Latefa Wiersch. artpop_insta. Latefa Wiersch. Kunsthaus Langenthal; Präsens Editionen

Posted in art, Artist's book, books, exhibition catalogue on November 22nd, 2022
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Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Latefa Wiersch. Original Features”, Kunsthaus Langenthal, 25 August – 13 November 2022.

All texts and images originally published on Instagram @artpop_insta between 2018 and 2022.

The Kunsthaus Langenthal presents the first institutional solo exhibition of the work of Latefa Wiersch (*1982 in Dortmund, Germany, lives and works in Zurich). Her work is populated by liminal beings that combine elements of human and animal, plant, object, and machine, and that pupate and transform. Drawing on observations of everyday life and a provocative sense of humor, these figures tell stories about social realities and the life of the artist. Against the background of current discourses on identity, Latefa Wiersch confronts the gaps in her own history. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a performance with the Dandara Modesto and Rhoda Davids Abel.

Text & Images: Latefa Wiersch
Graphic Design: Dorothee Dähler
Editing: Eva-Maria Knüsel
Proof Reading: Thomas Skelton-Robinson

Edition of 300

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111 stanze. Giulia Casartelli. Edizioni postali tigre

Posted in Artist Book, books, exhibition catalogue, illustration on October 27th, 2022
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Between 28 April 2020 and 3 September 2021, Giulia Casartelli painted and sent 111 watercolour postcards to as many selected recipients. Each postcard reproduced a fragment of the short story Clementina Butterfingers (Edizioni postali tigre, 2022), written by the artist from 2014 to 2020. On 26 September 2021, Giulia started a trip to visit the locations where the postcards are now displayed. She photographed (or has asked the addressees to photograph) these intimate spaces and reproduced them in watercolour. 111 stanze is an archive of this journey.

Texts by Giulia Casartelli, Camilla Pietrabissa, Elena M. R. Rizzi
Translation: Johanna Bishop
Book design: Federico Antonini

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The Beirut Experience. Jean-Paul Felley, Olivier Kaeser. attitudes

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue on September 22nd, 2022
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The book has been produced on the occasion of the exhibition The Beirut Experience at Beirut Art Center in Beirut (12.10 – 19.11.2011) and at Villa Bernasconi in Lancy, Geneva (20.04 – 10.06.2012).

Artists: Lara Almarcegui, Marc Bauer, Tony Chakar, Marcelline Delbecq, Latifa Echakhch, Eric Hattan, Mark Lewis, Adrien Missika, Estefania Peñafiel Loaiza, Dan Perjovschi.

The edition includes Vacant buildings in the Hotel district, Beirut by Lara Almarcegui.

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Prunella Clough a small thing edgily. Camila McHugh (Ed.). Floating Opera Press

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue on August 23rd, 2022
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With texts by Amy Sillman and Emily LaBarge

Exhibition catalogue with twenty color illustrations of paintings by the British painter Prunella Clough (1919–1999). Published to commemorate the first German presentation of the artist’s work at June gallery, Berlin, the book focuses on the artist’s late-career departure from the industrial figuration for which she was known into a wry, quietly influential approach to abstraction. Included works date from 1960–1993. Prunella Clough’s abstraction developed largely out of step with any artistic movement or milieu: impervious to the advent of Pop, she was more taken by the Minimalism of Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt, which may have accentuated her sense of restraint. Amy Sillman calls Clough “a ‘conceptual painter’ avant la lettre,” while Merlin James emphasizes how she “anticipated many traits in post-modern painting.” Awarded the Jerwood Painting Prize in 1999 shortly before her death, and recognized with significant solo exhibitions at Annely Juda Fine Art Gallery (1989), the Camden Arts Center (1996), and a posthumous Tate Britain retrospective (2007), Clough’s legacy remains bogged down by emphasis on her early figurative works, tethering her innovative abstraction too tightly to an industrial origin story. This catalogue is a remedy to this situation.

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Cut a Door in the Wolf. Jason Dodge. BILL

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, exhibition catalogue, Monograph on August 7th, 2022
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Cut a Door in the Wolf, published on the occasion of the exhibition by Jason Dodge at MACRO Museum for Contemporary Art of Rome.
Photography Adrianna Glaviano.
Book design Julie Peeters.

