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What is Corridoio Fiorentino?

Corridoio Fiorentino is the photographic gallery located at the DIVA/IDEAS campus that features the works of external photographers, designers, as well as DIVA/IDEAS students and faculty. Corridoio Fiorentino is the photographic gallery located at the DIVA/IDEAS campus that features the works of external photographers, designers, as well as DIVA/IDEAS students and faculty. Corridoio Fiorentino is a mirror through which Florentine artists, students, and faculty reflect their perception of the visual and digital arts and share it with the city of Florence.

Student Academic Involvement

Group and solo exhibits are meant to communicate a contemporary vision of digital arts and involve the community with the DIVA/IDEAS mission of interpreting and teaching arts through interactive digital media. Group and solo exhibits are meant to communicate a contemporary vision of digital arts and involve the community with the DIVA/IDEAS mission of interpreting and teaching arts through interactive digital media. Corridoio Fiorentino provides a physical venue and online presence for current and past exhibits created by established and emerging photographic artists through the assistance of FUA. Corridoio Fiorentino is to serve students, faculty and professional artists in the field of digital imaging by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible scholarly standards.

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    FUA PER LA COMUNITA’ LOCALE

    Integrazione per FUA significa scambio reciproco tra studenti e comunità locale. Grazie ai progetti che coinvolgono realtà esterne all’ambiente universitario di Fua, gli studenti si avvicinano alla cultura italiana e fiorentina attraverso l’apprendimento esperenziale, il contatto diretto con la comunità, con le aziende, con le associazioni, le scuole senza sottovalutare l’importanza di una integrazione anche attraverso la vita sociale mentre le realtà locali beneficiano del contributo dei nostri studenti nonché di prospettive internazionali.

    Le seguenti opportunità sono aperte a italiani, stranieri residenti in Italia e aziende:

    Famiglie e amanti delle lingue

    Per chi fosse interessato ad avvicinarsi alle culture internazionali si offrono le seguenti attività:

    • Le persone interessate allo scambio linguistico possono partecipare a ChatPal. I partecipanti avranno la possibilità di incontrare un partner straniero una volta alla settimana.
    • Le famiglie possono iscriversi all’Italian Family Club. Con questo programma si “adotta” uno studente per un semestre e una volta alla settimana si stabiliscono contatti reciproci al fine di fare un proficuo scambio culturale e passare del tempo insieme.

    Contatto: sld-studentservices@fua.it

    Artisti

    La galleria di Ganzo in via de’Macci 85r propone un ricco calendario di mostre di artisti locali e internazionali. Le mostre sono promosse dall’Ufficio Stampa di FUA e vengono organizzate con l’assistenza del Dipartimento di Fine Arts. Ogni mostra prevede un evento “AperiArt” di inaugurazione, aperto al pubblico.

    Contatto: manager@ganzoflorence.it

    Aziende

    Le aziende e le organizzazioni professionali possono collaborare con i corsi di FUA per elaborare progetti e idee. Le nostre classi producono regolarmente loghi, libri, etichette e progetti digitali in collaborazione con grandi aziende. L’Ufficio Accademico sviluppa le proposte per le quali gli studenti potranno imparare in maniera esperienziale e i committenti potranno trovare spunti nuovi e interessanti. Le collaborazioni si svolgono nel corso di una sessione accademica e permettono alle classi e ai committenti di comunicare da vicino. I progressi vengono monitorati passo per passo dal coordinamento accademico di FUA. La scuola collabora con le aziende anche per il collocamento di stage e tirocinio.

     

    PAST SHOWS

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    2019


    West, For There Are Two
    West, For There Are Two by David Halloran

     

     

    2020


    IL LEONE | Lonard Bundu by David A. Weiss

     

     


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    Fall 2020 Final Student Exhibit.

    Mind Garden: Sustainability & Enviroment

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    West, For There Are Two

    West, For There Are Two

    by David Halloran

    FUA-AUF ALUMNI EXHIBIT | FALL 2019 SESSION III

    West, For There Are Two esplora la dualità dell’immenso deserto statunitense, con i paesaggi e le fantastiche creature che lo abitano. Halloran ha attraversato spazi enormi, rendendone ogni angolazione migliore, posizionando i sui futuri spettatori sempre all’interno del paesaggio.
    Il lavoro di Halloran espone quindi un dinamismo visivo originale tra l’orizzonte fisso, che separa montagna e cielo, colline e nuvole, e gli emozionanti habitat naturali, riprendendone gli uccelli, gli scoiattoli e persino i serpenti.

    David Halloran è un fotografo, scrittore ed editore che vive a Dallas, in Texas.
    Con uno spirito d’avventura sopra la media, una gran voglia di viaggiare, una laurea in Fotogiornalismo ed un master in Giornalismo, ha potuto dedicarsi ad Ink Publishing, come redattore fotografico per le riviste di volo di American Airlines per due anni.
    Durante il suo mandato con Ink, Halloran ha inseguito alci attraverso il deserto del Maine, ha lavorato con alcuni dei migliori fotografi e illustratori del mondo e ha guidato Maserati attraverso le Montagne Rocciose innevate, oltre a tante altre avventure che possiamo goderci nei suoi lavori fotografici.

    Leonard Bundu by David Andrè Weiss

    IL LEONE LEONARD BUNDU

    David Andrè Weiss

    Corridoio Fiorentino, la galleria di DIVA, i dipartimenti di Digital Imaging e Visual Arts di FUA-AUF, presenta “Il Leone” di David Weiss, una mostra fotografica che si terrà solo online, dal 30 aprile 2010 al 13 maggio 2020, sulla pagina web corridoiofiorentino.it.

    L’evento virtuale includerà una collezione di scatti firmati David Weiss, del famoso pugile professionista italiano Leonard Bundu, chiamato da tutti “Il Leone” per la sua determinazione sul ring. Bundu è originario della Sierra Leone, ma adesso vive in Toscana, ed ha a combattuto in Italia per tanti anni, in diversi tornei nazionali ed internazionali. Nel 2000 ha rappresentato la squadra italiana ai Giochi Olimpici, dove ha sconfitto il campione del mondo, Daniel Geale. Bundu ha partecipato a due campionati regionali welter, incluso il titolo europeo, per ben due volte, tra il 2011 e il 2016.

    Queste immagini proposte in mostra rappresentano i diversi momenti, anche intimi, che Leonard ha dovuto affrontare: raggiungere una vittoria implica avere un viaggio, una storia ed un inizio continuo.

    La serie di scatti porterà il visitatore a riflettere sulle scelte della vita, che ci portano inesorabilmente al nostro destino.

    Il seguente corso e rispettivo dipartimento di FUA-AUF ha contribuito all’organizzazione dell’evento:

    DIVA | DIGITAL IMAGING AND VISUAL ARTS

    Exhibitor: David Andrè Weiss

    Curators: Introduction to Creative Videomaking EL

    Eros and Logos: Between Reason and Pleasure.

    Eros and Logos

    Between Reason and Pleasure.

    DIVA/IDEAS Final Student Exhibit

    FUA-AUF Florence University of the Arts – The American University of Florence aprirà online, su corridoiofiorentino.it, Eros and Logos. Between Reason and Pleasure, la mostra degli studenti di Fine Arts che conclude lo Spring Semester 2020. Tutti i lavori saranno online da giovedì 14 maggio 2020.

    Non è possibile tradurre questo concetto come “amore”, l’Eros è molto più grandioso e appassionato. L’eros è un amore profondamente sensuale, erotico, a volte irrazionale. Un amore che può variare in intensità e interpretazione, per chiunque.

    E come l’amore è passionale, così come la creatività, è ancora di più energico, forse è proprio definibile come energia creativa, vitale.

    L’energia erotica e creativa sono aspetti spirituali fondamentali della vita umana. Ma l’eros può essere anche molto caotico e per questo deve essere domato per funzionare in modo efficace. La controparte di Eros è infatti Logos, il vero principio di razionalità. Il logos regola l’eros, ma non lo restringe. Piuttosto, dà all’amore interesse e ragione, motivo per consumare la propria energia.

