STEFANO LEMON – 33142
Screen print, 1 layer
50 x 70 cm, 2023
Old Mill paper, 300g.
LIMITED EDITION OF 4
Printed by 56FILI
Part of the print series Florida Untitled, a long-term photographic project by the artist Stefano Lemon.
The reportage stems from the artist’s need to document the hardcore punk scene during his stay in South Florida between 2016 and 2019. Like a real tribe during a ritual, fueled by their common contempt for the status quo, eccentric Hells Angels and dancing freaks are just some of the subjects present in the shots of the photographer, who wanted to impress on b/w film the harsh reality of the southern states, bent by conservatism and urban gentrification.
“This is a community nobody knows about; it’s untouched, hidden, and poor. You need to dig and search for these guys because it’s underground. When you think of Miami, you imagine spring break, clubs, palm trees, and white beaches. Maybe this ‘secrecy’ is what’s keeping the scene alive and authentic.”
“We are living in a world dominated by social interactions with commercial purposes. Unfortunately, social media are inhibiting spontaneity and refraining us from living authentic experiences. Punk is not how you dress, how many followers you have, or how many albums you sold last month. It’s about keeping a DIY attitude against the establishment.”
Photographer, curator, and artist living between Italy and USA.
Born and bred on the outskirts of Rome, embraced subcultures as a lifestyle and tried to turn it into a way to tell stories using photography, words, and moving images.
Works have been showcased at several exhibitions such as SXSW Festival, Art Basel Miami, Miami SCOPE, and Bushwick Open Studios and have been covered by i-D, Vogue Italia, Huck Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, and Miami New Times.
Works include also collaborations on short films and music videos that have been screened during 2016 See You Sound Festival, the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival, the 2011 California International Film Festival, the 2011 NYC Independent Film Festival, and the 2011 Rome International Film Festival.
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