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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 anonymous Italian artists. Active since 2007, over the years the trio has produced works all around Europe with a multidisciplinary approach, distinguished by his raw and brutal “six-handed” style. CANEMORTO's imagery mixes the language of graffiti with the cult of an evil deity called Txakurra, who influences the works and choices of the group. CANEMORTO has exhibited his work in solo exhibitions at Studio Cromie (Grottaglie, IT), Kapow (Gent, BE), Altrove Gallery (Catanzaro, IT), Viafarini (Milan, IT) and has participated in group exhibitions, performances and screenings in galleries and institutions including Artmossphere Biennale (Moscow, RU), MARCA (Museum of the Arts of Catanzaro,IT), Museum of Follia (Lucca, IT), Triennale (Milan, IT), Ethnographic Museum of Friuli (Udine, IT), Galleria Varsi (Rome, IT), Palazzo Fazzari (Catanzaro, IT), Encore (Brussels, BE), USF Verftet (Bergen, NO), Ex Dogana (Rome, IT), Above Second Gallery (Hong Kong, HK), V9 Gallery (Warszawa, PL), Urban Spree (Berlin, GE), TOLK Gallery (Nizhny Novgorod, RU) and FIFTY24MX Gallery (Mexico City, MX).  “One in three” is how the group that has taken the name CANEMORTO defines itself. They are a hybrid that is difficult to define, lurking in ambiguity, and from this, they take their force: by being composed of three souls, contrary to every label and classification, constrained by anonymity and always moving between the capitals of Europe and the outer peripheries, they are a creature fought over by gallery owners and law enforcement, positioned halfway between legality and lawlessness, with one foot inside the system of art, and the other well-anchored outside it. Involved in the field of official art, and before that, in the art of the street, they transpose their poetics and iconography from one medium to another, depending on the context, with the knowledge to operate in the larger world of art and not just a subculture. Text by Elisa Fusi Ph. credit: Ivan Cazzola

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SHE.LAB is a creative studio specializing in editorial design and the art of handcrafted bookbinding born in 2019 from the idea of designer Paola Pompili with the aim of creating a reality that would become a referral point for book and paper object lovers, thanks to the experimentation of different techniques, materials, and supports. The ten-year collaboration with Galleria Varsi in Rome has evolved over time, making She.Lab an essential component of this project. Starting from January 2022, in fact, She.Lab works inside Varsi Art&Lab's laboratory and embody, together with the screen printing studio 56Fili and the design studio Base/34, its artisanal and productive side. In this space, Paola Pompili and bookbinder Claudia Mosena (who joins the project in 2022) work in synergy to design and create products that feature research, craftsmanship, and uniqueness as their strengths. The studio opens outward during workshops and becomes a place for sharing and disseminating manual skills and traditional workmanship dedicated to the world of bookbinding.

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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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