    Negli sforzi artistici, Eros e Logos lavorano costantemente in coppia, indipendentemente dal fatto che ne sia consapevole. La creatività ha bisogno di razionalità e viceversa; comunicare come essenza interiore ed espressione esteriore. L’arte aspira allo scopo creativo e l’eros e il logos personificano questo in ogni dettaglio. Spesso possiamo dimenticare che tutti noi abbiamo un’energia creativa alla deriva, spesso riducendo al minimo questa qualità agli esseri “artistici”. Ma siamo tutti creativi a modo nostro, manifestando il nostro Eros e il nostro Logos, in una varietà di mezzi e aree di interesse.

    I corsi selezionati per partecipare alla mostra finale sono Introduction to Digital Animation; Project for Sustainable Interior Design II; Digital Graphic Illustration; Introduction to Digital Photography; Interior Design Materials and Furnishing; Intermediate Interior Design; Introduction to Photography: From Darkroom to Digital; iPhoneography; Instant Communication: Words, Images, News; Landscape and Architectural Photography; Photojournalism e Introduction to Fashion Photography.

    Solo Exhibit and Publication of Solo Work 

    SOLO EXHIBIT

    and Publication of Solo Work 

     FUA-AUF Career Photography Students

    TEJAS BALAPALLI

    Tejas Balapalli

    A NEW CHAPTER

    FUA-AUF Career Photography Student

    The Coronavirus outbreak in the north of Italy started to panic all across the country. I found myself in a situation where my friends were all returning home, on by one, day by day. I decided to remain so I spent days saying goodbyes to all those people who never intended to leave.  I honestly did not know how to cope with the situation. At the time I didn’t understand why everyone had to be so overdramatic about things that did not affect them or maybe I did and I just didn’t want them to leave. This news created panic across the city and the evergreen streets of Florence suddenly turned into a graveyard. I barely recognized the streets anymore.  People are coming out only in the morning to shop at the supermarkets waiting in the line for hours. I would think how could they wait so patiently?  Were they not scared of tomorrow?  What about the mental stress due to all the distress? Can we manage to be by ourselves? What about not being able to have human contact and for how long?   While these questions stayed on the back of my head I came to accept that I have to live with it anyhow. I can regret and cry about it or make peace with it. I chose peace and that didn’t come so easily, I had to go through a cycle of repetitions where the previous day wasn’t much different from the present day. I had to rethink everything again and again, but when I did, when I came to understand that the things I am trying to control are forces beyond my capability, I began to accept it. There was a moment of peace within, A sense of clarity where I saw things for as they are separated from the thoughts that held me back. As though I distanced myself from my bubble. When I did so I was faced with a new challenge of asking myself the question once again, 

    “ Who am I? ”

    I began to build myself together from the basic, trying to build a whole. This chapter of my life majorly influenced by the  pandemic might have been hectic to a lot of people in a lot of ways but it helped to destroy who I was to rebuild myself a new me.

    Tejas Balapalli | FUA-AUF Career Photography Student

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    CHICHIN HU

    LIVE

    Chin Hu

    FUA-AUF Career Photography Student

    This year, 2020, is a big year for the whole world. The Corona virus has affected everybody’s lives. It also affected mine, I had to leave my adopted home in Italy and return back to place of birth.

    Yet a funny thing happened. I started to realize how important it is to be with the people I love and to appreciate them while they are still around. The world is changing every second and life was changed completely into something different within two weeks.

    This project started the moment I had to leave Italy due to the virus. I decided to try to visualize the feelings I had as I was traveling back home.

    I took a completely empty train from Florence to Rome and the first time I saw a completely empty Rome. It as if the city was inaialated.

    When I arrived in Taiwan there was a huge contrast. Rome was empty but in Taiwan there were people everywhere.  Everyone was in mask.

    That scene was like the end of the world, people escaped from dangerous countries back to Taiwan, with panicked faces. Due to the law I had to be sequestered in a room for a two week quarantine. In those two weeks I couldn’t see my family, I mean, they were allowed to bring me some foods but we barely had any body connection.

    That time I felt lonely, the first time in life I desired so much to be with my family like when I was younger… a past life. From the time I was 13 I studied and worked away from home, I used to like being alone and independent. But the corona virus situation made me want to see my family badly and it put me in a depression.

    After my quarantine I realized more about the importance of cherishing. To look at the Corona virus in a good way.  It gave me have chance to be with my family. When I look at them I realize they are already older.  Being away years and years from home, I realized made me miss them a lot and my sister just turned 18.  I could not believe this, I never participated in her growth and she became a big girl.

    Alive is a gift, while a lot of people is dying, loosing people they love in the world, my life is so grateful.  I can be here, the land I was born in and with the people I love while they are still healthy.  I can have this chance to stop here, to look at them, to understand them more.

    Alive, for me its just our individual feeling, the religion, family, and the nature environment.

    When I returned I received a big surprise. My stepfather finally became our official father by law. Since I was 10, he met my mom and they started to be together.  Having no child, he took us as his daughters in blood and treated us even better than our real dad.

    A childhood memorie. When mom just started dating my stepfather, there was a night when we went for a family trip. When we returned home I saw my real dad’s car was waiting outside.

    My dad jumped out from his car with two golf clubs in hands, he started yelling and beating my mom and my stepfather.  in that moment, the only thing my stepfather did was to push us to the side and he ask my dad to go with him. He was without any weapons and he let my dad beat him until both of golf clubs broke. My dad left with satisfaction.  My stepfather was all in blood. Right at that moment I understood who would stay with us to protect us forever and he did.

    For me, my stepfather is a hero. He was never a rich man but was willing to give me everything he could. He says he is not smart.  He couldn’t make lot of money but he would rather use his his hands and labor to build dreams for our family. He will be there and wont ever leave. He gave me all the love and he did everything my mom needed and never fought with us. Years and years passed.  My stepfather and my mom spent all their effort to fix the finance problem my dad left and finally, last year in 2019, they finished all of their debt and got married.

    After a year of fighting in court, after I got home, we finally got the announcement that we are a real family under the law.

    So 2020 for my family is remarkable. To record this amazing year, I choose their stories as my project. I made images of them to show who they are to me and how grateful I am to have them.

    Chin Hu | FUA-AUF Career Photography Student

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    Joe Castellucci

    Modern Peaks

    Joe Castellucci

    FUA-AUF Photography Student

    Modern Peaks is a collection of photographs that incorporates many different photographic techniques and processes. Buildings are everywhere and people may not realize that they are their own works of art. Someone had to design it with the intention to be viewed and utilized. With this series I printed or rearranged buildings of contemporary and classic design to create a new space out of existing architectural forms. By utilizing the forms and textures of old and new buildings and then blending them together one may see the similarities and differences that are in one city alone. This collection of photographs is a look into what urban or rural architecture may look like as contemporary architecture design is becoming more popular. By looking at the parts of these rather innovative and futuristic structures we can get an idea as to how we might build our urban landscapes now and into the future. These images inspire one to look at more than just the building as a whole, but at the individual parts and the design that they embody.
    In this way, my work parallels the multiple layers of perception involved in the experience of architectural space.
    I enjoy the double take, the investigation that is needed to figure out just what it is that one is looking at. By transforming what is familiar and common around us I hope to reveal something more complex and mysterious. This draws attention to the ways that we construct the world by looking at it as it makes us question the origin or history of a building or style of architecture. When our perspective shifts or is distorted, new understanding and meaning becomes possible.

    Joe Castellucci | FUA-AUF Photography Student

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    M.

    Expiration Date / If I was a man

    M.

    FUA-AUF Career Photography

    How many times have you or someone you know felt anxious and in pain from societies hypocritical rules? How many times did you feel like screaming but couldn’t because you didn’t know what to say and how to say what you are feeling?

    Take a moment and think about that, think about your pain and internal struggle with societies hollow laws. Let me ease your mind and tell you that you are not alone, you were never alone, in fact I invite you to join me, I invite you to scream with me and fight for what everyone wants, fight for love. However, this time we will do things differently, because if we fight love with destruction we will lose before we have started. This time we will fight love with love. Join me to face society in the face and scream that their narrow understanding of what they call unconditional love doesn’t have rules on who to love unconditionally.

