Saturday 19 October – Spazio Detour
duration 4h: 9.30 – 13.30
Great poet and entomologist J.H. Fabre wrote that a journey in one’s own garden can be as exciting as a journey in the Indian jungle, the encounter with a praying mantis as intense as one with a tiger. Armed of notebook, pens and watercolours, enrollees will tell through drawing and writing (the delicate tools of a carnet) their adventure of wonder and marvel, guided by an undiscussed master of this genre. This workshop is both for those who wish to try relatively accessible a technique, and for experienced devotees of this genre who wish to meet a master, ask for advice and exchange ideas and emotions with other participants.
Stefano Faravelli (1959) is a painter, philosopher and orientalist. Inspired by atlases, encyclopedias, zoology and botanics manuals and long trips to Africa, to the near, middle and far East, he has become Italy’s most known author of carnets de voyage. In his notebooks, the result of immediacy and reflection, we find – expressed by means of simple and delicate tools such as watercolour and calligraphy – talent, study and passion. He has received a special award at the Biennale du Carnet de Voyage in Clermont-Ferrand and exhibited his works in several cities both in Italy and abroad (London, Paris, New York, Jerusalem, Istanbul…). In 2011 he was invited to exhibit at the Venice Biennale. As an author he has met growing success with audiences and critics alike: 5 travel carnets on Mali, China, India and Egitto (EDT), Japan (De Agostini) and 5 city notebooks on Tokyo, Jennè, Cairo, Istanbul and Delhi (Confluencias editorial).