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In Pictures: Rome

December 26, 2011

As 2011 comes to a close we pick out our favourite images of the year

  • Text by Satellite Voices

With such an insane history, hertiage and all out ancient beauty, Rome's youth culture is undergoing a creative run of underground arts and music that is pushing the avant-garde. From the sludged-out primal noise scene of Roma Est to gothic, pop-up experiments and fashion installations, Rome's new outlook is one of the most exciting things to happen in Italy this year.

SV City Editor Valerio Mannucci who is the publisher and editor (alongside Luca Lo Pinto) of Rome's bastion of arts - NERO magazine - selects his top three images of the year.

1. Corrado Sassi
Corrado Sassi is obsessed by cameras and bikes. He's a very instinctive person and his art reflects it. He takes pictures, makes paintings, performances, installations and films. He just completed his first feature film. We can't wait to see it. Meanwhile we recommend you to watch "Ospiti", one of the first films of his friend Matteo Garrone, in which Corrado is the main character and plays himself.

2. DalVerme
In the two years after it opened, DalVerme has imposed itself as a club which can match the needs of more discerning drinkers on the Roman scene with a music schedule particularly conscious of the new trends on the international underground. It was born in an area bordering a hip neighbourhood of Rome; Pigneto away from the main street but with a new way of providing entertainment. We met Toni Cutrone, head of NO-FI recordings and co-owner, to understand what’s happening.

3. Carola Bonfili
Carola Bonfili is the young Roman artist whose new piece at the Masseria Torre Maizza, a restored old farmhouse in Puglia is a site specific wonder. Following a residency sponsored by Torre Maizza itself in partnership with Cardi Black Box gallery and the association Art At Work, Carola was asked to develop a permanent artwork. She decided to create a plaster sculpture that duplicates an ancient olive tree which stands on the bank of a small lake.

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