by Ariadna Zierold

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For the first time in Rio, the show ‘RITO’, by Herbert Baglione, will be presented at Galeria Movimento in Copacabana. The solo exhibition, whose opening takes place today, brings together works of the São Paulo artist from the last 20 years. Nine screens and ten photographs, set the tone with conflicting emotions, a hallmark of Herbert. He moves from darker works to works in which colors predominate.

“From the 1000 Shadows Project, in which I explored the dark side and the issue of the shadows, I felt I needed to build a scenario with more light. This show is the way to this new collection of paintings ,” explains Herbert.

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Herbert Baglione has been making compelling and narrative works on both the streets and in galleries for years. Baglione is renowned for his strong, simplistic street murals that are reminiscent of cave drawings, morphed with extraterrestrial images, brilliantly placed on rooftops and street surfaces, which are only visible in their entirety from an aerial view. His images are of the obese and the painfully anorexic – extremes of human shapes, elongated and rounded for the ultimate in simplistic, dramatic and iconic human symbols; thus illustrating his interest in human imperfection and extremes.

Herbert Baglione’s latest 1000 Shadows installation in Niort, France

Brazilian artist, Herbert Baglione sends us his ongoing project “1000 Shadows” that find life in various forms and places around the world. His hauntingly beautiful works often installed in abandoned or forgotten places create striking imagery and impact in the most unexpected ways for the viewer.

The Artist explains: “I have been doing the shadows since 1999, during which period also began shooting with a Nikon FM10 analogic camera. At that time, my idea of ​​exploring photography went beyond the simple registration and cataloging of my artwork, the intent was to enhance way of looking at it and interpreting the painting inserted in different environments.

But it took 15 years for the idea of the shadows to stop being a loose element in my extensive line of work for, and to turn into a project. In July 2013 I painted the shadows in an abandoned psychiatric hospital, in the town of Parma in Italy, and thus the project 1000 Shadows was born.

The artistic interference with shadows changes according to the places where they are inserted, as well as the external interpretation from the image, and this is very interesting.

I have particular interest in finding places I have never worked before, such as a Garden from the seventeenth century, in the city of La Rochelle, ruins, a Church from the sixteenth century in the town of Celles Sur Belle and an underground hospital complex in Niort.

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The “reading” of these places allows me to take the shadow to a unique path, which usually feeds and broadens the discussion because it brings light to the abandoned environment, and so I put the name of this series as “The path that the soul takes.” The idea for the name came from a conversation I had with my brother (William Baglione) about the places to do these installations. It is as if the soul is leaving an invisible trail on these places. ”

At the Underground Hospital in Niort:

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Recent murals by Herbert Baglione at Djerba Island, Tunisia

Upper Playground artist, Herbert Baglione, recently visited the island of Djerba, Tunisia to participate in DJERBAHOOD, leaving his imprint on the island in continuation of his on going global project, ‘1000 shadows’.  Invited by Mehdi Ben Cheikh from Itinerrance Gallery, Herbert Baglione was one of 150 unique artists from around the world to land on this special island to work on their individual murals.

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Program description:

“During the months of July and August, a selection of artists from around the world will pass on one week each other to leave his mark in this village. An extreme diversity of artist from over thirty countries: Brazil, Japan, China, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Australia, UK, among many others. The artists were invited to paint the work of their choice in accordance with the context to avoid denaturing the village, but giving an extra aesthetic value. Each artist has the opportunity to make several walls during his stay. This itinerary of painted walls will be a real open-air museum with no equal in the world.”

The invited artists include major figures like Roa, C215, Faith47, Know Hope, Herbert Baglione and eL Seed. Also: Liliwenn, BomK, Shoof, Mosko, Pantonio, Dabro, Curiot, Tinho, Saner, Add Fuel, Paulo Arraiano, Mario Belém, Rodolphe Cintorino, Stew, Nina, Evoca1, Malakkai, Dome, TwoOne, Amose, Calma, Jaz, Pum Pum, Dan23, M-City, BToy, Zepha, Orticanoodles and many more.

Watch the video for more info about DjerbaHood:

Herbert Baglione’s 1000 Shadows in Rio de Janeiro at Street Art Um Panorama 2014

If you’re in Rio de Janeiro between now and October 5th, be sure to seek out this year’s Street Art Um Panorama Urbano  presented by Caixa Cultural. The show which opened August 2nd has an impressive roster of artists including Banksy, Herbert Baglione, HowNosm, Jef Aerosol, Nunca, Vhils, Pixel Pancho, MaisMenos, Rero and Stenlex.  Herbert Baglione completed an indoor and an outdoor installation and he sends us the latest photos for a closer look:

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Outdoor Installation:

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William Baglione’s Coffee or Cigarettes Opens in Niort and La Rochelle this week

In conjunction to Herbert Baglione’s 1000 Shadows installations with Winterlong Galerie, William Baglione will also be  exhibiting his own show,”Coffee or Cigarettes” curated by Herbert Baglione in Rochelle and Niort.
“The images captured by the lens of photographer William Baglione reveal an intimate look at his characters in the everyday environment. For him, photography reflects your choices and experiences governed by the plurality of relationships, from different cultures and experiences, which is keen to cultivate. There aren’t storyboard because each co-author leads to a particular universe, with all its trajectories, stories, nuances and peculiarities. In ‘Coffee or Cigarettes’ – the artist provokes dialogues using two controversial additives and present in the creative environment for a long time : coffee and cigarettes. This is a project that suggests just pleasure for the pleasure and the desperate search for life live in times of social networks.” -HB
Here’s a preview of the show:

Herbert Baglione’s 1000 Shadows in Rio de Janeiro

Upper Playground artist Herbert Baglione released photos of his latest work in Rio de Janeiro while exhibiting at this year’s Street Art Um Panorama Urbano 2014 presented by Caixa Cultural. Still working within his on going theme of ‘1000 Shadows’, its signature movements of shadowy figures cascaded through buildings and streets of Rio.

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Photos via his IG: @hbaglione