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Paolo Mottura

Pinocchio, Carême and other stories

The CAMeC Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art of La Spezia presents a novel version of Paolo Mottura, with the exhibition “Pinocchio, Carême and other stories”, curated by Eleonora Acerbi and Cinzia Compalati, and a large mural presenting the artist and his passions.
Paolo Mottura is a comic-strip artist known for his collaboration with the Walt Disney company. At the CAMeC he is exhibiting other, lesser-known aspects of his work, which is distinguished by talented drawing, a precious, versatile technique and original, engrossing stories.
The exhibition, laid out on the floor 2 of the Centre, consists of numerous illustrated stories, starting from his last work dedicated to the most famous, most frequently-represented children’s story, “Pinocchio” (Edizioni NPE, 2021), with a series of canvases and works on coloured paper which re-interpret the episodes and develop a particular metaphorical expression of Collodi’s invention. These are followed by various original preparatory panels from another important production, “Carême” (Les Humanoïdes Associés, 2009), an ode to friendship written by Christophe Bec, which relates the troubled adventures of two men of solitary disposition: Martinien Fidèle, a skinny vacuum-cleaner rep lost in the mountains, and Aimé Carême, a painting restorer, a sharp-witted soul whose extraordinary obesity makes him the victim of mockery.  Another French work is “Deus” (Soleil, 2008), a graphic novel with an historical setting and an extremely topical content, whose protagonist is a humanoid creature, The New Man, who/which seems invulnerable to illness. After “Carême” and “Deus”, “Redemption” (Dupuis, 2009) is the third collaboration between Paolo Mottura and Christophe Bec, who here address the theme of the man without a past, the stranger who arrives in an unknown, ghost town called (not coincidentally) “Death”, or “Redemption”. Then some drawings for the visionary story “Hanté” (Soleil, 2008), for the children’s audiobook “Through me the way into the dark cave” (Voglino Editrice, 2016), and for three novels and stories by Stefano Benni: “Terra!” (“Earth!”), “Il nuovo libraio” (“The new bookseller”), “Il sax del Nuovola rossa” (“The sax of the red Cloud”).
Also on display is an eminently pictorial work which reveals a Paolo Mottura who is unknown to the public at large, as well as his fondness for experimentation with materials: the 1998  “No graffiti”.
Finally, we should mention a special, fundamental contribution to this new project of the CAMeC exhibition: a site-specific intervention, created on the corridor wall, a large acrylic drawing showing the artist himself surrounded by the main objects and characters appearing in his ‘stories’, and linked to his other passions besides art, such as music and the sea.


Paolo Mottura was born in Pinerolo (TURIN) in 1968.
In 1989 he began to publish with Disney Italia, at that time Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, working from then on in Topolino, Minni & Company, Paperinik e PKNA (Paperinik New Adventures), as well as for the Disney Books section.
His first graphic interpretation of a script in Disney was Zio Paperone e il mistero dell’Olimpo (Uncle Scrooge and the mystery of Olympus), by Giorgio Pezzin. He translated numerous stories into cartoon form, including:  Dalla parte sbagliata (On the wrong side, 1998) and L'ombra del drago (The shadow of the dragon, 1999), both scripted by Tito Fraci; Topolino e la valle della dimenticanza (Mickey Mouse and the valley of forgetfulness, 2001), by Rudy Salvagnini.
In 1998 he won the Topolino d’oro (Golden Mickey Mouse) for the best Disney story of 1997. He also collaborated with other publishers and newspapers, such as Sole 24 Ore and La Stampa.
Since 2003 he has worked with the French publisher Les Humanoïdes Associés. drawing for them the series Carême and winning the Albert Uderzo 2005 prize as the best new talent. In 2007 he began a collaboration with the publisher Soleil Productions, publishing with them DEUS, with texts by Bec/Betbeder, and in 2008 with Dupuis, for which he publishes Redemption.
In 2010, with his friend Fabio Celoni he adapted the video game Epic Mickey into graphic form, scripted by the American Peter David, and he created the graphic novel of the film Tron: Legacy. In 2011 he began to collaborate with the publishers Sergio Bonelli Editore, publishing among other things a Dylan Dog story scripted by Barbara Baraldi, also illustrating an edition of Le Storie based on a script by Fausto Vitaliano.
More recently Paolo has concentrated on the great parodies of literary and cinematographic works, including Topolino e il ritorno alla dolce vita (Mickey Mouse and the return to the Dolce Vita), scripted by Roberto Gagnor and Marco Ponti, On the Road by Fausto Vitaliano, Moby Dick and Metopolis, scripted by Francesco Artibani.



Exhibition promoted by
City of La Spezia
Mayor, Pierluigi Peracchini

and produced
CAMeC Centre of Modern and Contemporary Art
General manager of Cultural Services, Massimiliano Curletto

with the contribution of
Coop Liguria

curated by: Eleonora Acerbi and Cinzia Compalati in collaboration with Cristiana Maucci
coordinator: Vanni Varalda
graphic design: Gabriele Menconi
press office:
CSArt Comunicazione per l’Arte - Chiara Serri | ph. +39 0522 1715142 | mobile +39 348 7025100 ||
Municipality of La Spezia - Luca Della Torre | ph. +39 0187 727324 |



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February 9 / September 25 2022


Eleonora Roaro. FIAT 633 NM


A new venture for the CAMeC Project Room which hosts the video installation FIAT 633NM by Eleonora Roaro, the winning project in the public competition Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere promoted by the Directorate General for the Promotion of the Country System of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and by the Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.

