Menelique is an Italian magazine founded by Giovanni Tateo, Matteo Cresti and Fabrizio Soldano (but with an almost all female editorial staff!) with an intentionally political purpose: to face the intellectual desert in which we live, unable to stem the culture of hatred that occupies more and more spheres of public life.
In addition to insights into politics and current affairs, with a critical and feminist eye, Menelique does not lack short stories, photographic reports and illustrations.
Direct and clear from the index (divided into quadrants according to the accessible-complex and short-long coordinates) to the maniacally curated graphics, Menelique is what is missing in Italian political publishing, with its démodé visual design and its logics conceived for a male audience.
Their manifesto reads:
The Menelique collective unites militants, creatives and artists, academics and journalists who share an editorial ambition:
- disseminating a post-colonial point of view that can oppose the growing culture of hatred towards migrants that poisons the Italian public debate;
- stimulate the articulation of a collective political awareness by proposing new critical analyzes of power relations;
- provide platforms for comparison and coordination for political action;
- lay the foundations for a renewed critique of the exploitation of political struggles by the liberal and liberal culture;
- to bring back to life the thematic and stylistic richness of political and cultural discourses, as well as to give space to internal conflicts to the political movements that animate them;
- launch an editorial experience that can achieve economic sustainability through the support of a community of readers aware of the importance of not leaving the Italian cultural space to captains of industry;
- convey through this same path the idea that intellectual, cultural and creative work, requiring knowledge, talent and professionalism, cannot yield to the current system of exploitation that denies adequate recognition and remuneration to workers in the sector.
Issue 2 - The silent city
Issue two of Menelique magazine deals with the hottest issues related to cities and, from the graphic style to the depth of the contributions, leads this magazine to make a new qualitative leap in the ability to interpret the challenges of our times with a critical eye and editorial beauty.
Around the theme of the city we find insights on: predatory tourism, hostile architecture, gentrification, africapitalism, black municipalism, evictions, commodification of cultural heritage.
Menelique is a proposal magazine, and in this issue it seeks rationally to interpret unsustainable ways of living our cities and to propose alternative solutions and new ways of interpreting changes.
Among the most significant interventions of this issue we find Debbie Bookchin, gAmerican investigative journalist and author who collaborated with Bernie Sanders, Ada Colau, mayor of Barcelona who talks to Menelique about how it is done in the practice of managing a city hall to "Transform fear into hope", and an in-depth study on "Black Municipalism" .
Internal printing: Fedrigoni Arcoset White paper 120 gr. and Fedrigoni Woodstock Suede 140 gr.
Cover print: Fedrigoni Brossulin XT 290 gr
Issue 1 - The futures of available work HERE