Simona. An expat architect in Berlin [video]

When I was up against the research and production of my final project this summer, I met Simona, another Italian young person who left the country in search of a better future abroad. In this brief video interview, she explains the pros and cons of her “escape”.

She is an architect, whose main project in the latest years has been about landscape architecture. She proposed the creation and modification of a famous area in Caserta, Rione Vanvitelli, who definitely needs a complete rebuilding and redistribution of spaces and levels. Eventually, her thesis, remained a big block of paper, and the project has never seen a concrete realisation. Redesigning the gardening area, an idea that could have benefited the entire urban landscape, was not an easy task, and, of course, not so easy to be accomplished by a fresh graduate.

“It is all about political issues in this community” Simona said, while telling me the story of her “obviously” unfeasible work . She is now living in Berlin, after an Erasmus year in Braunschweig (Brunswick) in Lower Saxony. An ideal city to do an Erasmus, but Braunschweig doesn’t give you the possibilities of Berlin. Early this winter, Simona went back in that small province to do an internship, where she learned how to use new programs for various architectural designs. “Everything was really technical, but my colleagues helped me a lot”, she said. Hoping that she is at her best in her career and practicing, I will paste one of her thoughts about the profession she chose. Stay connected.

“Du fragst mich was Architektur ist….ich kann nur dir die Wahrheit die ich kenne sagen, dass sie wie eine Frau ist…..du hasst sie, aber gleichzeitig liebst Ihre perfekten Kurven….und es gibt nichts mehr, nur sie.”

(You ask me what Architecture is.. I can only say the truth I know about it.. That it is like a woman, you can hate her, but you can love her perfect curves at the same time..and there isn’t anything else, but her.)

Quando quest’estate ero alle prese con le mie ricerche e la produzione del progetto “fuga dei cervelli”, ho incontrato Simona, un’altra giovane laureata che ha lasciato il paese alla ricerca di un futuro migliore all’estero. In queste breve intervista video, Simona ci racconta in pro e i contro della sua “fuga”.

E’ un architetto, il cui progetto principale negli ultimi anni era basato sull’architettura dei giardini. Per la sua tesi aveva proposto la creazione e modifica di un’area famosa di Caserta, il Rione Vanvitelli, che ha decisamente bisogno di una ricostruzione totale e ridistribuzione dei suoi spazi e livelli. Alla fine, purtroppo, la sua tesi è rimasta un blocco di carta e il progetto non ha mai visto una concreta attuazione. Riprogettare il giardino del Rione, un’idea che avrebbe giovato tutto il paesaggio urbano dell’area, non è stato un lavoro facile e, di certo, non di facile attuazione per una giovane e fresca laureata. “E’ tutta una questione politica in questa comunità”, mi ha detto Simona, mentre mi raccontava come il suo lavoro fosse “ovviamente” inattuabile. Ora vive a Berlino, dopo un anno di Erasmus a Braunschweig, una città della Bassa Sassonia. Un posto ideale per fare l’Erasmus Braunschweig, ma, certamente,  non può offrire le stesse possibilità di Berlino. All’inizio di questo inverno, Simona è ritornata in quella piccola provincia sassone per un tirocinio dove ha appreso come utilizzare diversi programmi di progettazione. “E’ tutto molto tecnico, ma i miei colleghi mi hanno aiutato tantissimo”, ha detto.

Sperando che Simona sia ora in un momento top per la sua carriera e pratica della professione, riporto uno dei suoi pensieri sull’architettura. Rimanete connessi!

“Du fragst mich was Architektur ist….ich kann nur dir die Wahrheit die ich kenne sagen, dass sie wie eine Frau ist…..du hasst sie, aber gleichzeitig liebst Ihre perfekten Kurven….und es gibt nichts mehr, nur sie.”

( Mi chiedi cosa sia l’architettura.. posso dirti solo la verità che conosco e cioè che essa è come la donna.. Puoi odiala, ma allo stesso tempo ami le sue curve perfette.. e non esiste più niente, soltanto lei.)


