“NINE ELEVEN 2001, NEW YORK” / REMEMBERING A TRAGEDY THROUGH ART

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Lacer/actions Artworks by Roberto Alborghetti.

In memory of 2.974 Victims&Martyrs.

In the 11th Anniversary of WTC massacre.

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Title of the work:

“Victims & Martyrs: The Blood’s Tracks # 2 – Nine Eleven 2001, New York”

Canvas + Mixed media, 2011, 46,5 x 70 cm

Silk scarf created in collaboration with textile designer Bruno Boggia

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NINE ELEVEN:  REMEMBERING A TRAGEDY THROUGH ART

From an article by dr. SRINI PILLAY, Psychiatrist, Harvard clinician, brain imaging researcher, author of “The Life Unlocked”, “Your Brain and Business: the Neuroscience of the great leaders”, “The Science behind the Law of Attraction” , The Huffington Post columnist

Nine eleven did not just affect America.  It affected the world. Roberto Alborghetti was walking along Vico Street in Milan last spring when his eyes suddenly fell upon an image: red and black and described by him as either “hands, arms, fire tongues or hydrants,” he began to see the primal theme that this image represented.

Besides, it was a torn poster on a wall, and its urban origins were undeniable.  He looked on more closely, and as his mind wandered over several images, it landed on one that seemed to him most like what this was.  These, says Alborghetti, are: “..scenes in which the earth cries its fury to the sky, and the sky answers with its blood teardrops.”  Seeing the tragedy, he immediately made an association to one that had touched him very deeply: 9/11.  Knowing that he wanted to dedicate this one, of his poster images, to 9/11, he reproduced the image on canvas. He also approached the textiles designer Bruno Boggia who suggested that Alborghetti make a silk scarf with the image.  He did…  He plans to donate the scarf to a Fallen’s relative association.  Intrigued by this man’s penchant to represent this gruesome event as art, I probed more deeply to try to understand his psychology.  Was this just a random act on his part?  Did it actually mean anything to him?  And was there something that we in America could learn from this? “Art,” says Alborghetti, “is a reflection of reality.”  More precisely, he saw this piece of art as a scar that says that the world’s problems cannot be solved by violence and war– a memory of the horror of 9/11.  But was that thoughtful, or simply macabre?   “What was it in you that made you respond to this massive destruction with creation?” I asked, somewhat incredulously.  He answered that the poster seemed to depict both the tragedy and the possibility of a new life where earth (grey) and sky (red) meet each other to give origin to new colors, new days and new lives.   He was pointing to a certain resilience that we all have – to how in the face of massive destruction, you may break our buildings, but you cannot break our spirit.  He should know:  Alborghetti’s father was one of the few survivors of the terrible Kefalonia massacre (Greece, September 1943) where 8,000 young Italian young soldiers were killed by the Wehrmacht German army. He was injured, captured and segregated in a concentration camp. Alborghetti reflects: “An unutterable experience. And…slaughter!…I think that only his will to make peace with those awful years – talkin’ about them and… smilin’ too – has saved him, since then, from mind and body disease… “ In this time of remembering 9/11, psychological research and brain science support Alborghetti’s approach to representing tragedy in the beauty of art.  Visual beauty is registered in the brain in the medial OFC (orbitofrontal cortex) – a brain region known for its role in flexibility in thinking and reward (https://iris.ucl.ac.uk/research/browse/show-publication?pub_id=324591&source_id=2)  Beauty resides here too.  It could stimulate the necessary flexibility in our thinking by encouraging us not to lose ourselves in remembering the tragedy but also seeing the beauty in our resilience as a nation as well as the possibilities for recovery.  Studies also show that the perception of beauty activates brain regions, which move us toward the beautiful image or away from it if we think it ugly. (http://jn.physiology.org/content/91/4/1699.full.pdf)  To a certain extent, this gels well with Alborghettis’s intention in the art. Also, art and beauty offer potential forms of healing for all of us. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15152417)  Visual art not only represents the unconscious of the artist (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11455363) but  also taps into our unconscious brains (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19230327) leading us to parts of ourselves that are often untouched by everyday discourse.  For this reason, it does allow for a special kind of healing. I asked him: “Is your message in your art to America or the entire world?  Why?” He responded that his art was for all who would accept it – that art is a universal language – and that this memory was for all people who care to ask themselves some questions and who will allow emotions and feelings to grow in them. When we think of art representing tragedy, it raises all kinds of questions.  Can we really make art of an experience where people have lost loved ones?  Can we truly justify directing people toward beauty when there is such tragedy?  The beauty of abstract art – and of Alborghetti’s art in particular, is that it is in invitation for us to project what we will onto the piece.  We do so anyway – even when human forms, gardens and ponds protect us with their explicit forms in Impressionist and Renaissance paintings.  Art, as I substantiated above, is a form of healing whose effects we can see in the brain. From a psychological perspective, art is an amazing way to mourn.  When it is as beautiful as Alborghetti’s, it invites us to revisit the tragedy of terrorism, the horror of loss, and the beauty of our own resilience as we make our way through this mysterious life.

