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Virtual Pride Art Gallery 2021 – Italy

Our Virtual Pride celebrations

Clifford Chance Italy has partnered with Istituto Italiano di Fotografia, a multifunctional photography school with over 25 years of presence in Italy, and the gallery Tallulah Studio Art Milan, to reaffirm its longstanding and active commitment towards inclusion and diversity through a comprehensive artistic path that embraces different styles, forms and techniques.

June 2021 marks the 5th anniversary of the law on same-sex civil unions in Italy, an important milestone for the rights of the LGBT+ community. But it is, above all, a year of radical change and deep transformation that affected not only our lifestyles and habits, but also our beliefs and relationships.

In your Arms – Noemi Boccasile

Our artistic journey starts with a selection from the collection 'In your Arms' by Noemi Boccasile, a young talented photographer who have recently completed the Biennial Professional Course of Photography at Istituto Italiano di Fotografia.

This work represents a photographic tale of a young couple, of their daily moments, exchanges and achievements. It's a tiptoe narrative in their intimacy, a dance of chemistry between lovers. Aurelio and Riccardo are the protagonists of this project which is an expression of their individuality and union. With gestures and attentions, they express the love that accompanies them through mutual care. After the first quarantine lived separately, they rediscover their love. Finally, there is a newfound normality...hugs, daily routine, kisses and caresses. Through the spontaneity of their feelings they express the absolute right to love. They are one more reason to eradicate all prejudice.

 

In your Arms 1

2020 © Noemi Boccasile

Photography

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In your Arms 2

2020 © Noemi Boccasile

Photography

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In your Arms 3

2020 © Noemi Boccasile

Photography

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In your Arms 4

2020 © Noemi Boccasile

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Figures of bread – Matteo Lucca

The virtual exhibition continues with Matteo Lucca's artistic research through his 'Figures of bread', a review of sculptures, made with unleavened bread, representing hands that touch and shake, a simple gesture that symbolizes, in many cultures, the crucial moment of meeting and the start of a relationship between people. A gesture made dangerous by the pandemic outbreak, that we will hopefully be able to perform again in the near future, with renewed enthusiasm and lightheartedness.

Matteo Lucca's sculptures stems from a reflection on giving oneself to the other as nourishment. The creative process comes from a series of suggestions in which the overcoming of one's ego takes place by offering one's body.

The meeting of my hands with…Fra

2020 © Matteo Lucca

Sculpture, unleavened bread, consolidative treatment

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Azzimo 41

2019 © Matteo Lucca

Sculpture, unleavened bread, consolidative treatment

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The meeting of my hands with…Francesca T

2020 © Matteo Lucca

Sculpture, unleavened bread, consolidative treatment

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Under the drape – Piero Figura

We close our artistic journey with Piero Figura's draped paintings. The artist, a proud architect and multidisciplinary artist, supporter of the LGBT+ community, has always promoted fairness and equality through his art. After a life dedicated to design, illustration and scenography, he started exploring painting in an original and profound way. His background as a designer is reflected in his paintings in which there is almost a sense of three-dimensionality.

Iconic canvases, representing draped fabrics, wrap to create folds and movements: lines turn into polka dots, both of the same red and green colors to symbolize Love and Hope. This is the artist's conceptual way to express change, shown as a transformation within the society through everybody's inclusion, regardless of their sexual orientation. The sinuous fabric symbolizes protection from discrimination, injustice, ignorance and wickedness and the folds and movements of the fabric suggest the difficulties and problems that society is made of and from which it is not easy to escape.                   

The 'Stone' artwork represents a stone wrapped in a striped fabric. The fabric's function is to protect it from evil and man's wickedness: this Stone cannot lapidate anyone. It is the 'Change'.

Under the drape – Red

2020 © Piero Figura

Acrylic on canvas

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Under the drape – Green

2021 © Piero Figura

Diptych, acrylic on canvas

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Stone

2020 © Piero Figura

Acrylic on canvas

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About Arcus

Arcus is our global inclusive employee network open to all Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans*, Intersex, Queer people and their Allies​​​. Arcus aims to encourage an inclusive and integrated culture within Clifford Chance that gives colleagues the choice to be open and out.

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