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CANEMORTO & SHE.LAB – I Tarocchi Canemorto

Limited Edition of 40


Varsi Lab

Artworks and texts:

Graphic design and book binding:
Paola Pompili (She.Lab)

Text editing and translation:
Venexia Editrice

Printed September 2020

Artist info


Canemorto is a trio of Italian artists that like to keep their identity hidden. Active since 2007, during the past ten years they have created works in Europe that stand out for their raw and brutal style.

The personal imagery of Canemorto mixes graffiti to the worship of an evil deity, which influences the work of the group and their choices. In 2015 Canemorto produced and published the feature film “Te Amo-Lisboa | An ignominious street art movie”, which went around the world, stimulating reflections and opening debates. The same year they exhibited in the itinerant show “Eterotopia”, presented in Rome at the Ex Dogana and Palazzo Fazzari in Catanzaro.

In 2016, the trio produced “Toys”, a solo exhibition at the historic Viafarini space in Milan. In 2017 Altrove Gallery presented a new set of pictures by Canemorto, together with works by Carlo Zinelli, a historical representative of Art Brut, in the exhibition “Carlo giallo su sfondo di tre cani”.

Artist info


Paola Pompili (SHE.LAB) is an Art Director and Graphic Designer working for major communication agencies and publishing companies; she has been collaborating with Varsi since its opening and is in charge of the graphic and editorial image of the gallery. Her love and knowledge of paper is at the basis of all her creations; recently she has combined her various skills to set up an artisan bookbinding activity related to her editorial projects. SHE.LAB creates her works by combining her passion for graphic art and publishing in editorial projects which involve different printing techniques, hand-made bindings and a careful selection of paper. Every element that shapes the final product is specifically designed to express the work of the artist at its best.

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LIBRI ANOMALI (Anomalist Books) is a project created by the art laboratory Varsi Lab in cooperation with the designer Paola Pompili (SHE.LAB). The two have been working together since 2013, producing Varsi Editions art catalogs.

LIBRI ANOMALI is the natural evolution of these editions and is an experimental project dedicated to publishing art books different from traditional books. Anomalist is in fact the most suitable adjective for these unusual and unconventional volumes dedicated the fans of the genre.

LIBRI ANOMALI are small limited editions manufactured inside the printing workshop, bound by hand and produced in collaboration with various renowned national and international artists.

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The Canemorto trio undoubtedly represents one of the most controversial contemporary phenomena that strongly divides the public, which reacts to it in two opposite and irreconcilable ways: the adepts, who venerate the three masked characters considering them the only true prophets of our time, and the detractors, who instead consider them insidious charlatans.

The trio started with graffiti, but in over a decade they have managed to extend their influence to a variety of fields, from cinema to literature, music to gastronomy, tattoo to fashion, with the sole purpose of spreading their ambiguous religious cult, based on the adoration of a dog-like divinity called Txakurra. This mysterious fetish has its roots in kozo, a spirit that has the features of a dog.

Txakurra connects the world of the living with that of the dead, and is present in many religions of central Africa. Cerberus from Greek mythology probably derives from it.

Among the innumerable divination practices that the trio has developed for the cult of Txakurra, the most renowned is the Canemorto Tarot.

So far it has been used only in private sessions with all documentation strictly forbidden until now and jealously guarded by the three group members. Thanks to the collaboration with Fabricio Villanuzzi, researcher and one of Canemorto’s most trusted followers, and the specialized assistance of Venexia Editrice, Varsi is pleased to present the very first edition of these fascinating esoteric maps, enriched by detailed descriptions that will help you perform a personal divination.

I truly hope that this book will contribute to shed light on the Canemorto mystery.

Unlike traditional tarot cards that have 22 major arcana, the Canemorto Tarot has 24 arcana, following the strict rule of Txakurra which states that all numerology associated with the cult must be divisible by three. Personal readings are very simple: you must throw the 24-sided dice attached to the book three times.

Each number corresponds to a tarot; the tarot associated with the first number obtained represents the past, the second number is the present and the third number is the future. The Canemorto trio expressly states that should number 3 be obtained three times in a row, it is highly advisable to contact them.

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Cover and box:
Nepalese Lokta 80 gsm paper
Drawings by Canemorto
Screen printing by 56Fili

Inside pages:
Freelife Merida white Fedrigoni 320gsm paper
Digital print by Tipografia 360 gradi

Exposed spine binding
Link stitch binding

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