Barbara Bologna is an Italian-born Sculptress and Body Art Performer who after graduating from the "Accademia di Belle Arti" in Brera ?Milan in the year 2000 has gone on to create her own clothing and accessories line : AREA .
From this A/W 2012 Season she will create her first ever Male / Unisex Exhibition to be shown in the STEALTH GALLERY in Paris.

Barbara's work is inspired and driven by both the worlds of Art and Music . She is influenced by intense , revolutionary and sometimes transgressive visionaries from both worlds :

ARTISTIC : Marina Abramovic, , Gunter Brus, Vanessa Beecroft, Pina Bausch, Franko B. etc
MUSICAL : Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Joy Division, Nick Cave etc

She uses the position of "Fashion Designer" ( a term she feels to be reductive ) as a route to discover her personal artistic freedom and create art from her soul. She feels her designs are "containers full of artistic substance, sealed by my soul and by all the things that I am" and her collections "carry inside (and outside) the blood, scars and cuts of the body art school"

She intends every collection to be "a strong stream that flows from within ? a diagonal cut made on the skin of every person that comes in contact with it"

For this reason she is fiercely independent and operates outside the usual "fashion" rules choosing to collaborate with only those that she feels to be part of her evolving creative family. "A family in which I which each one of us creates because we share the same way of feeling"

"Area is my space, my emotional/perceptive and physical place in which I find art, fashion, music and theatre...the place of those who are able to feel the rest through the dress."
-Barbara Bologna