Friday, June 28, 2013


The Sea is my Land – artists from the Mediterranean 

Curated by Francesco Bonami and Emanuela Mazzonis
Press office Paola C Manfredi

4. julij - 29. september 2013
Museo MAXXI, Rim


Nešteto pokrajin, a le eno morje. 46.000 kilometrov obale, ki povezuje tri celine. Križišče narodov, civilizacij in zibelka najstarejših kultur. Ob stoletnici italijanske Banca Nazionale del Lavoro BNL, članice ene največjih svetovnih bančnih skupin BNP Paribas, so v duhu povezovanja kulturnih in umetniških dialogov pripravili multimedijsko razstavo »THE SEA IS MY LAND«, ki presega fizične družbene meje, verski pluralizem in etnične okvirje. K sodelovanju so povabili po enega avtorja iz vsake države, ki meji na sredozemsko morje in nastal je skupek dvaindvajsetih vizij Mediterana, ki povezujejo Španijo, Francijo, Monako, Italijo, Malto, Hrvaško, Bosno in Hercegovino, Črno goro, Albanijo, Grčijo, Ciper, Turčijo, Sirijo, Libanon, Izrael, Palestino, Egipt, Libijo, Tunizijo, Alžirijo, Marko in kakopak tudi Slovenijo. Kot predstavnika naše države sta priznana kuratorja Francesco Bonami in Emanuela Mazzonis izbrala Aleša Bravničarja, ki bo na ogled postavil sredozemske podobe iz njegove nadvse uspešne serije miniaturnih svetov Miniverse I in II. Miniverse I smo premierno predstavili v Galeriji Fotografija na razstavi leta 2008, Miniverse II pa leta 2010 v stavbi Letališča Jožeta Pučnika.

Razstava, ki jo bo pospremil tudi mednarodni fotografski natečaj, bo na ogled v Narodnem muzeju umetnosti XXI. stoletja MAXXI, enem najbolj prestižnih in sodobnih rimskih muzejev, od 4. julija do 29. septembra 2013.

The original text in English:

The Sea is my Land, Artists from the Mediterranean
"A thousand things together. Not one landscape, but countless landscapes. Not one sea, but a progression of seas. Not one civilisation, but a series of civilisations piled one on top of the other".
Fernand Braudel

The Mediterranean: 46,000 km of coastline linking twelve inland seas, the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, and two cultural hemispheres – east and west. As well as being a geographical entity, the Mediterranean Sea is a crossroads for peoples, cultures, religions, languages and political and economic systems. Its coasts are a point of encounter between civilisations that are constantly coming together or moving apart, communicating or clashing, forging relations that are not always peaceful.

This area was the cradle for the world’s most ancient cultures: Western Christian, Greek-Slavonic, Jewish, Arab and Egyptian, and its coasts are dotted with historic cities that played a key role in economics, commerce and culture: Barcelona, Seville, Venice, Genoa, Istanbul, Marseilles, Tunis and Alexandria.

This basin is home to the world’s richest artistic heritage, from archaeological sites to the cities of art of the past and future, that continue to bear witness to urban and cultural transformations. The migration flows that since time immemorial have invaded and crossed the area from north to south, east to west, mingle the many racial identities present in these areas and give rise to encounters that can lead to new understandings, or discord and tensions, forging new social and cultural trajectories.

Unfortunately these encounters often run the risk of turning into civil conflicts and generating interminable political clashes. This basin of social, economic, political and cultural revolutions spawns radical, ongoing transformations that continue to reflect the complexity of cultural integration between different peoples. In this milieu of constant change, the Mediterranean is also an arena for cultural dialogue, where the impartiality of art has the power to overcome social barriers, religious pluralism and ethnic dispersion, and foster peaceful communication among those concerned. The exhibition The Sea is My Land came about with these ideas in mind, bringing together 22 artists from the 22 countries that are bordered by the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Malta, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

The aim is to foster dialogue between arts, countries and people, exploring the distances and relationships between different geographical areas. The exhibition looks to photography and video to reveal the ongoing interactions between these numerous nationalities: the works reveal how artists originally from one country migrate elsewhere to study, analyse and narrate events going on in countries similar or different to their own. The works go beyond political and geographical confines, as the artists grapple with critical situations to reflect on local identities and the changes wrought by every revolution. As the etymological origin of the word Mediterranean shows – medius, ‘middle, between’ + terra, ‘land, earth’ – this area is a crucial intersection that lies at the heart of complex social and cultural mechanisms, multiple ideologies, singular affinities and heterogeneous harmonies: forces that make it an enduring source of inspiration for art.

