Author: alexia medici

Xardíns de Mosquera Pérez

Xardíns de Mosquera Pérez

As you might remember last year on the 27th July, my darling father had passed away. Three months later my beautiful son, Tommy, was born.

I had made one post to welcome and introduce him and then went quiet, for a very long time.

Even though I haven’t totally made peace with my father’s death, this time has allowed me to assimilate what has happened, grow and appreciate all the good things that have been given to me. Mainly my family, dearest friends, health, and of course Art. 

I have thought about Art a lot during this period, but produced practically nothing, until my father’s birthday on the 15th August.

Whilst visiting friends in Santiago de Campostella, Galicia, I felt totally at peace and took some beautiful photos. 

  

This is my favourite. The statues, the path, the movement of the trees… They seemed to represent my state of mind at the time being.

In my next posts will show some more photos taken during this trip. I hope you like them :)

New Exhibition: “SeeMe Takeover Times Square” in New York

New Exhibition: “SeeMe Takeover Times Square” in New York

My photographs below have been selected to take part in the “SeeMe Takeover Times Square” exhibition in New Yorktimessquare2014The show took place on Thursday, July 24th from 8-9pm and consisted of a collage of see | me’s artists on the billboards of this important landmark.
The billboards are located at 46th St. and Broadway in the heart of NYC.

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“Bereavement” – Father & Daughter in black&white

“Bereavement” – Father & Daughter in black&white

My darling father has just passed away from a long sickness and as I find myself missing him immensely, I look at the relationship of my own daughter with her father with new eyes. The photos are in black and white to suggest this melancholy that I am feeling…. It’s just a moment in our everyday lives, however to me, at the moment everything is related to my dearest father. These are dedicated to you sweetheart xxxx

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Exhibition: “Scope Art Fair”, Miami Beach

Exhibition: “Scope Art Fair”, Miami Beach

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As mentioned in a previous post I was selected to take part in the See | Me booth of the Scope art fair, in Miami Beach, Florida. Obviously this is very exciting and I’m super thrilled to be part of such a show!! (More about Scope). Unfortunately it seems that this time I won’t be getting any photos of my work at the show, but looking at some of the work there is enough to keep me happy :)

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Inauguration Photos: “Creatives Rising”, New York

Inauguration Photos: “Creatives Rising”, New York

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Thank you, Ambika Singh (500px.com/AmbikaSingh) for documenting the event with these great photos.

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“What a night for an international gathering of creativity in Long Island City.

This past Saturday evening over 3,000 creatives, artists, and like-minded trend setters gathered in Long Island City to celebrate a digital display of over 5,000 images of artwork from the online, global See.Me campaign #CreativesRising. The images were projected from the roof of the See.Me gallery into Linc LIC, a new 42-story residential building in Long Island City. It was six hours untouched and unrivaled: possibly the largest digital mapping ever attempted in New York, able to be seen from all corners of the city.

The evening was a celebration of creativity with a series of events taking place in and around the See.Me headquarters in Long Island City.  Viewing took place across from Linc LIC, at “The Rockrose Lot” with an assortment of LIC foodies and name New York restaurants selling goodies all evening. The viewing and evening as a whole could not have happened without the generosity of Rockrose Development Corp., an amazing supporter of the arts in New York.

See.Me also opened the doors of it’s gallery, located at 26-19 Jackson Avenue, for up-close viewing of the #creativesrising campaign and live music throughout the evening. Directly next door at 26-15 Jackson Avenue See.Me, in partnership with Contaminate NYC, See.Me presented “The Seeds that Release” by Taxiplasm and Joseph Grazi: an interactive installation where two figures are bound together, enshrined by a dome of web. Audience members were invited to play God to the situation and sever their ties over the course of four hours, evolving the space from an art installation into an all night after-party headlined by DJ Nutritious of Spin Spin NYC.”

(Source: http://art-nerd.com/newyork/creatives-rising)

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New Exhibition: “Creatives Rising” in New York

New Exhibition: “Creatives Rising” in New York

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A Dance in the Dark has been selected be a part of another international exhibition see | me are producing titled “Creatives Rising” in New York

See.Me presents #CreativesRising
Saturday October 5th, 2013
6pm – Midnight

See | Exhibition Space
26-19 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101

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GRANDPA LOVE

GRANDPA LOVE

2012 was a hard year for me, however it was even harder for my father and my then unborn daughter. It seemed they were not meant to meet each other, and yet they were both determined.

They fought hard, they fought for life and they won! Now I look at these photos and feel so happy and blessed.

These photos (none of them are posed) are so intimate and tender, and yet these subjects are so brave and strong. I love you.

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Exhibition: “The Story of the Creative” in New York

Exhibition: “The Story of the Creative” in New York

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A selection of my photos have been selected be a part of a special international exhibition See | Me are producing this summer titled “The Story of the Creative” in New York!

I have been invited to exhibit up to three images of my work within the newly installed digital exhibition room of the See | Me Exhibition Space in New York City.
The show opens on Thursday, July 25h and will run through the Tuesday September 10th.

