Make it Public 2020

Interview by Xiaojuan Pang

Mr. Umberto Giovannini (Italy),

Umberto Giovannini is an Italian printmaker and a lecturer of the Foundation Course in Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins. He is also the founder of Opificio della Rosa – a low environmental impact printmaking centre, hosting and supporting artists of different nationalities and backgrounds engaged in experimental projects. Working internationally between England and Italy, Umberto uses woodcut as a travel diary, as well as an intimate yet powerful form of reportage to investigate this changing, floating contemporary world through his highly sensitive personal perceptions.

Xiaojuan Pang is a Chinese graphic designer, illustrator and researcher based in London. She is currently studying for a Master of Research degree in Communication Design at the Royal College of Art. Her current research takes food as a metonym for human condition, and investigates the way it generates depictions, insights and reflections about social realities though reportage drawing.

In this conversation, Umberto and Xiaojuan discuss work, process and experience as creators during the Covid-19 lockdown, as well as their understanding towards the relationship between the act of image-making and social crisis.