On the 25th November 1970 japanese writer Yukio Mishima (三島由紀夫 ) commited his ritualistic suicide. 50 years after, at the same day and month, our RUBI collection released the book Mishima - Blade Manifesto by Portuguese artist Tiago Manuel.
It's a graphic reading of Confessions of a Mask (1949), book that Mishima started writting also on the same day and month. This "Manifesto" was made by Tiago Manuel for an exhibition for Ciclo Mishima - Um Esboço do Nada, program dedicated to the write by Belém Cultural Center (CCB) in 2008 and after twelve long years finally it was published in book form - only a small except was published in #20 of Kuš! (Latvia) in 2015.
The artist used scissors that shattered the original work, not to destroy it, but to honor it by making it bleed images. We hope this vision of Tiago Manuel will open an intellectual battle between "Comics" and conceptual drawing purists.
This edition includes also Visions of Mishima, a text written by curator António Mega Ferreira.
Four different drawing were printed in risograph at Desisto. One of these images will be a gift to you if you buy directly to Chili Com Carne, There is 25 copies of each, all signed and numbered by the artist.
His works reminds me of Roland Topor's works and has a touch of Polish film posters. - DJ Cat Goshie (by email)
Best Portuguese Books 2020 in Expresso newspaper
Tiago Manuel is a national treasure (...) - Gabriel Martins in Paul Gravett site
exciting, experimental recent release in Portugal, (...) Tiago Manuel's Mishima: Blade Manifesto is an evocative suite of transforming text-free images, one per spread (...). - Paul Gravett on FB