Alfredo’s update. Would belly dancing give me a scholarship?

MA successfully finished. Now what? Apparently Alfredo had already a plan. As we had read in his story on, Alfredo has applied for a Phd in Bonn and he is on board for a new research.

What is impressing me is that, apart from all the mess around, discouraged promises and unwillingness to keep on planning the future, these young guys I have met, – and continue to meet everyday here in London- are really PASSIONATE. This is something we should not underestimate in times like these. Apart from my uni project, I realised I was very into those issues. Definitely into. Facing a new challenge now, like starting a Phd abroad is truly something.

The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, one of the biggest and  most important universities in Germany.

I am officially enrolled in the research course in Bonn, but I am still in Berlin, preparing to move out. The really odd thing would be living in a people’s city, after been living in a 3 million ones.

Even trying to rewrite Alfredo’s topic of research seems a difficult task to me. He has tried to explain it to me in the easiest way. So I will type it for you.

To critically examine the concept of ‘psychoneural isomorphism’. It’s a concept introduced by an old psychology school- the so-called ‘Gestalt’- that should tie the visual conscious experience (basically, our visual field) to the neural subjected realisation.

Well, quite nice, eh?

Going back to his little study room in Berlin, I can remember the way he was answering my questions, with prompt eyes stuck at the camera. Life is funny, isn’t it? Especially now that he told me how the future doctors in Germany are selected to apply for a scholarship.

In his field, the aspirant doctoral candidates, apart from their qualifications, are more willing to receive a scholarship if their hobbies “suit” the professors’ demands and tastes. I don’t know why I was so surprised by this recruiting method, actually it is not that new or even absurd. Practically, you need to write a kind of detailed essay about what you do to “pleasure yourself” outside the University. It sounds odd, but it came out this way, sorry. Since the job demand is very high these days, selecting people for their hobbies is becoming a sort of “new” cliché.

Alfredo told me that with ‘hobbies’ they consider sports, any other particular ability (if you have it), favourite music, arts etc. There is also a separate session for the ‘literary inclinations’…

Some days ago, I was in Bologna and a friend of mine told me that a girl she knew was hired because she does belly dancing. That’s a really interesting point. Alfredo has already wrote three pages hoping that what he likes will guarantee him a scholarship. I have blessed him, because I am convinced he will make it.

A Matrioska life

I left Sydney 4 months ago when she was about to go to Russia to work. Now she is back in Italy but ready to go to Moscow again, well, it seems that nothing had changed her ‘leaving stream’.

I was in Russia all summer, and by the end of June I was already offered a job in the Italian Culture Centre where I was on a trial contract. I took my time to decide what to do, maybe I took even too much time. However, just after coming back to Italy, in less than one week I had already made up my mind that it was not a great idea to refuse such a huge opportunity in a city that has left me so astonished.

From what I heard from her recently, I can tell you that Sydney has found a certain stability, pursuing what she really likes. That is teaching.

I am a teacher of Italian as a second language in Moscow, plus I do some free-lance works (Moscow is the opportunities’ well). While I’m waiting for my invitation and visa stuck in Italy for a couple of months, I’m giving some English classes, reading books I’ve bought and never opened, trying to write a book I have dreamt of since 2005. Maybe it will come to an end?

Though her career seems to be at a very good point, Sydney is not willing to stop studying. This is something very common as, also for me, being out of the ‘student status’ is something very weird to feel. For this and other reasons, like self-esteem, culture enrichment, more- open- doors opportunity, for instance, Sydney is making up her mind for a Phd.

I had been thinking for the whole past year about competing for a PhD scholarship in my Uni, which I was quite likely to win, but I gave up. PhD would consist of three years based in Italy and one compulsory year abroad, but even my mentor agrees that there are no real possibilities to work in the Uni, in the literary field, after finishing a PhD, and that is something to do just to get one more degree while considering what to do in life. I have thought: why should I spend three more years thinking, when I have a real job, with career and my soul earn for experiences right now?

