Giulia Saporito (she/her)
I am a Sicilian graphic designer with a strong interest in printed matter and typography. I find the act of observing is always fun and this is what draws me to graphic design: its deep connection with our everyday life.
This year I founded Brioche, a small design studio and publishing house. The primary focus of Brioche is to create books and editions in close collaboration with artists, photographers, and other cultural protagonists with Sicily at their core as one of its recurring themes.
Sicilian Comic Melancholy
Sicilian Comic Melancholy is a photo series by Sicilian artist and photographer Francesco Tagliavia.
According to Francesco Comic Melancholy is an element inherent to the chemistry of Sicilians. Devoid of color and odorless, it is an emotional state that pervades Sicilians when we find ourselves spending time on the island. Melancholy is a feeling that, generally speaking, is perceived when you leave or when you return. In Sicily melancholy is a constant for those who stay. Though hard to describe and harder to photograph, for the past few years Francesco has documented the visual component of this phenomenon. These images deal with the same contradictory themes, particularly that of time and how it is measured. Francesco believes Sicilians are set to a different time, hours and minutes passing through in a rhythm particular to the island itself. Notably, the Sicilian language has no future tense, we live in the now and in the what was. As the stereotype goes, we’re never early, always late. His photography tends to reflect that, and more often than not he arrives at the scene right after everything is over, witnessing the second-hand moments of the fresh past.
Published by Brioche
Mariano Salluzzo – Family Book
The life and adventures of my ancestor Mariano Salluzzo (1848–1919), a Sicilian doctor who was born in Piedimonte Etneo, a small town in the slopes of Etna Volcano.
Mariano was very active in the political and cultural context of his time. He was a patriot, and following Garibaldi he took part in The Expedition of the Thousand which led to the unification of Italy and the creation of the Italian Kingdom in 1861.
Published by Brioche
*Understanding my own typographic landscape
Through Letters is a double-sided A2 poster zine. It’s the outcome of a research on Glasgow’s typographic landscape, which started with what Guy Debord calls dérive to eventually question different issues such as national identities, eurocentrism and print capitalism.