SRINI PILLAY

THE HUFFINGTON POST

9/9/2011

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Roberto Alborghetti “LaceR/Actions” is a multidisciplinary project about torn and decomposed publicity posters. Realistic images captured on the streets around the world are transferred on canvases, lithographs, textiles, glass, videoclips…

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WE NEED A FLOWER / SPECIAL PREVIEW: COMPELLING TEXTILE DESIGNS FOR SUMMER FASHION 2013-2014

 

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Summer means colors. Summer means flowers. Flowers and colors are one of the dominant fashion trends for the coming seasons 2013-2014. Bruno Boggia Disegni Studio in Como (Italy) – where they have also created the 3 silk scarves series based on my “Laceractions” images – has seized on all floral suggestions in order to create a kind of coloristic great fresco for his textile design patterns. 

Next summer seasons trends (2013-2014) will give preference to colors and shapes drawn by following flowers and leaves shapes. This photo gallery is a special preview of the new fabrics designs which will be shown by Bruno Boggia during the forthcoming editions of the famous Salon Indigo in Paris (September 19-20, 2012) and of ComoCrea (October 29 and 30, 2012).

SPECIAL PREVIEW, BRUNO BOGGIA DISEGNI COMO, PHOTO BY ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

PREVIEW ON TEXTILE DESIGN TRENDS FOR FASHION 2014 / “THE RHYTHM OF THE SEASONS”

© Photos by Roberto Alborghetti

At Bruno Boggia Disegni Studio in Como – where has been created my special silk scarves from torn posters images  – eyes are already focused on the next 2013 and 2014 fashion seasons. Bruno and Lucia Boggia, with their collaborators, are working on the possible trends. Textile design usually anticipates dresses and accessories  patterns and often suggests shapes and solutions to fashion stylists. Also at Boggia Studio people raise high the “antennas” trying to be proactive.

I had the way to admire new fabric designs that Bruno Boggia is preparing for summer 2013 collections and for those of winter 2014. “The dominant trends seem to follow the rhythm of the seasons, their colors and their moods – Lucia Boggia says me -. So, warm colors for summer – yellow and green the prevailling ones – and reminding nature colors for winter. We are focusing on the colors of the natural environment, with an eye to the neutral ones we see in woods, fields and lands… In addition to the basic trends, we are working on geometry and floral subjects and on East flavours themes.”

This photo-gallery is a special preview of the amazing new textiles designs coming from Como (Italy). So, let’s dive in this extraordinary combination of colors and shapes. Bruno Boggia Disegni will participate to next Indigo Salon in Paris (September 19-21, 2012) and to forthcomings ComoCrea editions ( June 25-26 and October 29-30, 2012).

SILK SCARVES DESIGN FROM TORN POSTERS: “THE NEXT BIG FASHION TREND”

AN EXCLUSIVE LIMITED-EDITION! 

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  • Pure Silk Scarves / Limited-edition – Crêpe de Chine – A Three Images Series.

  • Created by Roberto Alborghetti for “Lacer/actions” Project (Images of torn posters and urban “signs”) in collaboration with Bruno Boggia Disegni (Como, Italy)

  • Sizes: width 63 cms, height 170 cms.

 

Silk scarf. # 1: “Shared Moods”

Silk Scarf # 2: “Nine Eleven, New York 2001″

 

Silk Scarf # 3: “Wind of May, ruffle my thoughts”

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A three silk scarves series are now on sale at “La Bottega di Oscar” / Oscar’s Boutique. They are available in a very special limited-edition and at a special price. The silk scarves designs are  unique: they reproduce details of images concerning torn posters  captured on the cities walls around the world by Italian visual artist and reporter Roberto Alborghetti who had the idea to turn trash into an art subject (his incredible abstract pics are also trasnferred on canvases, lithographs and other materials). 

