Heritage is a cultural construction where notions of ‘history’ depend on the values of the culture from which it emerges. Protection and commemoration are political issues. Gentrification is a complicated topic, by which the nature of a place is converted by affluent people moving in, upgrading housing but often displacing inhabitants in the process. As people are forced out to the suburbs to rent or own a house, shops are businesses lose their patrons. This cycle is a driving force of gentrification and can be seen in many cities, and it looks unremarkable. As new people move into the area, new cafes, franchises, and bars open driving up prices pushing residences out to the suburbs. The cities’ architecture feels like an old friend that has gone under a facelift and come out looking like no one in particular, a disjuncture between memories and actuality.
Is love really forever?
Romance novels illustrate the gender roles ingrained in mainstream society, better than any other form of media, as well as the power dynamic between them. What is the measure of photography’s influence on society’s behaviour, stereotypes and archetypes? Often photographic representation creates idealised expectation. Capitalism convinces us to share this fiction, by distributing and selling and normalising certain lifestyles, with the goal of selling a product. A collaborative project online was created to find titles for the covers.
“Time” is a series of 5 photographic collages. The photos are being taken during the Art Residency “Out of Site”, organised by RMIT Art Gallery, during the Covid19 pandemic lockdown. Each collage is made of 12 photographs taken during Roberta’s everyday walks around Thornbury, Victoria. Each photo is an object, person or landscape that reminded her of things that changed during the lockdown.
The full edition of group exhibition published here
Death in a box
A virtual group exhibition with 37 exhibited artists of different cultural and artistic backgrounds called “Death in a Box”, was created to provide viewers with insight into how art can destigmatize and unite people under the idea of death, investigate what culture and rituals exist surrounding death, burials, and grief.
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This self-portrait photographic project is about exploring my imperfections and aging skin. I want to challenge fashion in a way to open a discussion about naturalizing the bodies and normalizing models in photographs, with an editorial documentary feeling to it. I want to expose myself, something that I have learned and portrayed in my art is that being vulnerable and forming connections have created new functions and even healing. I take self-portraits as a way to reverse perspective from how I see myself to my interpretation of how I am seen by others. I do it because I have always judged and criticized myself harshly, and self-portraiture is the best process I have found to really change my vision. Nudity disclaimer.
Full edition photo magazine published here
The genesis of the virtual public art project “The Forgotten” started with daily walk observation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The house pictured is from the end of the 1800s and it looks abandoned and neglected, what’s the story behind it? This work investigates the history of the house, appreciating its beauty but also interrogating and contesting the disregard given to Australia’s cultural history.
Collaborative group project dedicated to satisfy a need in the community of knowing more about ethical and sustainable fashion, politics in fashion, lifestyle tips and tricks, and isolation, with creating a fully functioning blog with articles, research, interviews, and infographics.
Stuck in the house, with a broken leg, for so long, the time never goes forward. Nothing is normal outside, what is going on? Staring at the tv and blue screens, looking outside the window to see if the weather changed. Feeling blue sometimes, with no job and not be able to focus, I am a projection of myself, trying to put the dots together. Dreaming of outside, of the sun, of the woods I am so bored that I stare at my own reflection. But I can see the end of the tunnel, it speaks about a new beginning and changed lives.
Published in Jane by the grey attic magazine
Part of 2020 co-curated Virtual group exhibition Internus
Strength of women
Women are disrespected far too often. They're frequently interrupted, talked over, or directly insulted. So, it is particularly satisfying — even cathartic — when a woman publicly takes a stand against this treatment. There is actually a myth, for example, about the Greek god Zeus creating women as a punishment for men — and plenty of other similar stories told in cultures around the world. With this series of three portraits, I want to highlight the strengths of three women, all friends of mine. They often don’t notice their value and underestimate themselves, even if they are strong and inspiring.
Traveling in the opposite or same direction, community and history are always been interrelated. People are bystanders of history projected in front of their own eyes, the journey of details and places, the stops and the movements, the beginnings and the ends, heritage places, and ghosts. Our modern cultural identity is influenced by the past around us.
Shopping centres and major chains have an easier life compared to local business owners and, with their low prices, they are pushing independent unique street shops out of business. In this fast and wasteful society, people don’t think about quality and durability anymore, knowledge and personable service are past things. Some old objects are left behind in the shops, forgotten and part of a different time.
How we see ourselves and how we relate to the world is constantly changing during our lives. We often get stuck behind our own barriers of sadness, own fears, self-doubt and we miss our inner strength. Learning how to love our image and ourselves and exploring how to deal with the external world is one of the challenging experiences of our lives. Often a mirror can be a tool to understand ourselves, other times it may deceive, distorting the reality.
This series “Speculo”, from the Latin for ‘mirror’, explores mental health in relation to appearances, exploring our own relationship with ourselves and other people’s points of view.
The dissolving dress
RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles collaborative project, inspired by Hussein Chalayan’s show in 2006, was created by fashion designer Pia Interlandi. Designers Eliza Grlj and Maggie Catalano created unique clothes made with dissolvable fabric for 2019 Melbourne Fashion Week.