So I’ve decided that the best thing for this year would be to grasp this opportunity in Russia, to work, improve the language – Russian is not as easy to learn as English, it’s a real nightmare! – and save some money. I’ve made up my mind to live this year on the road: might apply for PhD abroad, where a PhD in Literature or Language Studies is worth something; might pop up into a theatre and take part to auditions, who knows, acting has always been my second activity.

Sydney giving a theatre performance in Italy

And like many people choosing for a career “out-of-place”, far from their homes and relatives, again, Sydney thinks about a future family.

Living like that makes it difficult to even think about a serious relationship and, eventually, family and babies, which is one of the things I’d love to do one day in life; but I can’t stop myself right now: Russia started a circle of happiness and satisfaction that I intend not to stop. Maybe it’s not for me to be settled down right now, my very soul would die for me not listening to it. My soul really yearns for travels, experience, work, route changes.

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Many things have changed from the last time I had spoken with Syd. Her attitude towards her successes and life aspirations has changed. She is more sure about her choices, and more aware of her limits. This is something that living a brain drain experience help you gain: confidence, confidence, confidence. Wherever you go, whoever you stay with, starting a life far away from home could never bring negativity.

It’s not that my final choice is emigration. I think there’s no final choice. I am going where my soul asks me to go: I’m sure sooner or later it’ll ask me to get back, but only if I know that in my country I have a project, both career-wise and love-wise. Plus, I’m pretty sure that even if one day I’ll settle down, I won’t stop forever. I feel like a spring has started inside me, I don’t know what will make me really tired.

If anyone is interested in teaching Italian in Russia please visit this link. For news about emigration to Russia visit this link ( in Italian) If you want to contact Sydney for any advice or curiosity visit her Facebook page.

And he says “Stay beautiful!”

Some days ago I came across some very fashionable pictures of a uni friend while surfing randomly through Facebook.

His name is Enrico, a guy I met when I was still in Italy studying for my BA. I remember once, when I saw him out of my tutor lecturer’s office.

He told me he wanted to go to London and start writing about fashion. I could see his truly passionate eyes while we were speaking about journalism and writing, that is what I also wanted to do by the way.

Apparently, he managed to go into fashion, and not only as a writer or blogger.  Here is my recent interview of him.

How did you get in this field?
As many others, it happened by chance. I’ve always loved fashion, photography and art in general but I had never really thought I would start a career in this field! Then one day a friend of mine asked me to model for her for a photography contest – and I accepted. After the photos were published, a lot of people suggested me to model because of my “natural confidence” in front of the camera – and I had thought “Why not?”.
Then, I was chosen by Les Marteau jewellery for the campaign of their FW11 collection – where I was art director as well – and I guess that’s where I realized that this was what I wanted to do.
Few months later I had the chance to do a photoshooting with Erica Fava – who’s marvellous – and I was published as fresh face for The Fashionisto, Vanity Teen and several other platforms. I didn’t expect so much success, and I’m so thankful for all of these beautiful things that happened!
How much going abroad has helped you in your young career?
Well, I think that going abroad it helped me a lot as a person and – consequentially – as a model. I think that getting in touch with different realities is very important, ‘cause it shows you side of the world (and of yourself) that you would have never taken in consideration otherwise.
I don’t think it’s “vital” – professionally speaking- for a model to go abroad, but I highly recommend it. It gives you more to give. Then I guess it depends on the ambitions that one has: if you aim to an international audience, I think you can’t avoid going abroad, while if you want to stay national you don’t have to if you don’t want. But that’s a limit to me – so go and see the world
Are you planning to live abroad or remain in Italy?
I don’t know really. I mean, I love Italy and it will always be my home, but professionally it doesn’t have so much to offer. I’ve always dreamt of moving to New York someday – I feel like that is my place – but again, there’s so much to do here and there and so much to see that I can’t see myself setting in one place for good. At least not at the moment.
Is fashion still very strong in Italy? How is it developing now? 
I think that fashion is still very strong in Italy – and it always will be.
The problem – to me – is that Italy is too conservative and traditionalist. I think it’s very little innovative and experimental compared to other countries, because Italians tend to play on a safe ground and don’t risk too much. This might be due to the audience as well, but it seems that the “new” and the “different” are taboo in here – or let’s say “unfashionable”. Even model agencies told me that I was not “classic” enough: I’m not the average fit guy that you would see on a Dolce& Gabbana or Armani ad. In Italy you have to be a standard if you want to happen. I think they find it more reassuring.Very few people are willing to experiment and follow a different path, because is so much harder, though so satisfying.
What is your advice to other young Italians that want to do your job? 
First of all, make sure this is what you really wanna do: it’s an incredibly competitive world, and no one’s there to help you – so you got to roll up your sleeves and work hard.
Second, get some DECENT photos of yourself. You’ll probably have to pay for a good book – well that’s the price to start. Decent photos give you dignity, and people will be more likely to seriously consider you. That’s the only thing you’ll have to pay to start a career as a model, so don’t trust model agencies that will ask you a fee to join them. You make them make money, and that’s all.
Make contacts – which is crucial. You have to be the boss, agent and PR of yourself. Sometimes it seems to much to bear, but if you’re good enough you’ll manage it. Be patient, ‘cause it takes to time for everything in this job (just think when shooting a summer editorial in December and then wait for 6 months for the photos to be published!).
Last, be willing to improve yourself everyday more and listen to those who are more experienced and might give you some good advice. Whether you’ll choose to stay home or spread your wings and fly away to make your dream come true, just be true to yourself and keep your head held high!
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Lichtenstein: A Retrospective [Review]