    Being vulnerable is never easy, but here I’m opening my wounds, my pain, and my struggles. An open book as they say. I didn’t choose who to love, as much as I didn’t choose what gender I was born. I love being a woman, and my heart also fell for one. How is that wrong? How is that societies know what is wrong and what is right for me? I could only think of one reason, is that they never felt what real love is. Therefore, I decided to show it to them. I invite you again, and together we will fight love with love.

    M. | FUA-AUF Career Photography

     

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    Rubén Pagán-Ramos

    Throughout a Day

    Rubén Pagán-Ramos

    FUA-AUF Photography Student

    My series, “Throughout a Day” explores the world that we live in through the lens ofphotography and art across the span of a fictitious day, from an early sunny day, to an eerie streetat night. The environments are as alive as the people that are pictured in two of the images. Thetechniques explored are combinations of documentary and long exposure photography. Thiscombination allows for the story of a day to be formed, especially with the long exposures.The work I created spans over an evolution from early exploration of long exposurephotography which tended to always be at night, to more recently developing into day timeimagery as well. Some of my early night work is shown in the preceding image edits with moreimages. My night photography really began in high school when I used a lot of artificial lights toset my scenes, often using bright colors to create something more ethereal. They have taken theroute towards becoming more realistic, documentary images as they are now, rather than forgingsomething more fictitious as I used to. I became more recently inspired to switch and capture theworld through the lens of daytime because it really differs from night in terms of mood, eventsand people depicted. Daytime images required me to let go of some control that I always seem towant to hold on to through the precise process of long exposure, night photography. I washesitant to relinquish this control at first until I actually let go and did it, and I turned out creatingsome of my favorite images to date. This project serves to combine these two modes of imageryand have them compliment each other in a cohesive way, hence the documentary-like coveragefrom day to night.My work fits into an exhibition, purely as documentary landscape images as previouslymentioned. I picture the images being printed large, at least 16×20, to emphasize their beauty andto act as windows that viewers can peer out of towards this formulated, 24 hour range. The firstimage displayed closest to the entrance of the gallery would be the “Serene Hill” which depictswhat is said in the daytime and the last of the 10 images would be “No Longer With Us”,displaying an eerie night scene on a lone street. This way, when the viewers are exiting thegallery, they will pass by the images again in reverse order and glance at them again from adifferent perspective, as if it were nighttime becoming the next early morning and they wouldsubconsciously have in their mind that they’re entering their reality again from a freshperspective after viewing several series of artwork.My inspirations for the images come from my own process of creating this work overtime and how I shifted from one mood to the other solely through the process of subconsciouslycreating this, which in hindsight is the reason for it being what it is now. Before I even picked upa camera, I was the type of kid that would participate in most of his mischievous activities atnight with friends; I was always very comfortable in this setting and it kickstarted my work inthat environment in which I always found myself in. The work I created spans over an evolutionfrom early exploration of long exposure photography which tended to always be at night, to morerecently developing into day time imagery as well.

    Rubén Pagán-Ramos| FUA-AUF Photography Student

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    Amanda Burton

    The show

    Amanda Burton

    FUA-AUF Photography Student

    This is about a venerable moment in a common space. Each image is carefully curated to seem as if the model has taken control of her area because of her power and exposed self towards the camera. These strong women portray their confidence in myself as the photographer, and the way they are shown on camera. Many local people have been to these locations hundreds of times a day, but allowing to create ones own space in a public setting is very special.
    This body of work are a various group of images taken from east and west coasts. The relationship between my love for both places are shown in the dedication and time put into the execution of each image. The paring of images are based on the setting and shot. I want to show the viewer the image at its full but also its most detail. The woman who star in my works are friends who I have made on the internet. Some I met for the first time on set and some are life long friends.
    Colors and props are very prominent in these images because of how I want the viewer to feel. I purposefully have the dressing compliment the tones of the background so the model stands out in the foreground. Props are used to show the fun and flirtatious side of the images as well. It adds an element that many viewers did not know it needed until it was there.
    My work for the past year has used a combination of revealing aspects and aesthetics hope to make an impact on the viewer. In the current state where many people believe this path has no relevance, I find myself returning back to the root where I found my niche in the first place. The context of the work with its location, style, and modeling, impact on the relationship as a whole.
    My work ranges from all over the world. I find the props I use to emphasize the location and make it look natural. The angles of each image depend on what I am trying to tell in the whole picture. A wider shot to convey the scene, while a tight to show detail and precision. I focus on what is pleasing to the viewer in colors. My tones are very soft and vintage like. It transports the viewer into a realm in my eyes. There is movement in my images where the viewer can feel as if they could picture the behind the scenes themselves. My imagination runs wild as I wander through this lifetime looking at everyday places as if I could turn it into a place for my own creativity.

    Amanda Burton | FUA-AUF Photography Student

     

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    Anh Nguyen

    Anh Nguyen

    Flower Walk

    FUA-AUF Career Photography

    Flower Walk is a series of double exposures taken on expired film. The techniques are not special, and I didn’t arrange anything in the frame, and as the final image, I want to choose the square format for present it, to cut out the unnecessary outside the frames, and focus on the Flower itself – which is the main topic in this work. 

    I have one semester in the past to learn about flowers anatomy, which was the part of my environmental studies program, and I always wander can they understand my speech? I have spent too many times to talk with those flowers when I was living alone, like real conversation, but they are not like animals, they cannot reply to me, and it is keeping inside my mind for so long about can they understand me? Do they want to talk back to me, but they cannot? Those kinds of questions make me wonder and wonder more about how the flowers react with this world, are they only blooming as that is the only reasons they live? How about those flowers that cannot bloom? Over and over those years, it quite makes me believe on the soul of the flower, as I perhaps believe on flowers have their own soul, like us. And I want to do one project for just express on what I think about those flowers.

                As a traveler, I mostly travel alone, explore the world outside by myself and as too many times I went around, I wonder how is it when you cannot move? I always see flowers and trees in many photos I took before, but they can’t move themselves. They are fixed in one location as we put them in, or they grew up themselves in that place. In my opinion, it is the sad life that they cannot see the world outside by themselves. Their views for their entire life are fixed in one frame, one view, literally they don’t have another view or another options, maybe their views are shaken by the wind, and then that’s it, nothing more. One time, I travelled with my film camera, and one expired film roll; and then I decided to invite those flowers I saw to join the journey with me. I want to have someone to explore my travel with me, remember where I have been through, and how things were around when I was there. I chose those flower in the botanic garden, as that was the time their blooming colorfully. The first layer in this whole series is focusing on the flowers, can be either horizontal or vertical. Then the second layer as double exposure was the routes I have been travelled during that specific of time. This project perhaps works like my diary on the journey with my friend (in this case – flowers).

    Anh Nguyen | FUA-AUF Career Photography

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    Lorenzo Brini

    Miro Zero

    Lorenzo Brini

    Giovedì 3 Settembre 2020, ore 18:30
    Vernissage mostra
      
    Miro Zero

    Lorenzo Brini

    Accompagnamento musicale:
    String trio Water Music – Suite – G. F. Haendel 

    Nel mondo onirico frutto dell’immaginazione di Lorenzo Brini, piccoli personaggi antropomorfi creano nuove idee a sostegno della natura, inventano strumenti a zero impatto ambientale, favoriscono l’autosostenibilità del delicato ecosistema che li ospita, il territorio stesso fornisce le risorse necessarie al sistema produttivo e sociale senza comprometterne la resilienza, mirando a zero.

    David Weiss

    Iconic Florence

    Metalli preziosi, sostenibilità e territorio

    DAVID ANDRE WEISS

    Sono sempre stato attratto da quello che accade dietro le quinte, da dove provengono gli oggetti, e la “parte nascosta”. La macchina fotografica è per me uno strumento per esplorare le mie curiosità, I miei miti, i desideri da bambino. Può essere un processo visivo complicato o qualcosa di apparentemente semplice, come fare ritratti.