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26-19 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101

The photos the judges have chosen are the following:

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Portraits in the Dark: A Portrait of my Daughter & Volvo P1800E

Portraits in the Dark: A Portrait of my Daughter & Volvo P1800E

I’m going to have to sell my beautiful vintage Volvo P1800E and as a farewell I took a session of Portraits in the Dark with Liza on the driving seat (and my mother babysitting!).  I love the contrast between old and new, movement and stability.

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Portraits in the Dark: A Portrait of my Father

Portraits in the Dark: A Portrait of my Father

Light allows us to see what is in front of us; darkness allows us to feel the aura of those around us.

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In this set of portraits, I photograph my father in what I believe to be his element.. on his boat.
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Statement for Portraits in the Dark:

Darkness can be perceived as a warm thick blanket which allows us to feel more comfortable and less restrained and self conscious in front of others. It makes us feel anonymous and personal, which in turn makes us more akin to those viewing than when we wear our daytime mask and consciously try to appear more alike to those around us. This soul, or aura is what I am trying to project in my ‘Portraits in the Dark’ series; i.e. the essence of those in front of me.

Alight – the opposite of Darkness

Alight – the opposite of Darkness

In contrast to my post 7/9 MONTHS TO CHANGE, part of A Dance in the Dark series where I took a series of photos of myself seven months pregnant feeling insecure about my future and who I was going to become (or who I was expected to become as a new mother).

I now present Alight, whereby I can now look at those casts and instead of seeing myself in them, I see something that I have moved away from. I now feel as though I’ve awoken from a long sleep. Now with baby having reached her 6 month milestone, my life seems to be much more real, I like it.

To me the darkness referred to uncertaintity about my future.. Therefore the focus on light means stability and puts me in a position where I can look forward to the future and plan for it.

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When I look at these casts now, they seem to look like a peeled skin (kind of like a snake skin) full of cracks and creases and fit into a body that no longer belongs to me. This is my break from that Alexia to the new, stronger and more realised one (alas typing with one hand and trying to distract baby with the other!)

Selected for Exhibition: Women in Photography

Selected for Exhibition: Women in Photography

My photo entitled A Dance for the Future, from the A Dance in the Dark series was selected to form part of the following exhibition:

“An exhibit in Celebration of International Women’s Month, March. Representing and connecting women from around the world from all backgrounds and cultures, working in all areas of life who share the same passion, photography.

The exhibit is sponsored by Women In Focus, a women’s photography Group in Atlanta, Georgia. Curator is Gittel Chase Price, President of Women In Focus and Founder of the Women In Photography LinkedIn Group of more then 29,000 women from all parts of the globe. (Those images denoted with an * are in the top twenty chosen.)”

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For more information please click on the following women in photography competition

Art Fair exhibition: ART INNSBRUCK 2013

Art Fair exhibition: ART INNSBRUCK 2013

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21 – 24 February 2013
ART – 17th International Fair for Contemporary Art

Over 70 exhibitors from all over Europe will take part at the 17th ART Innsbruck, which will take place from 21st to 24th February 2013 in Innsbruck‘s fair hall D and E. In terms of content, the focus lies on fine art of the 20th and 21st century: a prime importance on painting, next to works on paper, original graphics, installations and sculptures, photography and new media. Whereas the traditional huge special exhibition of the ART Innsbruck will highlight the interface of art and design, for which ART-directress could oblige again gallery owner Clemens Rhomberg as curator.

For further information please contact:
ART Kunstmesse GmbH
Gutenbergstraße 3-5, 6020 Innsbruck
phone +43(0)512 567101, fax: +43(0)512 567233,
info@art-innsbruck.at, www.art-innsbruck.at

Duration: 21 to 24 February 2013
Location: Innsbruck, Messehalle (fair hall) D + E
Opening hours: Thu – Sat 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sun 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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A Prayer for the Future

A Prayer for the Future

Sometimes life takes us places we don’t really want to go to, thoughts we don’t really want to face. But we have to. I took these photos in a period I knew that some things weren’t right, and yet I didn’t believe it yet, I couldn’t. I held on to hope and chance just like one would hold on to a prayer, or a last dance in the dark. In dark contrast to this setting of apparent comfort – my stage, my routine, my life.

TWILIGHT : HOPE : UNDERWATER (2012)

I come from a tiny island country in the middle of the Mediterranean sea and since I was a child have always felt to be more in my element in the sea than on land. So being pregnant and not allowed to travel to the sea was particularly hard for me.
Until now. Last weekend the doctor gave me the go ahead to travel and I spent a lovely time swimming – I just couldn’t get out of the sea :-)

These are a couple of photos taken underwater.

7/9 months to change

7/9 months to change

I’ve been going through a difficult pregnancy and have been stuck at home for a while now. Since I am usually a very active, outgoing and sociable person this has been very hard for me.

Although I love being pregnant and ‘interacting’ with baby, I feel as though I’ve lost who I was before, like I’ve lost my spark and my whole outside world has disappeared and only my inside (also inside the house) world exists.

I’ve taken some photos for the A Dance in the Dark series and I guess they represent this melanchonic feeling I cannot seem to shake off.. I’m not sharing these photos with my friends, sometimes it’s easier to share with strangers.