Usually known as the artist of comics, Roy Lichtenstein  has definitely not only portrayed coloured Benday dots and big faces in his career.  The remarkable collection of more than 125 works now showing at the Tate Modern, has revealed a series of unseen and almost unknown pieces from the artist.

From the black and white paintings of everyday objects to the Song dynasty- inspired Chinese landscapes , the ultimate Lichtenstein retrospective deepens the imaginary of his oeuvres giving a more convincing frame of the artist’s path.

Among the 13 rooms, the curious Art about Art paintings stand out with the author’s attempt to dialogue with Picasso, Matisse and other exponents of art history. It is quite difficult to understand what Lichtenstein is trying to tell us, as the parody and imitation elements co-occur many times, like in Cubist still life, experimenting while voluntary misunderstanding the real Cubism’s nature.

The paintings in Late nudes  and  Chinese landscape are probably the most controversial in the exhibition. In the first ones, Lichtenstein brings back the classicism of nude portraits, but using comic clippings and not real models as subjects, depicting an unconventional and provoking beauty.  The huge scaled  Blue nude, same title of one of Picasso’s works, is a schematic representation of the woman’s desire. It has its own sensuality for sure, but the graphic flesh downgrades the nobility of the female body.

Landscapes and seascapes, also seen in the cinematic form, result one of Lichtenstein’s main early obsessions. He likes to create illusionistic optical effects using different materials such as enamel, steel and layers of Plexiglas in the recreation of the of sky and sea elements. But with the Chinese landscapes, his late works and so placed in the last room by the gallery’s curators, the theme has changed, following the simplicity and  the “emptiness” of the spaces, typical of the style of oriental landscapes. The images are faded and lose the dark marked contour lines, while the comic element is still visible, but in a corner, like in the Landscape with Boat. Here a smile is guaranteed when staring at the almost imperceptible cartoon man floating with his boat towards a completely foggy abstract panorama.

Worth a mention  is also the presence of some brass and ceramic sculptures in the Modern room, like the three-dimensional maquettes or models, or the original compositions which celebrated American art deco.

Lichtenstein show opens to the public on Thursday having already been seen at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington and, after London,  will travel to the Pompidou centre in Paris.

Lichtenstein: A retrospective. Tate Modern, 21 February-27 May

(Read the edited article on semperey magazine)

…E stiamo sempre là

Ho deciso di raccogliere in ordine casuale, una serie di frasi dette e ridette da persone che ho incontrato negli ultimi anni un po’ in giro per l’Europa. Espressioni sentite tante volte da chi vive all’estero e che ha pensato almeno una volta.