     Queste sono delle foto di Artigiani Fiorentini. Non I tipici artigiani del centro che sono cercati dai turisti, guidati dal suono delle Sirene alimentato da Instagram. Quegli artigiani lavorano in negozi in stradine strette che I turisti attraversano come in un safari, sperando di catturare uno scorcio di un “vero” artigiano al lavoro nel suo mestiere. Quelle interazioni modificano la relazione tra artigiano ed arte e tra mestiere e consumatore.

     Gli artigiani di queste immagini non lavorano nel centro della città. Loro si trovano da qualche parte appena fuori del centro. In questo senso loro sono puri, non attratti dal desiderio che qualcuno andrà a scoprirli.

    Questo non è un retroscena di un film pensato per creare l’illusione di autenticità. Pampaloni e gli operai sono autentici. Loro sono il vero affare. Loro lavorano con metalli preziosi, realizzano oggetti di una sottile bellezza da un processo che è tutto tranne che delicato. 

    Fuoco, lavorazioni, antiche tecniche di sbozzatura utilizzate per creare oggetti di raffinata bellezza.

    Sono ritratti di uomini che uniscono lavoro ed estetica, ogni giorno.

    Dalla pre-produzione al prodotto finale di oggetti d’argento, argenteria, calici, candelabri, ai premi / trofei realizzati per gli Oscar, c’è sempre un tocco, o meglio, un senso di capriccio o scherzo nel loro lavoro. Anche nel funzionamento del loro ristorante (sì, gestiscono anche un raffinato ristorante nello stesso luogo), c’è quel gioco dell’arte di Pampaloni. 

    Il mio approccio alla realizzazione di queste immagini è stato quello di essere il più formale possibile ritornando alle immagini realizzate da August Sandler nel suo portfolio, People of the 20th Century, ma senza pretendere di rappresentare la “neutralità fotografica”, che, come ha giustamente indicato Susan Sontag, è pseudoscientifico nella migliore delle ipotesi.

    Ho voluto invece assicurarmi che il punto di vista del soggetto fosse comunicato il più chiaramente possibile, attraverso l’idea di Sandler di “fotografia esatta” senza ritocchi o altre manipolazioni delle immagini in modo che lo spettatore potesse ‘leggere’ i ritratti con la massima facilità possibile.  

    Così facendo, ho deciso di realizzare queste immagini utilizzando una pellicola positiva e una fotocamera di grande formato. Il processo mi ha riportato personalmente al momento in cui è stata scattata un’immagine nel momento in cui l’otturatore è stato rilasciato.

     La pellicola E6 non consente errori di esposizione e la fotocamera di grande formato non consente di realizzare un’immagine utilizzando metodi di improvvisazione dell’ultimo minuto. Non c’è post-elaborazione.

    Tutto è fatto con intenzione mentre si preme l’otturatore.

    David Andrè Weiss

     

    Andrea Mancini

    ENTROPIA

    (Tutto va come deve andare)

    ANDREA MANCINI

    Entropia (Tutto va come deve andare)

    Mostra di Andrea Mancini

     

    L’acquerello, o l’imprevedibilità della perfezione.

    L’acquerello, nelle arti visive tradizionali, è la tecnica più sottovalutata e difficile che ci sia. Sottovalutata sin da bambini, quando regali la confezione con le pastiglie colorate e il pennellino, sottovalutata soprattutto da quei critici e galleristi che per un antico pregiudizio storico ritengono Oli, Acrilici, Alchidici, un migliore e più sicuro investimento in arte.

    Difficile, perché come in nessuna altra tecnica l’acquerello richiede all’artista di mettersi a disposizione totale della imprevedibilità, dell’autonomia che questa tecnica richiede per dare il meglio di sé, per aspirare alla perfezione.

    Non avrai mai due sfumature uguali, non sai mai dove e come sarà “la macchia” asciugando sulla carta… In altre parole l’acquerello non lo puoi controllare e devi imparare a lasciarti sorprendere dalla sua magia prima di dominarlo. Chi lo ha usato anche solo per diletto sa quanto questa proprietà spaventi e risulti frustrante al principiante come all’artista più consumato.
    L’acquerello, per me, è la tecnica della leggerezza. Sin dai primi approcci l’ho sentito in sintonia con la mia maniera veloce e d’impressione, spesso volutamente non-finita. Forse per questo l’ho sempre preferito. Per l’immediatezza di espressione per raccontare un’emozione o per fermare l’attimo alla stessa velocità del pensiero. Con l’acquerello ho illustrato alcuni momenti del mio percorso artistico come fossero appunti scritti di getto. Talvolta sono stati frutto di mirati studi preliminari per arrivare a “quel” gesto, puro, estetico e sintetico (è il caso degli acquerelli creati per la moda o alle serie dei cantieri e degli accumuli). Ma la maggior parte di queste carte sono più spesso pezzi unici, non ripetuti, non studiati, quasi nel rispetto di un “ora e subito” che rendesse in un colpo solo l’estasi visionaria di un’immagine senza tanti filtri ma così, come mi veniva. Alla prima. Perché l’acquerello non ti consente pentimenti, e io – di lui – non mi sono mai pentito.
    Queste tavole che vi presento sono come le pagine del mio diario, ognuna legata a momenti importanti della mia carriera, ad incontri e svolte professionali della mia vita che ne hanno tracciato il percorso con la stessa imprevedibilità e lo straordinario effetto a sorpresa di un pigmento sciolto in acqua.

     

    Andrea Mancini
    Andrea Mancini, è un illustratore e artista digitale. Diplomato in Grafica pubblicitaria e fotografia all’Istituto Statale d’arte di Firenze con un maestro dell’illustrazione italiana come Leonardo Mattioli, ha esordito sul “Sergente Kirk” dell’editore Ivaldi di Genova, su “Circus” per l’editore Glenat di Parigi, su “Frigidaire” e “Tempi Supplementari” (Primo Carnera Editore), e per diversi giornali della sua città come La Nazione Il Corriere e il Brivido Sportivo.

    Nella sua operosa carriera di illustratore pubblicitario ha lavorato per clienti come Piaggio, ENI, FIAT, Barilla, National Geographic, Giunti Gruppo Editoriale, Menarini, Ricard, Absolut Vodka, Ferragamo, Lardini Filottrano.

    Ha esposto le sue opere in numerose mostre personali in Italia e all’estero (L’ultima mostra nel 2019 a New York nello spazio 632 on Hudson).

    Dal 2012 realizza i suoi acquerelli per lo stilista Massimo Alba e crea i digital paintings per le promo video animate di Mediaset (Italia Uno Freedom). Andrea Mancini è oggi un formatore e trainer professionale di artisti digitali (Wacom) e un educatore e divulgatore di anatomia artistica e tecniche tradizionali in scuole, accademie e già dal 2018, di workshop e corsi online.

     

    Palazzo Villani Stiozzi Ridolfi/Cafaggio del Vescovo

    Via Ricasoli 21 Firenze

    Lunedì – Sabato 8:30-21:30

    Mind Garden: Sustainability & Environment

    Mind Garden

    Sustainability & Environment

    FUA-AUF Final Student Exhibit

    This virtual exhibit entitled “Mind Garden” is more than a showcase of the student work from this semester. It’s a beautiful representation of how each student followed their dream to come to Florence to study, learn, and express themselves.  I am reminded of the quote from Aristotle, “Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable.” Mind Garden as a theme embodies the power of thought and a space where the seeds of ideas are sown. As ideas, concepts, and identities take root in individuals, a window of opportunity widens for rebuilding communities worldwide despite the uncertainty of current terrains. The creativity in each featured work is the result of how each our students cultivated their self-expression in unchartered places, many far from their home countries and all within the challenges brought on by 2020.

    I would like to thank Fall 2020 students, faculty member, and staff for their commitment to learning and discovery, for believing in this semester’s journey of knowledge and experience in Florence. It will be an unforgettable term, and the visual documentation generated by the exhibit’s results will provide an ongoing source of reflection in the years to come.

    David Weiss
    FUA-AUF Staff, Digital Imaging and Visual Arts Coordinator

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    The art of gardening art

    The words of culture are the words of cultivation: the Latin verb colo is a shared root for both the words “cultivation” and “culture”. A cultivated person is a person who cultivates culture all life long.

