Dear Shaded Viewers,
The opening reception is tonight, the 12th at 18h30. MANINTOWN is an online and paper magazine dedicated to covering male lifestyle The special event that they are organising tonight is around the subject of Transgender and New York which will also be reproduced in the magazine and a photographic/video installation with a special focus dedicated to the new generation of influencers. The curator of the exhibition is Federico Poletti, which introduces two new series of work by the artist: one, on the subject of transgender, the other on the City of New York. Since 1990 artist has been addressing themes of strength, dignity and the beauty of male and female transgender people, individuals who live on the margins of society and outside of the traditional categories in which we define society and its roles.
Galliani comments: “My roots are Italian, but I am a proud New Yorker. I owe so much to NYC. It has helped me tremendously to come to terms with who I am, to embrace and celebrate me. It is a city that pulsates with freedom, openness, tolerance, acceptance and celebrates differences. NYC thrives on difference, cultures, religions, sexuality and gender. To Milan I will bring a body of portraits on transgender men and women and a body of work of the endlessly transforming NY. Milano is my past, but it still lives within me in a remote, but not forgotten place.”
“I’m really proud to have the chance to work on this project with Francesca Galliani declares Federico Poletti, editor in chief of MANINTOWN – in order to bring to Milan and into the magazine a project of great artistic relevance with a strong social value. A message about the culture of diversity, the courage and human rights, all values that I feel very close to the philosophy of MANINTOWN. ”
“When Galliani sets out to portray the city of New York, states Peggy Fogelman her adopted home and a primary source for her creative production, she focuses not only on the famous, iconic landmarks that we all know—the Flat Iron building, Grand Central Station, the Statue of Liberty. She captures as well the New York that is disappearing, lost through shifting demographics or subsumed by commercial real estate development—former storefronts, hand painted wall murals, old hotels whose glory days are past or whose down on their luck tenants have long since departed. Through her eyes we discover a New York we did not know, but one that is beloved by the people who still haunt its streets. Galliani shows us the hidden crevices of human experience, the dark but evocative corners where the romance and grit of a city in transition pulsates with mystery. Layered beneath, on top of, and alongside these photographic images are faces, scenes, and graphics pulled from sources that range from commercial advertising and newsprint to art history and literature. The artist unites these disparate images through her expressive use of paint and often her own poetic phrases. The effect is almost cinematic, with scenes flickering in and out of the painted background, begging for and yet defying any sort of cohesive, continuous narrative.”
Piazza Tito Lucrezio Caro 1 , Milan
Saturday, January 13th from 17.00 to 20.00
Sunday, 14th from 14.00 to 19.00
Monday, January 15th – Tuesday the 16th from 10.00 to 19.00
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