MEET THE TEAM
B&W-Black&White, The Migrant Trend was born from the collaboration of 3 associations:
Nation25 active in the field of contemporary and social art ,
A.I. Artisanal Intelligence expert in the field of fashion, craftsmanship and Made in Italy and FUM STUDIO in the field of brand consulting.
The meeting of the different skills and heterogeneous networks allows us to represent a bridge between small businesses, migrant ateliers and young talented asylum seekers and holders of international protection, with established brands, the fashion industry and professional training institutes.
B&W was started in 2019 by the visual artist Caterina Pecchioli within the collective Nation25 and developed with AI Artisanal Intelligence and FUM STUDIO, establishing itself as APS (Social Promotion Association) in 2021.
Initiator and co-founder of the B&W-Black&White project, she is a visual artist and co-founder of Nation25, an art and curatorial collective that deals with social issues in the field of Contemporary Art, with a particular focus on migration and environmental issues. She exhibits internationally and has collaborated with established institutions such as the Venice and Istanbul Biennale. She collaborates with various associations and cooperatives of the Italian reception network.
Co-founder of B&W - Black&White and independent fashion designer born in 1990, she has been working for several years as a clothing and textile printing designer with important collaborations such as the one with French brand Vionnet. Founder of FUM Studio, consulting studio, collaborates with eco-sustainable brands and on social projects.
She works on her independent brand FUM - First Unknown Myself from which her consulting firm takes its name. She is a university lecturer specializing in research and design for fashion design courses.
Co-founder of B&W-Black&White, she was responsible for the Atelier Trame Libere, project partner of the B&W-Lab in 2019 at Macro Asilo. For about 20 years she has been an actress and host of projects for the empowerment of individuals and groups, dealing with social issues through art and theatrical practice. Francesca has collaborated with public and private bodies and institutions with which she has created projects with a high social and community impact. She collaborates with various realities and organizations also in the field of business consulting and coaching.
Federica Maria Ciacci
Co-founder of the B&W-Black&White project Federica is a Project Manager. In Brazil she coordinated business projects and female "empowerment" in suburban areas with a focus on craftsmanship, sustainable fashion and circular economy. She collaborates with associations and companies as a consultant (coaching, marketing and promotion) for artisans and groups of professionals.
Clara Tosi Pamphili
Co-founder and voluntary member of B&W-Black&White, she is fashion and costume historian, curator and co-founder of A.I. Artisanal Intelligence which deals with projects for the development of contemporary creativity with a particular attention to the promotion of Made in Italy. A.I. is a project born within Altaroma but which has expanded and has become a model required by international events and fairs.
Co-founder of B&W-Black&White and lecturer in fashion, Alessio is a creative, co-founder and curator of A.I. Artisinal Intelligence. He has made excellent craftsmanship his field of research so he is always on the lookout for new artisans to make known and promote. Collaborate for the main Italian fashion events and magazines such as Vogue.it, L'Officiel Italia, Elle and Artribune.
Elana Giulia Abbiatici
Co-founder of B&W-Black&White and Nation25. Art historian, author and curator of contemporary art, she focuses her curatorial research on artistic experimentation that reflects the relationship between techno-capitalism and life, with attention to the implications that globalization, Web 2.0., Migration, climate change are having on individual, collective identities and the spaces we inhabit. She continues the study of sound and music in contemporary art through a column on Arshake.com.
Member and Cultural Mediator
Member and Cultural Mediator of B&W-Black&White Issa is originally from Burkina Faso and has lived in Italy for the last 12 years. He has worked as a cultural mediator and legal translator for the National Commision for the Right of Asylum in Rome, as well as for refugee reception centers for unaccompanied minors in Rome and Milan. He is also currently the cultural mediator for The Sewing Cooperative, where he facilitates intercultural exchange between tourists, locals, and refugees through fashion and artisanal experiences.
Hat Designer and milliner, Federica makes hats and accessories for her own brand "Sophie's Wonders" and holds courses in hat making techniques. She has been involved in development projects (PCM, identification and formulation of projects) in the Middle East on behalf of the NGO Research and Cooperation and the Framework Contract EC program for the consulting company ARS Progetti. She worked as a volunteer both for the Caritas center for asylum seekers in Rome and in the context of a project carried out by the VIS in Angola.
Anthony Knight is a patternmaker and designer. He was born to Jamaican parents in London where he studied Fashion Design at the Southgate Technical College and London College of Fashion. He has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Central St. Martins School of Art, the Middlesex Polytechnic and with international names such as Clavin Klein, Moschino and Victor Edelstein. Since 2005, Anthony has been teaching Pattern Making at the Faculty of Fashion Design at IUAV, Venice.
Karima 2G is an Italian singer and beatmaker of Liberian origin. Her artistic career began as a dancer but soon became a professional vocalist and came to collaborate with M2o. In 2013 she rediscovers her roots following a trip to her homeland, Liberia and, returning to Italy, uses music as a means to bring out the values of her own culture of origin from an Italian perspective, bringing attention on the theme of second generations. In 2014 comes her solo debut with the album 2G entirely written and produced by the artist herself.
Since then she has continued as a soloist and has released the albums Africa (2016), Police (2017) and Malala (2018).
Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfaù
Mackda Ghebremariam Tesfau has a Ph.D in Social Sciences from the University of Padua with a thesis “Why don't you bring them to your home? Reception stories between refugees and locals” in which racism and anti-racism are questioned. Mackda is board member of Refugees Welcome, an association committed to welcoming refugees into families, and she is part of the committee of experts of the Razzismo Brutta Storia association. She is the author, together with Giovanni Picker, of the article "The Postcolonial Italian archive" (Ethnic & Racial Studies 2021) and of the preface of the text of bell hooks "Insegnare a Transgredire" (Meltemi 2020).
Co-founder and Executive Board Member of Moleskine Foundation.
She has always worked in the cultural field with the focus on education and access and sharing of knowledge. Main areas of expertise: Innovative/Unconventional Education, Art and Culture for social transformation, Strategic/Management consulting, Ethical Fashion/Design, Fashion Journalism, Social Entrepreneurship. In her life there are three key leitmotifs: music, neuroscience and synaesthetics.
Enrica Picarelli is research fellow at Bologna University, where she examines cultural sustainability and fash- ion digitalities in Africa. She has a Ph.D in Cultural and Post-Colonial Studies of the Anglophone World from “L’Orientale” University of Naples. She has published articles in the areas digital media and fashion studies and is a regular contributor of international art and culture magazines, including Griot Magazine. Enrica collaborates in the theoretical study of the B&W-Black&White project, of which she takes care of the page of the site relating to it.
He writes on his blog afrosartorialism.net