Blue (Azzurro) is the color of the oceans, vast expanses of water that cover most of our planet. A blue that hasn’t been clear for a long time, as it’s here that most of the waste produced by man ends up. It is estimated that every year 4.8 to 12.7 million tons of plastic waste are dumped into the sea. Being not biodegradable, this waste can be ingested by sea creatures. Pieces of plastic can obstruct the airways or the digestive tract of animals, preventing food intake. Many animals are found dead with a stomach full of plastic, as it makes them feel full even if they have not eaten real food: this is especially the case for whales and birds. Young specimens that get entangled in plastic nets can experience skin damage or undergo malformations during growth. Also fishermen happen to pollute the oceans, by losing their nets in the open sea or throwing the broken ones off their boats – nets that turn into traps that can imprison or suffocate whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.
With no need for words, Alessandra Manfredi portrays the creatures of the blue in all their beauty through unsettling images in which waste becomes part of the natural scenery, modifying it. A plastic fork gets stuck in the nostril of a majestic tortoise, two seals sinuously swim in the depths of the sea with their bodies wrapped in a net that looks like a dress, while another seal with a rope around its neck sadly observes the fish which it will never be able to eat. From the sea the waste reaches the shore, a poison unconsciously passed from the beak of an albatross mother to the beak of her chick. Page after page, the animals turn their big eloquent eyes towards us, full of anger, supplication, sadness. They seem to ask us to stop this mess, to take care of them and of the environment that surrounds us. They invite us to rethink our daily lives, to make small choices in order to drastically reduce the use of plastic, for the good of our planet and of all the creatures that inhabit it. Including us.
Azzurro is the second book published by #logosedizioni in collaboration with Sea Shepherd and is part of the OPERAZIONE SISO 2019.
Sea Shepherd is an international non-profit organisation founded by Captain Paul Watson in 1977 in Vancouver, Canada. Its mission is to protect and preserve marine fauna by resisting the destruction of their natural habitat and the massacre of non-captive species in oceans around the world. By safeguarding the delicate biodiversity of ocean ecosystems, the organisation works to ensure their survival for future generations. Sea Shepherd practices direct action tactics to investigate, document and, when necessary, act to detect and prevent illegal activities at sea. Incorporated in Oregon in 1981 as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, today the organisation has independent entities in over twenty countries, which operate together on direct action campaigns around the world. In 2013 Sea Shepherd Global was founded in Amsterdam to coordinate communications and logistics for the Sea Shepherd fleet on campaigns outside the United States. Sea Shepherd Italy has obtained official recognition as a Non-profit Organisation.
Alessandra Manfredi is an Italian freelance illustrator and graphic designer, born in the Marche region. She studied painting restoration at the University of Urbino, and attended the Arte e Messaggio school in Milan, as well as several advanced trainings at the International School of Illustration S. Zavrel in Sarmede (Treviso). Her work mainly focuses on illustrated books and graphic novels, and she participates in exhibitions and contests in Italy and abroad.
Books published by #logosedizioni: Kiwi (2018), Pirulì (2019) and Azzurro (2019).
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