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NICCOLO MONTANARI präsentiert auf GoSee : Tackling Ageism through Fashion Photography. GRANDmothers - a project by Anna Radchenko

NICCOLO MONTANARI  stellt uns hier bei GoSee GRANDmothers von Anna Radchenko vor. Darin geht es um die Frage 'Was wäre, wenn wir später im Leben Kinder bekommen könnten?' Wenn unsere Großeltern die Wahl hätten, schwanger zu werden...?' Eingbettet in eine postsowjetische Ästhetik, handelt GranDmothers vom Druck der Gesellschaft, bis zu einem gewissen Alter Mutter zu werden, um noch als wertvoll zu gelten.

Mit der Besetzung älterer Modelle ist GRANDmothers nicht das erste Projekt, in dem Anna Radchenko sich mit dem Thema Altern in der zeitgenössischen Kultur befasst hat. Inspiriert von ihrer eigenen Mutter, veröffentlichte Radchenko 2017 den Modefilm 'Silver Goddesses', in dem sie die Schönheit und den Geist des Älterwerdens feierte. GRANDmothers stellt eine Fortsetzung dieses Diskurses dar.

Artist’s statement : “I was thirty years old when I became a mother. This made me think about how in the USSR I would have been referred to as an “Old Mother” on my medical card. Which is crazy when you think about it. Childless women over the age of forty or fifty are often seen as purposeless and they are encouraged to embrace a more sedentary lifestyle. On the other hand, men are perceived as getting better with age. This mindset is particularly true to Russia, though still very much present all over the world.

GRANDMothers is a reflection on this. It holds an element of criticism, but it’s also a positive reminder of how far we’ve come in terms of being able to make our choices. By having projects such as GRANDMothers published and shared online, I want to make a difference in shifting our mindset and allowing us to perceive aging as something as valuable for women, as it is for men.”

Anna Radchenko is an award-winning, multidisciplinary artist from Moscow, who now resides in London. Her specializations are short films, photography and art installations.  Graduating with a distinction in MA Fashion Photography from the illustrious London College of Fashion, Radchenko’s films have been selected for the world’s major short film festivals including London, Berlin, Milan, Los Angeles and more. In terms of vision, she blends surreal ideas to create content that is both optically arresting and memorable. Radchenko is working on an ongoing art project entitled ‘Melancholy Rooms’, creating installations and photographs about contemporary social issues. Clients and publications include Vogue Italia, Nike, Hunger, Toni&Guy, Post Office, Eurosport, Vogue Arabia, Schön! and others.

16.10.2020 show complete article


What are the chances? - NICCOLO MONTANARI präsentiert Euch auf GoSee den Director's Cut zum Song '2 in a Million' von Steve Aoki, Sting, Shaed

‘2 in a Million’ (director’s cut) is J.A. Moreno’s personal take on the official music video he directed for two-time Grammy-nominated DJ/Producer Steve Aoki, multiple award-winning musician Sting, and platinum-selling trio SHAED.

The video follows two dancers in one long shot, as they relay the feeling of falling in love and
being soulmates. Filmed in just thirty minutes at the end of the official shoot, Moreno’s cut focuses
on the dancers, seen only as silhouettes in the official version, and highlights their outstanding
technical skills and chemistry. Using the original choreography as a basis, Moreno’s direction
delivers a spontaneous, raw and emotionally engaging performance.

‘2 in a Million’ is the third collaboration with Steve Aoki. Commenting on it, Moreno states: “Working on this project was a dream. I had already worked on several projects with Steve Aoki, so I knew that we got on well. With ‘2 in a Million’, he gave me the chance to do what I love for a music legend like Sting.”

Though just 26 years old, the Spanish, LA-based director has worked with some of the top names
in the entertainment industry, including Paris Hilton, Andrés Calamaro and will.i.am. with his work
being selected internationally at events such as MTV Dance Australia, the Soundie Music Video Awards, Berlin Commercial, and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

Statement from the director: “I was so inspired both by the energy of the dancers as well as by the location – the United Palace theater in New York. It was challenging as we had to do everything in just thirty minutes (hence why the long shot), but it’s rare to have time to spare at the end of a shoot. I just had to do it.” Enjoy!

11.06.2020 show complete article


'The Comfort Zone' by photographer and director Anna Radchenko - NICCOLO MONTANARI reflects on isolation and social distancing through photography

What does isolation mean to us? How do we feel about it once it’s imposed and our freedom is taken away? Torn between being a responsible member of society by staying at home and the feeling of losing our freedom of action, photographer and director Anna Radchenko visually explores the concept of
isolation through a series of fashion-inspired photographs.

'The Comfort Zone' sees a number of models trapped in glass boxes in different environments. Radchenko reflects on how our homes - usually perceived as beautiful, safe havens to escape to - gradually begin to feel tighter around us. The longer we are forced to spend there, the more claustrophobic we feel. We gradually let go of ourselves and adapt to a new and distorted version of reality. Imprisoned, alienated and powerless, our homes become the extent of our world and freedom.

Commenting on the series, Anna Radchenko states: “Although these photos were shot before the international lockdown, they've become even more relevant in the current landscape. Much of what we took for granted, including the freedom to leave our homes, go to work and meet people, has been replaced by a growing feeling of uncertainty and confinement. We find ourselves in an alternative reality, where we have to change our habits and some of our traits as we are spending so much time on our own.” Model Helen Mitinskaya was styled by Kirill Akimov, Hair Marina Melentyeva and Makeup Darya Holodnyh.

About - Anna Radchenko is an award-winning director and multidisciplinary artist from Moscow, who now resides in London. Her specialisations are short films, photography and art installations.
21.04.2020 show complete article