TOILETPAPER is an artists’ magazine created by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, born out of a passion and obsession they both cultivate: images.
In TOILETPAPER each picture springs from an idea, often simple, and through a complex orchestration of people it becomes the materialization of the artists’ mental outbursts. TOILETPAPER contains no text and ever since the first issue of June 2010 combines the vernacular of commercial photography with twisted narrative tableaux and a troubling imagination, creating a world that displays ambiguous narratives and surrealistic imagery. The result is a publication that is a proper work of art which, through its wide distribution in form of a magazine, challenges the limits of our contemporary value system.
Maurizio Cattelan has exhibited internationally in leading international institutions and he has participated numerous times in the Venice Biennale and curated the 4th Berlin Biennale together with Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick. In the meantime, he managed to promote No soul for sale – A Festival of Independents that took place in the Turbine Hall of the Tate Modern in 2010. Since retiring from art, after the acclaimed retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, he totally committed himself to the new publishing project, Toiletpaper magazine.
Pierpaolo Ferrari is a fashion and advertising photographer and creative researcher. His early career in advertising photography was launched during the explosive years of the medium in Milan. In 2009, the metamorphosis is completed thanks to sharing his new publishing obsession with Maurizio Cattelan: Toiletpaper magazine. When he’s not shooting, he can be found surfing.