The 36th edition of Le immagini della fantasia will introduce a new space for pedagogic experimentation, dedicated to children’s literature. It is a small autarchic place where children can travel along literary and visual paths that stimulate the imagination, a faculty that is typically human. This faculty plays a fundamental role in our life: it is a special corner in our mind that allows us to create images of invisible and unintelligible things, of “what is not, nor has been, and maybe won’t be, but could have been” (Calvino, 1993). This space is called Zooillogico. It was designed as a small literary garden where visitors can observe exotic and unusual books, poetic books that narrate the oddities of human nature and scientific books that tell us about the extraordinary lives of animals and their closeness to men. The aim is clear: encouraging interest in peculiar books and, most importantly, enticing the imagination of children and adults alike.
Illustration by William Wondriska, from Dov’è lo zoo? (Corraini Edizioni) – detail