ISSUE 8 - YEAR 9 | FUA/PALAZZI | NOV - DEC 2019
FUA-AUF FALL 2019 CONFERENCE: THE STUDENT PERSPECTIVE ON ITALIAN GENTRIFICATION BY EMMA VALLELUNGA, CIRO CHECHILE AND NEVI BEATTY | PHOTOS BY FUA-AUF STAFF Florence University of the Arts-The American University
Gentrification is defined as the process of displacement
of Florence will host its fall 2019 conference December
of working class people by the new middle class due to
the rising prices controlled by a higher power. The term
Gentrification and the New Colonialism.” This theme
was coined by German sociologist, Ruth Glass, in 1964 to
is important because it encourages all to explore and
describe the changes in London. Painting student, Mac
express how study abroad students are affected by
Looft, described a common strugglefor her and among
and recognize Italian gentrification. FUA-AUF hosts
her peers to understand what Italian gentrification is,
two academic conferences each year. Each conference
as it varies from American gentrification. She described
is an opportunity for students in various advanced
art and writing classes to display their work. The
motivated loss of more ancient culture due to the need
fields addressed by the conference include a variety
for more modern tourist sites.
of topics such as architecture, art history, cinema, communication, economics, food, geography, history,
“Gentrification rips away the culture of a place that has
hospitality, literature, sociology, politics, photography,
been family’s homes for a long time due to the power of
technology, and urban planning and development.
money,” Looft wrote for her Advanced Painting class at
FUA-AUF. “Similarly, it takes the heart and value out of a
wrote. “I see a connection between this and the influence
city where local culture is neglected by tourists; again,
of tourism in Florence, as there is still a population that
because of the power and control of capitalism.”
knew a home in Italy much different than this.”
Looft said some students have noticed that this
In order to embody this disparity, Looft is using
gentrification is less familiar to them. American
inspiration from a photograph taken in Korea of a young
gentrification is predominantly noticeable in race
African American girl sitting in front of a Korean shop.
disparities, while Italian gentrification is driven by the
Looft is altering the photo in her painting to include
needs introduced by mass tourism. “The biggest clash
Italian street art, expressing the local’s distaste for the
here isn’t racial based like in America, but instead [it] is
impact of tourist-driven gentrification.
between modernization and the older population,” Looft
WEST FOR THERE ARE TWO: ALUMNI EXHIBITION AT CORRIDOIO FIORENTINO BY CHELBIE SMITH | PHOTOS BY ARON AGUILERA On November 14th, Florence University of the Arts, The
perception on locations you might not have ever heard or
American University of Florence, showcased an November
thought about, but they will stick with you when you think
14th in Corridoio Fiorentino at Corso dei Tintori 21
of western America. If you did not get the chance to view
entitled “West For There Are Two.” The exhibit was filled
“West For There Are Two,” the exhibit will be showcased
with people viewing FUA-AUF alumnus David Halloran’s
until December 4th, and then moved to Corridora at Via
photography. Food was provided by Apicius International
Ricasoli from December 5th, to December 5th.
School of Hospitality, and the opening remarks were given by instructor Emiliano Zelada. “West For There Are Two” is full of photographs of the wilderness in the western portion of America. What is so captivating about Halloran’s work is the viewpoint of each piece. Whether it is above a breathtaking landscape such as “Flight Above the Chianti Mountains,” or up close and personal like “Western Diamondback,” these wilderness shots make you feel as if you are right alongside Halloran and his adventures. During the exhibit, the photographer joined via FaceTime, sharing his background and inspiration behind the photos. Halloran is a photographer, writer and editor from Texas and currently lives in Dallas. He shared how much he enjoys focusing on the beauty of his home and travels throughout western Texas
to get most of his shots. As a teaching
assistant who gives photography lessons, he truly loves what he does and it is translated into his art. To be surrounded by so much work-driven passion was very inspiring to me, especially because I will soon be an FUA- AUF alumni like Halloran. Halloran’s work gives you a different 2
NEWSLETTER NOV - DEC 2019
FLORENCE’S STIBBERT MUSEUM IS A HIDDEN GEM OF ARMOR AND ARTIFACTS BY NICHOLAS VONSCHANTZ-RICCI | PHOTOS BY THE AUTHOR & SAILKO ON WIKIPEDIA Florence is known for being the source of many artistic,
vast collection of armor and weaponry from various parts of
architectural and militaristic achievements.
