme Makeover: Venus and the digital Scalpe.”


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Venus @ Museum Het Valkhof

Una fotografia scattata dal fotografo Thijn Van De Ven al Museo Het Valkhof durante il  Midzomernacht Event del 22 giugno 2012.
Durante l’evento ho tenuto una conferenza riguardante i miei due lavori Venus e My Social Generation, la trascrizione in lingua inglese è disponibile qui.

Al muro alcune stampe a dimensione originale tratte dal mio ciclo di lavori “Venus” ed esposte durante l’esibizione “Why goddesses are so beautiful: love and beauty in antiquity”.

Segnalo anche The Illusionists documentario di Elena Rossini riguardante il corpo, l’industria e gli stereotipi della bellezza ai nostri giorni. Sono onorata di aver contribuito al documentario con una intervista registrata proprio a Nimega. Seguite e supportate The Illusionists anche su facebook.
Il fatto – il “corpo-oggetto” – è assai serio.

Indosso la t-shirt “Not interested in being skinny” del brand LittleBlackDress di Alessia Caliendo.

Photo by Thijn van de Ven @ Museum Het Valkhof

A photo taken by the photographer Thijn Van De Ven at the Museum Het Valkhof during the  Midzomernacht Event  (22 june 2012).
During the event I held a conference about my projects Venus and My Social Generation, the english transcription is here.

Behind me two prints from my Venus project exposed in “Why goddesses are so beautiful: love and beauty in antiquity”.

Take a look at The Illusionists, a documentary by Elena Rossini about the body, the fashion industry and standard of beauty. I?m honored to be part of her documentary with an interview taken in Nijmgen. Follow and support The Illusionist on facebook. The topic – “body as object” – is really important.

I’m wearing the “Not interested in being skinny” t-shirt by LittleBlackDress (Alessia Caliendo).


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Utopia is questioning society’s views of beauty not only in her Venus works, but in another series of works as well. In her “My Social Generation: Please, don’t try this at home!” series, she takes photographs of herself in poses that would be used on social networks by teenagers and Photoshops them.
The photos are unfortunately accurate in depicting how minors are displaying themselves online. Is displaying oneself at awkward camera angles considered “beauty” in today’s society for children?
It’s hard to believe something like a poorly edited Facebook picture can be art. But in Giordano’s context, it serves a new purpose and it becomes art.

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