Francesco Ciaponi

(Pontedera, 1978) Lecturer in History of Printing and Publishing at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Laba Libera Academy of Fine Arts in Rimini and Visual Communication at the Modartech Institute in Pontedera. Founder of the Centro Studi EdF, a research project on the most marginal and experimental forms of communication, and editorial director of Contesto magazine, a semi-annual on independent publishing and text culture.

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    “Antologia di cultura grafica” is the new series dedicated to the history of visual communication. Edited by Alessandro Colizzi and Silvia Sfligiotti, assisted from time to time by one or more guest editors, the series offers a series of volumes, organized around a theme or era, and includes a rich anthology of texts (articles, essays, chapters, excerpts, posters) translated into Italian and introduced by an essay by the editors.

    “Countercultures,” the second volume, contains twenty-five texts and forty-eight color images on the editorial and communicative production of groups and movements active in the political and artistic spheres that have played an essential, though not always recognized, role in the history of visual communication, giving rise to languages of rupture, bearers of alternative visions of society.

    The selected texts and images testify to the birth and spread of ideas, forms of expression and techniques that have made visible some important countercultural movements since World War II, from Situationist détournement to subvertising, from pacifism to environmentalism, from feminism to gender and ethnic minority claims, from the psychedelic revolution to the sexual revolution, from punk provocations to the visual research of underground magazines and Soviet-era samizdats.

    The resulting picture shows how the practical and theoretical action of countercultures, often addressing issues that are still relevant today for the first time, helped change not only visual languages but the very way of doing graphic art, both in approach and style.

    Antologia di cultura grafica 2
    Edited by Francesco Ciaponi & Silvia Sfligiotti
    Book design Bunker and Alessandro Colizzi

    13,5 × 21,5 cm
    276 pages
    Paperback with flaps
    Italian
    Isbn 978-88-98030-62-0
    First edition February 2024