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Wednesday, 1 December 2021



VIRTUAL IDENTITY by Margherita Hax is the December 2021 exhibition @ Nitroglobus.

I am very happy to exhibit at Nitroglobus the images of this classy arty lady, who is exhibiting her works for the first time in an SL gallery. She already gained glory and followers with her Flickr account, but placing her works on the walls of a 'real' SL gallery and see people looking at it, is something completely different.

Meet Magherita (Marghe on short), who made 13 very personal new works for this exhibition, which all show some part of her SL body and her RL soul: VIRTUAL IDENTITY.

Over the years Marghe experimented in many roles and jobs which all represented a part of her, especially her creativity. She was for instance a model, an event host, a producer and director of shows and a theatrical actress. In short she always was looking for both an aesthetic and an artistic dimension. 
She had fun, she got excited, she fell in love, she suffered from the limits of virtuality and moreover, she was also afraid of no limits.

The exquisite poster for the exhibition was made by David Silence 
based on an image of Marghe.

Margherita explains:

The title of this collection of images exhibited at Nitroglobus is inspired by the paradox which Second Life initiates between the identity hidden behind the monitor and the one revealed by the avatar, the messenger of the human being controlling the avatar.

I have always felt the fascination of this paradoxical combination of emotions which, although limited and contained by an important filter in one sense, flow even stronger into the other. Thus, suspended from judging what is true or fake, in my photos, through portraits, gazes, stories and attitudes, I try to show and narrate emotions, lifestyle, relationships and (why not) love in 3D, where even the Myths (Athena, Eros and Narcissus) are present,


image by Inara Pey

Inara Pey wrote a truly awesome article  'Art and Virtual Identity in Second Life' in her blog 'Living in a Modemworld' 
'Remarkable in its power, this is an exhibition that offers multiple opportunities for discussion, there is simply so much wrapped within the images and the themes. As individual pieces, the images at Nitroglobus are all inspiring in their presentation and depth; by using the west-east arm of the gallery to focus on a core story of love (and regret), and the north-south arm for more “individual” pieces that can also help to underline the motifs and emotions of the other arm, Margherita offers an exhibition of two intertwined halves that might be said to present a metaphor that again underlines her idea of paradox.'

BUT Inara also wrote this about me and wow I am so very proud, my cheeks are glowing đŸ˜€

'As this is the end of the year, and – as I’ve noted – another superb series of exhibitions at Nitroglobus, I’d like to close with a personal note with regards to Dido herself. Her approach to the exhibitions she hosts – invitation, collaboration, encouragement, the use of additional 3D to offer contrast or emphasis, her sheer enthusiasm for art, makes any visit to Nitroglobus a consistent delight and an absolute pleasure to write about in these pages.'


image by Frank Atisso

Frank Atisso was the first to write a great review 'Virtual Identity : Margherita’s Fascinating Display at Nitroglobus' in his Blog & Gallery ART KORNER about Marghe's exhibition. Frank interviewed Marghe in the gallery and made the above image during that interview.

'As we sit down for a chat, Margherita tells me that she has always been curious about the possibilities that the virtual world offers to those who live in it. In a virtual world like Second Life, the possibilities are endless and a person can freely take on the identity they want to live. This world can be freeing in some ways as a person can rise above social stigma, peer pressure or any kind of traditional restrictions and live the life they want.
In this virtual world, one can make friends, have relationships and even create a mini-universe of their own within. However, with this liberty also comes the danger of false projections. In “Virtual Identity“, Margherita highlights this danger through a series of seven images which form a simple story of heartbreak, which most of us have lived through at some point. The L-shaped structure of the main hall of the Nitroglobus Gallery offered her a great opportunity to create this story through seven images which can be found in the arm extending eastwards.'


main players at the opening party

The opening party for the exhibition took place on Monday, 29 November and was super cool with tunes by DJ hEIN and accompanying particles by Venus Adored. 
Many visited and an overload of images was made by many visitors as well as by me. I will show you a few here:

Venus and Kurk

Marghe with Salvo

the one and only hEIN


The following images were made by Mihailsk, who is a far better photographer than I am:

Saturday, 27 November 2021

White Chapel

November 2021: Like many many others Miha and I visited White Chapel and we loved it. What a wonderful installation this is, so well made, with great mood/light and ditto textures. Hera (Zee9)m the builder is a true magician.