Roberto Alborghetti created and produced this particular fashion accessory with the assistance and collaboration of the internationally known textile designer Bruno Boggia, who works for the most famous international fashion stylists. Roberto Alborghetti creations have already won consents and attentions throughout the web and from medias; New York blogger Marina Chetner (http://marinachetner.com/) wrote that “Roberto’s torn poster art inspired silk scarves are going to be the next big fashion trend”.

 To buy them, contact: andrea@velar.it or ro.alb@alice.it

This special limited-edition of silk scarves is available on three designs titled: “Shared Moods”, “Nine Eleven, New York 2001”, “Winds of May, ruffle my thoughts”.

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Roberto Alborghetti

Videoclip at YouTube Channel

“GLAMOUROUS ACCESSORIES FROM WASTE-PAPER ON THE WALLS”: “IL PUNTO” WEEKLY MAGAZINE REPORTS ON ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI LACER/ACTIONS SILK SCARVES

 

The Italian Weekly Magazine “Il Punto”, in his last issue ( March 2, 2012) dedicates text and pic to Roberto Alborghetti ‘s Limited Edition Silk Scarves from his “Lacer/actions” Art Project  about images of torn posters and urban signs. The article – introduced by “Lacer/actions at your neck” headline – is edited by journalist Roberta Maresci for the Fashion section of the review.  

Roberta Maresci writes: “A silk scarf to remember the Fallen of Nine Eleven, although his most famous art images come from trash of the cities walls. Glamorous accessories are borning from waste dirty, ripped, torn and worn paper. It is called “Lacer/actions” the project by which Roberto Alborghetti turns trash into an art subject, or at least into an watchable product as a textile design. It’s an unique experimentation which has become reality thanks to Bruno Boggia who in his Studio in Como for over sixty years has been working on textiles design and with the most famous designers in the world (as Capucci, Lacroix, Valentino, Lancetti, Mila Schön, Chanel, Celine, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Etro, Escada, Donna Karan Paul Smith, Rolando Santana).

LACER/AZIONI AL COLLO

Da “Il Punto” – Settimanale / 2 marzo 2012

Pagine Moda – A cura di Roberta Maresci

Una sciarpa in seta per non dimenticare i caduti dell’11 settembre. Anche se le sue più celebri sono ricavate dalle immagini dei muri-trash. Dai rifiuti di carta sporca, strappata, lacerata e usurata nascono accessori glamour. Si chiama Lacer/azioni il progetto di Roberto Alborghetti che trasforma il trash in un soggetto d’arte, o quantomeno in un prodotto guardabile: textile design. Una singolare sperimentazione diventata realtà grazie a Bruno Boggia che nel suo Studio di Como da oltre sessant’anni lavora con i tessuti e i più famosi stilisti del mondo (da Capucci a Lacroix, Valentino, Lancetti, Mila Schön, Chanel, Céline, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Etro, Escada, Donna Karan, Paul Smith e Rolando Santana).

2011 TOP 15 ARTICLES AT ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S WORDPRESS BLOG

  

A year has gone. It’s time to fix some reports, also for my blogger experience. According to 2011 site stats, I compiled a chart about my most viewed posts. It’s the occasion to thank visitors and my fellow bloggers. Let’s keep growing up this wonderful opportunity to share ideas and experiences improving communication and human relationships! Thanks to all who approach my art provoc/actions too… 

 

MY TOP 15 POSTS OF 2011

 

1 – PREVIEW ON TEXTILE DESIGN TRENDS FOR FASHION 2013

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/preview-on-textile-design-trends-for-fashion-2013/

2 – ABOUT ME, ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/about/

3 – ART AND DESIGN FOR DAILY LIFE

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/art-and-design-for-daily-life/

4 – BRUNO BOGGIA, IL DISEGNO E’ VITA

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/05/12/bruno-boggia-il-disegno-e-vita/

5 – LACER/ACTIONS AT PARALLAX AF LONDON

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-at-parallax-af-london/

6 – LONDON, PARALLAX AF 2 AT “LA GALLERIA”

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/london-parallax-af-2-at-%e2%80%9cla-galleria%e2%80%9d/

7 – THE LIFE BECOMES ART: WELCOME TO PARALLAX AF IN LONDON

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/the-life-becomes-art-welcome-to-parallax-af-in-london/

