Red dystopia


Waiting for the third TV season, at the end of April, "The Handmaid's Tale" will be released on March 16 in the USA in a graphic novel version. A preview of the images of Renée Nault, Canadian, known for her illustrations in the Los Angeles Times. In the book, a monochromatic and frightening reality and that, attention, could really happen

The protagonists of the iconography of the illustrator Renée Nault are fantastic characters from surreal worlds, mysterious women who seem to hide dangerous secrets. «Mythology and folklore have always been my greatest source of inspiration. I feel very in tune with the imagery of ancient stories, I believe they are deeply rooted in our collective memory ». For the adaptation of the novel, Nault confronted two giants, on one side Margaret Atwood, one of the most influential writers of this century, and on the other Hulu channel, the great production of the television series which today boasts 9 Emmy Awards and 2 Golden Globe. «The first time I read" The Handmaid's Tale "I was in high school, I was fascinated and shocked. Growing up in a religious family, Gilead's rhetoric was familiar to me, everything seemed terribly real and possible. It is thrilling to have been chosen to adapt this incredible and frightening story into a graphic novel.

Living the world of Gilead every time I sat at the drawing board was paradoxical, but finally I was able to extrapolate the images that had lived inside my head for years and make them real. " "Everything Handmaids wear is red: the color of blood, which defines us". The centralization of control by the Republic of Gilead finds its expression in the chromatic homologation of the surrounding environment. The value of colors is the distinctive element of the social class to which it belongs. Each category is assigned a specific color, which deprives each character of its individuality. «The red I have chosen for the costumes of the Ancelle is vibrant and violent, at the center of each scene. The color palette is intentionally very limited.

The artist was confronted with two giants, on one side Margaret Atwood, one of the most influential writers of the century, and on the other Hulu channel, the great production of the television series

I defined in advance which shades I would use and each deviation is intended to highlight incongruous elements. For example, at the beginning of the book we see a group of foreign tourists and their clothing immediately attracts attention because it is the first time that we have seen yellow and pink in the book. In flashback scenes prior to the Gilead Republic, the tones are warmer. In creating the environments I left room for white. Many backgrounds are minimalist to highlight the importance of character roles. I rearranged graphic elements in order to explore and transmit the emotional state of each scene ». At the center of the work is the thought of the protagonist who, when free, finds herself reduced to captivity and subjected to a theocratic regime that has made women functional objects. Symbols,

 

Here we can see events that have already happened somehow somewhere in the world. Margaret Atwood recently wrote, "change could be lightning fast. "It can't happen here" isn't true: anything could happen anywhere, given the circumstances ». Faced with this option, Nault also replies assertively: «It's very true. History teaches us that the rights we take for granted can be canceled at any time. In "The Handmaid's Tale", June (before becoming Difred) is well aware of what is going on in the world, yet she is totally taken aback by the sudden conquest of Gilead. While working on the book, I often wondered if there had been a time when that future could have been prevented. How long before had that been? ' A reality closer than it seems that we find in the daily news and in all the reactionary attitudes of contemporary politics. Today, thanks also to television series such as "The Handmaid's Tale", "Game of Thrones", "Stranger Things", "Black Mirror", fantasy and sci-fi and dystopian genres, as speculative narratives, seem capable of giving space to story of a world from the female point of view. According to Nault, there was a lot of absence of women, but "it is very exciting to see how this universe is being explored today. It always seemed strange to me that an author was capable of building another world in detail and did not think how half of the population would have lived ». thanks also to television series such as "The Handmaid's Tale", "Game of Thrones", "Stranger Things", "Black Mirror", fantasy and sci-fi and dystopian genres, as speculative narratives, seem capable of giving space to the story of a world from the female point of view. According to Nault, there was a lot of absence of women, but "it is very exciting to see how this universe is being explored today. It always seemed strange to me that an author was capable of building another world in detail and did not think how half of the population would have lived ». thanks also to television series such as "The Handmaid's Tale", "Game of Thrones", "Stranger Things", "Black Mirror", fantasy and sci-fi and dystopian genres, as speculative narratives, seem capable of giving space to the story of a world from the female point of view. According to Nault, there was a lot of absence of women, but "it is very exciting to see how this universe is being explored today. It always seemed strange to me that an author was capable of building another world in detail and did not think how half of the population would have lived ». but «it is very exciting to see how this universe is being explored today. It always seemed strange to me that an author was capable of building another world in detail and did not think how half of the population would have lived ». but «it is very exciting to see how this universe is being explored today. It always seemed strange to me that an author was capable of building another world in detail and did not think how half of the population would have lived ».
As Offred would say, Nolite te bastardes carborundorum (don't let bastards wipe you out).