10,000 steps by means of Bologna with the painter Serena Luna Raggi

Considered one of the artist who brings actual feminine magnificence below the microscope is Serena Luna Raggi. Her work inform the tales of girls all around the world. Tales of magnificence, love, ache, struggling, motherly love, garments, religions. I met the painter once more in her hometown of Bologna, precisely 7 years after the picture session that I organized in Bucharest for the anniversary version of the journal What is going on on, physician?

At 12:15 pm in entrance of the Central Station in Bologna, Italy, the Italian painter was ready for me. As typical, her look is torn from the tales. He has lengthy black hair, slicked again, in some way contrasting with town’s warmth wave. She wore a braided ponytail on one facet, and huge, spherical earrings in her ears. She wears a black gown, fabricated from a high quality veil with a copper border, which has a selected oriental sample.

Serena Luna Raggi and Octavian Mardale on the 2015 picture session, Bucharest

Her pale pink purse is a textile from a former hand-stitched Uzbek silk tablecloth. He tells me that he discovered it in a market, however he actually desires to go on the Silk Highway and Uzbekistan. He rapidly tells me how lovely Bologna is and the way it’s price a vacation, however not essentially in the course of the summer time when it is well-known for its extraordinarily excessive temperatures. I solely had two hours in Bologna, so our tour was fast however intense.

Serena Luna Raggi, archive photo
Serena Luna Raggi, archive picture

He stopped us in entrance of the well-known statue of Neptune. “Look, look the sirens. How lovely we’re!” she says. Serena is keen about mermaids, their motif being usually present in her work. Girls are the middle of the creative universe of Italian portray. Furthermore, Serena Luna Raggi’s creative message is magnificence: “A magnificence that exists not solely within the female patterns supplied by Western tradition, now utterly stereotyped, however, quite the opposite, I all the time present the imperfect magnificence, the element, the colour. I create magnificence by means of imaginary iconography, drawing inspiration from cultures too usually labeled as “low”, however which, for me, overflow with creativity.”

Serena is impressed by the ladies she meets on her travels

Her creative work additionally has a robust social side as a result of it carries ahead: traditions, tales and types of the Roma, Indians, Iranians, Romanians, Bulgarians. Serena takes inspiration from the folks he meets on his travels, particularly ladies, and their tales. Talking of journey, she tells me about her foray into fabulous Iran, but in addition in regards to the restrictions that Iranians have…

Serena Luna Raggi, photo archive of the artist
Serena Luna Raggi within the studio, picture archive of the artist

Vegetarian not just for dietary causes but in addition for ecological and moral causes

We stopped for a fast and typical Bolognese lunch: piadine bolognese. Serena selected a vegetarian one based mostly on spinach. I ask her if she is a vegetarian and he or she says sure more often than not, however not just for dietary causes but in addition for moral and ecological causes… She loves oriental meals normally. And in the summertime, if she has to prepare dinner, she chooses one thing easy like mozzarella and tomatoes… However she plans to have her personal farm the place she is going to develop natural greens along with her boyfriend Andrea…


By some miracle I managed to discover a copy of What’s Going On, Physician? the 10-year version by which we revealed the interview he gave after the exhibition he had in Bucharest with the painter Paul Hitter at Artexpert. The enjoyment in her extensive eyes was immense. And our amazement was even higher once we realized that the picture shoot signed by Octavian Mardale happened on July 28, 2015, and our assembly in Bologna on July 28, 2022…

Serena Luna Raggi, photo Mădălina Drăgoi
Serena acquired a duplicate of the journal What’s occurring, physician after 7 years since its publication, foro Mădălina Drăgoi

Serena Luna Raggi plogs every time she will get the possibility

Strolling the streets, I additionally seen discarded packaging, plastic baggage, covid19 assessments, left to likelihood… Serena is likely one of the promoters of plogging (jogging whereas accumulating plastic thrown in nature). “I am unable to imagine that in 2022 we’re nonetheless speaking about individuals who do not know the way to use a trash can…” she stated worriedly. Moreover, it appears unbelievable that within the age of knowledge, an increasing number of cities have gotten dirtier as an alternative of the individuals who dwell in them treating them like temples, loving them and caring for them…

Serena Luna Raggi and Mădălina Drăgoi, archive photo
Serena Luna Raggi and Mădălina Drăgoi in Bologna, archive picture

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