This Milanese artist was one of the 20 candidates selected out of the total of 93 for the Under-35 Section. The project, curated by Cinzia Compalati, will be presented to the public on Saturday 11 December at 4 p.m. on the occasion of the 17th edition of the Contemporaneo AMACI day.

Cantica21 aims at promoting research and practice in contemporary visual arts by supporting and making known the work of Italian artists and particularly by relaunching them in the cultural systems and on the international markets via the production of new works of art and the organisation of a large multi-site exhibition to be hosted in the various diplomatic/consular headquarters and in the Italian institutes of culture. The initiative hopes to broaden the offer of the country’s artistic potential, promoting the presence of Italian artists in the international contemporary art system. The selected works will in fact be displayed in a large multi-site art exhibition to be hosted in the Italian Institutes of Culture and in the Embassies and Consulates all over the world. Moreover, Cantica21 intends to create a collection of works which will increase Italian public collections of contemporary art, planning and subsequently implementing a series of projects. The work of Eleonora Roaro will enter the collections of the CAMeC, where it is to be displayed for the first time.

For Cantica21 Eleonora Roaro presents a video-installation entitled FIAT 633NM. The project, based on her family archive made up of about 360 photographs from 1937-38, is a critical analysis and deconstruction of the colonial exploits of that time in Italian East Africa (A.O.I., currently Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia), which have often been erased from the collective memory or nostalgically falsified. The video focusses on 52 images of FIAT lorries obsessively photographed on various occasions. Since the infrastructures were for Mussolini a tool of propaganda for emphasising aspects of modernity and progress, the FIAT trucks become a symbol of colonial rhetoric. The images of the lorries interact with the 1930s scenic postcards of the Ethiopian desert, which allude to the colonial idea of unspoilt land to be conquered. These are assembled to create an imaginary landscape, with a background of tape loops of Washint (the traditional Ethiopian wooden flute) prepared by Emiliano Bagnato. The audio track in the foreground, on the other hand, is a manipulation of the  coeval military march “Second Askari Eritrean Fantasy” (from the of State Sound and Audiovideo Archive, Istituto Centrale per I Beni Sonori ed Audivisi) in Rome, in which the Eritrean soldiers of Italian East Africa repeatedly shout “Viva l’Italia” (“Long live Italy”), “Mussolini!”, “Viva il Re” (“Long live the King”) to a hypnotic tribal tune.

Eleonora Roaro (Varese, 1989. She lives and works in Milan.) is a visual artist and researcher. She studied Photography (BA – IED, Milan), Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies (MA – NABA, Milan) and contemporary Art Practice (MA – Plymouth University, Plymouth). Her research focuses on moving images, with a particular interest in video, archival practices and archaeology of the cinema. Her work has been shown since 2011 in numerous museums and galleries such as La Triennale (Milan), Fabbrica del Vapore (Milan), Casa degli Artisti (Milan), MACRO (Rome), CAMeC (La Spezia). E-Werk (Freiburg), Maison de la Culture (Clermont-Ferrand), La Friche (Marseilles), the University of Udine for the project “Enhanced reality and virtual reality for promotion of the artistic and cultural heritage”; and in 2020 she was resident artist at the Casa degli Artisti (Milan). For 2020-22 she is part of the winning project of the MISTI Global DEED Fund of the MIT (Boston) and the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region entitled “Sensing Dolce Vita: an Experiment in VR Storytelling”, co-funded by a grant from the Adolfo Pini Foundation (Milan). Her articles and essays have been published in various journals such as “Alfabeta2”, “Alphaville”, “D’ARS”, “Doppiozero”, “Espoarte”, “Flash Art”, “Juliet”, “Hot Potatoes”, “L’Avventura”, “Nazione Indiana”, “Noemalab”, “Scenari”, “Segno”.
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Winner of the Under35 Section of the Public Call "Cantica21. Italian Contemporary Art Everywhere" promoted by the Directorate General for the Promotion of the Country System of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture.

Created thanks to the support of
Ministero della Cultura - Direzione della creatività contemporanea
Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale

Project produced by


Municipality of La Spezia
Mayor, Pierluigi Peracchini
General Manager of Cultural Services, Massimiliano Curletto


CAMeC Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea



curated by: Cinzia Compalati
sound design: Emiliano Bagnato
registrar: Cristiana Maucci
opening: December 11, 2021 at 4 p.m.
press office:
Municipality of La Spezia: Luca Della Torre | ph. +39 0187 727324 |
CSArt – Comunicazione per l’Arte: Chiara Serri | ph. +39 0522 1715142 | mobile. +39 348 7025100 ||
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project room
December 11, 2021 / May 1, 2022