Italy’s leading independent culture magazine is NERO and two of the quarterly title’s multi-talented writers and curators, Luca Lo Pinto and Valerio Mannucci have come on board as the Rome City Editors of Satellite Voices. This is our new cultural platform created by independent editors across the globe, exploring the creative cultural revolutions in these unique cities that deserve the world’s attention. Brought to you by Dazed and Swatch, the site supports the very best in fashion, music, art, film and photography from a local perspective, with global inspirations.
Dazed Digital: What are your occupations?
Luca Lo Pinto: I’m an editor at NERO and a curator.
Valerio Mannucci: I’m an editor and publisher at NERO.
DD: What inspires you about the area that you live and work in?
Luca Lo Pinto: The smell.
Valerio Mannucci: It’s honestly nothing that I can easily express.
DD: What is your favourite hidden city spot and why? (with a picture)
Luca Lo Pinto: The corner next to my house where I walk by every morning.
Valerio Mannucci: Other than the ruins and St. Peter's, Rome only has hidden spots. I have many favourites, one would be the Tiber river embankment.
DD: What can you find in your city that you cant get anywhere else?
Luca Lo Pinto: Walking through the ruins, eating pizza.
Valerio Mannucci: Probably the abstract, atavistic and overblown Roman laziness that permeates the whole of reality here. This is in fact, for many inexplicable reasons, both a very good and a very bad thing.
DD: How would you describe your personal style of work?
Luca Lo Pinto: Working seriously but having fun.
Valerio Mannucci: Apparently thoughtful. Or apparently flimsy.
DD: What projects are you working on at the moment and what’s next?
Luca Lo Pinto: We are curating a show in LA called “When In Rome”. It's organised by the DEPART Foundation in collaboration with Provincia Di Roma and presents the work of a new generation of Roman artists juxtaposed with their Italian predecessors. The exhibition will be on view from April 20 until May 21 at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood, with a special opening night performance by Luigi Ontani at the Hammer Museum and an ongoing billboard project at LAXART.
Valerio Mannucci: We’re also working on the magazine and a series of concerts at the MAXXI museum in Rome. Then playing some music and putting together ideas for a new book.
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