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Beauty Bubble Hair Museum, 2009

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30 x 45 cm
11.81 x 18 in








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ed. 1/8 + 2 AP  - Measures vary depending on frame

" Jeff is the founder of the Beauty Bubble Hair Museum, which, literally in the middle of nowhere, at least 20 minutes from the center of JT, collects and displays hair toiletries from the 1950s. And it’s so clean and perfectly tidy, open all year for its rare visitors. Being confronted with all the care there makes my heart leap, and I feel really lucky to be there, in the presence of something done just for the joy of doing it, without a need for recognition." (N. Carignani)



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In addition, Obtain•Ium is also a book printed in 350 copies and signed

About the Artists

1978 Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy

Nicola Carignani was born in 1978 in Pietrasanta, Italy. As a teenager, he got rescued by the hard-core punk scene from a bourgeois, middle-class upbringing. He started meeting people from different walks of life and got to know more interesting circles, like skateparks, live concerts and the British magazine culture.

Right after high school, he developed a strong passion for contemporary art, photography and publishing. Between 1998 and 1999, during his photography studies, he took numerous workshops with artists like Martin Parr and Nick Waplington. In 2000 he concluded his Three Year Photography Program at Studio Marangoni in Florence. Still in school, he founded Boiler Magazine, an innovative contemporary art magazine.

Boiler ran smoothly until 2004 when Nicola was struck by a sudden urge for a mystical experience. Nicola decided to leave and meditate at a Buddhist monastery in Ceylon and he then arrived in India at the Osho commune, where he stayed much longer than expected. Coming back to Italy to work as a photographer he needed a new sparkle which he found in experimentation. Fashion, portraiture and sports culture all blend into the mix that defines the unique style of his images, all containing the same dose of cheekiness, elegance, irony and wildness.   

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Milan, Via Curtatone, 4

Established in 2015 and located in the fashionable Milan’s city center, Expowall Gallery is a fine-art gallery focused on the representation of contemporary Italian photographers who mostly worked on landscape and architectural photography. The aim of Expowall, founded by Pamela Campaner and Alberto Meomartini, is to present and promote the Italian contemp...

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