Massimo Colonna (b. 1986) has spent many years working in postproduction and retouching, during which he has developed a passion for renders and abstracted landscapes. Both technical and imaginative, these detailed modes of working have been highly influential in the creation of Colonna’s personal series. Images from Ambiguous, for example, invite the viewer into exotic landscapes filled with surreal objects – statues, ladders and sheets. Similarly, the (Non) gravità series is inspired by the architecture of Luis Barragán and Ricardo Bofill. Each digitally enhanced composition offers a journey into a pastel utopia where inanimate objects become active participants. Balls, balloons, plastic bags and paper planes are transfixed in moments of stillness. The results are both unnerving and visually satisfying – each location has been designed down to the last detail, defying gravity along the way. www.massimocolonna.com.
Whitney Chadwick’s The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism concentrates on the crucial role of women in the surrealist movement.
Surrealism in Latin America
Examining both visual and literary Surrealism, this text explores in intricate detail how the movement embraced different avant-garde ideas and practices.