Europe as well as the Middle East are on display throughout the
The city’s innumerable museums, monuments and historical
cavernous home. There is also a collection of Japanese armor,
structures attest to this, and their popularity results in lines
which is regarded as the most prized collection of Japanese
that can become unbearable, even during the rainy month
military artifacts outside of Japan. The most grandiose room
of November. However, those willing to explore beyond
is Sala Della Cavalcata, which showcases 12 life-size models of
Florence’s city center will be rewarded with a visit to Museo
soldiers on horseback preparing for battle. Other highlights
Stibbert, an untouched piece of living history.
include high-quality paintings, unique furniture and an outfit worn by the former Emperor of France himself, Napoleon
Located about 20 minutes from the city center in Villa di
Bonaparte. Surrounding the museum is a lovely garden and park
Montughi on Via Fredrico Stibbert, the building was the home
housing multiple statues and monuments.
of Frederick Stibbert, a 19th-century English businessman who was born in Italy. Upon receiving a large inheritance following
One ticket for €8 includes a bilingual walking tour of the facility,
the death of his father, he moved back to his hometown of
providing excellent opportunities to ask questions. The museum
Florence. A passionate collector, Stibbert filled his home with
is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10
artifacts, primarily dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, as he
a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
intended the home to become a public museum after his death.
A trip to the museum is a vivid way to experience nineteenth century living in the present day. Stibbert’s desire to share his
Today, the house serves as a living testament to Stibbert’s vision.
dedication with the public has translated into one of the best kept
Every room retains its original appearance prior to his death. A
secrets of Florence.
FOOD AND WINE
TESTAROLI: PASTA’S FORGOTTEN ANCESTOR BY NICK VONSCHANTZ-RICCI | PHOTOS BY THE AUTHOR
The cuisine of Italy may be as diverse as its landscape, but
cooking vessel made from terra cotta consisting of a
if there was one unifying characteristic, it’s the presence
round, flat base and a hollow lid. When the testi is hot, the
of pasta dishes that have established themselves as
batter is poured in and the lid is applied to ensure even
symbols of Italian gastronomy. Few foods are as widely
cooking. Once cooked, the testaroli is left to cool before
beloved as this starchy staple, and when you consider its
being cut into irregular diamond shapes and briefly boiled
ease of preparation, versatility and low-cost, it’s easy to
in salted water. The final step is a quick toss in freshly-
made basil pesto, as it is the traditional sauce to pair with the pasta.
It’s no secret that many forms of pasta can be found on countless restaurant menus throughout Italy. However,
The result is visually unlike any other pasta dish, and the
few of these menus give any recognition to pasta’s ancient
same can be said for the texture, which is often described
Etruscan cousin: testaroli. This unique pasta-like product
as toothsome and slightly spongy. The bright herbal
originated in present-day Lunigiana, a territory located
flavor of pesto is the perfect accompaniment, as a heftier
near the border of Tuscany and Liguria. Although the
sauce would overwhelm the distinct texture and mildly
ingredients are straightforward, it’s the one-of-a-kind
nutty flavor of the testaroli itself. Finding this centuries-
cooking process that distinguishes this humble starch
old dish on restaurant menus can be challenging but not
from its famous descendant.
impossible. One of the few establishments keeping the testaroli-making tradition alive is La Cucina del Ghianda,
The ingredients of flour, water and salt are combined
a traditional Tuscan restaurant located on Via dell’Agnolo
to make a thin batter. The batter is cooked in a testi, a
in the Santa Croce neighborhood.