Frasi diverse, a volte confuse e contraddittorie, stereotipi e pura ironia. Tutto frutto di commenti di espatriati di diverse zone d’Italia.  Avevo pensato di tradurre in inglese,  ma sapevo che qualcosa poteva non essere compreso o che si poteva perdere nella traduzione. In ogni caso tengo a precisare che le pubblico senza nessuno scopo in particolare a parte farci due risate a denti stretti, bocca aperta o semplicemente per creare spunti di riflessione. Quindi che nessuno si senta offeso, non voglio fare nessuna polemica, ma solo riportare uno stream. Ho messo anche qualcosa di mio ovviamente. Siate liberi di commentare o aggiungere delle vostre!

Eccone alcune:

Una cosa è parlare l’Inglese in Italia e una cosa è parlarlo poi in loco.

Qui conta solo chi conosci.

Non ce la facevo più a farmi sfruttare.

Basta lavorare gratis!

Non sapevo se mi avessero confermato.

All’inizio sono stato in ostello per qualche settimana. Poi ho trovato casa. Piano piano…

In Italia ci avrei messo il doppio del tempo per fare questa cosa. Qua non c’è voluto niente.

In Italia devi aspettare minimo minimo 2 mesi.

Ognuno che incontro che non sia italiano, esordisce sempre col Berlusconi , cibo, sole e bella vita di turno.

Nelle Università straniere ci sono molte più attrezzature che in quelle italiane. E funzionano.

In Italia non ero motivato/a.

Qui il mio umore è migliore. Sento di valere qualcosa.

Sì ma qui le persone sono diverse. Sono più fredde..Però più educate di sicuro.

E’ difficile farsi veri amici all’estero.

Appena posso prenoto e vado a trovare la mia famiglia, tanto con l’aereo sono solo un paio d’ore. Ci metti molto di più se fai Milano-Roma. Beh anche se adesso c’è Italo…

Tanta gente prende il massimo dei voti in Italia, ma poi voglio vedere se si è capaci di prendere il massimo anche fuori dall’Italia. Poi lì gonfiano i voti..

Vallo a fare il dottorato in Italia. Ti fanno dannare e ti danno due soldi. E’ ingiusto.

Non parliamo di questo che poi andiamo a finire sulla politica italiana e non ne parliamo proprio..

La prossima volta che scendo in Italia, prenoto il bagaglio da stiva perché poi mi porto un bel po’ di cose buone da mangiare.

Io mi faccio spedire ogni tanto un pacco di cibo da mia mamma. Sì, tipo la FAO.

Massì, qui mangio per sopravvivere, ma non mi godo mai il cibo..Vuoi mettere?

Soffro troppo senza i sapori di casa mia.

A me non interessa del cibo o del tempo. Altrimenti non partivo proprio, no?

Forse un giorno tornerò in Italia, ma solo se so di avere un lavoro che mi aspetta.

Tempo un paio di anni e torno, tanto la crisi sarà finita.

Io in Italia non ci torno neanche morto/a.

E a me chi me lo fa fare di tornare? Basta essere sfruttati .

Quando torno in Italia per un po’, tempo 2 giorni e già me ne voglio andare.

Siamo un popolo di polemici e persone che si lamentano in continuazione.

Saremo sempre italiani.

Tempo 3 mesi e la lingua la impari.

Chi studia lingue non può rimanere in Italia. E’ una follia ed una cosa stupida. Che poi è inutile che torni perché tanto non trovi lavoro lo stesso.

A chiunque dica che sono italiano/a, poi sorride sempre e dice che sono fortunato e che dovevo restare lì e perché me ne sono andato.

Quando parlo in Inglese si sente troppo l’accento che ci posso fare.

Noi abbiamo una marcia in più perché siamo abituati al sacrificio e a soffrire.

La nostra cultura è unica. Così come la costituzione. L’ha detto anche Benigni.

Italians do it better. True story.