    Prepare the soil, nurture and keep it moistened, select your seeds – some are traditional, some are recovered form forgotten traditions, some others get introduced as experiments –, shelter the seeds to allow their hidden work in the dark to unfold, pray for sun and water, keep your garden clean and safe, foster the right ecosystem to take place for a respectful as well as fruitful growing, spot the first soft green tones to appear – every time a surprise, fear for a sudden storm to ravage everything, wear a hat when light and warmth bring fruits to their glory and enjoy for a moment your own reverence in front of life unfolding. 

    The art of gardening art shows the same pace and traditional knowledge: seeds make their way into the dark soil of learning, through a humble and silent process of getting nurtured and protected for a long time before daring to dot the world with forms and colors. 

    Semester after semester, I have the privilege to witness all this happening in the minds and hearts of my art students, all the more in foundation art courses, like the ones I have taught this Fall 2020. 

    Students are naturally aware of this analogy between cultivating art and gardening: their works and statements stress both the conceptual link between the two, as well as the sensual pleasures of growing while learning and accepting the process of it, with the aim of offering fruits to the world, in a circular movement that will nurture and give life to more art in the future. 

    For moments, days, sometimes weeks, students have experienced the hopelessness that always tempts artists and gardeners. But they have also experienced that, eventually, fruits will grow, harvest will come, others will share their works. 

    I saw surprise, even awe in the eyes of many of my beginner students, who could not believe that hard work, passion, commitment, and time had brought fruits. And they were right, indeed, as gardeners and artists know that the crucial ingredient to cultivate the world is faith. 

    This is the sweeter fruit in the garden of art.

    Professor: Nicoletta Salomon

    Courses involved: Florence Sketchbook, Intro to Art Therapy, Foundation Painting, Words, Painting and Emotions: the mind map of creativity

     

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    Metaphors referring to the botanical universe are those most rooted in the depths of the human psyche. Even today in everyday language there are references to trees, forest seasons, gardens. A forest of symbols, the roots of thought, cultivating passions are all linguistic expressions that derive from the deep bond between man and the world of plants. In an attempt to describe the creative process using this universe of analogies, I am reminded of the words of the artist Joan Mirò “I work as a gardener. Things mature slowly. My vocabulary of forms, for example, I didn’t find out in one fell swoop. It was created almost in spite of me. Things follow their natural course. They grow, they mature. You have to prune. You have to irrigate…”
     

    Professor: Paride Moretti

    Florence Sketchbook

    Aleksandra Tsangarides
    Hinsdale, Massachusetts
    Endicott College
    6in x 8.5in
    Pen on paper
    Untitled

    This piece was created through the act of subconscious “doodling,” something that I often do to recollect my thoughts and to gain control over my mind and body. The act of drawing with a pen in this way brings me to a sort of meditative state. There is no preliminary

     

    Mackenzie Zorn
    Carlsbad, California
    Independent Student
    “Perfect Piazza Navona” 
    21×29,7cm
    Pen and ink on A4 paper

    A quick sketch made while sitting in Piazza Navona, Roma.

    Aleksandra Tsangarides
    Hinsdale, Massachusetts
    Endicott College
    size A4 
    Pen on paper
    Piazza della Repubblica

    Letizia Guidine Costa
    size A4 
    Pen and pencil on paper

    The mind garden should blossom good feelings and good intentions. If people’s’ mind flourishes the good, the world will also be a garden, full of goodness.

    Mariyam Manal Mushtag
    Colombo, Sri Lanka
    “Water Me”- 9.5x8cm, Pen

    The sketch outline how nature and humans grow co-dependently, and how one is vital to the survival of the other. It also explores the sense that all living things need the same things to prosper, like water, nutrition etc. We are all essentially one and the same. We “root” through life a similar way as our plant counterparts and simplistically saying, all we need is love and care to blossom.

    Foundation Painting

    Aleksandra Tsangarides
    Hinsdale, Massachusetts
    Endicott College
    12 in x 13 in
    Acrylic on canvas
    Untitled

    Created through a balance between choice and chance, this piece explores the idea of perception. In his book A New Earth, author Eckhart Tolle claims that there is a “deep interrelatedness between your state of consciousness and external reality.” What grows in your mind is what cultivates in your world; what you believe is what you see.

    Karolina Serejute
    Mixed media / Collage on Watercolor Paper 26x36cm

    “Treasures of Nature are Temporary.”

    The common desire of a person is to draw from nature without considering the importance of giving back. The most common human way of living and expanding disrupts every sphere of nature and distorts the world. Now the density of cities and the noice of the people within overflows the space in which other beings did once dwell and thrive. Humanity renders the beings which once reigned over the earth silent.

    Morgan Relyea
    Ballston Spa, New York
    Endicott College
    “Slow Growing Progress”
    21 x 29.7 cm
    Watercolor and acrylics

    I created a very layered piece, focusing on texture, color play and transparency. I painted layers of flowers on top of each other to show how ideas are built upon and built upon until change occurs. I increased the saturation of the colors and the thickness of the paint no each layer to create depth.

    Introduction To Art Therapy

    Lucy Joy L. Bianchi
    Ink and Watercolor on Paper
    Dimensions: 22cm x 28cm
    Denver, Colorado
    Colorado Christian University
    Psychology student with minors in English and Art

    “Synthesis”
    A Reflection on Blossoming as a Result of Art Therapy

    To feel or think is to see but to feel and think is to understand. I yearn to touch my hands to paper and clay in such a way that whatever I create calls my mind and my soul together in a quiet symphony of synapses and breath. I yearn to be not fragments but one… and, in these moments, I am.

    Michaela Ellison
    Cumberland, Maine, USA. Endicott College.
    “When the Great Creator Grows”
    Watercolors & Markers

    When crafting my work, I like to reflect in my mind what emotions or feelings I may be experiencing. With the concept of the Mind Garden and thinking of the question “Do you even grow anything in the garden of your mind?”, it allowed me to express emotions from within. The possibilities of creating are endless, and there is no limit to what can be done. Now more than ever, art is the center of my world. It has been my outlet during stressful times, but also has been a source when things are going well.

    Words, Painting, & Emotions

    Aleksandra Tsangarides
    Hinsdale, Massachusetts
    Endicott College
    12in x 13in
    Acrylic on canvas
    Untitled

    I created this piece as I sat in a state of contradiction; cross-legged on the cold, tile floor, while the
    warmth radiating from the heater flowed onto my back. The development of this piece sprouted from my awareness of these two opposing feelings on the top and lower parts of my body, loose and comforting vs. sharp and unforgiving. This visual representation of awareness, of the senses, had directly sprouted and developed from a form of consciousness planted deep in the mind.

    Alyssa Kurland
    Norton, Massachusetts
    Endicott College
    The Mind’s Eye
    30cm x 40cm
    Acrylic on Paper

    The Mind’s Eye is a work created with limited acrylic palette on canvas. Through the combination of natural imagery and Zentangle patterns, I created a visual representation of how I experience the world around me as an artist. When creating art, I take inspiration from the
    world around me. I take moments and emotions from my own life and internalize them, allowing them to grow and flourish as a concept inside my mind until I feel that I am ready to reintroduce them to the world around me as my own creations.

    Samantha Kourtz
    Berkley, Massachusetts
    Endicott College
    “Grow with the Flow”
    30x40cm
    Watercolors, graphite pencil, and acrylic paint on paper

    While making this painting I was inspired by simplistic pen drawings of greenery and the shapes and forms that they made. I choose colors that are calming to me and make me think of nature. A mind garden is not always perfect because life isn’t perfect, we grow and learn from all types of experiences. This painting represents to me growth through experience and the state of learning to accept the process

    Arianna Rubio
    Monroe, New York
    Endicott College
    Flowing Beauty
    12” x 15 ¾”
    Acrylic Paint and Sharpie Marker

    This artwork was created by using acrylic paint and black markers. I always love the uncontrollable factor of placing water on paper then adding paint to it, creating a scene of colors with different amounts of dilution. When I think of “Mind Garden,” I think it is unique and personal to every single person but it is the beauty of all our thoughts and ideas swirling around in our minds to eventually be flowing out of us in a creative way. You nurture your ideas and practice patience when discovering what it is you want to create like a literal garden.

