At around 9 pm every Tuesday, Cart would usually be in front of the telly watching Ballarò. This is a popular tv programme which showcases politics and current events.
As a non Italian, it can get tough to follow, especially during the open talk session where the invited speakers debates with other guests, usually in a fast and furious manner. Like how it is in this video clip.
Nevertheless from this show, I’ve learnt a number of interesting occurrences, like how how increasingly Italian pensioners retire in Belgium because of the lower cost of living and how medical tourism is booming in Poland.
But the thing that I love most about it though, is the illustrations. Ballarò has an opening theme with an adorable round mascot.
I was transfixed since the first sight. I love the choice of colours, the shapes and the clean lines, especially when it’s accompanied with such cheerful music. It’s a little ironic, considering the serious topics which makes the bulk of the show.
The name of the artist for these illustrations is Lorenzo Terranera and looking through his artwork, I find him amazingly talented and witty, the way he is able to capture real life topics, make it cute and still retain the irony of the situation.
Since watching the show, I kept telling Cart how much I would really love to meet the illustrator and let them know at the amount of delight their work has brought me.
The last time that Lorenzo Terranera held a gallery exhibition was two years ago though. I wonder if he’ll do another one in the near future.