Following La Favorite (Éditions Actes Sud BD), published to great acclaim in 2015, Matthias Lehmann's new long graphic novel, Chumbo (Éditions Casterman), is not an easy work to pigeonhole. Neither wholly realistic, factual or autobiographical, nor entirely fictional, it is perhaps best described as multi-dimensional, like Matthias Lehmann himself author and illustrator, French and Brazilian. Here, Lehmann a master of the art of textual and visual narration has gone in search of material that can accurately reflect the other facet of his nationality ? his Brazilian connection, on his mother's side, which sees him weaving familial links with the South American country. When the family fell apart, Lehmann felt the need to reinforce that connection and used elements of history both with and without a capital H to compose two parallel chronological friezes that offer up a narrative which straddles them both, questioning the notion of heritage, whether filial, cultural, social or political.
Since its publication in August 2023, Chumbo has been acclaimed by the critics for both its graphic and its narrative power and has been nominated for several prizes, including the Prix des Libraires de Bande Dessinée and the awards at the Angoulême International Comics Festival (where it is an official selection). With more than 60 original drawings on show, in addition to several new scratchboard drawings, we are delighted to be offering through the exhibition another approach to reading this fantastic book.
Thursday 8 February 2024, from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm,
in the presence of the artist
RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING
Saturday February 24 :
3pm: Meeting with Lucie Servin and Matthias Lehmann: "Chumbo, Matthias Lehmann's Brazil, a chiaroscuro fresco".
4pm: Signing session
From Friday 9 February to Saturday 9 March 2024
PARIS | Chapon
19 - 21 Rue Chapon 75003 Paris
Wednesday > Saturday 1.30 pm - 7.00 pm