Lampoon and the uniforms for San Vittore
Text Carlo Mazzoni
I set up Lampoon two years ago. A magazine, a means of communication – until today; the resources were employed to create a publication that was acknowledged and recognized in terms of circulation and readership volume. Today, having data and figures vouching for the quality of our work, Lampoon is able to measure up against the nature that was always envisioned for it: that light seriousness upon which literature is founded and that makes every commitment credible.
Lampoon stands for sharp, witty satire. Through aesthetics, Lampoon wishes to narrate the passing of time and people’s sensitivity. Today, having gone through the era of sobriety, people are now living the era of seriousness, and it is at this point that we wish to remind ourselves how there is nothing more serious than commitment.
Adding one drop changes the magnitude of the sea. Be it a rewording of one of Mother Teresa’s quotes or the chorus line of the latest song by Francesco Renga, this is the definition of seriousness: a small, sacrosanct truth, that lives off its authenticity irrespective of the consideration that the world will concede to it.
Detention facilities detain individuals that are deemed dangerous to society. As well as detaining, their aim is to rehabilitate and re-educate inmates. I received a phone call from Lina Sotis, who is dedicated to and actively involved in social issues through her association Quartieri Tranquilli: she brought my attention to the need of new workwear uniforms for the detainees of San Vittore prison. Lampoon is about aesthetics, fashion and clothes; we could certainly help supplying the workwear uniforms for San Vittore.
We called Alessandro Moro, who a few years ago, in partnership with Paolo Restelli and Dado Schapira, set up Adventures, a company specialized in workwear and school uniforms. Personally, I like a neat, meaningful story, a story that I could well see unfolding here when thinking about a prison as a new type of schooling.