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:
- spreading a post-colonial point of view that could oppose the growing culture of hatred towards migrants that poisons the Italian public debate;
- stimulate the articulation of a collective political conscience 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 bow to the current system of exploitation that denies adequate recognition and remuneration to workers in the sector.
Issue 4 - Design
This issue of Menelique magazine talks about Design and thinks about the rules imposed by industry and capitalism in this world. He tries to discover the patterns "forced" by the money of what is now called "good design" and tells how it is complicated for different styles and ideas to be able to emerge.
Menelique also tells us how today behind the world of design, fashion and architecture there are often people who live in the illusion of their freedom, actually forced on the one hand to follow induced logics of commercial taste in expressing their creativity. and on the other hand to work in increasingly difficult and precarious conditions of total devotion to work.
Once again Menelique seeks the hidden side of what seems obvious to us, also entering the sphere of mainstream styles and tastes to actually reveal greedy systems dominated by ardent manipulators.
Issue 1 - The futures of available work HERE