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New Order by Dani d'Ingeo

New Order by Dani d'Ingeo

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The third release in SMUT'S printed matter series is New Order by Italian-born London based photographer and filmmaker, Dani d'Ingeo. 

Dani is a graduate from the Master’s programme in Photography at London College of Communication (UAL) and their practice of vernacular photography focuses on the queer experience and their work has been featured in i-D, Paper magazine, amongst other publications.

New Order is their debut book and the third in the printed matter series by SMUT Press (their ongoing project commissioning queer artists to make printed matter.)  The book is a collection of images taken in Southern Italy over the years, exploring themes of queer visibility and friendship.  The photographs are accompanied by an introduction and interview by writer and photographer Gilda Bruno as well as essays by art critics Sean Burns and Giosué Prezioso.  In the words of Bruno, ‘with New Order, the photographer embarks on a symbolic trip that takes them back to Italy — the motherland by whom, as a queer child and teenager, they often felt rejected — to establish a new, renovated connection with their roots.’  The series of pictures depict queer bodies and individuals in rural frameworks, in an attempt to honour existence and belonging beyond the urban and the underground.  According to Burns ‘‘they’re angling at what it means for queerness to be an embodied knowledge and experience that brings about beautiful, meaningful summers, hot friendships, sweaty embraces and late-night sea swims”.

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