Aart Taminiau will be in France from 15 to 17 November, where he will participate in the comic festival in Colomiers. He will present his graphic novel Mouton Noir (‘Wool’), which was translated into French by Laurent Bayer and published by Presque lune éditions.
Aart Taminiau (b. 1982) is a filmmaker and comic creator. He has drawn stories for the Amsterdam comic magazines Wat Wil West and Oeverloos and in 2014 was one of the forces behind De kraker, de agent, de jurist en de stad (The Squatter, the Policeman, the Lawyer and the City), a journalistic graphic novel about problems within the squatters’ movement. Taminiau depicted interviews with the police, appropriately colouring them in blue. His debut graphic novel Wol (Wool), about the demise of a textile dynasty, was published at the end of 2016.
Wool presents a world that is on the brink of extinction. The protagonists are weary of life and they are no longer able to make any money with their wool dynasty. Aart Taminiau depicts this decline in dark drawings composed of fine hatching in a style that is reminiscent of Gustave Doré and his illustrations of the Bible, Dante and Cervantes. Just as in those engravings, the occasional ray of light falls into Wool, but it is not a light that brings illumination: the feeling of anxiety and claustrophobia prevails. To emphasise the weakness of the wool industry, Taminiau presents elderly characters who seem to disappear in the darkness.