Anna Mosca: Amo i confini per poterli varcare/I love borders to be able to cross them

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June 2015 was a good month and the last day held a surprise for me, a good one. A full page on an online magazine in Italy. Here is the link to the page in Italian and below is the full translation of the article in English. Hope you enjoy it.

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Giugno è stato un buon mese e l’ultimo giorno mi ha riservato una gradita sorpresa. Un’articolo su una rivista online italiana. Ecco il link all’articolo in italiano mentre sotto c’è l’intera traduzione dell’articolo in inglese. Spero che vi piaccia.

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http://www.vorrei.org/culture/11124-anna-mosca-amo-vivere-vicino-ai-confini-per-poterli-varcare.html

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Mosca Anna: I love living near the borders to be able to cross them

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Written by Valentina Selini

We are meeting here with the artist about “Luminesia” a project aimed to raise awareness, to encourage to see beyond, to feel deeper, where you get to use the camera with the knowledge that emotions have a face and that face is to be shown.

I met Anna Mosca by chance, and then we both agreed that chance does not exist. She is an artist, a poet, a photographer, an art professor and much more and I was immediately fascinated by her world. She has recently returned from America, now she lives in Arcore, and our conversation grew out of the flow of thoughts and of free associations between our mutual experiences and stories. Through the years she has designed exhibitions and personal performances, highlighting the development of the concept through the employment of the written word. Words that becomes poetry, present both in art installations as in poetry readings, organized in the same way as they are to be found in her artistic work that uses photography to blend light, space, lines and sends us back, once more, to the poetic synthesis.

Not all of us are artists, but we must agree art speaks to all. The art of today is mostly images and words. Anna speaks to me at length of her artistic experiences, her travels, and her desire to kindle in others a spark.

One of the stories that impressed me the most, is that of “Luminesia”, a project aimed at raising awareness, encouraging to see beyond, to feel deeper, to get you to use the camera with the knowledge that emotions have a face and this face is to be shown. Luminesia starts as a project done with and for the students of the Academy of Fine Arts of Milan Media (ACME). Anna’s photography courses throughout the years of her teaching always had the initial stage of the self-portrait. Most of the students do not like this stage, to get “naked” in front of classroom, to show pictures of themselves to a group of students and a teacher whom they just met, embarrasses the majority of them. This happens in spite of the suggested texts of psychological support to the goal, to be used to help for the first steps of self-awareness, to understand “who I am” before photographing others. Only at a later stage, for the advanced students and not in all of her courses of specializing in photography, she happened to work with poetry, with texts chosen random so that everyone could portray their emotional flow that was photographically depending on their sensitivity. To tell about oneself and to tell others.

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When she found a very receptive beginners class in 2012, Anna decided to start a project of identification that was going deeper, by putting herself “exposed” by disclosing to them her poetic work. Enabling them to have a closer look.
Anna herself says “Poetry is an intimate discourse, we then established a dialogue of mutual vulnerability”, and adds “We also started a blog to collect this project: http://www.2luminesia.wordpress.com where we publish, not the full path of discovery belonging to each student but, a single photo, selected, as an explanatory text, as if we were a gallery on line. It is clear that the poem is to be understood not as the image title rather as a work of art functional and complementary. Poetry is emotion and image and so is photography. Luminesia is a hill up the road. It may be difficult to get there, we may get out of breath on the way there but the return is a descent downhill, on which we run free, feeling light and with no brakes.”

The academic project Luminesia has now become open to the “consenting adults” under the name “Luminesia4U”. You choose to participate in this exploration and to address them by identifying their emotions through poetry and photography. This act of consciousness, observation, will not only identify but also emotions, chased, to modify them, going up an octave and get to the more positive, harmonious and healing.
What you do in practice?
“In two words, and just touching the surface: We try to identify with a written poem (a story using synthetic language and universal images) that can differentiate from the others in form, language and content, and then you find a unique personal expression of it by changing language. A poem is not answered with poetry but with a photographic image, to dissect this emotion and make it visible to us and to others. Our eyes eventually discover in the photographs an unconscious code. The self-portrait is then not vague, of them, but it’s the self-portrait of an emotion, of a precise personal feeling. ”

Anna Mosca: Project Luminesia ©, @ Academy Acme from Dec. 2012 to Nov. 2013

http://annamosca.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/the-road-to-luminesia-is-filled-with-beauty-and-surprises/

http://2luminesia.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/progetto/

https://2luminesia.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/un-saluto-con-lultimo-post/

Our meeting was unfortunately short, but dense of things: personal narratives, common knowledge and life experiences, common tastes and passions, a desire for the future of many experiences and stories that intertwine. Anna gave me a beautiful little book “Charge me with the sin of wanting to survive,” I’m finishing the reading of it today. In which I do find the poem that I would like to photograph: “I love living near the borders to be able to cross them-”

For info: http://www.annamosca.com

By Valentina Selini

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Stillness From The California Notebooks 2015

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eternity roams
inside me I can’t
help but travel

forever wondering
the mind and space
on earth as in dreams

seeking some order
chasing the waters
harmony to fill me

deep from the inside
to make me a lake
alas at home

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Nights From The California Notebooks 2015

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the perfumes of night
wash away sadness

tiredness when doubts
crowds between brows

as swiftly as they may

sure go deep down

inside we know senses
know better indeed

roaring thoughts
are light a flap

or two

to take us

higher away
embrace me now

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IL MIO GATTO NERO – MY BLACK CAT – video poetry

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The following minimalist video was shown for the Premiere at the Centro Puecher by Archivio Dedalus in Milan, Italy, on Wednesday June 17th 2015, together with the documentary on Franco Loi realized by Pezzella.

The project aims to contribute to Expocittà with cultural additions such as Feed Your Soul.
May I remember that the focus of Expo 2015 is Feed the Planet. Videos had to be part of one of two categories: Herbarium or Bestiary. My evocative video belongs to the latter being a video poem on My Black Cat.

On youtube you’ll find an explanation of this suggestive short video in English and a link to the original poem here on WordPress.

Click, or copy and paste, the link below. Comments here and there are welcome, enjoy it!

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dtls project IL MIO GATTO NERO.

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Dreams From The California Notebooks 2015

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the wave of sleep
this time tall and longer
covers us both

as we lay there I could
hear the breath’s rhythm
change and the deep

surrender of the limbs
the mind going away
into oblivion images

dancing in front of me
a Matisse painting

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Polvere di creta

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la terra ha l’intelligenza
d’essere raccolta e scelta
d’esser diluita dall’acqua

un fiume la creatività che
modella insinuandosi
vecchie pieghe vecchie

scuse cambiando la
nostra forma verso
un respiro libero
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Places From The California Notebooks 2015

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being at peace

floating on the events
whatever comes
holding the secret

inside past eyelids
being in the wind
resting on a garden

flying light over a desert
tossed over some ocean
the vast space and

minuscule pieces of
souls fitted into bodies
fragments of the infinite

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