Mark Nicotra | BOLUS Paper


BOLO Paper is an independent publishing house based in Milan, Italy. They often work with designers and artists with the aim of producing quality objects, artists' books, magazines, fanzines and limited edition prints, without submitting to the logic of the market and common sense. The publishing house was founded in 2011 by Marco Nicotra, a Milanese graphic designer. The main field of investigation is the vast world of the image and the visual, often with a
vintage aftertaste, trashy, sarcastic, and with a high iconic value. The visual trick often used is the re-proposition in a current key of images already present in our visual background, often coming from the imagery of the 80s and 90s; these are updated in a new context, often detached from the original one, with the aim of creating a small short circuit in the eye of the beholder. Other themes that return are those of randomness and error seen as allies for a good publication and not as limits to creativity.
BOLO Paper highlights and makes fun of the politically correct short circuit and the paradoxes of the society we live in in a provocative and brazen way, inviting the viewer to reconsider the yardstick of right and wrong, replacing it with the sensible and the senseless. BOLO magazine is the main publication of BOLO Paper and the one with which the project was born, but ad
many others immediately followed; to date they have published more than 300 titles distributed internationally, mainly in Milan, but also in Berlin, London, NY, Paris, Tokyo, Rotterdam, Singapore and several other cities.