Japanese binding, wrapped in a printed sheet.
This is the first in a series of monographs by BILL.

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Steve McQueen. Sunshine State. Vicente Todolí (Ed.). Pirelli HangarBicocca; Marsilio Editori

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue on July 28th, 2022
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On the occasion of the solo show “Sunshine State,” Pirelli HangarBicocca presents a monograph dedicated to Steve McQueen, the first published in Italian, realized in close collaboration with the artist. Edited by Vicente Todolí, the catalogue of the exhibition is designed by Irma Boom, whose graphic project is enriched by a series of different papers alternating to emphasize the contents reproduced on each of them. Together with an exploration on the new video installation that gives the title to the show, which had its world premiere in Milan, the volume features a new selection of works conceived by the British artist and filmmaker in the past twenty years. Besides a wide photographic documentation of the exhibition, the volume includes in-depth entries on each work on display. Furthermore, critical contributions by art historians and curators complement the editorial project, such as a specifically commissioned essay by Cora Gilroy-Ware and an introduction on the exhibition by Vicente Todolí, together with texts by Paul Gilroy and Solveig Nelson, as well as a conversation between Hamza Walker and Steve McQueen, originally published on the catalogue Steve McQueen related to his solo show at Tate Modern in collaboration with Pirelli HangarBicocca in 2020, and translated in Italian for the first time for this occasion.

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Rabih Mroué Interviews. Nadim Samman (Ed.). Hatje Cantz

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue, politics on July 16th, 2022
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A leading voice in Lebanon’s cultural diaspora, Rabih Mroué’s acclaimed body of work addresses the contested memory of historical events that include the Lebanese civil war, the Arab Spring, and the Syrian Revolution. Spanning theater, art, and literature, his diverse oeuvre is situated at the intersection of personal and political imaginaries, media critique, and concepts of authorship: Through scripted conversations, confessions, reports, and questions, Mroué ceaselessly interrogates ways of speaking.

Published to coincide with his major solo exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, marking his receipt of the 2020 Schering Award for Artistic Research, this anthology of interviews frames the past 20 years of Mroué’s practice. Additionally, a suite of newly commissioned interviews and an introductory essay by the curator Nadim Samman draw a portrait of the artist.

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Nafas (Isolation Diaries). Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai. blueprint.12

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions on June 15th, 2022
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Curator and Editorial Advisor: Amit Kumar Jain
Translation: Kadamboor Neeraj

Stranded in Najibabad (Uttar Pradesh) during the lockdown, Ahmadzai like others was uncertain about what the future held, and if she would be able to visit Kabul to be with her husband. It was during this time, confined in her barsati (terrace) studio room at her parents home that Ahmadzai delved into a practice of writing letters to her husband, revealing to him in a one-sided communication her anxieties, daily routine, loss of loved ones and their marriage.

Titled Nafas, or the Isolation Diaries, the letters include references from poetry and writings of Rabia Basri, Jalauddin Rumi Balkhi, Bedil Shanaz, Jaun Elia, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ghalib, T.S.Elliot, Virginia Woolf, Hermann Hesse, Dostoevsky and Nietzsche, each having their own impact on Ahmadzai’s life and her thought process as a contemporary artist.

These letters highlight the concerns of a woman, who is unable to come to terms with her life in flux- one with its roots in a country where religious isolation, propaganda and intolerance have become a norm, and the uncertainty of life and political instability in the other. The series, as well as an earlier series titled Lihaaf, comments on the state of the marginalized societies, such as Muslim women, where many such voices are never heard or spoken of.

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Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai’s (b. 1988) works are deeply connected to the experiences of women that rarely find a voice and are subdued under societal and political pressures or are bound within religious orthodoxies. Her works, though narrate a personal experience, are inspired by a much larger community of women who have been marginalized in history. Working within a disciplined studio practice and through collaborative community projects such as Lihaaf (Quilt), Arshi has struck a powerful chord with contemporary feminist art theory.

Her prolific art practice finds its foundation in the history of stitching by rafoogars (darners) of Najibabad. Surrounded by a large community of women who share their embroidery over songs, compassion and sisterhood, it was only natural for Arshi to turn to the fabric as her canvas. These exchanges have led to large scrolls as well as smaller works, where she juxtaposes image and text to comment on women and their roles, their sexuality, their freedom and their desires- some in love and some victims to political terrorism. An avid reader of poetry and philosophy, she not only questions patriarchy, but demands that her voice is heard and accepted.

