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Gallery of Icons

It all started with the assembling of random images from my books a year ago. The process was simple and straightforward: it began with the sticking of post-it notes on selected pages, followed by cutting and scanning the chosen pictures, and lastly printing the final images onto the T-shirts. Slowly, a collection formed, and I thought it only befitting to name it the “Gallery of Icons” (GoI).

However, to be honest I couldn’t identify the true purpose and direction behind this collection; but that was until I met with a fortuitous source of inspiration.

Abraham Moritz “Aby” Warburg (1866-1929) was one of the most important and influential art historians of all-time. Born to a wealthy family of German-Jewish bankers, the young Aby disregarded the family business, and instead turned his attention to the arts. His work varied from symbology in Italian Renaissance painters such as Botticelli and Ghirlandaio, to the rituals and cults of Native Americans.

The fortuitous occasion of “meeting him” was at the announcement of “Mnemosyne – The Atlas of Images” in the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía of Madrid. It was a well-deserved tribute to his huge, unfinished collection of pictures, consisting of some 22,000 images; all of which were gathered to set up a definitive encyclopaedia of past and then-present icons.

Aby opened my eyes and helped me finally realize what “Gallery of Icons” stands for. It is a humble and meticulous selection of my personal icons, condensed into less than 50 images. Featuring icons from the 20th century to the present day, the images are graciously classified into five categories: Fashion, Art, Design & Architecture, History and Music.

“Gallery of Icons” is a storyteller. It is permanently allegorical and bases off an autobiographical point of view. The gallery by itself, is a part of a bigger project named “Make Your Very Own Fashion!”. Also, GoI aims to combine stories and trends; eventually presenting itself as a heritage to present and future generations. And finally, GoI is a suggestion – to anybody interested to do the same.

All “Gallery of Icons” T-shirts – otherwise known as “Conversation Tees” – are produced only on demand, and in a numbered edition with personalized packaging.

– Gabriele Gattozzi

Italy, Europe, Mediterranean and beyond

Gallery of Icons runs from 19 May, 12:00 – 22nd May, 19:00 @ ACTUALLY…

ACTUALLY… is located at 29A Seah Street, S(188385), and is opened from Mon-Sat 12-9pm, Sun 12-7pm.

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