From darkness to light. From black to colour. From blindness to hope... Such is the challenge that every day CBM Italia Onlus aims to face with a smile, the challenge that Lorenzo Mattotti interprets in this book, leading the reader first into the darkness and then into a playful and joyous, but above all coloured world. A run through green meadows, under a blue sky, in complete freedom, to discover an imaginary and marvellous world. A dream. A possibility. A hope.
This is the first book of the CBM #logosedizioni series. Born from the desire to raise public awareness on the theme of disability and in particular of blindness, through a medium – drawing – comprehensible to everybody and above all to people of all ages, the series aims to change the common perception of disability – quite too often associated with the ugly and flawed –through the beauty of art.
CBM is the biggest Humanitarian International Organisation involved in the prevention and treatment of blindness and disability in the Southern Countries. CBM Italia Onlus is part of CBM (Christian Blind Mission), an organisation founded in 1908 composed by 11 national associations – Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and USA – working together to support different projects and interventions in the medical, educational and development fields to give sight and life to millions of people in the Southern Countries (www.cbmitalia.org).
Part of the proceeds from the sales will go to CBM Italia Onlus in support of its projects to fight blindness in the Southern Countries.
Lorenzo Mattotti lives and works in Paris. After his studies in architecture, he started off in the late 1970s as a comic strip artist and in the early 1980s created the Valvoline collective together with other artists. In 1984 he published Fires, which was welcomed as a great event in the world of comics and won several important international prizes. From Incidenti to Stigmate, from Signor Spartaco to Doctor Nefasto, L'uomo alla finestra and several other titles, Mattotti’s work has evolved consistently and, at the same time, with the eclecticism of an artist who is always in search for new territories to explore. Today his books are translated all over the world and his illustrations are published in newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Le Monde, Das Magazin, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Le nouvel Observateur, Corriere della Sera and la Repubblica. Mattotti re-interpreted the creations of the most important fashion designers for the magazine Vanity, and in 2010 designed all the covers for the architectural monthly magazine Domus. He has illustrated several children’s books, such as Pinocchio by Collodi and Eugenio, that won the Grand Prix of Bratislava in 1993, one of the most important awards in the field of children’s publishing. Mattotti’s works were featured in many solo exhibitions, such as the anthological expositions at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, at the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem and, more recently, at the Musei di Porta Romana in Milan. Mattotti has created posters, covers and advertising campaigns: he designed the posters for the Cannes Film Festival in 2000 and for the Estate Romana. Among his most recent publications: Jekyll & Hyde (NBM Publishing, 2003) and The Crackle of the Frost (Fantagraphics, 2003) and, at the same time, I manifesti di Mattotti (2002) and Angkor (2003) for Nuages; in 2008, Appunti sul paesaggio for Tricromia and Le avventure di Pinocchio in the Einaudi series “I Millenni”; in 2009 Hänsel e Gretel for Orecchio acerbo/Gallimard, whose amazing illustrations complete Neil Gaiman’s texts in the English edition. In 2010, a collaboration with Lou Reed gave birth to The Raven (Fantagraphics Books, 2012). In 2004, he created the segments between the three episodes of Eros, a film by Wong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh and Michelangelo Antonioni. In 2007 he made one of the six episodes of the collective animated film Peur(s) du noir. In 2011, he worked at the animated sequences of the movie by Charles Nemes, Il Etait une fois... peut-être pas and, in 2012, he created backgrounds and characters for Pinocchio, an animated film by Enzo D’Alò. In 2012, #logosedizioni launched the series “Works”, a systematic publication of his illustrations: the first volume deals with pastels and second one is a tribute to the fashion world. In 2013, #logosedizioni released also the visionary work Oltremai, which was exhibited at the Pinacoteca di Bologna. In 2014 he created Vietnam, for the “Travel Book” series by Louis Vuitton. In 2017, Mattotti collaborated again with Jerry Kramsky, creating the new graphic novel Ghirlanda (#logosedizioni), an epic story that carries the reader into a magical journey. Ghirlanda won the Gran Guinigi Award at Lucca Comics & Games in 2017. His personal exhibitions are numerous, including the retrospective at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, the Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, the Porta Romana Museums in Milan, and the most recent, the Sconfini retrospective (2016-2017) and Covers for The New Yorker (2018), for which #logosedizioni has curated the catalogs. In 2018, #logosedizioni has inaugurated a new series that brings the artistic evolution of the cartoonist Mattotti back in a new guise, starting with L’uomo alla finestra and Stigmate. Recently, Lorenzo Mattotti has directed the French-Italian animated film La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia (The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily). The film, based on Buzzati’s omonymous book, was released in October 2019 and was selected to be screened in the “Un Certain Regard section” at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Mattotti’s universe by now seamlessly ranges over comics, painting, illustration and film animation.
His books for #logosedizioni are: La stanza, Mattotti Works 1, Oltremai, Stanze, Venezia - limited edition, Venezia - Scavando nell’acqua, Mattotti Works 2 - Moda/Fashion, Nell’acqua, Oltremai - trade edition, Sconfini, Ghirlanda, Blind ,Covers for the New Yorker, L'uomo alla finestra, Stigmate,Caboto, Lettere da un tempo lontano and La Zona Fatua.
|Dimensions||cm 21,0 x 28,0|
|Dalla cecità alla speranza: i colori di Mattotti||Domenica - Il Sole 24 Ore||01-10-2017|
|Viaggio al buio con Mattotti||La Lettura / Il Corriere della sera||15-10-2017|
|Appuntamento al buio||Il Corriere della sera - Milano||17-10-2017|
|Lorenzo Mattotti: illustro pensando a Mingus e Coltrane||Il venerdiì / La Repubblica||20-10-2017|
|Quei "primi lavori" di Mattotti||Il Resto del Carlino||20-10-2017|
|Fantagraphic. Dal buio alla luce con Lorenzo Mattotti||Artribune||www||21-10-2017|
|Il vizio di leggere||TG1 Billy||www||22-10-2017|
|Solidarietà||Io Donna / Il Corriere della sera||04-11-2017|
|‘Sconfini. Nell’acqua’, l’arte onirica e infinita di Lorenzo Mattotti||Il Chaos||05-06-2019|