The exhibition “Fumetti dal mare” (Comic strips from the sea), which the Italian Cultural Institute shall host until 30 September, has been inaugurated in Athens. Six international artists are showcasing their unpublished works, having drawn inspiration from the sea, deemed a metaphor to narrate the world and landscapes, a primordial and generating element that brings cultures together, being a venue of encounter, passage, inclusion and discovery.
The areas of the Italian Cultural Institute will display works by Shpend Bengu (Albania), Gianluca Costantini (Italy), Thomas Gilbert (France), Elena Gogou (Greece), Roberta Muci Joe1 (Italy), and Marco Paschetta (Italy). The exhibition – curated by Elisabetta Tramacere and Donata Bologna, alongside the international festival “Comicdom Con Athens”, representing Greece, and coordinated by Afrodite Oikonomidou and Alice Bottega – is part of the greater project “Dalla prospettiva del mare. Festival diffuso del fumetto a sud est” (From the sea’s point of view. Multi-location comic strips festival in the south east), which aims to promote contemporary, national and international comic strip culture, and which is supported, among others, by the Italian Cultural Institute in Athens and the Italian Cultural Institute in Tirana. Before being staged in Athens, the exhibition was presented in Italy at the Castromediano Museum in Lecce and, in Albania, at the Murat Toptani in Tirana.