Friday, 14 December 2007
*Susan Cianciolo is widely known as a very determined fashion designer, but what makes her really special is her versatility as an artist, musician and film maker.
Her fashion designs are definitely anti-economical and completely manual. Her works communicate a distinct determination never to work within the confines of the fashion world and its production requirements. Past collections have involved Susan's handmade books, music, photography, movies, and clothing.
Susan's unconventional approach to fashion is a mix of delicate detail, hand sewing, embroidery and projects with various photographers, musicians and film makers.
*Elisabetta Catalano began as a fashion photographer for Vogue during the sixties. Then came the participation at Fellini’s Film "eight and a half" that opened the doors of the world Cinema.
Since then she has been “the official” celebrity photogapher in Italy: from F. Fellini to Stefania Sandrelli, from Pasolini to Gino De Dominicis; also photographing artists such as Gilbert and George and Joseph Beuys.
In the'70s and '90s her studio became a reference for all those who wanted to break in the world of cinema and Television; including many show girls “attircette” women who for a moment have touched fame and then have fallen into oblivion. To show these picture invites a rethink about the ephemeral nature of fame and celebrity.
*Ana Bezelga is an artist working mainly with video and music. Her work focuses on the questions of identity and gender in modern life and has been exhibited in Portugal and abroad.
Studied cinema in National Cinema School - ESTC and Audiovisual Post Production in RESTART – School of Creativity and High Technologies. Fine Arts Advanced Course in MAUMAUS – School of Fine Arts, in Lisbon.
She is currently doing a masters degree at Malmo Art Academie, Denmark.
*H.H.Lim is a Malaysian artist living for years in Rome. He has exhibited in collective and solo exhibitions in Italy (Fondazione Pastificio Cerere), Turky (Emergency Biennal, Istanbul), USA (San Francisco Art Institute) and also in China and Malysia.
The work of H.H.Lim explores the paradoxes of visual and textual language, with the intention to show the logic of appearence that dominates his world.
*Formerly established as a portrait painter, his current work is informed by historical pictorial devises that have been used particularly in painting to describe the dialectic between subject and object, representation and perception.
In his work he challenges, with some humor, the viewers expectations about what they recognize and what is seen to be represented.
1996 Winner BP Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery
2004 Stanley Smith Scholarship
2005 Amlin Painting Prize
He now lives and works in Denmark.
* Sara de Castro is a portuguese artist that uses fashion as a mean to create her own fantasy world. Her illustrations are often charged with deep social and political ideologies.
She has studied fashion design is Lisbon. Worked as a fashion designer and illustrator in New York and Berlin where she now lives and works.