From black Bronx ghetto subculture to a cultural phenomenon that spans music, dance, graphics, fashion, and visual arts: 40 years of Hip Hop are celebrated in Bologna at the ONO contemporary art gallery with an exhibition that traces its history through 30 shots from the photographer Michael Lavine.
Known for being something of an official reporter of Grunge thanks to his friendship with Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, the American photographer has always sought to represent the American music scene in his portraits, while also creating some of the Hip Hip world’s most iconic images. His shots have become covers for the albums of Notorious BIG (on his most famous album Life After Death, released posthumously after the artist’s violent death and seen almost as a premonition), Puffy, Lil’ Kim, Jay Z and Wu-Tang Clan.
A musical genre with a unique capacity to mix high and low, to infiltrate very different worlds, and to stand up to the passing of time by strengthening, rather than losing, its evocative power.
Until 14th October 2018 in via Santa Margherita 10, Bologna. Free entry.
Photo courtesy ONO ARTE CONTEMPORANEA