These are not modern art paintings or pop art works. They are just macro and abstract photos of details of a disfigured wastebin, in Milan… The pictures are part of my “LaceR/Actions” project-research, which now has reached 120.000 photos taken across the world.
“LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project concerning researches about decomposed and torn publicity posters, natural cracks and scratches, urban/industrial tokens. Impressed by photocamera and transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles, re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn and decomposed publicity posters give new life to waste-paper and decomposed matters. Like the pictures above.
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History and memory are important, because they not only communicate to us what we have been, but they open windows on the future. This is the meaning of the Museum of ancient Parchements which the Municipal Administration of Bianchi (Cosenza, Calabria, South Italy) intends to increasingly enhance and promote, as confirmed by the mayor prof. Pasquale Taverna, and the deputy mayor, Rino Pascuzzo.
Mayor and deputy mayor accompanied me on a visit to the Museum, which is a full part of Bianchi’s history and originally formed thanks to the noble Accattatis family, to which it is named. The origin of Bianchi – around the year 1600 – is linked to the arrival of some families, including the Accattatis, who had moved from nearby Scigliano to the territory of Bianchi.
Exactly 200 years ago, in 1820, Bianchi was recognized as an autonomous municipality with its own civil status registers. And it is significant that the Municipal Administration, precisely in coincidence of this anniversary, has decided to revive and redevelop the spaces of the Museum of the Scrolls, which was established in 1984 on the proposal of the deceased cav. Luigi Elvio Accattatis, grandson of the famous academic Luigi Accattatis, author among other things of the Calabrian dialectal vocabulary. In 2004 the private writing scheme was approved for the donation of the historical archive of the Accattatis family to the Municipality of Bianchi and the “Museum of Scrolls and Historical Documents” was established.
In the Civic Museum of the Municipality of Bianchi it is possible to admire ancient parchments that are of considerable historical value. The most important documents date back to the 17th century and others even to the 16th century; there are also some scrolls signed by Charles V of Spain, others by Frederick II and Frederick IV of the Aragonese, a papal bull signed by Benedict XII. Among the historical documents, some notary deeds of 1198 and 1221 of the empress Constance are very interesting.
The Museum offers an excursus on local history and past events through the testimonies contained in the parchments of the protagonists of the time. It is an interesting historical documentation that testifies to the cultural trace in Bianchi’s history. Some parchments have been exhibited at the “Exhibition of the ancient books in Calabria” set up at the National Library of Cosenza. Rare bibliographic and artistic works that have contributed to enriching the historical value of the exhibition.
Cities reveal themselves also through random images of ripped and decomposed publicity posters and natural decompositions we may see along the streets. In this gallery I gathered some macro photos I took in Amsterdam, the so called “Venice of Northern Europe”. Rugs, papers, glue, dust, spray colors residuals and other materials mixed with torn posters gave origin to some fascinating and even disquieting scenes, where light and dark seem to create an obscure dimension or some indecipherable codes… It’s just the world of Lacer/actions…
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These pictures aren’t paintings (oils, acrylics, watercolors or digital works), but just natural, random and not manipulated images of the amazing imperfection of the real world we see around us. They are photos: I took them in Rome on walls, advertising billboards, gates, wastebins… Free abstract and informal art along the streets.
Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of decomposed posters, cracks, scratches and urban/street signs. Transferred on canvases, reproduced on lithographic prints or textiles (as pure silk), re-built on collages or scanned in videoclips, the images of torn and disfigured posters and natural cracks give new meanings and expressions to paper lacerations and matter decomposition, as you may see in this gallery showing some works from the collection of about 120.000 images captured so far by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world. For infos and acquisitions of unique of original copies: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risalgono al primo secolo dopo Cristo. In collezione entrano anche due epigrafi, dello stesso periodo
Due sculture femminili di epoca romana arricchiscono da oggi la vasta raccolta di oltre milleduecento marmi romani posseduta dalle Gallerie degli Uffizi. Le opere, insieme a due epigrafi anch’esse romane, sono state acquistate dal museo nell’ambito di un’asta tenuta recentemente da Pandolfini a Firenze.
La prima è una statua a grandezza naturale databile alla prima metà del I secolo d.C.: raffigura una donna abbigliata con una veste rituale, forse un capo sfoggiato dalle novelle spose, che trova i suoi confronti più convincenti nei rilievi dell’Ara Pacis, caposaldo della cultura augustea.
A questo raro marmo si aggiunge uno busto con una testa femminile dalla complessa acconciatura, che riproduce la singolare tipologia di pettinatura in voga fra l’età traianea e l’inizio di quella adrianea (110-130 d.C.). Oltre alle sculture sono state acquisite dagli Uffizi…
New video for my “Lacer /actions” project. The extraordinary suggestion of the cracks on a signpost of the Monterotondo railway station, in Rome area (Italy). Pure close-up photography that takes on the contours and tones of a painting.
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Nuovo video per il mio progetto “Lacer/azioni”. La straordinaria suggestione delle crepe e delle screpolature su un cartello segnaletico della Stazione ferroviaria di Monterotondo, alle porte di Roma. Pura fotografia ravvicinata che assume i contorni e i toni di un dipinto.
In Italy last 7 February 2020 was the annual day that calls the Italian school to reflect on the phenomena of bullying and cyber bullying. A theme, this, which is at the center, all year round, of the meetings on my book “Social or dis-social?” (Funtasy Editrice) which has now involved more than 30,000 students from schools throughout Italy. And precisely from the schools – where the book is the subject of meetings, reflections and experiences – come the messages and drawings I propose in this photo gallery. They are messages that invite to reflect: the web, social networks and school need to be places of dialogue, meeting and growth, where there is no place for bullies and bullying of any kind.
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