The Dictator - Solid Sweat - M. Cattelan, P. Ferrari, F. Pepe, L. Presicce, N. Vascellari

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Artists: M. Cattelan, P. Ferrari, F. Pepe, L. Presicce, N. Vascellari
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Special issue: five new projects by Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari, Federico Pepe, Luigi Presicce and Nico Vascellari.

Superstar of contemporary art, Maurizio Cattelan (born in 1960 in Padua, Italy, lives and works in New York and Milan) is currently one of the most collected living artists.
Often described as a joker of the art world, considered a provocateur who, following the tradition of the avant-garde, regularly transgresses the established boundaries serving to define the system of art and the society in general, Cattelan conceals, behind the mask of irony, existential strategies which mix the comic, the abject and the tragic, as well as a consequent critique of the various forms of authority and power, carried by the power. visual of his work.
Maurizio Cattelan is the editor of the artist magazines Permanent Food, Charley and Toilet Paper.

Italian photographer Pierpaolo Ferrari (born 1971 in Milan, where he lives and works) is the co-founder of Toilet Paper with Maurizio Cattelan and of the The Dictator project with Federico Pepe. He collaborates with many agencies and international brands, as well as with Vogue Homme
Artist, graphic designer, publisher, artistic programmer, Federico Pepe (born 1976 in Omegna, lives and works in Milan) is a singular figure in the Italian cultural and artistic landscape, where he works with great aesthetic coherence through a multitude of artistic forms. Creative director of the communication agency DLVBBDO, he is the founder of the Le Dictateur project, an editorial platform and independent exhibition space in Milan. He has notably exhibited at the MoMA Library and Family Business in New York, at the Tate Modern in London, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, at the Triennale in Milan ... He multiplies his collaborations with artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari (Toilet Paper), Nico Vascellari, Jacopo Benassi, etc.

In the work of Luigi Presicce (born 1976 in Porto Cesareo, lives and works between Porto Cesareo and Florence), series of images compulsively combine, creating a narrative of symbols and allegorical figures condensed in time. The creative process behind each Presicce work does not follow a precise structure, but is gradually enriched by the study of a specific theme. His practice is presented as a contemporary reworking of ancient myths, stories and symbols. In all his works, the symbolic power of the image is very intense. The visual universe of Quattrocento and Cinquecento from which he draws his multiple references is reinforced by popular iconography resulting from a collective and personal memory, linked to older traditions and beliefs.

Cultural anthropology is the common thread of the complex and eccentric installations of Nico Vascellari (born in 1976 in Vittorio Veneto, Italy, lives and works in Rome and Vittorio Veneto), installations combining performances and sculptural elements with drawings, collages, videos, and sound extravagances. Folklore, nature and the alternative underground scene contribute to the artist's unusual analysis of contemporary visual culture. Vascellari, himself singer in the punk group With Love uses rebellious artistic gestures, born in the tribal rites of an archaic world, on the threshold of expression and collective consciousness.

Being both a musician and an artist, Nico Vascellari combines his sculptural installations with sound performances. Through his performances, he observes the relationship between the viewer, space and action. He is portrayed as a cult figure connected to the music scene with which he collaborates and he reacts in his work. Inspired by his fascination with rituals, spiritualism and worship, he reflects on the thought of destruction as an energy leading to the reconstruction of things. He questions himself about space, energies, sounds and nature, which are the central themes in his work.

without text, 56 pages black and white illustrations, 29,5 x 43 cm paperback, 2011

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