RL Whitechapel, in the East End of London, is 'famous' for the 11 murders which were committed there in the late 19th century and of which some were assigned to the famous mysterious serial killer Jack the Ripper.
More indepth information you can find on Inara Pey's blog post in Living in a Modemworld

Of course Miha as well as I, couldn't resist to make lots of images. I show you a few in this blogpost.


Thursday, 18 November 2021

NO EXIT by Milena Carbone

poster made by David Silence based on an image of Milena

November 2021: NO EXIT, an exhibition by Milena Carbone @ Nitroglobus.
Milena is returning to Nitroglobus with an awesome set of images, although she initially intended to work on a totally different project. However, this was cancelled due to her RL work.

So the images shown at the walls of the gallery this month were not created for an exhibition. Instead they were taken from the stream of images which Milena regularly produces for herself.
I made the selection and pointed out to Milena that there were always two characters in each image, which made Milena think of the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre's play "No exit" (“Huis clos” in french). And voila the title for this exhibtion was born.

Huis Clos is a play about three people who have nothing which connects them but the sole fact of being there, locked together in the same closed space. Through this play, Sartre explicitly tells us: "Hell is the others". We are all the other of someone else, locked into a fictional room, i.e. a theater. In other words: we ourselves are hell. Milena's images are perhaps once more a testimony of this belief.

More detail about NO EXIT by Milena:
No style

Contemporary culture is essentially composed of emptiness. Style is king, meaning is hollow. I'm not interested in that anymore.

Style, for me, is the result of the place, the tools and materials available where the work is produced. That's why, for some time now, I've been using the SL universe as the only element of style, almost without retouching, and without filters.

This could be a challenge if I had any ambition. But in a world where reaction is considered as interpretation, where opinion and judgment replace thought, any ambition is a waste of time.


one of Milena's art works


The Carbone Gallery, Milena's blog

During the present exhibition NO EXIT by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus, she made a BOOK of the complete exhibition, which is released now,  info at Milena's blog.
In the book she put face to face the pictures and their reflections.

The book is available at Nitroglobus and at The Carbone Gallery Bookstore @ Noir Wen City

Reflections (image by Milena)

the CUBE (image by Milena)

image by Milena


Several reviews were published about Milena's exhibition. Here's an overview with some passages taken from these reviews:

First review published was by Frank Atisso in his blog ART KORNER

image by Frank Atisso

'The artwork itself has a purity about it that is rarely seen. Created in a somewhat minimalist style with soft tones and a balanced composition, Milena’s work is an interesting mixture of styles right from the Golden Age to the realistic art of the 20th century. In some of the images, she uses the gaze of the character to form a direct connection with us, the viewers – a technique that was often used by some prominent masters in the past.'


Second review is by Inara Pey in her blog LIVING IN A MODEMWORLD

image by Inara

'When Milena’s theme and Satre’s ideas are taken into consideration, these are images that taken on an entirely new depth. Take, for example, XXI Century. On the surface, a simple image of two women with different cultural heritages posing for a photograph – be they friends or relatives, it makes no difference. But, add the title of the piece into the equation, together with the fact one of the women is wearing an al-amira, and a more complex narrative emerges, that invokes thoughts of the manner in which during the first 21 years of the 21 century has continued to see the impact of “otherism” – the ostracising of those whose dress, system of belief and place of origin mark them as “different” and thus not to be trusted or allowed. It’s a negative attitude that has gripped many to the point of being without any exit; yet, were they to step outside of the strictures of peer / societal pressure, then the reality that we are all of one, single unique race would become that much harder to ignore.'

Last but not least a review by Diomita was published in her blog DIOMITA AND JENNY MAURER

image by Diomita

'It’s true, there are always two caracters in each picture. But often it seems to the the very same person just in a different form. It makes you think and begin to interpret something into the picture. But before you do look at the floor in which Milena’s pictures are mirrored. The mirrored pictures are not the same. Little details are different – a bullet becaome a fish, a closed mouth is opened, or a head is replaced with a clock. Intriguing – and motivating the spectator to search for more differences and thus to immerse deeper into the picture and the story.'

On 20 November Serendipity Dyrssen placed the video she made of Milena's exhibition on YOUTUBE.
Wow, please take a look, it's really super cool.

My sincere thanks to all above for their awesome reviews & video! 
Big big hug Dido