NEWSLETTER NOV - DEC 2019
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: MY WALK ON FLORENCE’S L’ISOLOTTO BY EMMA VALLELUNGA | PHOTOS BY THE AUTHOR At first glance, it seemed every Italian in Florence lived
a few familiar sights, like people walking their dogs and
within walking distance of the city center. I quickly learned
riding their bikes, a common activity that translates easily
this wasn’t true as I traveled to a new part of Florence I had
to walking around the city center.
never seen before: the Isolotto Neighborhood. Another similarity I noticed between Isolotto and the city It lies outside the hustle and bustle of the city center, across
center was when I walked past Mercato Isolotto. It had already
the Arno River on the south-western side of Florence. It’s a
closed by the time I came to visit, so I didn’t pay too much
small neighborhood with a lot of Italian charm and
attention to it in the moment. But after further research, I
a small history to its name. It is known as Isolotto.
realized it was another open-air fruit and vegetable market similar to the first floor of Mercato Centrale. This made me
The Isolotto Neighborhood is located in District 4 of Florence.
curious to come back to the neighborhood at an earlier time
The area gets its name from the “island” formed by a branch of
to see what it’s like at its peak time.
the Arno on the river’s left bank. In the 1950s, an urban project to build residential housing in the area began and today it
Once I was done exploring, I caught the tram back to
remains one of the city’s greenest, low-density neighborhoods
the Santa Maria Novella train station. In the end, it was
with modern infrastructures, such as multiple shopping
refreshing to see another side of Florence where more
centers, schools, and easy access to the Tramvia.
Florentines and less tourists walked the streets during the day. Taking a peek into Isolotto opened my eyes to another
In order to visit the neighborhood I hopped on the T1 Villa
culture I couldn’t see past the dome of the Duomo.
Costanza line of the Tramvia. The tram was packed with Florentines young and old, headed for different destinations on their daily commutes. I had only ever taken the T2 line to get to Peretola Airport, so I felt a little out of place. Nevertheless, I held onto the handrails for dear life and rode the tram for six stops until I reached Talenti. From there, I walked toward Via delle Magnolie, a side street that leads to Piazza dell’Isolotto. In this neighborhood most of the streets are named after flowers or trees: Via delle Camelie, Via delle Ortensie, Viale dei Pini, and Viale dei Platani for camelias, hydrangeas, pine and even sycamore trees. As the population within the neighborhood community grew in the 1950s, a new church needed to be built. In Via delle Mimose, I walked past Chiesa di Santa Maria Madre delle Grazie all'Isolotto. The Catholic church with a strong stone exterior and large iron door with a cross in the middle, was built in 1952 and consecrated in 1957. It was a short walk through Piazza dell’Isolotto, it felt like a small gated community surrounded by greenery and trees. I thought the rainy November weather was keeping most Floretines from leaving their homes, but I managed to see 5
PARCO NAZIONALE DELLE FORESTE CASENTINESI E IL MONTE FALTERONA CAMPIGNA BY CAROLINE KACZYNSKI | PHOTOS BY NEVIO AGOSTINI UNDER CREATIVE COMMONS Complessivamente, il parco copre circa quindicimila acri. L’area protetta è divisa in tre sezioni: il parco, il manto verde millenario e le riserve naturali. Il territorio comprende anche città e villaggi ricchi di storia. Il parco ha una popolazione di lupi appenninici e ha cinque specie di ungulati, come cinghiali, caprioli, daini, cervi comuni e mufloni. All’interno del parco ci sono due luoghi importantissimi, da visitare assolutamente: il Santuario de La Verna e l’Eremo di Camaldoli. Durante la seconda Guerra mondiale, il numero di abitanti del parco diminuì drasticamente, l’esodo di massa ha ridotto la popolazione a 1.500 unità. L’area protetta è visitabile a piedi, o in mountain bike, a cavallo o con gli sci di fondo, quando nevica, come spesso accade d’inverno. Per ogni stagione, il parco nazionale ha eventi e attività che si possono svolgere liberamente nel Il Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi, Monte
parco. Un esempio è la raccolta dei funghi o delle castagne.