Per imparare la lingua mi vedo i film. Ma con i sottotitoli in lingua originale, almeno all’inizio.

Neanche una carta a terra. Guarda. Da noi invece..

Poi qui puoi uscire di casa anche nudo e nessuno ti calcola. Invece in Italia di squadrano dalla testa ai piedi. Una volta avevo un paio di scarpe rosse bellissime, tutti a guardarmi come se fossi un marziano.

Qui non mi sento giudicato/a. Ma secondo me lo sono lo stesso è solo che per un fatto culturale non me ne accorgo.

Quando c’è qualche incomprensione, si usa dire che c’è stato un “cultural misunderstanding” così se la scampano.

Qua se ne fregano di chi sei figlio.

Bisogna avere coraggio per partire e fare dei sacrifici.

Chi resta è perché si accontenta o ha paura.

Io non parto perché con la crisi stiamo tutti nella stessa barca.

Siamo capitati nella generazione sbagliata. E stiamo pagando per gli errori dei nostri zii e genitori.

Per ora sto in un contratto a progetto. Chissà tra un anno dove sarò. Per ora va bene almeno metto qualcosa da parte.

Basta parlare sempre male dell’Italia. Siamo il paese più bello del mondo.

L’Italia sta perdendo la sua risorsa più importante. I giovani sono il futuro. Ma ora se ne vanno anche i pi+ anziani, vedrai.

L’università italiana non funziona. E ci prepara per andare via. Non ci sfrutta.

Ci sono troppi laureati in Italia e pochissimi posti di lavoro.

I giovani se ne vanno perché sono pigri. Il lavoro c’è se guardi bene. E’ facile andarsene, è da codardi secondo me.

Io mi faccio mantenere dai miei, o dal mio futuro marito.

Che bravo/a che sei andato/a via. Ci vuole proprio coraggio. Ma l’inglese allora lo sai proprio bene, vero?

Io non riuscirei mai a vivere da solo/a. Per carità. Non so cucinare.

Mio figlio/a deve fare quello che sente. L’ho sempre lasciato/a libero/a.

Ragazzi tra una settimana torno solo per qualche giorno. Mi raccomando vediamoci per una birra.

Solo i raccomandati vanno avanti in Italia. Fuori conta se sei bravo.

Poi qui sono aperti di mente per davvero. Mi sento più a mio agio

Anche qui c’è la crisi mica solo in Italia. Ma preferisco restare qui.

Per arredare la stanza vado all’Ikea.

La pasta la devo comprare sempre. Il mio coinquilino mi prende in giro perché la mangio sempre. Ma cosa vuoi che capiscano gli stranieri?

Come ti trovi all’estero? Ah mi fa piacere.

Ma hai deciso di stabilirti fuori allora? Beato/a te!

It is all about fashion blogging

By Rachel Lattanzi

By Rachel Lattanzi

As two of the most awaited fashion weeks of the year have already hit the online community, I reflect on the increasing popularity of worldwide fashion blogging.

[Read the article on The Student]

They sit on the front row of fashion shows, their opinion is sacred by consumers -often more so than official designers – making them gaining the status of celebrity. Fashion bloggers seem to have started a personal social climb on the mountain of glamour and commercialisation of beauty.  According to Wikipedia, an increasing number of fashion bloggers were invited to designers’ fashion shows in 2006 compared to previous years. In addition, there are blogs hosting the material published by fashion bloggers only.

It has been more than 30 years since a style column had appeared in regular series in a publication, but less than 10 years since fashion blogs had reached the popularity and consumerism they have now.  But why?


Those running a fashion site or blog should know that to be considered in the cyberspace three are the authentic key features to make them stand out: unique take on fashion, personality and consistency. The first two are a must because they are a clarification to the blog’s aims and own style, as fashion brands themselves are.  Creating a personal writing style, often enriched with a humoristic syntax and original pictures, could definitely add value to a fashion blog on its start. Consistency is a matter of regularly updating the site to keep the conversation with the readers.  Probably following the above rules together with her natural inclination for modelling, Chiara Ferragni, an Italian fashion blogger who started in 2009, has reached more than 110,000 views daily, with her more than 20 tweets every day.

