An exhibition of graphic journalism on the topic of migrants at Palazzo Blu

Palazzo Blu in Pisa presents from April 23 to September 25, 2022 the exhibition Connections. Telling Hope, on the theme of migrants: original drawings, photographs and videos on display.

From April 23 to September 25, 2022, Palazzo Blu in Pisa presents the exhibition Connections. Telling Hope, curated by Giorgio Bacci. On this occasion, a selection of original drawings, as well as photographs and videos, by Nicola Bernardi, Sio, Lelio Bonaccorso, Marzo Rizzo, Danilo Deninotti, Giorgio Fontana, and Lucio Ruvidotti, taken from the volumes Lamiere, Salvezza and storiemigranti, published by Feltrinelli Comics between 2018 and 2019, are on display. The exhibition aims to give visitors the opportunity to approach current issues through the eyes of skilled artists and photographers, who dialogue with art-historical themes. In the exhibition it is also possible to observe the variety of techniques used by contemporary illustrators (from watercolor to digital), and to study the entire artistic process, admiring not only the original plates (or prints from digital processing as in the case of Sio), but also the preparatory material, consisting of notebooks, photographs and drawings.

The journey begins in Africa, in one of Nairobi’s slums, Deep Sea, with the original drawings of Lamiere, a collaboration between illustrator Lucio Ruvidotti and writers/journalists Danilo Deninotti and Giorgio Fontana. The book is a work of graphic journalism that introduces the reader to aid workers and kids ’made’ of glue, nurses and children who have been HIV-positive since birth, but also glimpses the hope of rebirth on the horizon. The artist combines ink and digital, the graphic stroke is sharp, the colors vivid and sometimes hallucinatory.

The second stage is the crossing of the Mediterranean Sea described in Salvation: illustrator Lelio Bonaccorso embarked in 2017, together with journalist Marco Rizzo, author of the screenplay, on the Aquarius, documenting through pencils, cameras and video footage, the rescue activities conducted by the ship in the open sea. The results of the investigation are published in a work of graphic journalism. The reader follows the events of the crew and learns at the same time the stories of the migrants rescued at sea.

The desperate gazes of Salvation become the memory-rich faces of the men and women of storiemigranti, a collaboration between cartoonist Sio and photographer Nicola Bernardi. Thirty-two migrants, each introduced by an opening photo-portrait that challenges the viewer to a direct confrontation, tell stories of various kinds, ranging from tragic to comic registers.

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An exhibition of graphic journalism on the topic of migrants at Palazzo Blu
An exhibition of graphic journalism on the topic of migrants at Palazzo Blu

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