Hello! I′m a graphic designer based in Milan. My work is mainly related to photography: I collaborate closely with authors, curators and printers following the process from concept to production. I usually work as freelance as well as with different studios, both from remote and on site.
Book and map design of the photobook Grüne Linie by Giancarlo Barzagli, with a story by Wu Ming 2. The book brings us to a valley about 50 km North-East from Florence, retracing the history of the 36th Brigade’s Garibaldi Bianconcini, through a visual, physical and iconographic research of the landscapes where the partisans spent the summer of 1944, organising sabotage operations and waiting to join some big battles of the following fall. Those landscapes belong the Gothic Line area (or “Grüne”, green, as the Germans called it), where the Allies and partisans fought the Nazis from August 1944. The line was an active war zone until the spring 1945. The project starts from the idea that the territory is still able to talk to the people passing by, and its message is still there to be listened to, interpreted and shared.
Buy the book here
Edition of 1000 copies, 2019
Edited and curated by Claudia Paladini
Cartography by Massimo Cingotti
TORINO GRAPHIC DAYS
Catalogue of the second edition of Torino Graphic Days festival. Exhibitions, pictures and exclusive interviews on visual design, exploring new trends about innovation, experimentation and interaction.
Jacob Balzani Loov and Rosy Sinicropi
A book about a photographic workshop that never took place. Israeli authorities coordinating the access to Gaza denied the authors, Rosy Sinicropi and Jacob Balzani Lööv, to enter the strip just few days before their arrival. They were supposed to hold a workshop with some students in Rafah. The duo decided to do the workshop anyway from outside the strip, while travelling in Palestine and Israel: using a mix of Facebook and Google Translate they chatted with the students to follow their progress, discuss about the snapshots and approach a dialogue.
Published and produced by Vento di Terra ONG
A project that sheds light on an increasingly urgent environmental issue affecting the archipelago of 118 islands that make up the city of Venice, Italy. Venice is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and under a serious threat from the impact of climate change. Written in the voice of Venice – a city deserted by its inhabitants and sinking gradually into oblivion – this emotive book recalls its former life of grandeur and speculates on the outcome of its worsening predicament. Photographs are made from film negatives that lay soaking for weeks in the same Adriatic sea water that is actively deteriorating and swallowing the city. The book itself is suggesting the slow sinking of Venice.
Published by Overlapse
During winter and spring 2016 Sharon Ritossa searched for and took photographs of foibe, deep natural sinkholes typical of the Karst region, situated along the Italian, Slovenian and Croatian borders. At the end of World War Two, the foibe of the Karst were used as mass graves to hide the bodies of Italians, Croats, Slovenians and Germans killed for political reasons. This photographic research aims at reflecting on how the geological structure of a geographical region can affect its social and historical events. The exploration of the Karst gave birth to a volume inspired by historical military maps. Folded in 18 parts, the book reveals itself slowly, hiding the photographs until it is fully open.
WEST IS THE BEST
Graphic design and photo editing of West Is The Best 1 - California, a book about the relationship between art and surfing. Working closely with the author and designer Joran Briand for art directing the project and constantly in contact with the eight artist, I selected their artworks and combined their materials with interviews and video stills. Featuring John van Hamersveld, Alex Weinstein, Julie Goldstein, Brian Rea, Ryan Tatar, Tom Stewart (Sunskis sunglasses), Sean Knibb and Thomas Meyerhoffer.
SWISS, SCHWEIZER, SUISSES, SVIZZERI
Alma Cecilia Suarez
Graphic design for the dummy book. Switzerland is after Luxembourg the country of Europe with the highest rate of foreigners on its soil: today one third of the Swiss population comes from immigration. The project proposes a portrait of six emblematic Swiss families chosen to provide an testimony to the diversity of the spoken languages, of the various religious orientations and geographical origins of the Swiss population, putting into perspective a Swiss identity defined by its differences. This photographic work combines the simplicity of the family-subjects with the complexity of their history, metaphors of Switzerland. As sedimentary layers, eight stories - one booklet each - overlap, in chronological order. Within them, a simple narration drives the viewer through places, portraits and relics that mix up. The book format valorises each content equally, all its elements merge in a visual historical novel.
Karim El Maktafi
Book design for the dummy of Hayati, a project by italian-moroccan photographer Karim El Maktafi. Hayati is an Arabic term that means “my life”. It is usually used towards a loved one, as a sign of affection. Son of moroccan immigrants, born and raised in Italy, Karim balances between two realities that at first sight might seem incompatible. Growing up between two worlds forced him to sharpen his gaze and to compare these perspectives which often diverge from each other. The book reflects this duality, being conceived as a mix between these two worlds, one of his family and his moroccan tradition, the other of his friends and Italian habits. The narration develops in two places: Italy, where Karim is born and lives, and Morocco, a country he visits every year with his family after a long travel by car.
Second prize at Kassel Dummy Award 2018.
HORS SERIE ARCHISTORM
Archistorm magazine regularly dedicates an Hors Série to an architectural studio. The 12th issue was on Nicolas Laisné Associés, a Paris-based agency. Working with different architects of their team, I selected images and documents (such as plans and sections) to find a clean visual solution that could emphasize images and the agency's mood more than mere technical aspects.
Graphic identity for the exhibition Haut Dehors, at Archilib bookshop in Paris, whose shop window has been displayed for the occasion. A poster was given as a small souvenir during the vernissage for the launch of the Hors Série Archistorm #12 NL*A. Exhibition concept with Laisné Roussel, in collaboration with Cyrille Weiner and Elvire Bonduelle.
Some posters I designed for different events, from lectures to gallery exhibitions.