Sant’period & Sabrina Poli : Santafrika

Radio Trastevere Gallery hosts the Santafrika exhibition conceived by Sant’Period with the pictures of the visible designer Sabrina Poli. Final Roman appointment of the 4 pop-up exhibitions “Out of print. Wandering Pop Up Artwork Exhibition ”curated by Barbara Braghittoni.

The Santafrika challenge was born to make a dream come true:
the place tides create lunar landscapes, gentle and clouds accompany you want a spectacular roof and with out finish.

A journey to understand a imaginative and prescient, that’s, to unite the opposites of Barbara’s persona: conceptual rigour and the genuine soul of a land referred to as ‘dwelling’.
Contradictory juxtapositions, African braids glowing with glitter to refract the solar, gold lips and equipment from one other period.

The essence of the challenge lies within the collection of couture clothes by conceptual Nordic designers from the flip of the century, set in a pure and uncompromising environment. A collection of about twenty pictures, printed on aluminium, that includes younger Kenyan girls wearing authentic couture clothes from the well-known Maison Martin Margiela – Artisanal and Comme de Garçons collections.

Tones of black, white, sand, vermilion pink.

The hairstyles harmonise and distinction on the similar time with their environment and the fashions, with their pure class, interpret a style ‘out of time’ between West and East Africa.

The eagerness for color, the need to experiment and fixed analysis are the good driving power that accompanies Barbara in her every day work and makes her an unconventional skilled.

@ Idea&Manufacturing BB Sant’Period
@ stylist Paolo Baroncelli
@ photograph + e-book design Sabrina Poli

I used to be born when July turns into August, in wonderful ’65.
In the summertime warmth, amidst the scent of earth, rosemary and mint. Possibly that’s why they are saying I’m a pasionaria …
Alternatively, I’m Leo, there’s nothing so as to add.
The countryside and the ocean belonged to me, however as I grew up they had been additionally too slender for me, I dreamed of larger areas and deeper seas.
So with one free braid and the opposite unravelling in my arms, on the age of 20 I got here to Rome. Within the centre of the world.
My first expertise was with John Santilli, Inventive Director of Vidal Sasson, my Maestro and mentor. I adopted John’s college and realized as one learns sure crafts; toil, exhausting work, trial and error, sweat and laughter, and whereas I collected my hair in each attainable manner, I collected my first mates, I collected my first music, the primary work and the primary garments, those I nonetheless acquire, found in unthinkable locations.
Then I obtained on one other prepare and arrived in Bologna, the place I stayed for 4 years at Toni & Man’s as a trainer of Minimize and Color, on the Academy. And once more Divi & Divine directed by Vincenzo Lusa.
Treasured and fertile years.
I started working with main corporations within the sector resembling L’Oreal, Meda Vita, Kamon, Alpha Parf. On the similar time I crossed frontiers, in some ways, I began freelancing and with it the began taking pictures, I obtained as simply on planes as I did my sandals.
An excellent interval started, the place the horizon opened up like while you meet the dawn over the ocean and from the window at twenty thousand metres you realise, actually, that the earth is spherical: Singapore, Hong Kong, São Paulo, London, Paris and once more Europe and numerous lovely Italy.
Across the mid-nineties, I made a decision to take a sabbatical yr.
I select Africa, Kenya, and expertise the enchanting feeling of returning dwelling. The place I ate up clear sea and a pink moon. My batteries recharged and my coronary heart dreamed of recent initiatives. Desires that formed on my return, I began collaborating with photographers who’ve left their mark.
I entered the pages of Grazia, Marie Claire, Glamour.
In 2007 I used to be in Ibiza, as store supervisor for the David (not J.L.) chain, which opened a sister salon in Barcelona. With this expertise I made new contacts and realised essential initiatives, resembling the marriage of the mannequin Keiko.
In 2010 my store, “Sant’period”, was born.
On the historic left financial institution of the “Leonardo” Canal Harbour in Cesenatico, right here I created my house that had belonged to the barber Sante for fifty-two years.
And it was on his barber’s chair that, one afternoon when passing to say howdy (he was tipsy, loud night breathing placidly and smiling), we talked and after two months, the place was mine. After so a few years around the globe.
The identify Sant’period happened as a homage to this pop-eclectic character from Romagna, as a result of it belonged to Sante, the barber.
I renovated it and furnished it with classic objects, I wished each inch to be a part of me.
The mirrors had been chosen at vintage markets, the armchairs are my aunt’s, a hairdresser from the Nineteen Fifties, and the decorations within the tiny toilet are by my good friend Delio Piccioni, an artist of marine and terrestrial worlds who, delicate and poetic, heartens the soul deep inside.
My obsession with high quality all the time leads me to seek for the very best, with regards to hair merchandise.
I like and respect nature, so I can not keep away from utilizing the very best the market has to supply, so, with out being obsessive, high quality is my flag.
At Sant’period you come by appointment. One buyer at a time.
A devoted time.
To finish the fashion-hair-make-up circuit, I supply exhibition house to creatives, stylists and younger artists. Winter is the time for analysis, I like Antwerp and lots of Nordic cities moreover my beloved Rome and Belgian designers and particularly Martin Margiela (of whom I declare myself a real fan).
Every year I organise a style & artwork themed occasion.
In the summertime, Sant’period turns into an actual assembly place: with aperitifs, charity markets in favour of African girls’s associations, round the clock till twenty-two for mates and mates of mates.
So, that is my place. That is my prospects’ place.
The place that I all the time thought and wished may very well be a novel place. A spot that may very well be an area.
An area of encounters, of phrases and of magnificence.
The great thing about girls, of style, the visible great thing about artwork and of all those that have a magnificence to inform. An area the place it’s attainable to seek out the aid of being oneself, to be as ‘nowhere’ acquainted and on the similar time, on the centre of the world.

Barbara Sant’period


Sant’period & Sabrina Poli : Santafrika
From 30 September to 4 October 2022
Radio Trastevere Gallery
Through Natale del Grande, 21
00153 Roma RM, Italy


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