    Mixed Media

    Anel Tulegenova
    DOS Education
    Title: The boomerang Principle
    Two pieces 50cmx70cm Oil And acrili on canvans
    Mixed Media


    The diptych personifies the relationship of man to Mother Nature. The most important thing in this composition is our biological instrument – hands, which are a means of expressing feelings and actions. Two birds are a reflection of our beautiful world and at the same time personify the Boomerang Principle in my paintings. We have to take care of nature, and she will take care of us.

    Group Project Mixed Media Class
    “Map Your Paradise”
    England Caleb, Harris Demi, Serejute Karolina, Tonetto Anna Giulia, Tulegenova Anel, Okwuowulu Mary Lucy.
    Tecniques: Maps, watercolors, pen

    What is a map? How does the representation of geographical space coincide with the real aspects of the territory?  Why do some cartographic boundaries have geometric shapes while others follow the natural designs of rivers or mountains? What is a geopolitical boundary and how does this limit affect the interactions between the peoples it separates?  

    This experimental group work starts from the appropriation and recycling of old maps of sub-Saharan Africa. Students were asked to put an ideal garden project back on the map. From the overlapping of the poetic and utopian gesture to topographic geographies emerge questions and reflections on the interconnections between man and geophysical space.

    Paride Moretti

    Caleb England
    “IL Mio Vero Fratello”
    oil on wood panel, 34cm W x 47cm H
    Mixed Media
    Prof. Paride Moretti

    Inspired by an event from my own life of a friend saving my life in the summer of 2019 after a suicide attempt. Though we may seek to cultivate the mind garden to flourish and blossom, there may remain untended areas which can spread disease and rot to other plants. I was in the military with the man pictured with me, we have spent many events in extreme danger together.

    Sculpture & Ceramics

    Demi Harris
    “Back to our Roots”
    Clay 45cm
    Foundation SculptureProf. Paride Moretti

    I took inspiration from primitive and African sculptures, which lead me to the sculpture work of Amedeo Modigliani. After researching these works of art, I was drawn to the abstract representation of a face and how it could captivate so much emotion in something quite simple. For my sculpture, keeping the theme of mind-garden in the back of my head, I wanted to create something that would directly connect with nature by holding the earth/plants (aka a vase). As I began working I wanted the face to look as if it was thinking, held by its hand in symbolism to the power of thought. I created this piece to be a show piece, inviting the audience to think for themselves about the footprint they live on this earth and how desperately we must get “back to our roots” to save this magnificent planet we call home.

    Anel Tulegenova
    DOS Education
    Title: Peace of Mind
    Clay
    Foundation Sculpture
    Prof. Paride Moretti


    The sculpture represents calmness and an inner state of confidence. A kind and wise look conveys great spirituality and harmony. This universal harmony unites all things together so as to make one, which helps us to find mental and psychological balance. Facial features and expressions reflect a positive attitude towards all living things and beauty. A person who is spiritually rich always tries to bring love and a proper understanding of his life.

    Anel Tulegenova
    DOS education
    Title: Father of the Forest
    Ceramic Beginner
    Prof. Paride Moretti

    The Green Man represents the spirit of nature in the form of man. Since ancient times, people believed that human beings are directly related to the fate of nature. The Green Man mutely reminds us that we forget. This unusual personification of sort of forest god combines a love for flora and fauna that is inherent in the human mind.

    eL in digital Photography

    1 year

    eL in digital Photography

    2 year

    Ornella Fanciulli
    Full Time Student 3rd Year
    Visual Communications
    “The Journey”
    Medium Format Black and White Film
    A4 Canson Photographique

    While seasons come and go in their stable cycles a person’s journey is always filled with ups and downs and that is what ‘The Journey’ is all about. The phases that most of us go through like experiencing many pains, struggles, and trials. A quote from K.M. Golland ‘Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, love and loss. And life would not be worth experiencing if it weren’t just that. You can’t have the good without the bad, you need to somehow learn to accept the bad and adjust it in a way that you can endure and overcome’. All of this is portrayed through a pair of shoes.

    The shoes you wear, like fashion and beauty products, may tell something about who you are as a person. Not only does your favorite footwear allude to your everyday mood, it is a sartorial icon often bundled with hints about your tastes and hobbies. After all, shoes are armour, in which we can protect our feet and the foundation needed to take on everything the day can throw our way, whether it’s a
    torrential downpour or climbing stairs.

    By removing the “human element” from my portraits, I was forced to show visual emotions via the details of the locations and the scenarios that the pair of shoes were placed in. My goal was to abandon the typical semiotics way of reading portraits and allow the viewer to come to a conclusion of what was happening to the pair of shoes simply by the way the image was photographed and where.

    The decision to shoot in black and white film is because film has a timeless consistency to it. It can be striking, engaging, breathtaking, and certainly moody. Film eliminates any color distraction enabling the viewer to concentrate on other aspects of the picture, such as the subject, the textures, patterns and shapes, as well as the composition with no color interference. Psychologically, something about the variation in tonal ranges, rich blacks, and intense contrasts are appealing to all of us. It establishes a connection that causes you to stop and pay attention to what is being addressed.

    Intermediate Interior Design

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    1. New Home

    FUA AUF Gallery
    Learning Lab

    Corridoio Fiorentino is to serve students, faculty and professional artists by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible scholarly standards.

    Marco gualtierI

    Alberi

    Marco Gualtieri’s Alberi exhibition will take place in Via Ricasoli 21, Corridoio Fiorentino, on July 28th 2021 at 6:00pm. Gualtieri’s exhibition will feature a collection of photographs that depict nature and the concept of proximity. Gualtieri’s exhibition has been carefully selected and curated with the collaboration of student’s from Florence University of Arts – The American University of Florence (FUA-AUF). This night will be an unforgettable time and a chance to witness the work of a great team!

    SUMMER 2021  Exhibit

    almost Nothing

    by Nicoletta Salomon

    SPRING 2021 Final Student Exhibit

    The Possible City

    The Spring 2021 Final Exhibit featuring the works of digital media and fine arts students of FUA-AUF represents the individual search for positioning one’s self in an imaginary space.

    Student Academic Involvment

    Group and solo exhibits are meant to communicate a contemporary vision of digital arts and involve the community with the DIVA/IDEAS mission of interpreting and teaching arts through interactive digital media. Group and solo exhibits are meant to communicate a contemporary vision of digital arts and involve the community with the DIVA/IDEAS mission of interpreting and teaching arts through interactive digital media. Corridoio Fiorentino provides a physical venue and online presence for current and past exhibits created by established and emerging photographic artists through the assistance of FUA. Corridoio Fiorentino is to serve students, faculty and professional artists in the field of digital imaging by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible scholarly standards.

    THE GALLERY

    Corridoio Fiorentino Past Shows​

    Possible City

    The Possible City

    Sustainability & Environment

    FUA-AUF Final Student Exhibit

    The Spring 2021 Final Exhibit featuring the works of digital media and fine arts students of FUA-AUF represents the individual search for positioning one’s self in an imaginary space. From the perspective of “The Possibile City” theme, the current pandemic leads us to re-imagine who we are as individuals inhabiting a space. The body of work presented at this exhibit is a series of personal explorations of the intersections between self, possibility, and space. Self-exploration is examined as one of the many forms of discovering one’s possibility and imbuing it with a new meaning through shapes, forms, words, and semiotics. As individuals positioned within the city of Florence, the idea of the possible city materializes through the student visions, intensely personal yet choral in their shared experience and experimentation of the represented media.

    Introduction To Art Therapy

    Demi Harris
    Boise, Idaho USA
    Boise State University
    Title: “Soul Child”
    Dimensions: 23x 30 cm
    Medium: Watercolors, Print of my photography, Markers, and Pen

    The war of words that takes place in my head, this is a battle between the positive and negative.  Painting my fears on a page and letting my words devour them, clears my mind and takes care of my soul child. I begin by slowly scraping the surface and the more layers I add the deeper I dive into my inner thoughts and feelings. I take notice of the soft yellow voice in my head uplifting, encouraging, and caring for my soul child under the louder opinions. This is my chaotic mind mess on a page.

