Francesco Risso’s Show-and-Tell

A Magazine No.23 Curated By Francesco Risso

Drawing upon an intimate yet diverse community of artists, musicians, writers, photographers, family and friends, A Magazine Curated By Francesco Risso is an analogue exploration of the print object through a myriad of visual and philosophical stimuli that question contemporary notions of living.

Divided into 20 distinct contributions across 240 pages, the issue is conceived as a compilation of scrapbooks – each a conceptual window into the minds and hearts of a protagonist or protagonists that offers a glimpse into their creative process or journey. Opening with a sketched or painted portrait, each chapter of the scrapbook is completely unique, featuring a plethora of lo-fi techniques from handwritten and mechanically typed pages to paper collages, illustration, painting, doodling and hand-retouched photography. The issue’s playful cover mimics a red vintage scrapbook, combining multiple finishing techniques including 3D scanning, a trompe l’œil embossed ‘tape’ spine, embossed ‘A’ and spot varnished portrait of Francesco Risso himself.

Flaminia Veronesi, A Magazine No.23 Curated By Francesco Risso

Flaminia Veronesi, A Magazine No.23 Curated By Francesco Risso

Flaminia Veronesi, A Magazine No.23 Curated By Francesco Risso

Flaminia Veronesi, A Magazine No.23 Curated By Francesco Risso

Flaminia Veronesi, A Magazine No.23 Curated By Francesco Risso

A series of cut-out and perforated interactive games illustrated by Italian artist Flaminia Veronesi (pictured above) joins American artists Dan Colen and Lexie Smith’s photographic narrative of the coal miner and the canary, a philosophical manifesto of tent life by the Italian music and culture collective Terraforma, stylist Camilla Nickerson’s commission of new artworks with Marni artifacts and Spanish artist Paloma Blanco Casanova’s recontextualisation of vintage pornographic magazines.

British brothers Cosmo Sheldrake and Entangled Lives author Merlin Sheldrake study natural microbiomes with spectrograms of hot sauce fermentation and images of fungi grown on Marni clothing photographed by Dorothy Sing Zhang, the latter of which appears alongside Risso’s Weimaraner George as a limited-edition photo print inserted within each copy of A#23 (seen below).

Photo print by Dorothy Sing Zhang photographed in Cosmo & Merlin Sheldrake, A Magazine No.23 Curated By Francesco Risso

“Put on these glasses. Slide them to the tip of your nose. Hope to see something human. Something mythic. Something natural. Something sexy, Something Sacred. Something of human nature, objective mythology and sacred sex.”

The issue documents Francesco Risso’s boundless imagination, with a playful yet profound view of materiality, nature and the human spirit. A sense of liberation is perceivable throughout, from Sergio Cattivelli’s photographic series of the designer himself role-playing a myriad of characters, choreographer and artist Michele Rizzo’s poised figurative sculpture of endless lifetimes carved from clay and 90s Americana captured on film by Francesca Sorrenti. Twenty-one original portraits immortalise each contributor, bound together in a single publication that showcases the colourful whimsy of Francesco Risso and the graphic, colourful world of Marni.




The 26th issue is the Vietnamese-American designer’s most intimate project to date, inviting readers to explore the idea of home and understand the internal narratives of the shy designer.

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