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.
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.
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.
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
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