As you might have noticed, I was a bit silent last week. I have been working on new publications, a major redesign of my website, and a full rebranding, with a great new logo (and a dedicated print collection) that best represents what I’m going to do with my work.
When I embarked on creating my new logo (called The Bold Elephant), I decided to use to full advantage the human perceptions of animal characteristics to condense our core values into a micro graphic-story.
The elephant has to overcome its fear of mice to move forward. He makes it, but this is not enough for him. Then he decides to take another step: now he wants to know that total stranger. This decision changes everything and represents the beginning of a completely new story where both the elephant and the mouse will move forward. Together.
Because curiosity may be a natural friend to diversity, it opens the door to different points of view. It facilitates insights and understanding. It invites involvement. It allows moving over the line of conformity in this social networking age. It helps to keep alive and foster an ideal of harmony between a tenacious sense of self-determination and a strong sense of community.
I had the pleasure of spending a day with Claire Le Fur – one of the most famous French harpists, also known for her social commitment around the world — at the multi-purpose center Blein Center, one of the projects I support in Ethiopia. Here the children of the center’s elementary school — who apply the didactic method of Maria Montessori – practiced for hours, without ever getting tired, with the traditional Breton music…
Moments from a reportage I made — in collaboration with Saba Sessa — during the Gypsy’s Pilgrimage in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer where Romanies, Manouches, Tziganes and Gitans come from the four corners of Europe and even other continents to venerate their Saint, the Black Sara.
They camp on the streets, on the squares, on the beach. During eight to ten days, they are at home. The pilgrimage is also the occasion for reunions of friends and family, and most of the children are baptized in the Church of the Saints.
Cesenatico is a small town on the Adriatic Sea, along the northeast coast of Italy, where historical artefacts and evidence of seafaring traditions coexist perfectly with a modern holiday resort. Old sailing boats are moored side by side with modern fishing vessels and together, with their movements out to sea and back again, these set the pace of the Canal Harbour designed by Leonardo da Vinci.
The Museo della Marineria dell’Adriatico is located in the innermost and oldest part of Leonardo’s Canal Harbour. It is made by two parts: the new Land Section and the Floating Section. Here visitors can see ten traditional boats that once sailed the upper and mid Adriatic, all featuring brightly coloured “al terzo” sails decorated with the symbols of the fishermen’s families and the propitiatory eyes and pulizòn (golden fleece) painted on the bows.
Liberamente Angela is a short movie dedicated to Angela Altieri MacDonald (1963 – 2010), a great friend of mine and a fantastic writer. The movie is inspired by Angela’s book The age of weakness, a collection of stories about her fighting against cancer, her hopes, and energy (change), her visions and ideas for a different world.
It’s a journey that — guided by Angela’s words, frame after frame, wave by wave — leads to the roots of womanhood. Roots that, as Angela stated, are not only those of femininity but also those of Mother Earth and of who defend life, creation, freedom, and the evolution of thought.
Crib on the boats of the maritime museum is an happy tradition that — in Cesenatico — has been renewed for years. The floating section of the Maritime Museum is illuminated with lights and animated with artistic statues which tell the Nativity story in marine style.
The statues of the marine crib of Cesenatico have been created by sculptors Maurizio Bertoni, Mariangela Gualtieri and Mino Savadori. The characters (fishermen, carpenter, puppeteer, musicians, together with the Holy Family) have been fashioned in a most original manner.
The exposed parts of the body have been sculpted from Swiss pine and the clothes are draped fabric stiffened with hot-brushed wax. Year after year the Crib grows bigger and bigger as new statues and new characters are costantly added.