THE NEW FRONTIER

La nuova frontiera (The new frontier) is an international comic art project to draw attention to the most relevant “new frontiers” of our time through the imagination of renown and emerging international artists from all over the world.

Conceived as a round-robin story, The new frontier is a story written collectively, relay-style, in different languages (Italian, Arabic, French, English…), with neither beginning or end. Independent collectives and artists (cartoonists, graphic-designers, visual artists, writers…) are invited to create a poster-adventure, which as a piece of a puzzle contributes to write a wider common story, able to overcome geographical, social and economic borders.

The new frontier is an open, on-going project. Each year a new issue is released and presented to the public on-line – on the web-site of OPEN ART WEEK – and through art-exhibitions touring internationally. Past and future issues are open to new contributions all the time.

The new frontier is a project initiated and produced by OPEN ART WEEK. In 2019 OPEN ART WEEK asked the Biblioteca delle Nuvole – one of Italy’s most important comic book libraries – and the multi-award winning Tunisian collective Lab619 to create, each with its own team of artists, the first issue of The new frontier, which since then has been curated by their respective founding members Claudio Ferracci and Abir Gasmi.  Fokus illustration – a Swiss independent collective – and the Swedish associations Tusen Serier and Hybriden further joined the project, respectively in 2020 and 2021.

Since 2019 more than 35 artists have joined The new frontier from over ten countries. Over ten international donors and institutions have supported the project to date.

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Biblioteca delle Nuvole
The Biblioteca delle Nuvole is one of the largest specialized comic and illustration libraries in Italy. Located in the city of Perugia, the library is open to the public. Admission is free. Users are entitled to both consult and borrow books. Guided tours are organized by appointment. The Biblioteca delle Nuvole offers also drawing classes; cartoon-technique courses; seminars; art talks; personal and thematic exhibitions; conferences and screenings devoted to the promotion of comic art.

Lab619
Lab619 is an open and independent collective of experimental Tunisian comics, founded in 2013. It produces a comics magazine for adults, the first of its kind in Tunisia.

Fokus Illustration
Fokus Illustration is an independent group of Swiss designers based in the Ticino Canton.

Tusen Serier
Tusen Serier wants to open up the Swedish comics culture to make it a bit less Swedish. The association wants a greater variety in voices and perspectives, something that was missing in a homogenous publishing climate in a segregated Sweden. This is done mainly through publishing, workshops and exhibitions, but also by organizing the AltCom comics festival, running the exhibition space/comic shop Hybriden with the association CBK, as well as Fanzineverkstaden, a collective workshop for selfpublishing comics creators.

Hybriden
Hybriden is a combined (currently digital) exhibition space/webshop for comics/prints/zines, run by the cultural associations/non-profit publishers CBK and Tusen Serier. Hybriden is also a larger structure/network which also contains Wormgod, the AltCom festival, Fanzineverkstaden and the Fosfor zine distro

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