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Imaginaria Exhibition

By 21/07/2023August 9th, 2023No Comments


In collaboration with Collective Caracol &

The Imaginaria festival is pleased to host a collective of Italian illustrators of clear national and international fame thanks to the collaboration with the prestigious Galleria Caracol in Turin and the project curated by Federico Cano Correa.

The Authors involved are: Emiliano Ponzi, Marco Cazzato, Giulia Neri, Giordano Poloni, Ilaria Urbinati, Chiara Ghigliazza, Ahmed Neb Nessib, Marino Neri

Place: Ex Church of San Giuseppe
Dates: 21-26 August 2023
Exhibition times:  opened 6.00 pm – closed 11.00 pm

Emiliano Ponzi is one of the most relevant and internationally famous Italian illustrators, in recent years his rise has also made him one of the most awarded and consequently requested by customers of various kinds. They range from newspapers such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post to brands such as Lamborghini, Moleskine, Barilla, Armani, Lavazza (just to name a few) or institutions such as the MoMa Museum or, remaining in Italy, the Turin International Book Fair, the Milan Furniture Fair. Among other things, author of many book covers (Feltrinelli, Einaudi above all) he moved to New York a year ago, where he lives and works.

Marco Cazzato, an intimate and profound author, uses the acrylic technique on paper to create compositions aimed at creating a short circuit in the eye of the beholder, arranging surreal details fore and disturb an apparently harmless scene. Over the years he collects collaborations with La Stampa, Einaudi, Corriere della Sera, Il Sole 24Ore, GRRRz Comic Art Books, Slow Food, Linus, Turin Film Festival. In the last two years he has illustrated the re-editions of classics of literature such as Nothing new on the western front and I sepolcri and then collaborated on ad hoc projects such as the collaboration with Gianni Maroccolo (Litfiba, CCCP, Marlene Kuntz) creating the artworks for the series of albums named Alone. He lives and works in Turin.

Giulia Neri, is a conceptual illustrator, lives and works in Brunico, a small village in the Dolomites. She was born in Bologna where she studied at the Art Institute, only to then graduate in psychology and later in psychotherapy. But working as a psychologist, she never felt completely satisfied. Her great passion was drawing and illustration and so, at a certain point, she decided to radically change her life. From that moment she made her passion her work and her life, reaching important and prestigious goals. Over time you have collaborated and created illustrations for The Wall Street Journal Guardian, Piemme editions, Elle, Mind magazine, Harper Collins, Einaudi.

Giordano Poloni born in 1980, resident in Milan. After spending several years in production companies as editor and graphic animator of commercials and music videos, he began his career as an illustrator creating editorials, commercials and book covers for clients such as Volkswagen, Repubblica, Monocle, Le Parisien, Einaudi, The Guardian, The New York Observer, Mondadori, Sky Arte, Emergency and many others. In 2017 he won the gold medal of the Society of Illustrators of New York and the Award of Excellence of the Communication Arts.

Ilaria Urbinati is a freelance illustrator based in Turin. Her career began in 2007 as a character designer and animator for TV series, later she started working as a freelance, exploring illustration applied to editorial projects, books, apps and advertising, thus developing a personal style, which was born from watercolors to become digital over time. Among her clients we find: Disney, Mondadori, La Stampa, Barilla, Scuola Holden, Enanimation Pictures. With Bao Publishing you published the graphic novel Il Mare Verticale in 2020. She lives and works in Bologna.

Chiara Ghigliazza is a Milanese illustrator. After graduating in Engraving she follows a master’s degree in Editorial Illustration. Now you work for Italian and international publishing houses and magazines. She loves to use visual metaphors and play with mental associations to create surreal images. Over the years you have worked for The New York Times, Playboy, Sky Arte, Corriere Della Sera, La Repubblica, La Stampa, Altroconsumo and above all Iperborea for which you have created dozens of covers for their books.

In this small collective we have decided to offer a range of ten tables each, thus offering a concise but precise look at their different creative universes. These are fine art prints made in our Turin laboratories, where Galleria Caracol and coexist and collaborate together, constituting a true home of Italian illustration. The illustrations on display and many others are on sale on our relative online shops: and with Caracol and Illustation, as well as organizing personal exhibitions in our Turin gallery we collaborate and participating in festivals and markets, taking care of exhibitions and offering our authors around Italy such as: the great invasion in Ivrea, a steep festival in Brunico in Trentino Alto Adige, Pawchewgo in Milan to name a few. We are very happy and grateful to have been invited to Imaginaria, a special and unique festival.
Federico Cano Correa, founding curator of Galleria Caracol, co-founder of

The collective also includes an exhibition curated by the festival of works by Ahmed Neb Nessib and Marino Neri

Ahmed Neb Nessib
Ahmed Ben Nessib is a designer and director of animated short films born in Tunis in 1992. His drawings have been published in various newspapers and magazines including “Internazionale”, “Lo stranger” “CavallinoRivista” “Linus” and “Solstizio“. His first short film EKART was published in volume 5 of the Dvd “Animations, Italian Contemporary Short Films”, and was awarded in France and Italy. With Libri Somari, the publishing house that he founded together with Samuele Canestrari, he has published two books “Ekart / the swimmer’s technique” and “The Assassin is increasingly confused”. He collaborates with the Tricromia gallery (Rome). In 2021, together with Samuele Canestrari he published “Alice still lives here – t/19” edited by Giuseppina Frassino with a text by Ascanio Celestini.

Marino Neri
He is an illustrator and cartoonist. In 2012 he won the Premio Nuove Strade at Napoli Comicon as best emerging talent. He has published several graphic novels also translated abroad: among the latest Cosmo (Coconino Press Fandango – 2016), L’incanto del parcheggio multipiano (Oblomov Edizioni – 2018) and Nuno salva la luna (Canicola – 2019) his first comic for children, finalist for the 2020 Andersen Award for best comic book. La Tempesta is the last comic book (Oblomov Edizioni – 2022). His illustrations have appeared in various newspapers and magazines: from Il Sole 24 ore to Internazionale, from Le Monde to Linus, and on the covers of the Feltrinelli and La Nave di Teseo publishing houses.