Saturday, March 31, 2012

This time, it's pleasure before business: art with a social purpose

"SLA-Start Living Again" is open until the 15th of May at the Centro Diagnostico Italiano in via Saint Bon, 20 (link in Italian).....More......

The exhibit, promoted by a photography group (Circolo di Cultural fotografica) and sponsored by the Bracco Foundation, takes its name and inspiration from "SLA," the Italian acronym for the disease commonly known in English as "Lou Gehrig's disease." The exhibit shows glimpses of life, of hope, of nature and of dignity in fifty-five photographs realized by fifty-five Italian and European photographers to recount "movement," the very thing difficult for those afflicted with the disease.

Proceeds from the sale of the photographs and the catalogue of the exhibit sustain research to combat the disease.

I snapped this movement-oriented "light painting"--NOT in the exhibit!--on the 15th of January, 2012, at about 4 P.M.

While I'm on an "art with a social purpose" roll, at the "House of Energy" (Casa dell'Energia) of Milan's semi-public electricity utility, AEM, from the 2nd to the 12th of April there will be an exhibit geared to helping us understand autism, a permanent neurological condition that interferes with communication and social interaction.

Born of collaboration between the parents of children affected with autusim and the "Art Among the People Association" (Associazione Arte tra la Gente), the exhibit, open in Piazza del Po 3 from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. (except for the 7th-9th of April for Easter) is in honor of the world day dedicated by the U.N. to this syndrome.

I've no pictures to show you for this exhibit on autism because I prefer to use my own, and the exhibit isn't open, yet (even when it opens, they may not allow photographs), so you'll have to go check it out for yourself, then tell us about it.

For more info about the House of Energy (in Italian):


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