07 October 2016 > 28 October 2016 Kindly invited to the opening of comics exhibition "Inferno" by Marcel Ruijters & Romuald Sourisse on Friday 7th October at 8 pm at the Alkatraz Gallery, ACC Metelkova. The project is a part of the Stripolisfest 2016 festival.
Graphic novel launch and a comics exhibition with a rich accompanying program. Part of the Stripolisfest 2016 festival.
The book launch of another comics »heavyweight« this autumn – this time of the graphic novel Inferno, created by Marcel Ruijters – is followed by a rich accompanying program, centered on the same-titled exhibition at the Alkatraz gallery. The artist will exhibit a series of original pages from the book, illustrations and murals, along with a series of illuminated drawings on parchment paper, inspired by the tradition of medieval book illumination and its iconography, enriched with a pinch of irony. The drawings were coloured using ancient techniques and materials by the French colourist and printmaker Romuald Sourisse, who will also showcase the materials, used for the creation of pigments, in the gallery.
The graphic novel Inferno was inspired by the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, an evergreen work of European literature. The comics paraphrase of this classic in Ruijter's interpretation assumes the form of a grotesque and meaningful pasticcio that provides the reader with a clever fabula and a completely unexpected end-twist. This modern version of travel through nine circles of Hell is drawn in the Ruijters' recognizable neogothic manner. The work as a whole is characterized by rich metaphorics, easily applied to the contemporary times. This free adaptation of the classic work by Dante Alighieri came to being as a satire of capitalism and was originally published in Dutch mere months before the stock market crash in 2008.
Inferno, originally published in 2008 in Amsterdam (by Oog & Blik), won Marcel Ruijters the renowned Dutch VPRO award, in a category of graphic novel. It was translated into Slovenian by Mateja Seliškar Kenda.
Marcel Ruijters (1966) is the creator of more than 30 comics books, translated into numerous languages. His distinct style is distinguished by flirting with the medieval visual tradition. He works also as an illustrator, translator, writer and editor at the Dutch magazine Zone 5300. His comics were exhibited in many exhibitions and festivals around the world, winning him numerous prizes and awards, among others the respectable 'Best young artist' award in Haarlems Stripdagen in 1992 and the Stripschapprijs in 2014.
Romuald Sourisse is a French printing master and bookbinder, an extraordinary specialist in traditional graphic techniques. He's engaged in conservation and restoration of old books, prints and documents. He lives and works in Forcalquier in the southern France, where he manages Le Garage L, the artistic and production studio.