ITALIANY.US, Alexo Wandeal’s newest project, offers insight into the lives of first generation Italian immigrants living in the United States.
He began creating the portraits in 2013, and traveled to Los Angeles, Miami, and New York to find and interview his subjects on location. The exhibition at Bergamot Station Arts Center displays portraits taken in LA with a mixture of fine art and fashion photography. Wandael explained that the inspiration came from the Italians he photographed throughout the years and that he “felt compelled to create this initiative in hearing stories of hearing their aspirations and strong drive to succeed.”
Peroni Azzurro, Italy’s top beer manufacturer collaborated with Wandael as apart of the company’s Storie di Stile campaign. Similar to Wandael’s aesthetics, the campaign highlighted influential Italians and their impact on American style and culture. Taking a more journalistic approach, the majority of the portraits are in black and white paired with a white border and black frame. The lack of color offers a vintage element yet remains simplistic and chic. The variation of angles and viewpoints make each photo uniquely distinct all the while still conveying the theme. Wandael’s architectural background is blended into many of the pieces. The photographs are taken in urban landscapes, which create the different patterns, perspectives and point of view that can be seen in the array of settings.
Some personalities captured in Los Angeles include composer Carlo Silotto, actress Elsabetta Canalis, and GUESS design director Cinzia Simone. This exhibition will be run through June 15 and is open to the public. Wandael’s creative technique combined with the ethnic influence make this project a must-see.