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-Ramak Fazel

Born in Iran and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ramak Fazel has always travelled. He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and then moved to New York where he studied photography and graphic design. In 1994 he moved to Milan, where he lived and worked for 15 years.

He has worked in conjunction with various European and Japanese publications and with cultural institutions, and he has contracted with the magazine Domus as a photographer since 1996. He has collaborated with several prestigious European companies, such as Flos, Vitra and Desalto. He has lectured and conducted seminars at several universities, including the SUPSI and the Design Academy of Eindhoven (NE). Fazel’s photography and personal projects take an interest in Iran, Italy, Japan and the United States. His work concentrates on the concept of cultural identity and how it relates to our notion of “place” and “origin.”

His artistic vision expresses itself primarily through portraits and “settings” of the human condition, and Fazel’s photographs tend to contextualize a subject within the frame of his or her own environment.

Ramak’s most recent work, entitled “49 State Capitols” narrates his road trip across 49 cities of the United States. The project provides a narrative of the search of an increasingly complicated concept of American identity, and is articulated through the exhibition of 49 photographs and vintage postcards which have been re-interpreted by the artist. At the beginning of 2008 Fazel exhibited his project “49 State Capitols” at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York City (www.storefrontnews.org). Ramak Fazal completed his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts.

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-Amelia Bookstein Kyazze

A.B. Kyazze has been a photographer and humanitarian worker since 1996. The main theme of her photographs has always been humanity and landscapes. As a student in Nepal during an instable political period, she became fascinated by the communicative power of graffiti and by the country’s strong landscapes.

The relationship between dramatic reality and human relations became the central theme of her work (see the site entitled Humanity in the Landscape, www.abkyazze.com). As a photographer, writer and political analyst, she is constantly inspired by language, gestures and landscapes. Her travels to over 40 countries, many suffering disaster or conflict, are always informed by the paradoxes of the human condition and particularly by the contrast between the barbarism of war and the tenderness between mother and child.

Many of her strongest photographs are portraits of conversations – the direct relationship between subject and photographer. She has always brought her political analysis to these personal conversations, but being respectful of human dignity. Despite the fact that many of her most surprising photographs were taken during times of war or during natural disasters, the images rarely convey sufferance.

Her works depict the severity of war, but at the same time, the contribution and resilience of the community in reconstructing a bridge, a market where people shuck colored beans and where refugee children dance. In recent years she has begun exploring urban landscapes and models of abstract nature. The artist lives in London with her husband and son.

-Nadia Villa

Nadia Villa was born in Italy from a Russian mother and an Italian father. Since she was a little girl Nadia has always cultivated a love for travel, that deepened with time to become a love for different cultures. She began to travel after high school, first in Europe and then to southern parts of the world, where she learned to appreciate new places and above all new people.
For this reason, Nadia performs volunteer work during her travels. She collaborates with several local associations that address particularly sensitive social themes.

Her degree in "Social sciences for development cooperation, and relations among people" helped her develop a more objective and critical vision of places and people, a vision that she found needed to be expressed and communicated more and more.

Photography therefore become the tool used by Nadia to express her experiences, her emotions, and to capture both memorable places and the people who inhabit them. Her photographs are a ticket to an immobile and silent journey.

-Andrea Basile

Andrea Basile was born in Milan in 1982. He originally studied law, but then decided to concentrate on graphic art, training with Giuseppe Basile. Starting in 2002, Andrea began to work as a graphic designer at "gb studio" in Milan. Among other recent works produced in this field, we wish to cite the catalogue "Brasil.it" and "Senza Stile: Lorenzo Damiani allo Studio Museo Achille Castiglioni" ("Style-less: Lorenzo Damiani at the Achille Castiglioni Studio Museum").

In 2007 he began a personal photography research project and in a short time his work was published in famous architecture and design magazines, including Domus. He has taken part in numerous collective exhibits including "Festa del dialogo" at the Teatro Filodrammatici in Milan (May 2010) and “I Volti dell'Acqua” during the Milan 2012 Furniture Show, curated by Peppa Buzzi, and shown at the Provincial Building. In 2011 he collaborated with the Fondazione Milano per Expo 2015 in creating the art and graphic art auction catalogue for the Comic Art Museum in Milan.

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