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Le Dictateur
 

Milan
"Le Dictateur" is Federico Pepe, a self-proclaimed tyrant who grabbed full power and legitimized himself to begin an ambitious publishing project with the collaboration of Vice Dictateur Pierpaolo Ferrari.
The title "Le Dictateur" is in French, it sounds milder this way... In this form, it nearly sounds like a compliment. Le Dictateur is the highest expression of the dominion of personal will: the magazine is to be thought of as a state, a space where artists, photographers, fashion world protagonists live together, arbitrarily selected and invited. Some are famous, some are extremely famous, some are totally unknown: they earned their citizenship because they have been wanted there, and they each became dictators of their own pages. In total freedom and lack of rules they were called to present a new or custom project for "Le Dictateur": the result is a magazine with an extreme spirit.
Le Dictateur is a proposition, not a critique: Le Dictateur is not very fond of the sophisms of those who use thought and words as alibi and not as support to action. Confrontation, dialogues can only exist after one's creative freedom has been freely expressed."Freedom of choice and movement is fundamental. For certain things—Le Dictateur affirms—democracy is useless, it actually weakens in proportion to how many people have decisional power". Therefore, to maintain the vitality of one's creation at its highest, it needs to be as personal and subjective as possible. It must not undergo the gauntlet of suggestions, hints, evaluations, amputations. Le Dictateur is a figure which has power, but also for a kind of philanthropy: people want to rebel to the authority principle, but when someone actually takes responsibilities for all the decisions, they are happier and quieter.
See also Le Dictateur Press (the editorial platform publishing various artists' books and other projects, including Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari's Toilet Paper magazine).
 
2016
last available copies!
FAQ is an accordion-fold art publication edited by Maurizio Cattelan and Myriam Ben Salah and commissioned by Le Dictateur. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary edition of Le Dictateur, the first volume includes works by Thomas Bayrle, Neil Beloufa, Caroll Dunham, Andra Ursuta, Jon Rafman, Kathy Grannan, Llyn Foulkes, Camille Henrot, Steven Shaerer, Korakrit Arunanondchai, and Judith Bernstein among many others, and will expand into a yearly series.

2013
After three years of waiting, perhaps the most beautiful issue of Le Dictateur, with twenty series of specially commissioned works by international artists and some astonishing features: an editorial tour de force, between artists' magazine, book-object and paper sculpture.

2010
out of print
A new set of 21 original series of astonishing works in a luxury boxed set (Roger Ballen, Jacopo Benassi, Sophie Calle, Maurizio Cattelan, Roberto Cuoghi, Martin De Thurah, Pierpaolo Ferrari, Paola Manfrin, Federico Pepe, Lady Tarin...).

2007
last available copies!
Aluminium pages, thoughtful pages, leaflet, holograms, relief printing, multicolored ribbon, numbered white boxed set with wax seal... The 2nd issue of the magazine of images presents a new series of exclusive works by 15 international artists in a luxurious case.

2006
last available copies!
A new luxurious magazine of images (200 colour pages, 40 cm, soft case in sealed numbered cardboard box, leaflets, cut pages...) collecting exclusive works by international artists (including selected images from Maurizio Cattelan's Permanent Food project).