Arshi Irshad Ahmadzai graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Art from the Aligarh Muslim University, 2011 and a Masters in Fine Art from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi in 2013. Her first solo titled Nafas (Isolation Diaries) was held at Blueprint12, New Delhi, 2021. Her group exhibitions include ‘May we meet again’, a collaborative project for Noor Riyadh light festival, Saudi National Museum, 2021; ‘Head in the Clouds’ at Chatterjee & Lal, 2021; ‘Seeds are being sown’ at Shrine Empire Gallery, 2020; The India Art Fair, 2020; ‘Out of your shadow’ by Blueprint12 at Gallery Espace, 2019 and a solo presentation at 1Shanthi Road Gallery in 2019. She is one of the recipients of the Five Million Incidents grant from the Goethe-Institut, New Delhi and the Inlaks Fine Arts Award in 2019.

She lives between Kabul and New Delhi.

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HAWAPI 2017 – El Triángulo Terrestre. HAWAPI

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, exhibition catalogue, exhibitions, geography, photography, politic, politics on May 28th, 2022
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In the space where the Perú-Chile border meets the Pacific coastline, lies a triangle of approximately 3.7 hectares. Known as the “Triángulo Terrestre”, this piece of land has been causing diplomatic disputes between the two nations since the middle of the 20th century. Despite its relatively small size (equivalent to Parque Kennedy in Lima or Madison Square Park in New York) and having no agricultural, commercial or strategic value the Triángulo Terrestre has been in dispute since the signing of the 1929 treaty between Perú and Chile. The disputed land has acquired a symbolic value employed at different times by the governments of each country for political purposes.​

In April 2017, HAWAPI, in partnership with Galería Metropolitana (Chile) took a group of 13 artists (5 Peruvians, 5 Chileans, 1 Bolivian, 1 Israeli and 1 North American) to camp in Santa Rosa—the closest village to the “Triángulo Terrestre”. During four days camping on site, the group generated a series of artistic interventions and actions to contemplate in situ the social, political, economic and physical impact created by this dispute; before moving to Tacna where they staged an exhibition of their work in the independent cultural centre, Laramamango.

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Michaël Sellam – Science, fiction, culture, capital. Various Authors. BlackJack Éditions

Posted in art, books, exhibition catalogue on May 13th, 2022
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The first monograph dedicated to the work of Michaël Sellam, which is at the crossroads of sculpture, photography, video and music. Here, it brings together, among other things, fruits, flowers, parallel universes, smoke, microscopic hieroglyphs, an Italian grandmother, traces of lipstick, masters of darkness, some robots, aliens, the making of Egyptian ropes, the inhalation of parasitic odors from the solar system, the intensive programming of an extremely slow machine and the 180° head turn.

«Notre civilisation se développe dans une logique de la contingence, de la possibilité pour chaque chose d’être tout autre. Comment la notion de matière s’est ouverte à une économie et à une pensée de la forme à un moment où tout devient programmable? Expérimenter à travers l’art les relations de tensions entre science, fiction, culture et capital développe, de fait, un certain artifice. Il est peut-être nécessaire de produire une nouvelle esthétique qui ne soit ni représentative, ni abstraite, ni conditionnelle, mais constitutive d’une époque où, plus qu’à toute autre, nous construisons un monde qui inclut comme possible notre disparition et ou coexistent les formes chaotiques et ordonnées de la circulation: des idées, des formes, des atomes, des énergies, des gènes, de l’information.»
–Michaël Sellam

Texts by Gérard Berréby, Benoît Durandin, Christian Gaussen, Lætitia Paviani; interview with Timothée Chaillou. Published on the occasion of Michaël Sellam’s exhibition at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Montpellier Agglomération, from January to February 2014.

The work of Michaël Sellam (born in 1975 in Paris) multiplies the references to the world of popular leisure with a particular interest in amateur practices and forms of sub and counter-culture. Belonging to a generation that has integrated the use of computers and new technologies, he relies on these technical instruments and questions, through a complex and varied approach, forms that unfold from installation to video, from sculpture to performance.

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