INTERNATIONAL TATTOO EXPO’ ROMA 2018
Annachiara Felletti was born in Ravenna on 17 March 1987: since she was a child, she
has been revealed a pronounced aptitude for art and later it has become the subject for
her educational path.
She graduated from fine arts high school Pier Luigi Nervi in Ravenna; then, she
specialised in Game Design and Concept Art at Internation School of Comix, enhancing
The passion for analogic art never faded away, though: after several expositions, she
approached world of tattoo and decided to reinvent herself: attending a course at the
Fashion Look Academy of Rome to obtain the tattooer license.
Echo – solo show by Gerlanda Di Francia
Parione9 Gallery and Strange Opera present
solo show by Gerlanda Di Francia
curated by Rossana Calbi
from 4 to 6 May 2018
opening on Friday, 4th May 2018
Distant memories of unrequited love, the eight works of the solo show of Gerlanda Di Francia open up in a sigh.
Echo, curated by Rossana Calbi, is the fourth solo exhibition of the artist of Calabrian origin, guest at the International Tattoo Expo in Rome for the first time.
From May 4th to May 6th, the Palazzo Dei Congressi in Rome (E.U.R.) becomes the hideaway of the nymph of Ovid’s tales, the place where her cry and her words, lost in the void, are transformed into beauty.
Echo who answers sound to the sounds.* Echo who cries and despairs for having loved a haughty man, for not being able to declare her love, for being rejected, Echo, muse of Pre-Raphaelite Waterhouse, finds again her soft body in the lines of Gerlanda Di Francia.
Eight unpublished works that declare the desperation of the inability to speak, the sadness in loving he who kept his pride in his appearance: Narcissus.
Let him fall in love and have to do without his beloved!* His condemnation was guided by his own actions, just as it had been before for the mountain nymph who, after losing even love, hid in the woods continuing to be a sigh, a repetitive sound unable to explain and to say.
Gerlanda Di Francia, after the exhibitions Nostos and Treasure Islands returns to deal with the myth, with a study that starts from the poetic suggestions of legends and sinks the brushes in the classic, so that this is the affabulation and the warning where to find consolation for our soul and teachings for our doing.
After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Gerlanda Di Francia begins her career in the world of tattoo, that she discontinues to start up HulaHoop association in Rome, that organizes events related to all artistic expressions. Her artwork is influenced by classical art studies and the suggestions of tattoo art; she was involved in group shows in Paris, with the curatorship of the graphic designer and illustrator Barbara Canepa, at Luz De Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles.
* Ovid, Metamorphosis, 3
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Always striving to translate the sound into a pictorial representation, she creates worlds around the masterminds behind the music with the purpose of capturing their essence. Working always from within the darkness, her art is inspired by the shadow/light work of Caravaggio, the nightmares of Goya, the surrealism of Dali and the never ending exploration of death.
Nato a Roma nel 1979, Fabio Zanchi è un artista contemporaneo sempre in evoluzione.
Poliedrico e autodidatta inizia precocemente ad interessarsi d’arte e disegno.La sua inesauribile fame di creare attraverso le sue mani l’ha portato nel corso del tempo a diventare un artista completo:pittore, scultore e tatuatore.
I suoi lavori raccontano il suo mondo interiore,stimolando l’intelligenza emotiva di chi li guarda.
Le sue tele acriliche e polimateriche nella forma rappresentano ritratti che sfruttano stati d’animo e intime ossessioni degli esseri umani con quale riesce a cogliere aspetti multidimensionali della nostra realtà psicologica e sociale.
FOLKLORE – Francesco Viscuso
After first appearing at the Beu-Beu Art Festival in Tuscany, FOLKORE by Francesco Viscuso returns to Rome for the 19th edition of the International Tattoo Expo.
On 4-6 May, Palazzo dei Congressi in Rome will host the exhibition project by Francesco Viscuso and curated by Rossana Calbi, that, on this occasion, will be covered with a floral installation.
Alterations of the order of meaning in surreal archaism. Popular beliefs, fairy tales, myths and legends inherited in distorted narratives, yet still live in apparent secrecy. Human history has always been accompanied by the need to ritualize, to believe in enchantment, in magic, in prayer and in sacrifice. It has never been easy to be born, to survive and to accept death. Hence the need to affirm the power of imagination, the faculty of conceiving the elements as supernatural beings and seeking their favor, in a climate of constant tension between desire and fear. Even in the post-electronic era, there is an extra-traditional people, increasingly free from old borders but still supported by old hopes.
Thus Francesco Viscuso explains how his clippings become icons binding past and present; in them the human being explains his life requiring a ritualization. The ritual becomes the symbol it fed itself of and, though substituted in ages and cultures, and even in the most lucid and positivist mind, the symbol is yet the cornerstone for the solidity of thought. Folklore speaks about symbols and their representations, about their links and their past evolutions in which the artist, like a fortune teller, reads the future evolution.
Born in Catania and livng in Rome, Francesco Viscuso graduated in Art Criticism at La Sapienza University in Rome; his artistic research extends to photography, collage, installation, jewelery and ephemeral design. The themes of his work develop in a personal black box that evokes the conflictual relationship between human psyche and natural kingdom. SCATOLANERA PROJECT (Blackbox Project) is also the name of the exhibition project he presented in Milan and Rome; he crafted the projects Pandemonium and Carnival Motel where he confuses literature and real image, sublimating fear into imagination. He has exhibited his works in galleries throughout Italy: Catania, Milan, Rome, Reggio Emilia, Salerno and Salina (Messina).
For the International Tattoo Convention 2018, Francesco Viscuso, after the Beu-Beu Art Festival, presents ten works created with analogic collage on watercolor paper that explain new conjunctures and assumptions to which one can cling to in the chaos of the prevailing logic.
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Ink of Ages
Music, inexhaustible source of inspiration and grandeur, is the main theme of the artworks realized by all the tattoo artists involved in this project. The world of tattooing and its art were indeed conditioned from their musical context, especially from some genres like heavy metal and rock.
It’s difficult to imagine modern tattooing without music, a bond that goes beyond temporary trends, with roots chained onto various subcultures, where music and tattoos not only create one aesthetic, but also a strong, recognizable identity perceivable both with sight and hearing.
Ink of Ages got realized for the first time ever at a shared exhibition inside of the Tattoo Expo, in May 2017
Marco Rea – Turi Avola
Destroy with care_ abstract is a selection of Marco Rea’s artworks presented during his last solo show in 2017 at Parione9 Gallery. Marco Rea (Rome, 1975) is an internationally renowed artist and fashion illustrator. His works are the result of the reinterpretation of pre-existing images taken from fashion magazines and posters, on which the artist intervenes through the use of spray paint to transform their aspect and give them a new beauty.
Masquerade is a selction of Turi Avola’s photographic series, which investigate the female body and its doable and imaginary mutations. Turi Avola (Herford, 1977) builds both the masks, to be worn by his models, and the imaginative scenarios where the shooting is settled.
In over 50 works the identity and its infinite variations are the central theme for the two artists. Even though they work in different ways, they analyse the body and the aspect as an object to be shaped and transformed.
The first Italian
Photo Studio specialised in Alternative photography.
She loves women and she loves to take photos of
them with her unique pop and spicy style.
She has been working on this style since 2010 and her
photos are published worldwide.