8 – CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY: A COMMON EFFORT TO SEE MEDIAS THROUGH NEW EYES

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/center-for-media-literacy-a-common-effort-to-see-media-through-new-eyes/

9 – THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/the-science-behind-the-law-of-attraction/

10 – “POP ART AVANT-GARDE”

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/pop-art-avant-garde/

11 – FASHION DESIGN PREVIEW 2012: LIMITED EDITION OF 3 SILK SCARVES CREATED WITH TORN POSTERS IMAGES

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/fashion-design-preview-2012-limited-edition-of-3-silk-scarves-created-with-torn-posters-images/

12 – L’ECO DI BERGAMO NEWSPAPER DEDICATES 2 FULL PAGES TO ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S LACER/ACTIONS ART

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/%e2%80%9cleco-di-bergamo%e2%80%9d-newspaper-dedicates-2-full-pages-to-roberto-alborghettis-%e2%80%9claceractions%e2%80%9d-art/

13 – DUE PAGINE DE “L’ECO DI BERGAMO” RACCONTANO LE “LACER/AZIONI” DI ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/due-pagine-de-leco-di-bergamo-raccontano-le-lacerazioni-di-roberto-alborghetti/

14 – STREET ART AND FASHION: HOW TO CREATE SILK TEXTILES FROM RIPPED ADS ON CITY WALLS

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/street-art-fashion-how-to-create-silk-textiles-from-ripped-ads-on-city-walls/

15 – LACER/ACTIONS: CANVASES

https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/laceractions-canvases/

“MODA E TENDENZE” REVIEW WRITES ABOUT MY SILK SCARVES CREATED FROM TORN POSTERS IMAGES

  

MODA e TENDENZE” (“Fashion and Trends”) – review published by L’Eco di Bergamo newspaper – in December 2011 issue, out in these days, pays attention to Roberto Alborghetti’s Lacer /actions” project, focusing on silk scarves made with images of torn posters and urban signs. “Fashion and Trends” – which is curated by Fabiana Tinaglia – writes: ” The torn, dirty and worn paper of ripped posters sticked on the walls of our cities is now also become a fashion accessory and, specifically, silk scarves… After to be transferred on canvas and lithographs, “Lacer / actions” artworks by Roberto Alborghetti are now silk textiles, thanks to collaboration of Bruno Boggia, the Italian textiles designer who has been working with the most famous fashion houses in the world, as Valentino, Chanel, Dior, YSL.”

“Lacer / actions” – “Moda e Tendenze” writes – is a project created by Roberto Alborghetti, professional journalist, author of essays and biographies, photographer. For years he has been “catching” around the world the details of the apparent chaos of torn posters on billboards or on city walls. So far he has collected approximately more than 30.000 images, taking on new forms of artistic expression now adopted by fashion. “

 

SU “MODA E TENDENZE”: LE SCIARPE DI SETA CREATE DA ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI CON LE IMMAGINI DELLA PUBBLICITA’ STRAPPATA

 “Moda e Tendenze”, magazine de “L’Eco di Bergamo”, nel numero di dicembre 2011, in questi giorni nelle edicole, dedica attenzione al progetto “Lacer/azioni” di Roberto Alborghetti, focalizzando l’interesse sulle sciarpe di seta realizzate con le immagini dei manifesti pubblicitari strappati. “Moda e Tendenze” – che è curato da Fabiana Tinaglia – così scrive tra l’altro:La carta sporca, strappata, lacerata ed usurata della pubblicità affissa sui muri delle nostre città è ora diventata anche accessorio moda e, nello specifico, sciarpe in seta… Dopo essere diventati tele e litografie, e pure videoclips, gli artworks “Lacer/azioni” di Roberto Alborghetti si sono trasformati anche in seta grazie alla collaborazione di Bruno Boggia che da oltre sessant’anni lavora con i tessuti e collabora con le maison più famose del mondo, da Valentino a Chanel, da Dior a Ysl. “Lacer/azioni” è un progetto di Roberto Alborghetti, giornalista professionista, autore di saggi e biografie, fotografo. Da anni ha l’hobby di “catturare” in giro per il mondo particolari e dettagli dell’apparente caos della carta lacerata delle affissioni. Finora ha raccolto circa 30 mila immagini che, trasferite su tela e su tessuto, riprodotte su litografia o scansionate in un videoclip, assumono nuove forme espressive. E di moda”.