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Mission Aborted

Federico Pepe, Antonio Pepe - Mission Aborted
Gathering found visual material, this publication retraces the story of an artistic failure: that of a joint project by Federico Pepe and his father Antonio, a cabinet of curiosities featuring latex sculptures of fetuses looking like Mickey Mouse.
Federico Pepe found in an old hard drive a file of images documenting a project initially planned for an exhibition, which he never concluded. The artist had asked his father, the advertising artist Antonio Pepe, to produce latex sculptures representing fetuses looking like Mickey Mouse and his lover Minnie. Federico took daily photographs of the ongoing process. The figurines were then placed in jars filled with Vaseline oil, accidentally causing the destruction of the sculptures, Vaseline being a dissolving agent of latex. The visual documentation of this artistic breakdown is supplemented by a text on failure in art history, written by art critic and curator Marco Tagliafierro.
Artist, graphic designer, publisher, Federico Pepe (born 1976 in Omegna, Italy, lives and works in Milano) is a singular figure in the Italian cultural and artistic landscape. He runs Le Dictateur project, an editorial platform and independent exhibition space in Milan. He exhibited at MoMA Library and Family Business, New York, Tate Modern, London, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Triennale Milano... He collaborates regularly with artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari (Toilet Paper), Nico Vascellari, Jacopo Benassi, etc.
Antonio Pepe is an Italian advertising artist and the father of Federico Pepe.
Text by Marco Tagliafierro.
published in May 2020
bilingual edition (English / Italian)
17 x 23,5 cm (hardcover)
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