    Karolina Serejute,
    “Cities are people”
    oil pastels, black permanent marker on Acrylic paper 21 x 29,7 cm.
    FSE, 2021 Spring, Introduction to Art Therapy course, FUA.

    Cities are often overcrowded with the abundance of people, their hustle and bustle, their activities, that is social life. In the face of a pandemic, people changed, some found joy in small things while others closed or even plunged into depression. What the face of the city will be after these trials will depend on each of us and our reaction to them.

     

    Demi Harris
    Boise, Idaho USA
    Boise State University
    Title: “Remaining Ruins”
    Dimensions: 23x 30 cm
    Medium: Watercolors, burned journal pages, and pen

    Nostalgic thoughts filled my mind as I wrote down my feelings on a bus ride through the once new and bright city. The deserted streets feel emptier seeing that the people I love and care for no longer walk its cobblestone roads. Since they have gone the city feels grey and bare. The beauty remains but now the colors have faded and it’s magic has burned away.  

    Mabel Stevens
    University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Intro to Art Therapy, Rope, 17 centimeters, pencil sketch

    While in Florence I have been able to detach from my normal life and experiment with different experiences, places, and people. Unfortunately, that has led me to get COVID and land myself in an over twenty-day quarantine. Once I am released, I will be able to continue my involvement in my study abroad program until my final days, then I will be going back to my normal life back in the states.

    Caleb England
    “Room With a View”
    36x26cm, Oil on paper

    Foundation Painting

    Alexandra Hieks
    William & Mary
    Ghosts of the New Normal
    Oil on Oil Pad 28 x 33 cm

    This piece reflects on how accustomed the world has become in the past year of the “new normal” of the global pandemic, including normalized everyday aspects of temperature cheak’s, Covid-19 testing, social distancing, and masks. In the post-pandemic future, these aspects will gradually fade away to only be uncomfortable memories. 

    Haley Wagoner
    University of South Carolina; Foundation Painting; The Unforeseen City; Oil Paint with Blending Technique; 12×16 cm.

    The idea behind my painting is the uncertainty and unpredictability of the post-pandemic future. The gondolier is paddling toward a clouded city, hidden from a complete range of view. Ultimately, this portrays the unforeseen future and the inability to determine how our world and its cities will look in the years ahead.

    Intermediate Drawing

    Sienna Ellenberg
    Kennesaw State University
    “Admiration”
    Pencil, watercolor, and white gel pen
    9’’ x 10’’

    I imagine that once Italy returns to its former state, the abundance of the art held here could be fully admired once again. In my piece, I have painted a young woman finally going to museum that had been formerly closed. She admires a painting that she can finally see with her own eyes for the first time.

    Alexandra Hicks
    William & Mary
    Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow Graphite on Paper 23cm by 23cm
    Intermediate Drawing

    This piece reflects on the similarities of the 1918 Influenza pandemic to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The figure is shown giving a worried look towards the future, and the almost inevitable pandemic of tomorrow.

    Florence Sketchbook

    Anel Tulegenova
    DOS education
    A long-awaited event
    14,8x21cm
    Watercolor and ink

    Two hugging figures represent the value of human communication, friendship and love. This work reflects the meeting of people after a long-term separation, when there was no opportunity to meet with loved ones and travel to other countries.

    Alexandra Hicks
    William & Mary
    Exposure Brush pen and watercolor on paper 1
    3cm by 18cm
    Florence Sketchbook

    This piece reflects on how the past year or so of trauma, uncertainty, and death is coming to an end through something as seemingly insignificant as a shot or two in the arm. Additionally, the work comments on how this vaccine brings about changes in social exposure that we have become no longer accustomed to.

    Landscape & Architecture

    Anna Mae Houston
    Newschool, NY
    “Religious Exploration”

    Religion and God are two things that I have never been able to really connect with and understand. I was raised Catholic, going to catechism, masses and other church events. My younger brother and I struggled with what was truth, what was faith and what was science. At 15 we both decided against getting confirmed. I have been estranged from religion for about 6 years, but when coming to Florence I felt the relationship open back up just a bit, not necessarily for acceptance, but potentially to understand what others gain from the aspects that I have been missing all of these years. Religion and God are both tied into the cities history, architecture, culture and essence. No matter the religion or the belief, it is beautiful to see what has been built surrounding the light and worship over many years of rich spiritual history.

    Caitlin Laliberte
    Endicott – MA
    Your Right of Way

    In life every individual is actively making decisions that are for the future but reflect and affect the present from the past. A future ahead that is unseen but is slowly laying itself out before our eyes. And the present, which we are in now. Life is unpredictable and full of ups and downs. It tends to throw us curve balls and surprise us with things that end up not only challenging us but pushing us to discover new things about the world and ourselves. There will be construction, there will be difficult decisions, there will be a day when the leaves fall from the trees. Yet there will be a time when the flowers bloom and the leaves on the trees grow back. They key, I have found is perspective. To find the beauty in the imperfections and embrace them. Not everything needs to be fixed, as the change of path could lead to something great that someone might not have seen before.

    DEMI HARRIS
    Boise State University
    Boise, Idaho USA

    Surface

    Straying away from the suspected images of architecture and landscape
    photography, I’ve created the photographic series “Surface“ to showcase the unique
    qualities of body scapes and the contrasting textures of architecture and nature to
    the human body. Normally a portrait photographer, I decided to mix the two
    mediums of photography as I showcase my processing skills in Adobe Photoshop.
    My intention for the work was to create an image for viewers
    to enjoy at first glance and think of its meaning beyond the surface. My hope is for
    the viewer to connect with each image independently while framing their own
    narrative with the sculptures. Having been my first body of work experimenting with
    architecture, I grew more confident in the subject and was excited to combine my
    love for portraiture with this project.

    Advanced Videomaking and Post-Production

    KRISTIC
    Ornella Kristall Fanciulli
    ACTORS: Harris Demi & Taylor Samuels

    The commercial aims to showcase what a Possible City would look like. A world that is hands free. We will be able to display photographs, play videos, and use web browsers right in our line of vision in the future thanks to advanced contact lenses. Soon, we’ll be able to take pictures simply by blinking, see city maps appear in front of our eyes as we walk, and see previously blurry objects in the foreground come into focus.

    Experiential Learning in Digital Photography

    Demi Harris
    Boise State University
    Just a Phase 

    This body of work represents a vulnerable time in my life when I opened up about my curiosities and sexual interests with people I cared about most, and was met with anger and disapproval. This spring, I began using the medium of photography to work through the feeling of shame and explore my sexual interests in a creative way. Just a Phase purposefully showcases the playfulness I had in exploring different settings, moving from indoor photoshoots (in studio, home, kitchen, bathroom) to outdoor photoshoots (on the streets of Florence), as well as, changing the format of my photography from film to digital. Originally inspired by the erotic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, I mixed and blended inspiration from eccentric fasion photographers David LaChapelle and Helmut Newton. 

    When openly sharing my sexual interests in women and bdsm (bondgage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism), I was constantly met with shameful statements such as; “You’ve always liked men, this is just a phase”, “Don’t be that girl that experiments with women in college”, “So now your lesbian or bisexual”, or “Your doing this for attention”. Feeling guilt from my families ideals and societal pressure to choose a name and box for my sexuality, Just a Phase is a confident showcase of my erotic interests, sexual playfulness, and internal emotional explorations to the outer world. The series was intentionally photographed in black and white to highlight the subject and objects in the photograph rather than distract the viewer with color. Each image is charged with erotisism and undertones of societal pressures on sex, marriage, gender and gender roles. This nonlinear work of images is not asking for approval from its audience, but instead each individual photo is meant to provoke the viewer into feeling something different, begging them to question their own narratives, perceptions or indifference towards the photographs. 

