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Ilan Manouach - Reading
Reading acts as a visual treasure trove, compiling an assortment of panels that capture the very essence of Disney's letter-centric storytelling.
From iconic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy to lesser-known yet equally captivating personalities, each panel showcases the characters' reactions, emotions, and curiosity as they delve into the contents of the letters before them. Through skillful selection and arrangement, Manouach weaves together a compelling tapestry of letter-reading moments, unlocking a world of untold stories and unspoken connections. The artist's meticulous curation reveals the hidden power of correspondence as a narrative device within the realms of Disney storytelling. By placing a magnifying lens on these seemingly inconspicuous moments, Manouach invites readers to reconsider the significance of letters and their impact on the development of characters and plotlines. The compendium reveals the remarkable potential of letters as a catalyst for introspection, character development, and unexpected plot twists. Reading challenges conventional storytelling norms, provoking questions about the power of communication and the art of correspondence within the realm of comics. By offering an unconventional lens through which to appreciate the nuanced details of Disney's letter-focused panels, this conceptual comic invites readers on a visual journey that transcends the boundaries of traditional narrative frameworks.
Ilan Manouach (born 1980 in Athens, lives and works in Athens and Brussels) is a musician, a book publisher and a multidisciplinary artist with a specific interest in conceptual and post-digital comics. He currently holds a PhD researcher position at the Aalto University in Helsinki (adv. Craig Dworkin) where he examines the intersections of contemporary comics, art and poetry. His work claims for the importance of comics as a materially self-reflexive medium, unaffiliated to any general art history. He has more than twenty published bookworks under his belt, solo exhibitions to important comics events worldwide. He is mostly known for Shapereader, a tactile system of communication for comics artists with visual disabilities. His work has been written about in Hyperallergic, New York Magazine, World Literature Today, Wired, Le Monde, The Comics Journal, du9, 50watts and Kenneth Goldsmith's Wasting Time on the Internet and his works are also part of the Ubuweb online contemporary art archive. He is the director of Futures of Comics, an international research program that explores how comics are undergoing historic mutations in the midst of increasingly financialized, globalized technological affordances and proposes to map the social, economic, racial and gendered forces that shape the industry's commercial, communication and production routines. It took place in 2019 during the Fumetto Comics Festival. He was the curator of the Festival Shadow Libraries: Ubuweb in Athens, that proposed to examine the uses of the archive in regards to artistic production and explore the conceptual consistency and the ethics of digital preservation and distribution in web libraries, through the lens of its users and makers. The festival consisted of two symposia, four workshops, an exhibition of media works and a 24h video programme and took place in the Onassis Cultural Centre in March 2018.
Published with La 5e Couche.
published in January 2024
no text
15,5 x 15,5 cm (hardcover)
400 pages (ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-39008-097-8
EAN : 9782390080978
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