The Andy Rocchelli Grant is an international award promoted by CESURA in the name of its cofounder Andy Rocchelli, photojournalist killed in Ukraine in 2014. Andy was an irreplaceable firestarter, and to make sure that his values as a photographer and as a man can continue to burn, we have decided to establish a grant in his name.
The aim is to identify the best unpublished photographic dummy and award the winner with the production and publication of the book by Cesura Publish, in full freedom of expression, as Andy would have wanted.
The first edition of the grant is a project promoted and supported by Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea del Ministero per i beni e le attività culturali e per il turismo.
“Theatricality must restore and cross over from side to side, existence and flesh.” Antonin Artaud
With SCENE, Alex Majoli has generated new interpretations about the relationship between men and their daily theatricality. In Opera Aperta, the author takes up the previously developed discourse and exasperates the ambiguity between reality and fiction – “In February 2020, I was in Reggio Emilia, where I was working on a new chapter of my SCENE project, my long-term photographic research about the theatricality of everyday life. While I was searching for new turning points, the pandemic started insinuating itself in my photos; on March 8th, I decided to interrupt the project to photograph the situation in the country. After over a year, I picked the story up again. Opera Aperta is the result of this work; not just photography, but an open paragraph on the contemporary tragedy of Covid-19.”
30×40 cm / 12×16 in
128 pages, 76 photos
Printed in Italy, May 2021
Since the day our group came together under the name of CESURA, the people who believed in our project and mission made a huge difference helping us reach our goals. With the SUPPORT US campaign we ask for your help to directly support our projects, our independent Publishing house and our Lab.
You can choose among 3 annual plans with different benefits like a web studio visit of CESURA’s headquarters with one of our members and gadgets (artist notebook with some of our photographers’ pictures on the cover, an original clipper lighter and a cotton tote bag, both with our Never never never give up motto). You can also choose between a signed Open edition print or a 30-minute One to One session to have a chat with a photographer of your choice. Last but not least, a limited edition poster made by the one and only Paolo Ventura!
Artist Paolo Ventura opens our SUPPORT US campaign with a unique work donated and created exclusively for CESURA. The artwork is the result of a combination of acrylic colors and stencils on wrapping paper 140 x 100 cm and is inspired by our motto NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP.
This collaboration, in which the Milanese artist was given complete freedom, is the first of a series of special works created by various international artists.
Ventura’s reproduction is printed on Arctic Volume White 200gr paper format, size 68 x 98cm, and is in a limited edition.
Find this special poster inside 2 of our memberships.