 The Sea is my Land
Artists from the Mediterranean

Ammar Abd Rabbo (Syria)
Yuri Ancarani (Italy)
Taysir Batniji (Palestine)
Mohamed Bourouissa (Algeria)
Marie Bovo (Spain)
Aleš Bravničar (Slovenia)
Stéphane Couturier (France)
Fouad Elkoury (Lebanon)
Mounir Fatmi (Morocco)
Dor Guez (Israel)
Mouna Karray (Tunisia)
Panos Kokkinias (Greece)
Adelita Husni-Bey (Libya)
Irena Lagator Pejović (Montenegro)
David Maljkovic (Croatia)
Mark Mangion (Malta)
Mladen Miljanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Moataz Nasr (Egypt)
Adrian Paci (Albania)
Christodoulos Panayiotou (Cyprus)
Agnès Roux (Monaco)
Arslan Sukan (Turkey)

Saturday, June 8, 2013


Driven by an unstoppable hunger for great pictures and epic locations, photographer Ales Bravnicar and his team recently set their course for India to shoot another beautiful top model.

You may not know it, but Ales Bravnicar is not only the master of light and shadow, he is also a master in researching and selecting amazing locations and integrating them into his glamour work. He handpicks every GPS coordinate as meticulously as he does his subjects. For many years now, he has been photographing scantily clad top models in all four corners of the world. When asked if this is his version of a true dream job, he laughingly replied, “If you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life. I do not take it as a job, it is just fun.”

The Indian photoshoot happened away from the public eye in the shelter of private locations assisted by just a handful of locals. There, Ales was able to focus on the shooting without the curious crowds India is so famous for and the model was able to concentrate on posing. Her years of experience in the fashion industry helped enormously.

The 26-year old model Ales photographed is no stranger to fame – she splits her time between partying in the clubs of Milan, Munich and Miami with Felipe Massa, Erick Morillo or Mel Gibson and shooting international campaigns from Barcelona to Boston for clients like Lexus, Guess and Gillette – the latter with “Oblivion” superstar Olga Kurylenko. Being a part of the elite model team, she knows very well how to put the “show” in showbusiness.

Ales used to travel with portable strobes, but stopped bringing them on assignments after the Pelican case they were in never got opened for three consecutive trips. “Why not use natural light, the one gift we have available for free? I absolutely adore the play of shadows and highlights created by available light.

It is amazing but only if you can control it!” says Ales. “The key thing I have to concentrate on to get the most out of the situation is no longer how to position the strobes, but how to position the model. After the model strikes the perfect pose we add the missing light with reflectors.” He carries at least two zebra/white California Sunbounce reflectors and swears by them. “Unlike circular reflectors that shimmer even in mild wind, these never bend and are ultra light. Just perfect for any situation.” The reflectors are used for much more than just bouncing light. Ales has an assistant cover him and the model with one when reviewing the pictures. It also gets spread on the floor to protect the equipment from sand and moisture. “There are at least a hundred uses for a fabric reflector. That’s why you always need to bring more than one,” says Ales. “However, avoid the cheap ones. Remember, in our industry, lighting is everything.”

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. After the shoot, the team sets off to visit some of the local sights and attractions, most notably the palace where Christopher Nolan shot scenes for his latest Batman movie. Aleš celebrated his birthday on the way back to the base camp and it was on this four-hour drive down slow and treacherous Indian roads that their car got hit by a raging bull. “India’s most sacred of all animals must have hated the loud Bangla music from the car’s screeching speakers,” jokes Ales. “We were in the middle of the party and our driver was doing the Flash Gordon speed of at least 10 m.p.h. when something with horns hit our car from the side. Nobody was hurt and the bull proudly walked away really slowly, head raised and all. We laughed for hours.” In India it is a crime to hit a cow with the car… but what if the cow hits you?

As you read this, Ales’s Indian pictorial is being published around the globe. Aleš, who as a true Canon Ambassador used two EOS bodies for the job, plus one compact PowerShot G for BTS footage, will share his experience on traveling light and getting high-quality results at one of the upcoming Shoot The Centerfold seminars. Meanwhile, you can check out his very own posing guide and lighting diagrams in the iTunes store. Watch this space!