MIA LE JOURNAL
2023-24 // QUINTESSENCE ISSUE XVII
Welcome to the seventeenth issue of Mia Le Journal, dedicated to the exploration of the “Quintessence” as an alchemical path to reactivate and enhance the fluidity of thought and action. In this issue, we want to offer artists a unique opportunity to discover and unleash their inner resources, allowing them to fully express themselves in the here and now, without being hindered by external repercussions.
The “Quintessence”, wich is considered the biological memory, has always been regarded as the constitutive element of the Soul of the World. According to the philosophy of Plotinus, it represented the hypostasis responsible for the generation of life itself. In Rosicrucian esotericism and Blavatsky’s Theosophy, the Aether has been identified with the Eastern concepts of Akasha at the cosmic level and Prana at the individual vital level. This fifth element holds immeasurable value and can be also found in the symbolism of the pentagram, where the uppermost vertex represents Spirit.
The Aether encompasses the transformation and evolution of the preceding four elements, blending within it a profound magical, spiritual, and symbolic meaning of Creation. It is intangible but permeates everything, considered as the perfect result of the balanced becoming of the elements Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. As Aristotle affirmed, the Aether possesses qualities of eternity, immutability, transparency, and lightness.
In this issue of Mia Le Journal, we want artists to interpret the “Quintessence” as an alchemical path designed to reactivate and enhance the fluidity of thought and action. We encourage them to fully dedicate themselves to what they love to do, experiencing their creative abilities in the here and now without being affected by external repercussions. It is time to free oneself from years of automatic behaviors generated by all sorts of conditioning and discover the submerged resources that each of us possesses, including our unique Genius.
Mia Le Journal addresses all artists who are truly interested in discovering their inner resources. We aim to provide an opportunity to make the special talents that each and everyone of us possesses accessible to all.
It is time to embrace one’s inner Genius and explore limitless creative frontiers.
Photography Donari Braxton, Fashion editor Michela Buratti @thewallgroup
Model SAM SABA @IMGMODELS, hair STEFANO GRECO @ART-DEPT using MRSMITH, make-up AKIKO OWADA @THEWALLGROUP using ESTÉE LAUDER, set design JORDY MURRAY, photography assistant JEAN MPALOMBY, fashion assistant LUCIA FIORE.
Don’t call me angel
Photography Guy Aroch, Fashion editor Michela Buratti @thewallgroup
Talent TAYLOR HILL @IMGMODELS, hair DENNIS LANNI for hair story New York, make-up LISELOTTE VAN SAARLOOS @THEWALLGROUP using LVS Brushes, nails ASH WENDEL, photography assistant MATTHEW ELLIS, fashion assistants MARIO CATTALDI, AMBER ROSE SMITH and MARTINA BARBONI, special thanks to Anna Palma.
Photography Roberta Krasnig @studiorepossi, Art direction Federica Trotta Mureau, Fashion editor Elisabetta Cavatorta
Talent TASHA TILBERG at D’MANAGEMENT GROUP @DMANAGEMENTGROUP, make-up LORENZO ZAVATTA using WE MAKE-UP, hair EZIO DIAFERIA using COTRIL, production MARINA MICUCCIO @MIAPRODUCTIONAGENCY, photography assistants ELISA MOLTENI and ALESSANDRA RINAUDO, fashion assistant VERONICA FORMICONI, studio manager ALESSANDRA ALBA, retouch LISA PEPE, location @MENOUNO.EU.
GUCCI SERIES – Gucci Horsebit Chain Bag worn with Gucci Cruise 2024 Collection.
Photography Danilo Falà, Art direction Federica Trotta Mureau, Fashion editor Elisabetta Cavatorta
Models ANNA PALGEN @MONSTER_MGMT and MANOT BOEHM @WANDERWALLMANAGEMENT, hair GIOVANNI ERROI @THEGREENAPPLEITALIA,make-up LETIZIA MORLÈ @THEGREENAPPLEITALIA, production MARINA MICUCCIO @MIAPRODUCTIONAGENCY, retouch LISA PEPE,account director BARBARA FERRAZZI @MIAPRODUCTIONSGENCY, photography assistant MARCO FORNASIER, fashion assistant VERONICA FORMICONI.
Photography Joseph Cardo, Fashion editor Elisabetta Cavatorta
Photography agency ANNAPIA LORENZI ARTIST MANAGEMENT, models EMI STANKOVIC @MONSTER-MGMT and ASHANTI HILDRETH @MONSTER-MGMT, hair HENZO LORUSSO, make-up BARBARA PASTORE, production CARMINE SARDARO @GROUNDSTUDIO, video SERGIO SOLINUNTE, photography assistant MICHELE SARDANO, fashion assistant VERONICA FORMICONI, production assistant CARMEN DECHIARO @GROUNDSTUDIO, video assistant AGATA SELLITRI, photo backstage SONIA VILLANI @GROUNDSTUDIO, location management Marcello Carella.
MIU MIU SERIES
Photography Danilo Falà,Art direction Federica Trotta Mureau, Fashion editor Elisabetta Cavatorta
Models CHIARA FRIZZERA @WOMENMANAGEMENT and MARIAME OUATTARA @THEWOLVESMODEL, hair KILIAN MARIN @THEGREENAPPLE, make-up FILIPPO FERRARI @BLENDMANAGEMENT, production MARINA MICUCCIO @MIAPRODUCTIONAGENCY, junior art direction CARMEN PALUMBO @MIAPRODUCTIONAGENCY, account director BARBARA FERRAZZI @MIAPRODUCTIONAGENCY, video ZION LACROIX, sound POLEZSKY, color video YASIN YILMAZ, casting SIMONE @SIMOBARTCASTING and ERICA @SIMOBARTCASTING, retouch LISA PEPE, photography assistant MARCO FORNASIERO, location ALZAIA 192, Milan.
Project manager NICCOLÒ LAPO LATINI in partnership with Magnum Photo and DMB. © Martin Parr Collection.
Editor in Chief and Art Director Federica Trotta Mureau
Associate Editor Danilo Falà
Editor at Large Elisabetta Cavatorta
Editor at Large U.S.A. Michela Buratti
Photo Editor Roberta Krasnig
Graphic Editor Carmen Palumbo
Graphic Assistant Marina Micuccio
Producer Mia Production Agency
Account Director Barbara Ferrazzi
Photography – Adriano Russo , Andrea Gandini, Carrol Cruz, Danilo Falà, Donari Braxton, Eugenio Intini, Federico Sorrentino, Gautier Pellegrin, Guy Aroch, Jacob Sadrak, Joseph Cardo, Luisa Pagani, Roberta Krasnig, Sven Baenziger, Tassili Calatroni.
Styling – Arianna Zanetti, Camilla Sossi, Carola Bianchi, Elisabetta Dal Bello, Elisabetta Cavatorta, Francesco Mautone, Gaia Fraschini, Michela Buratti, Renata Gar.
Illustrations – Andrea Ferolla, Cecilia Carlstedt, David Downton, Silvana Mariani.
Projects – Aleksandr Babarikin, Lucas Laurent, Martin Parr, Mathieu Trautmann, Olaf Wipperfürth, Sami Nykänen.
Interior design – Hugo Fournier, Nikolay Shevchenko, Patrick Norguet.
Art – Cho Sang Geun, Choi Yun Jung, Lee Jun Won, Lee Sea Hyun.
Pattern – Arthur Kenzo
Texts – Renata Gorreri
Artistic research and contents – Spazio We;R
Contents ScoutingInterior Design – Carmen Palumbo Illustrations – Maria Elena Meloni Projects – Marina Micuccio