It has surely been the social networking point the ultimate step for fashion blogs to increase their popularity. The engaging typing of writers with all that uploading of “instagramed” pictures and posts on social networks is becoming one of the best PR activity where “ordinary people” can be intrigued and access the content of upcoming fashion events.  Commenting on the role fashion blogger are developing in the online community and beyond, readers admit they can “feel more glamorous as well” by visiting  fashion sites and that these spaces can be such a “source of inspiration”.

Filling the bags

Money matters always come to mind when talking about fashion. And fashion blogging is part of the media business for sure. Thanks to the established influence of bloggers like Anna Dello Russo, it is not difficult for talented writers and fashion- curious minds to turn their blogs into brands. Fashion blogging can be transformed into a full-time job with a serious income through advertising,  sponsored content, and eventually being the face of a brand.  Women wear’s daily reported that a very popular fashion blogger can reach up to $500,000 a year, also considering the partnership with fashion weeks. That is where all those bags and shoes come from.

With the decrease of many print fashion publications, it is quite automatic that fashion blogs are on the rise online, but that doesn’t mean they are all contributing in the same way. Like any other type of publication, a quality fashion blog must gain its status, and then have the right to place its creator next to the catwalk.

By  My Sight, as You See.

By My Sight, as You See.

Let the weel roll

I know I have been away from my blog for a while, but as you know, life sometimes can be really unexpected.

This has mainly been  because I went through a busy moment, trying to survive the big city, but this time not being a student anymore. I quite miss my student status, actually not because I am facing the job market’s reality so deeply, but because I do still consider myself a student. This is what I have recently said at my latest amazing job interview at MergerandAcquisition at the Strand in London. I keep studying even if I am not enrolled a course ( I have given already quite a lot to you my beloved UK!), and I am learning to be a decent journalist and linguist so I can consider myself ready to be recruited. Oh I am joking, I have been ready for a while now (smile)

Apart from the depressing considerations which I am tired to even reformulate with words, imagine into a blog post -my colleagues know perfectly what I mean- let’s go back to the I-still-consider-myself-a-student concept for a moment.

Isn’t that odd that I am still dreaming about being at high school? I rephrase: ‘ Is that at least psychologically normal that I even dream about that?’. Strangely enough, by the time I was in my first years of my BA, it happened to dream about being in my old high school class. With my ex class mates. But, the funny thing here, is that, in the dream phase,I consciously know that I am in my class, but being a university student meanwhile. So I keep asking my friends :”Guys, come on! What is happening! We are all at uni, why on earth are we in this class again, ready to complete our last year, over AGAIN?”.

And this sweet nightmare has not finished when I graduate from uni. Once in a while, I dream exactly the same scene, but this time I a double degree hanging on my wall. The scenario, in this way, is even more absurd and quite creepy. I say to my mates that we have a uni degree and that I don’t want to repeat the last year of high school because, obviously, I have already done it!

Probably it is just me, but all this story sounds very annoying. Being a student is something I have experienced for almost 20 years, and it is strange for me not to be in education anymore.  I might enroll another course soon, but I think it is the time to face the truth. I am not a student anymore.

Meeting John Heartfield

On the occasion of the exhibition in the Tate Modern, John Heartfield is sharing his thoughts and memories about his famous grandfather in an exclusive interview

The Tate Modern in London has recently hosted a fascinating exhibition of John Heartfield’s political photomontages from the 1930s. Working in a field invented by himself, he was one of the leaders of the German Dadaism. With his remarkable satiric works he contributed 237 photomontages to the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) magazine, Volks Illustrierte (People’s Illustrated). (Read the entire article on Semperey magazine)

Intervista di Radio24 –

Intervista a Radio24 trasmissione Fuga dei Talenti di Sergio Nava. Dal minuto 20.

Sergio Nava interviewed me in his program “La fuga dei Talenti” on Radio24. It Starts from 20′.