    Taylor Samuels
    Fishbowl
    University of Vermont


    My Life at Home series, titled “Fishbowl”, began as my photography project last fall during my Introduction to Digital Photography course. It started by being a documentation of my roommate, Carly, going on dates, and I soon realized that I enjoyed capturing these intimate moments. When Carly ran out of people that she wanted to go on dates with, I simply began documenting my roommates and friends in a more intimate way, things that an outside viewer would not normally see of someone they are not close to: getting ready for a night out, celebrating the holidays, eating meals. I like the way it feels to look at these images, and the sense of closeness and familiarity it emits. 

    After living with Carly and my other roommate, Kaitlyn, for 6 months, we have created more than a friendship, rather a sort of sisterhood. The bond between women is certainly special and I see this more and more as I get older and my friendships, old and new, continue to strengthen. I wanted to continue capturing these intimate moments, but this time in a new and evolved way. During the 3 weeks that I had this course, I was taking 5 classes at once and was doing school work from the moment I woke up until the moment I went to sleep. Because of this, I considered concepts based in our home since I did not have many opportunities to go out and dive into a project that involved travel to a further location or multiple locations. Another factor that I considered is how I am always taking photos and videos on my iPhone to document my life, but unless it is a silly selfie, I am not in the photos myself. I want to remember these moments, what I look like, how I feel, what I am doing, and how I interact with my environment and the others in it. After discovering all these aspects, I concluded that I will continue this series, while also inserting myself into the images using a tripod. 

    This project means a lot to me. While more than half of the photos are posed, with the concepts previously decided, they are all representative of our little life together. Whether we are fighting, staying up late having deep talks on the terrace, cleaning, or getting glammed up just to take photos in the apartment, we are coinciding alongside each other. An important factor of this project is that we have been living through a global pandemic, not doing as much as we used to out in the world. This has made us evaluate our time inside, in efforts to make it as meaningful 

    as our time outside. Kaitlyn, Carly, and I have done a pretty decent job of figuring things out while locked in a small apartment together for weeks at a time. I like to think that our relationship itself is what makes our time at home special, and worth capturing. 

    Rory Torstensson
    Independant
    “מחפש תשובות” – Searching for Answers 
    Black and White Film
    Fine Art Canson Satin RC and Baryta Paper


    Human beings are searching their whole life. People begin their life with searching for their mother’s voice. This is the only thing that brings comfort to most babies. This feels safe. When children grow and start to detach from their mothers side, they search for an object like stuffed animal, that brings them the same kind of comfort as their mothers voice. As some children get older, their families instill in them the ability to find their next stage of comfort in a religion. I have been brought up Jewish, and have learned about the stories from the Torah my whole life. As a child I went to temple every Saturday with my family and watched my mother with her peers praying, but from the start, I had questions. I didn’t understand why I couldn’t wear my favorite dress since it didn’t cover my shoulders, or why men and women were treated differently in the stories in the Torah and in my temple. When I asked my questions, I never received an answer that I felt completed my question. My curiosity became deeper as my siblings started to find comfort in our religion. During my time here in Florence, I’ve encountered multiple struggles. No one tells you in high school how to prepare for being on your own. After becoming connected to a synagogue in Florence, I attended a Shabbat dinner. Even though I don’t keep Shabbat anymore, I was welcomed with open arms. I found comfort in family.  This project has been a form exploration and questioning. I feel this project is a visual interpretation of life as a young Jewish teen brought up with orthodox education, questioning every piece of information handed to her. My brain is a rollercoaster of thoughts, wondering why I must be covered, and why I must follow the rules or else receive a punishment. It’s frustrating and confusing, but a journey I have only just begun. 

    Introduction to fashion Photography

    Kaitlyn Kantor
    Fashion Design, Merchandising, and Media,
    FUA-AUF

    Danelia Rodriguez Santana
    University of South Florida
    Journalism and Media Studies

    Margarita Matta
    University of Pennsylvania
    Undecided

    Avery Barakett
    Harvard University
    English and Economic Studies

    Emma Nyangwara
    Endicott College
    English

    Iconic Florence

    Madeline Wallace
    Photography
    Humber College

    Emmanuel Samuel Prince
    Creative Photography
    Humber College

    Almost Nothing by Nicoletta Salomon

    Almost Nothing

    by Nicoletta Salomon

    Non c’è  separazione fra supporto e dipinto, è sparito il mio fondo bistro, non ci sono strati, la tavolozza è schiarita, sottile.

    Il lino trasparente senza imprimitura riceve il colore assorbendone una parte: il dipinto è nella tela, non su di essa, è mondo non sua immagine. Il sostrato si fa sostanza, sinolo di forma e materia.

    Ritornano il quadrato e una linea orizzontale, la frontalità prospettica delle icone, ma dentro ci sono aria e acqua.

    Tutto si muove in una marea senza rumore.

    ‘Almost Nothing’ ha preso forma nel silenzio, con materiali scelti.

    Un numero minimo di punti cuce su carta i frammenti di tela degli studi preparatori. 

    Ho lavorato in casa, sola.

    Nicoletta Salomon

    nicolettasalomon.com

     

     

    There is no separation between canvases and the paintings. My usual dark background has disappeared. There are no layers of colors, my palette has become subdued and light.

    Colors soak into transparent unprimed linen: the painting is not on the canvas, it is in it, it is a whole world, not just its image. The substrate becomes substance, a synolon of form and matter.

    The square and a horizontal line keep recurring, as well as a frontal perspective: air and water are in them. While everything floats, no sound is perceived.

    ‘Almost Nothing’ took shape in silence, with selected materials.

    Fragments of my preparatory studies are sewn to paper with scattered stitches.

    I have worked at home, in solitude.

    Nicoletta Salomon

    nicolettasalomon.com

    #5, mixed media on canvas, cm. 90×90, 2020

    #7, mixed media on canvas, cm. 100×100, 2020

    #11 mixed media on canvas
    cm. 40×60, 2020

    #12, mixed media on canvas, cm. 60×80, 2020

    #14, acrylic on paper, cm. 50×65, 2020

    #15, mixed media on canvas, cm. 50×50, 2020

    #16, acrylic on paper, cm. 50×65, 2020

    #19, acrylic on paper, cm. 50×65, 2020

    #19, mixed media on canvas, cm. 50×50, 2020

    #16, acrylic on paper, cm. 50×65, 2020

    #19, acrylic on paper, cm. 50×65, 2020

    #19, mixed media on canvas, cm. 50×50, 2020

    #20, mixed media on canvas, cm. 50×50, 2020

    #24, mixed media on canvas, cm. 40×40, 2021

    #26, acrylic on canvas sewn on paper, cm. 50×65, 2020

    #27, acrylic on canvas, cm. 30×30, 2021

    #28, acrylic on canvas sewn on paper, cm. 50×65, 2020

    #29, acrylic on canvas, cm. 30×30, 2021

    #30, acrylic on canvas sewn on paper, cm. 50×65, 2020

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    #34, acrylic on canvas sewn on paper, cm. 56×76, 2020

    #41, acrylic on canvas, cm. 70×70, 2020

    “Alberi”  Photographs by Marco Gualtieri

    Alberi

    Photographs by Marco Gualtieri

    I felt stuck. Time was frozen. No one was around until I photographed the first three images. Alberi is a photographic series that is my perception of nature portraits during the past winter. I spent my time taking long walks in the surroundings of Florence and in its parks to break the monotony of the restrictions to our social life due to the pandemic. The observation of the overlooked landscape around me has always been at the center of my photographic research but for some reason I always seemed to point my camera lens at the urban environment and at nature itself. In this series I found a personal connection with trees. This connection developed into a fascinating visual journey where I discovered an infinite variety of imaginary characters living in the tree trunks. I discovered an enchanted forest as my work evolved. All photographs displayed at Corridoio Fiorentino were made with traditional black and white film and printed in a darkroom on photographic paper. 

    BIO Marco Gualtieri is a landscape photographer based in Florence, Italy. He has a Master’s degree in Visual Arts from DAMS (Drama, Art, and Music Studies) University of Bologna, Italy; a Bachelor’s degree in Cinematography from the National Film School of Rome; a certificate in Documentary and Photojournalism from the International Center of Photography of New York. His work has been exhibited in the United States, where he has lived and worked for the past decade. Marco is currently based in Florence and collaborates with Florence University of the Arts as a photography instructor.

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