Falterona Campigna è un parco nazionale italiano. È stato nominato Parco nazionale protetto nel 1993 ed è di circa
In estate, è possibile anche accamparsi all’interno del parco,
368 chilometri quadrati. L’area si estende sui due lati delle
fare gite in bicicletta e lunghe escursioni. In inverno si può
montagne appenniniche, tra la Romagna e la Toscana, ed
sciare. È senz’altro un luogo da non farsi sfuggire per quanto
è diviso tra le province di Forlì, Cesena, Arezzo e Firenze.
è unico e incredibile.
IL PARCO NAZIONALE DELLA MAJELLA BY DANIELLE BARBER Il Parco Nazionale della Majella è stato istituito nel 1995 ed
Tutta la zona è caratterizzata da una serie di altopiani della
ha una estensione di circa 74.095 ettari che comprende le
catena appenninica, come il Vallone di femmina Morta, oltre
province di Pescara, L'Aquila e Chieti.
2.500 m. di altezza, e da vallate molto lunghe e profonde, che tagliano la montagna dalla cima alla base.
La Majella è straordinariamente ricca di natura selvaggia e di testimonianze storiche, archeologiche e architettoniche e
Oltre alla natura incontaminata, c'è anche un piccolo
caratterizzata da un territorio dominato da montagne di cui il
borgo medievale che si trova nel cuore del parco
55% si estende per oltre 2.000 metri. Comprende vaste aree
nazionale, Caramanico Terme. Questo villaggio è meta di
con particolari aspetti naturali, e si può definire la parte più rara
trattamenti termali grazie alle preziose acque sulfuree di
e preziosa del nostro patrimonio nazionale per la biodiversità.
cui la valle è ricca. C'è anche una bella foresta attraversata dal fiume, che copre più della metà del territorio dell'area
La Montagna della Majella – “il Padre dei Monti” secondo Plinio il
protetta. All'interno del parco si trovano anche antiche
Vecchio o “la Madre dei Monti” per gli Abruzzesi - un massiccio
foreste, con grandissimi esemplari di alberi di tante
enorme e selvaggio, fa anch'esso parte del Parco Nazionale.
NEWSLETTER NOV - DEC 2019
FLY LOOK OF THE MONTH BY MIKAYLA GREEN | PHOTOS BY MIKAYLA GREEN | MODEL: ROBBIANN CABAÑERO STYLING: MIKAYLA GREEN AND ROBBIANN CABAÑERO
ALL BLACK AFFAIR It’s time to say “goodbye gelato,” and “hello mulled wine and hot cocoa.” Whether you choose to escape the nippy weather by staying indoors and lounging near the fireplace, or to embrace the ice kissed weather and admire the early sunset, it is clear that it is time to prepare for winter. For FLY’s look of the month we styled our lovely model RobbiAnn in the perfect evening look that will keep you looking stylish and warm as you bear the cold this winter. Join us as we take you through the dazzling Florentine streets! For this look we paired a black bodycon dress with shimmering details around the neckline including a shimmering zebra pattern on the front and back of the dress designed by Fontana Milano Couture, with a Jet Black French Eco fur coat by Touffe de Poils that adds a dash of spice to elevate the look. For the shoes we have a classic Gucci pump with the signature gold buckle. For the handbag we chose a vintage frame purse designed by GUESS that can be used as a shoulder bag and a clutch. To accessorize this look we added a rubber band bracelet with a silver ant charm by Le Formiche di GG, FLY’s very own jewelry line. This special charm represents a heartfelt message of an individual who counted ants and dreamt of having her own fashion collection and writing children's books. Wherever you may end up this season stop by FLY to pick up trendy pieces that will keep you cozy and feeling fabulous while you spread holiday cheer this winter.
