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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Qbr: a success testified by 400 thousand users

Qbr.it has 400 thousand registered users: it’s just the beginning of a great challange

Ciaopeople staff is pleased to announce a new milestone reached by Qbr.it: 400 thousand registered users and a constantly increasing trend thatrewards us for theeffort we put into to the qbrcommunity.

In June 2006,with Qbr, we celebrated 100 thousand subscribers in southern Italy. Since then the community has never ceased to grow at a constantly increasing rate: two hundred thousand users in February 2007, three hundred thousand in September, and today, only six months after reaching our last milestone, four hundred thousand.

However, our CEO, Gianluca Cozzolino, reminds us "we are only at the beginning of this great challenge" and he goes on to point out "what is significant here is not so much the number in itself but the trend, which prepares us for our most important ambition: becoming the most visited Italian social network in the international scene ".

The milestone of 400 thousand users fills us with satisfaction but our ambitions go further. Gianluca Cozzolino speaks on behalf of the entire staff when he says "400,000 users are many, but not enough if we think of myspace or facebook.Netlog and Badoo themselves boast millions of users in Europe. It is among these names that we intend to place ourselves. "

Qbr.it is the largest social network under our management: it combines a chat with the opportunity to create your own profile, upload photos and videos. Today, with 80,000 visitors per day and 400 thousand registered users, it is one of the most numerous communities in Italy and certainly the largest in Central Italy.

After only 1 year since its creation, qbr magazine is visited by about 8.000 visitors a day. We are conqueringItaly with Qbr and we are getting ready to cross the borders with an international platform that we are developing with the same enthusiasm as always. It will be called Ciaopeople.com and it will speak 5 languages:an important and ambitious project which aspires to bring the made in Italy web 2.0 to international success.

Claudia Saputo
Press Office
Ciaopeople srl
Via dei Mille 16
tel +39 081 19660566
fax +39 081 19560568

Dulce-Amargo: Jackie’s ode to the Mexican people

Dulce-Amargo: Jackie’s ode to the Mexican peopleOver the two years, 2008 and 2009, Jackie Sleper will have various solo exhibitions at museums in Mexico, curated by Matty Roca.

At the beginning of 2008 Jackie Sleper , the winner of the section “Sculpture and Installation” at the Florence Biennale 2007, will go to Mexico for several solo exhibitions curated by Matty Roca, commencing with the Museo de la Cultura Maya de Chetumal. For these exhibitions, the Dutch artist has realized a series of works inspired by and dedicated to Frida Kahlo and to Mexico.

Jackie Sleper has always been fascinated by Mexico and it’s artist Frida Kahlo, for whom she has a profound admiration. In 2005, she received an invitation from Matty Roca, art historian and President of the Council for Arts and Culture in Cancun to depict her vision of Mexico. Over the course of two years Jackie Sleper, together with her husband and children, spent many months in the country, where she created many of her works. Jackie says: “Matty became a dear friend. She showed me Mexico. I took in everything around me, spoke with lots of people and, especially, got a sense of the country. My previous love of Mexico only grew stronger. In March my work will be travelling to various museums in Mexico – something I would never have dared dream of as a child. I feel like I am on top of the world. This is the link that completes the chain.’

Her modern works are at times reminiscent of Rivera, Orozco, Tamayo and Pollock. Jackie Sleper assumes absolute freedom in applying various techniques and introducing experimental elements: her work is characterised by combinations of photography and painting, and the use of mixed media. In addition to paintings, Jackie creates objects that incorporate a variety of multiple materials, which she transforms into wholly new and surprising concepts. The artist allows her work to be guided by a profound sense of humanism, and she’s depicted as an artist in the truest sense of the word: her work has always been grounded in her exploration of human existence and the significance behind it.

Matty Roca: “I have been able to witness Jackie Sleper’s development – as a photographer, painter and sculptor – at first hand. Every painting is an intensely personal creation and expression, presenting the world as she perceives it. She is sensitive, intense, mysterious and subtle, but also possesses a cast-iron personality. Above all, she knows exactly what she wants. She conveys her personality with exceptional clarity, so that she is comprehensible for one and all.

Jackie Sleper was born in Amsterdam and studied at the Utrecht Academy for Visual Arts. Between 1988 and 1995 she spent time in Ireland, Spain and Prague for study purposes. Works produced in her home country, the Netherlands, include a tile plateau in honour of Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, commissioned by the municipality of Utrecht, and ‘light objects’ for the Kruisheren Hotel, a design establishment that opened in Maastricht in 2005. Outside the Netherlands, she has exhibited in Antwerp (Art-Event), Stockholm (Art Fair), Marbella (Marb Art – Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo), Geneva (Europ’Art), Klagenfurt (Biennale Austria), Salzburg (Mozart Festival), Florence (Museo Diocesano and Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea), Milan (Studio D’Ars), New York (Carrozzini Von Buhler Gallery and CVB Space), and in Mexico. One of her works, Modestia, was exhibited during La Biennale di Venezia, at Open 2007. She won the 1st prize for “Sculpture and Installation” at the Florence Biennale 2007.

CALENDAR MEXICO 2008 (dates to be confirmed):

  • 6 March - 30 April
    Museo de la Cultura Maya de Chetumal
    Av de los Héroes y Calle Mahatma Gandhi,
    Chetumal , (Mexico)
  • 8 May - 20 June
    Museo de la Isla de Cozumel
    Av. Rafael E. Melgar entre 4 y 6 Ote.
    Cozumel, Quintana Roo
  • 3 July - 25 August
    Museo de Arte Moderno de Gòmez Palacios.
    Londres y Lisboa
    Col. El Campestre
  • 4 September - 23 October
    Museo Palacio Pedro de Alvarado
    Hidalgo del Parral, Chihuahua
  • 6 November - December (closing date TBC)
    Museo del Aguacate


Jackie Sleper
website: http://www.jackiesleper.com

You can also see images of Jackie’s artworks at

For journalists only:
High resolution files of these images or other press related information can be requested directly from the press office:
Vito Abba, press officer
Studio Abba - Corso Italia, 6 - 50123 Florence, Italy

Other images and further information are available at:

It will be possible to follow the various stages of “Dulce y amargo” thanks to the information and images that will be posted on www.dulceyamargo.com.
Visitors to Jackie’s exhibitions in Mexico, can also upload photos taken during the exhibitions on flicker and share them with
At the end of the exhibition series, the authors of the three photos that Jackie likes most, will each receive a signed lithograph of one of her works.

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