The books represent the readings and attempt at preparation for this new role whereas the casts were made to celebrate my 30th year and various stages of my pregnancy. They also represent various versions of me (if that makes sense!).

Similarities: Grandparents, siblings and son from Malta / Rochester, Minnesota

A MALTESE FAMILY: Grandparents, siblings and son
A study on the facial likenesses passed on through generations, notwithstanding age and gender.

In continuation with the SIMILARITIES series, I investigate methods to show physical alikeness between faces in a simple and visual way.

Grandmother and Mother

Grandmother and Mother smiling

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Mother and Son I

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Smiling Grandmother, Grandfather, Brother and Sister

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives. These photos were sent to me from the models via email.

Exhibition @ Arles Photography Open Salon 2012

Exhibition @ Arles Photography Open Salon 2012

If you are in Arles, South of France this week I’d suggest you visit the Galerie Huit and enjoy the Arles Photography Open Salon 2012. The exhibition dates are from the 02 Jul – 23 Sept 2012 with the vernissage taking place tonight (04 Jul 2012).

My work from the series A Dance in the Dark will be screened this week between the 02 – 08 Jul 2012.

Galerie Huit, 8 rue de la Calade, Arles, France

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Anxiety (Insomnia)

Anxiety (Insomnia)

I’m in a state of big changes and this shows especially at night. I cannot sleep, and when I do, my dreams are very vivid and scary. I wake up every morning feeling tired and lost… what’s happening to me? Will I be a bad mother? Why am I running away all the time? Why am I so scared? – And then apparently it’s normal.

Similarities: A family based in Barcelona

Father and Son

Brother and Sister

Mother and Daughter

This set is called: Similarities: A family based in Barcelona
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

Similarities: Two Sisters from Madrid

Rosa and Pilar

This set is called: Similarities: Two Sisters from Madrid
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

Similarities: A Family from the Virgin Islands

Similarities: A Family from the Virgin Islands

Brother and Sister

This set is called: A Family from the Virgin Islands
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

Mother and Daughter, smiling

Mother and Daughter

Brother and Sister, smiling

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

Portraits in the Dark: Mother and Son Playing

Portraits in the Dark: Mother and Son Playing

Light allows us to see what is in front of us; darkness allows us to feel the aura of those around us.

Darkness can be perceived as a warm thick blanket which allows us to feel more comfortable and less restrained and self conscious in front of others. It makes us feel anonymous and personal, which in turn makes us more akin to those viewing than when we wear our daytime mask and consciously try to appear more alike to those around us. This soul, or aura is what I am trying to project in my ‘Portraits in the Dark’ series; i.e. the essence of those in front of me.

Similarities: Two Brothers from Albacete, Spain

Similarities: Two Brothers from Albacete, Spain

Two Brothers: Pepe and Patro

This set is called:Two Brothers from Albacete, Spain
As part of the series: Similarities: An Investigation on Hereditary Alikeness which goes beyond generations, age and gender.

Two Brothers: Pepe and Patro smiling

 

As part of an ongoing investigation on hereditary genes and the way they are received from parents and passed on to their offspring, I focus my attention on physical likeness in my Similarities series.
Unlike my previous work, this series of work is not based on image manipulation, making the project refreshingly simple. The exhibition consists of photos of real people on transparent sheets overlaid on top of one another – allowing the viewer to witness the resemblance passed through generations in a clear and easy way.

The process is extremely simple, yet the results are fascinating.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.

the Merged photo series: ‘Related II’ a mother and daughter from Scotland

This is new work based on a mother and daughter from Edinburgh, Scotland.

_You probably know Jeni, from the Mithing and  Rhizomes and Joy blogs as an intellectual artist and a past subject of my Portraits in the Dark series an collaborator in What Juan Saw When He Looked Into The Bin installation.

In this project, I studied Jeni and her mother Rosemary’s facial features and merged them to different degrees, suggesting them at different ages and creating different personalities based on the facial characteristics selected.

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These photos were sent to me via email, if you are interested in producing something similar with your photos, send me your photos (in high resolution and in similar positions) to alexia@alexiamedici.com

Presenting a concept: Similarities: A family from Barcelona

Presenting a concept: Similarities: A family from Barcelona

In my last post I continued working on the concept of similarities within families, in this post I am concerned with presenting the idea. Physically showing the idea behind the artwork is another matter.  My first attempt is printing the original photos on transparencies and then placing these transparencies on top of one another.

In the examples below I separated the family into two sets: mother and son & father and daughter

I am still having problems with this proposals the pictures need back lighting to show, also, it would be interesting to find a way for viewers to compare the faces easily.. I’m thinking light boxes and frames.. if you have any other suggestions, please let me know.

Similarities: A family from Barcelona

A study on the facial likenesses passed on through generations, notwithstanding age and gender.

In Continuation with my last post Similarities: Mother, Son and Daughter, I studied the similarities between the whole family as a set. The similarities between all is bewitching (as can be seen in the sharp areas of the photos, such as in the eyes.

NB: the photos themselves have not been edited on photoshop, I have just made the layers transparent so as to better see the similarities between relatives.
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