THE WOMEN IN FLORENCE BY LEXY GARCIA | PHOTOS BY THE AUTHOR When I think of what the most beautiful thing about
Can you see her now? The woman wearing her features
Florence has been, my mind persistently wanders to the
like they were made by hand, curated by God, just for
many faces I have seen. I cannot help but try to express
her? She is everything that I want to be some day. A
my inner thoughts with colorful words splattered onto
woman with history etched in her bones and a purpose
a page like poetry; in fact, there is no other way to
to preserve it by merely existing. That is how beautiful
express the magnitude of natural beauty that this city
the women in Florence are. I do not doubt that when I
leave this romantic city, the one thing that is going to be pinned to the inner walls of my imaginative brain
In Florence, the streets are brimming with people embodied by beauty and character. There is such a unique pride within every person and even a sense of sheer intolerance for the ungratefulness written in their eyes. In particular, the eyes of this one specific woman in Florence strike me most prominently â€“ here is why. Have you ever taken a break from your own thoughts and examined the environment around you? How long ago was it that you stopped what you were doing to just be within yourself and without yourself in the world? I know that the last time I did, I felt as though I could not help but try to give this woman a presence on paper someday. No matter how detached from the world I may become, the women of Florence are always still visible. Despite my hopeful efforts of wiping my conscience clean, they always seem to radiate a beauty that banks on the simplicity of life and holds a presence within the universe. This beauty is unique; it resembles the simplicity of lighting a cigarette during the midst of fall in the rainpainted roads or the simplicity of leaving the house with coffee-stained teeth and hair still tousled from the night before. The women here have an unapologetic gaze in their eyes as they walk down the streets with such poise and presence that entices me. More specifically, while speaking with a local who runs a family owned restaurant in Santo Spirito, I could not help but be mesmerized by her existence. This woman possessed the most eloquent balance of glimmering youth and weathered-down demise that comes naturally as you age. Ironically, these two contrasting qualities coexisted beautifully and gifted the word-wise a new meaning in my mind - served on a dainty platter with a red-velvet bow tied around it. 8
CONFESSIONS OF A SPEL STUDENT
NOV - DEC 2019
BY VICTORIA CAPONE | PHOTOS BY FUA-AUF STAFF
You’re probably asking yourself, what is a SPEL anyway?
They are incredibly patient and are always steering us
SPEL stands for Special Project Experiential Learning,
in the right direction when it comes to navigating the
these are placement programs offered by FUA-AUF
professional world. Through this program, I have had
to provide students with professional experience in
the chance to collaborate with many wonderful people
a field of their choice. All SPEL’s are held exclusively
and have a hand in real content that is produced. This
within FUA-AUF’s CEMI and departments.
has made my study abroad experience much more meaningful and rewarding.
I am currently working in the Visual Communications - Graphic Design SPEL program, that is stationed in
As the semester winds down, I, on behalf of the
the Communications & Marketing Office at FUA-AUF.
Graphic Design SPEL students, wanted to thank you
In my program, we work on designing the content for
all for reading Blending Newsletter this semester.
events like the annual conference that takes place in December and publications such as Blending Magazine and Newsletter. In fact, my SPEL team designed the very issue of Blending Newsletter you are reading right now! I work with an amazing team who have taught me so much. First, there are my fellow SPEL students: Christina Hanson, Alexia Noble, Monica Bulnes, and Megan Williams. Without these ladies, I don’t know how I would get through the day. Not only do they brighten the office with their jokes, but they have lent me a hand on more than one occasion regarding my designs and techniques. We also have lovely supervisors: Tommaso Monaci and Nora Ferrucci. 9
FACES & PLACES
VISITING THE DAVID FOR THE FIRST TIME BY ARON AGUILERA | PHOTOS BY THE AUTHOR take just by looking at a piece of marble? His posture, Michelangelo chose to represent David in the moments before the big battle: alert and ready for combat. The position chosen by Michelangelo was challenging, it is called “Contrapposto,” where arms and shoulders are turned in the opposite direction of one of his legs. It is difficult to see the weapon used by David, which he carries on his shoulder- this great detail tells that victory must be achieved more by his intelligence than by his pure strength. Looking at him I could really see the confidence in his eyes. And the last thing its location, the initial place where they thought the David should be located was the ceiling of the cathedral, but it was discarded when the authorities Being from Chile and this being my first time in Florence,
of the city realized that it was too big and heavy to lift.
