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Gianluca Costantini Is Using Art to Change the World

The activist opens up about illustrating Ai Weiwei’s new memoir and the transformative power of images.

By Nick Hilden  for Observer

“Art has always influenced society,” cartoonist and activist Gianluca Costantini tells Observer. “Our task—indeed our duty—is to try to change the rules through a different vision. I am interested in an art that interacts with the community, an art that shares rather than imposes. For me, art is a way to navigate discomfort, conflict and mutual aid, and to work in political and civil spaces. Art helps me not to look away.”

Most recently, Costantini collaborated with his wife—artist and curator Elettra Stamboulis—in illustrating artist Ai Weiwei’s graphic memoir Zodiac, one of Observer’s picks for best new memoirs of 2024. In it, Ai’s life is narrated via a series of dialogues with his son and others around him. Continue

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