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Aloha: the secret life of a street artist

Aloha Oe was on his way to becoming a well-known artist, painting on canvas and appearing in art galleries, when he discovered the world of street art. “I chose my street artist name when I was studying Gauguin at school…

Gender Bender: can art talk about gender identity?

Daniele Del Pozzo is artistic director of Bologna’s annual Gender Bender festival. It aims to explore perceptions of gender through art, theatre, debate, music and culture. “I moved to Bologna when I was 18 to study art, music and theatre. I…

Goodnight, Peeping Tom: art as the body politic

Every sexual desire is a romantic request: this is the idea behind Goodnight, Peeping Tom, Chiara Bersani’s production for Bologna’s Gender Bender festival. It sees the body as a ‘political entity’ which is formed and transformed by society and the gaze of…

Rebel Love: can drawings really change the world?

Gianluca Costantini (Channel Draw) is a graphic journalist and activist. His art deals with human rights issues.  “I use drawings as activism. From the start, I was very engaged in politics. Then I covered the Arab Spring and the Gezi Park…

Yerevan Tapes: the return of the cassette

Cassette tapes are enjoying a revival, and in Italy the comeback is being led by Andrea, owner of Bologna‘s Yerevan Tapes. “Together with my girlfriend, Silvia, we started Yerevan Tapes,” Andrea told Portraits from Italy. “It’s quite experimental. We make ambient,…

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