as you can imagine since the first day I arrived in the city
The solution? In June of 1540, David was placed next to
I have been amazed at practically everything I see. It is
the entrance of Palazzo Vecchio and it took 4 full days to
a beautiful city.
move the statue from Michelangelo’s workshop to Piazza della Signoria. To protect the statue from the damages it
A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to see the
was moved from the piazza and placed in the Accademia
David live and in person, and it was incredible. All my
Gallery. The replica is in the Piazza della Signoria which
life I have heard about this impressive sculpture and its
was placed there in 1910 and has not been moved.
perfection in every detail. Seeing it with my own eyes is something else and has motivated me to know more
My visit to the David, was an incredible experience.
about this work of art and its history. Now I can share
I admired the statue for more than an
some interesting facts that I have found.
pictures, reading the history of it, and appreciating the perfect details of this wonderful statue.
Il David may be the world’s most famous sculpture. It is one of Florence’s greatest monuments, measuring 5.17 meters tall in the Galleria dell’Accademia. This impressive sculpture was created by the genius Michelangelo between the years 1501 and 1504. A fun fact is that he was not the first artist they thought about for the job. Originally the Overseers of the Office of Works (the Operai) of the Duomo, had assigned 2 artists, but they eventually stopped working on the project because according to them the marble had too many imperfections. After that, although being only 26 years old, Michelangelo was hired to complete this “impossible” project and worked on it for more than two years. How could this artist imagine the form his statue would 10
Maybe I will visit it again.
NEWSLETTER NOV - DEC 2019
AN INTERVIEW WITH VERÔNICA FARIA BY FUA-AUF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION | PHOTOS BY VERÔNICA FARIA Introduce yourself.
was planning to learn more about at that time. I didn’t
Hi alumni community, my name is Verônica Faria and
choose the school because of the city — it was the
I’m a fashion designer born in Brazil's countryside in a
other way around. But of course, I was thrilled about
city named Ribeirão Preto. I've been living in São Paulo
the school being in Florence!
for 6 years, ever since I started college at Fundação Armando
institution in Brazil.
What are your favorite FUA-AUF memories? One of my favorite memories from FUA-AUF were related to art history classes around the city, visiting
When did you study at FUA-AUF?
museums and art galleries. I still remember my
I learned of FUA-AUF through FA AP and decided to
amusement and fascination of being immersed in the
study abroad during the second semester of 2018,
content of the class, such as going to Galleria del Uffizi
which was by far the best decision I've ever made!
for Renaissance class.
Tell us about your profession and/or what you have
Are you still friends/in contact with someone you
been up to since you left Florence.
have met at FUA-AUF?
Since I came back from Florence, I've finished college,
Part of those memories follows back to the friends I
started an MBA and got a job at one of the best Brazilian
made through the school. I got really close to some
menswear brands. Essentially, I work with creative
classmates and one of my housemates who became a
product development, which implies following every
true friend. I’m still in touch with them and planning
new product from the first idea until it’s ready to be
to see them again soon.
sold in stores. What would you say to any future students looking Why did you choose to study at FUA-AUF? - Why
Florence? Why Italy?
If you are planning on studying at FUA-AUF, do it. The
Back in 2018, FUA-AUF was the only school covenant
school is full of opportunities. You’ll have the chance
with my college in Brazil to offer classes on topics I
to live and study in the heart of one of the most magical cities in the world. You’ll come out of this experience as a new and better version of yourself. Describe your FUA-AUF experience with a word. To describe my experience at FUA-AUF in one word, it would be discovery. What are your plans for the future? As for the future, I hope to be able to have more experiences like this one where I can rediscover myself through a new perspective and continue to learn about things that I love.
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The third and final Fall 2019 Issue of the Blending Newsletter features an in-depth look into the work done by the students for the upcoming...
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The third and final Fall 2019 Issue of the Blending Newsletter features an in-depth look into the work done by the students for the upcoming...