Patience has its limits. No Patience in Bologna.
An articulated mix of ingenuity, feelings and contrasting values. Fellow mates, political groups, simple students, citizens, retirees, all together in a micro-world that marked the history: a boy with immense talent, who died prematurely and was living near Hotel Maggiore, told the peculiarities and contradictions of those years.
Andrea Pazienza is the creator of Pentothal, protagonist of a documentary on the riots. He tells about Zanardi, Colasanti and Petrillo, the most classic boys of the district. He tells about Pertini, who desecrates a myth with the love of who wants to make it even bigger.
In Bologna choir, it is impossible not to distinguish Andrea Pazienza’s voice, sometimes brash, always magnetic.
The immediate creative and emotional voice is fixed on the strips of a tale of a past time. Andrea Pazienza Bologna is all the above in Bologna, Paz (this is the nickname with which Andrea Pazienza is remembered in Bologna), in ’77 Bologna. The extraordinary adventures of Pentothal tell of the revolutionary dreams of an entire generation, the Bologna of Radio Alice evacuated live, echo the screams of student gatherings.
For Pazienza, creating comics was an instinctive, logic, obvious act. He was born in San Benedetto del Tronto on 23rd May 1956, he spent his childhood between San Severo and Pescara and then he moved to Bologna. Dams is the point of non-return of his human and artistic training. He became comic reporter of Bologna during the times of the riots, contradictions and peak of Brigate Rosse’s ideology.
He was living at number 223, Via Emilia Ponente, Bologna, in a brick red building with green shutters. At just a few steps from Hotel Maggiore, Paz drew most of his adventures for ten years. From Comics to film posters upon Fellini’s commission.
Andrea Pazienza’s life in Bologna was spent between “Cirenaica” bar and the flat in Via Clavature, transformed in creative laboratory named Traum Fabrik, where his most brilliant publishing works were invented. And also between Trebbi and Moretto restaurants, the Bologna itinerary to remember Andrea Pazienza includes the remembrance of Francesca Alinovi who chose him for an exhibition in the university city. The university environment is the ground in which the new language between “Bolognese” and “Pugliese” bloomed. The synergy between Pazienza and the university world of Bologna gave life to “Cannibale” underground magazine, realised in collaboration with Tatino Liberatore and Filippo Scozzari. In ’81, Paz, Apaz, Andrenza, Spaz (his nicknames multiplied) reached popularity and continued to draw society with cynicism and a drawing mark out-of-the-rules, as the age he’s telling. A small segment of Italian history remains set among the flashing white and black shades, between shadows and the lines of an unforgettable bibliography.
If you wish to visit Bologna and tour the roads that you have read about and immersed yourself in the pages of Penthotal comics, view this collection at Biblioteca Sala Borsa.
With a bit of nostalgia, you can remember the lost times and an artist that passed away too young, Andrea Pazienza and ’77 Bologna.