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Monday 18 January 2021

Party time at Nitroglobus for the January/February 2021 exhibiton

the exhibiting artist Milena

Monday, 11 January 12 pm SLT was the official opening for the exhibition 'American Shot' by Milena Carbone at Nitroglobus gallery. The music was tuned by fabulous DJ Boo (i.e. Betty Tureaud) and Venus Adored shot amazing particles.
DJ Boo tuned for almost 4 hours in a row and during that time the gallery was constantly full. People came and went and others kept on arriving. 
The atmosphere as well as the tunes and particles were great and so were the awesome looking avi's that visited. 

My friend Traci, who is much better in making images than I am, was the photographer of the evening. Most of the cool images you see here in this post are hers. Oh well you will recognize no doubt :-)

Traci and I waiting for the party to begin

main players from left to right: Milena Carbone, the artist, 
DJ Boo (Betty Tureaud) and Venus Adored, particles artist

The evening before the party Inara Pey published a review about the exhibition 'American Shot' in her blog Modemworld, which made Milena and me very happy. Here's a quote from that blog post:

'and in this exhibition, we have one of the most expansive and provocative installations I’ve seen within Second Life. For her canvas, Milena essentially takes the entirety of human history, using it to outline the rise of civilisation – notably western civilisation – and the corruptions that have inevitably followed, with a focus on the American Empire. 

To say American Shot is richly layered would be an understatement; truth be told it is a complex piece that, for some at least, might make for uncomfortable viewing, given it is exceptionally timely in its presentation, indirectly touching, as it does, on events that have recently unfolded in the United States.' ....... -----> 

please read more of this indepth analysis in Inara Pey's blogpost 

The exhibition 'American Shot' part I will be at Nitroglobus until the end of January. Then Milena will change the 14 images on the walls of the gallery, for the other set of 14 which are also part of this exhibition and which will be on the walls till the end of February.

Don't forget to admire the art book Milena made of this installation. It's a piece of art itself. You will find the book at entrance point as well as on the table in the cafe of the gallery, where you also find a free viewing copy. 

Images of visitors (lots of them):


Akiko Kinoshi


Boulder Gant (one of the models)

Betty Tureaud (the DJ)


Gem Preiz


Hermes Kondor

Ilo Veyou (Vaneesa Blaylo

Jean (jeaneos7)

Lou Cypher

Maloe Vansant


Monique Beebe

Bohemio Love


Belice and Nieu





Lola (one of the models)

Maria Zapata

Maxtor and Lola (models)

Mistka and Yasmine (models)

Yasmine (model)

Sina Souza



famous Japanese pianist Tia


White Binemust


Binemust by Bine Rodenberger

The Estate Binemust is owned and developed by Biné Rodenberger. It is open for all who have payment information on file and are age 18 or older. The SIM Binemust opened in the summer of 2016, and it is the home of Biné Rodenberger and her friends.  
I have visted Binemust several times before and also wrote blogposts about it. It's an enchanting spot to visit over and over again. 

Today I walked around and enjoyed the winter atmosphere and the great quality of the textures used. When you didn't have enough of RL winter yet and want to enjoy snowy landscapes well here's the place to be.
Of course I couldn't resist to make a few images.
Taxi to White Binemust.



Friday 8 January 2021

American Shot, the January/February exhibition by Milena Carbone @ Nitroglobus

poster made by David Silence based on one of Milena's images.

Happy and proud she said yes when I asked her, I introduce Milena Carbone to Nitroglobus with another meaningful and provoking exhibition called 'American Shot' in which she takes us by the hand and shows us the decay of the Western Empires in 28 images of which 14 are shown at present. Halfway the exhibition Milena will change images and show the remaining 14 works.

Moreover, Milena also made a book of this exhibition in which not only all 28 images are presented but also the story she wrote 'Greatness again and Decadence'. You will find the the book on the table at the cafe. 
I urge you to take a look, it's an impressive story. When you buy the book you will receive a copy inworld.

Opening party: Monday 11 January 2021 at 12 pm SLT (= 21 hrs Amsterdam time)
Music by DJ Boo (Betty Tureaud) 

Milena and I installed the exhibition on Wednesday 6 January, that evening hell broke loose in the USA, when Trump supporters/rioters stormed the Capitol. We couldn't have imagined this exhibition would be so accurate.

preview video of the exhibition made by the artist


The exhibition explained by Milena:

The American shot is a shot framed from the character's mid waist to right above their head. It is characteristic of American movies of the first half of the 20th century, at the dawn of cinema, and of the American empire. 

For this exhibition about the greatness and decadence of civilizations, and in particular of the American empire i.e. the last Western empire, the constraint of this framing was imposed. The term "American Shot" alone is the summary of the message Milena wishes to convey. 

In reality, she indulged in larger frames, called "Italian shots", as if the memory of Rome still hovers over the United States, but this is of course the view of a European.


Even before the emergence of civilizations, human beings devoted part of their lives to representing faces. Animals, gods, chiefs, parents. They drew on rocks, they carved masks and statues in pieces of wood, clay or stones. The art of portraiture is found in every work of art. Each era carries its style and its faces. It is accepted today that the portrait is the representation of the absent. Absent God. Absent Master. Absent wife. Father absent. Unknown soldier. Lost friend. Jesus on the cross. Regretted Mary.

For centuries, talented artists have painted the other with a delicacy, a sensitivity that exalts the love or admiration of one's neighbor, of the one we miss. Today, more than one hundred million selfies are posted every day on social networks, cries of pain from the one who has uprooted themselves, crying out their absence through a smiling face. Our portraits have become screams and blindness.

Cover of the book Milena made of this exhibition, 
which can be bought inworld at the gallery

Mia my cat who roams around in the gallery. Image made by Milena

Overviews of the exhibition 

my sneak peek poster