The first issue of Handkerchief explores the concept of Absence. The forgotten story of the “Arrusi” – Italian homosexuals restricted on the Tremiti islands during Fascism – is narrated through the original mugshots and the contemporary pictures taken by the members of Collettivo Domino. 

Handkerchief aims to be a tool to raise awareness and promote a dialogue on a subject which is still a sensitive issue in our society as is homophobia and gender orientation. Each issue is focused on a specific topic and employs color according to the “Handkerchief Code”, a communication system used among the homosexual community during the Sixties to indicate different sexual attitudes and preferences. In this way the content of each issue has a visual correspondence through its color. 

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