The death of a person raises endless questions, often destined to remain unanswered.
Some of these are related to the objects left behind by those who die: memories and symbols of an entire life which suddenly find themselves deprived of their deepest meaning… and this happens all the more if the deceased is a mysterious and peculiar gentleman, asking in his last will to be buried in admiral uniform, even if he never held this office in his whole life.
When the little, anonymous narrator of this book, written and illustrated by Antonio Bonanno, and his parents move into the house inherited from an eccentric grandfather, their first thought is to explore its “secret rooms” (Stanze segrete): three rooms where the old man used to spend long hours, and where nobody else was allowed in.
Follow the heirs of this odd character into the silence and dimness of his mysterious rooms, and discover the whimsical objects they conceal. Have a look at these curious treasures, silhouetted against the black background of Bonanno’s illustrations, like memories rising to awareness from the darkness of oblivion. Let yourself be charmed once again by the elegant hatching of this author, who shapes with great attention to details useless inventions such as the “air grinder”, strange hybrids like a cup-pipe and more weird stuff, like a collection of odd socks.
An intriguing inventory of the objects that we all leave behind at the end of our life on the earth, and that keep telling to those who stay the stories of those who passed away.
The author and illustrator:
Antonio Bonanno was born in Catania in 1970. In 1988 he earned a certificate in Applied arts and a diploma as master of arts with specialization in Advertising graphics. In 1992 he graduated in Scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Catania. After drawing cartoons for Catania’s daily newspaper La Sicilia, in 1997 he moved to Rome, where he obtained a diploma in computer DTP. He has worked as art director and advertising graphic for many Italian agencies such as Magma, Bound, Tamtam, StudioP, Mu and for Salani publishing. He has illustrated covers and books for many publishers, among which Édition du Lampion, HongFei Cultures, #logosedizioni, Marco Tropea editore, Edinova, Edizioni Amici, GG Studio.
His works were exhibited in many galleries, bookstores and shops, such as salone 5e lieu in Paris, Galleria d’arte Spazio Papel and Gogol & Company in Milano, Nardini Bookstore in Florence, Comix Café in Grosseto, Feltrinelli bookstore and TribeArt in Catania, Cibrario in Acqui Terme, Happy Planet Art Gallery in Viareggio. His illustrations were published on #ILLUSTRATI magazine. He taught illustration at the Arte invisibile association in Grosseto and the Scuola d’illustrazione di Scandicci in Florence, la 255 raw gallery di Bergamo e la scuola d’Arte applicata del Castello Sforzesco a Milano. As an illustrator, he participated in CartoonVillage in Manciano, Prato Comics & Games and Lucca Comics & Games.
He lives in Bergamo, where he works as a graphic designer and illustrator.
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|Cover||softcover with flaps|
|Dimensions||cm 14,8 x 21,0|
|Una Bergamo insolita tra antiche radici e recentissime gaffe||L'Eco di Bergamo||20-12-2018|