The Conference series reaches its conclusion
MEETING WITH ANTONELLO MARAZIA / FASHION DESIGN
Antonello Marazia was born in Bari in 1985. He studied shoe and accessories design and in 2011 began making his own prototypes of accessories and teaching digital illustration at the companies Max Mara, Marina Rinaldi and Marella. In 2012 he transferred to Roberto Cavalli where he became responsible for semi-elaborated. In 2015 he moved to Dior as responsible for "industrialization semi-elaborated and textiles". The French fashion house, with 160 boutiques and revenue of billions of Euro, is part of the Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton group that boasts more than 77 thousand employees and 2,400 shops throughout the world, managing brands such as Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Berluti, Céline, Donna Karan, Emilio Pucci, Givenchy, Kenzo, Loewe, Marc Jacobs, Bulgari and Loro Piana. The success of Antonello Marazia comes from his excellent ability to design accessories, from the pattern to the cut of the leather and the mounting. His role is fundamental for the designer who wants to create and produce his own ideas.
MEETING CON MUSTAFA SABBAGH / PHOTOGRAPHY
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2015
Born in Amman, Jordan, of an Italo-Palestinian family, he earned a degree in architecture and moved to London where he trained as assistant to Richard Avedon. Upon his return to Italy he set up his base in Ferrara, working in various parts of the world both as instructor of photography workshops and doing photo-shootings for various magazines, among them "The Face", "Vogue", "Sport & Street". Since 2005 he has concentrated on figurative art, his works are centered on the skin as a "diary of the uniqueness of each individual", often painting black signs of social criticism and technical challenge, and his mises en scène are mostly to contextualize the allegories of art history (mainly Flemish and Baroque) into contemporary times. In 2013, in the series Photographers of Sky Art HD he was defined as one of the eight most significant artists in the contemporary national panorama. According to curator and art historian Peter Weiermair, Sabbagh is "one of the one-hundred most influential photographers in the world" and the only Italian among the 40 most important nude portrait artists on an international level. His works have been shown in galleries and museums in Italy and abroad. Among these, in December 2014, his diptych was acquired for the Farnesina collection.
MEETING WITH SILVANO CAMPEGGI / GRAPHIC DESIGN
MONDAY NOVEMBER 16, 2015
Florentine, his fame is derived mainly from his poster drawings for important Hollywood production companies from the Golden Age of Cinema (1945/1970). In the United States he is considered one of the most important graphic artists in the history of American cinema. Introduced into graphics and design by his father, a printer, the young Silvano attended the Art Institute of Porta Romana in Florence and studied with greats such as Ottone Rosai and Ardengo Soffici. At the end of the Second World War the American Red Cross asked him to paint portraits of the soldiers that were about to be dismissed, and he was thus introduced to the culture, music and cinema of the USA. After the war he moved to Rome where he met the artist Orfeo Tamburi and the poster artist Luigi Martinati and became interested in creating cinema posters. His first was the poster for Riccardo Freda's 1946 film "Black Eagle". Soon afterwards he was contacted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to create the poster for "Gone With The Wind", which was followed by more than 3000 works, also for Warner Brothers, Paramount, Universal, Columbia Pictures, United Artists, RKO, and 20th Century Fox. Among his most famous posters "Casablanca", "Singing in the Rain", "An American in Paris", "West Side Story", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "Exodus" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's".
MEETING WITH CLAUDIO NARDI / DESIGN
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2015
Claudio Nardi was born in Prato in 1951 and graduated from the University of Florence. Among his most important professional successes, in addition to architecture, there are also works of design and interiors for important names such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gianfranco Ferré, Valentino, Tod and LuisaViaRoma. The project for the Contemporary Art Museum in Krakow, built in the former Schindler factory, enjoyed huge success and won him the Prize for Architecture at the 2011 International Biennial Barbara Capocchin and the International Dedalo Minosse Award for the Client 2011. Among his most recent projects are the new City Hall of Krakow, the Publishers headquarters, Riva Lofts Hotel (tourist apartment complex) in Florence, the building of the Port Authority in Marina di Carrara and the Vertex Tower and Office Building in Amman, Jordan. His works have been listed in prestigious design publications.