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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27.07, from 7pm: Book Presentation, Reading & Talk with Renée Thorne and Raimar Stange @ Motto Berlin

Posted in Book launch, events, Motto Berlin event, writing on July 25th, 2022
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Please join us for a Book Presentation, Reading & Talk with Renée Thorne and Raimar Stange, at Motto Berlin.

Wednesday 27 July 2022
from 7pm

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68 (im Hinterhof)
10997 Berlin


*Raimar Stange
Born 1960 in Hannover, Raimar Stange studied literature and philosophy. He works and lives in Berlin as a freelance critic and curator. Stange contributes regularly to Kunst-Bulletin, Zurich; Monopol, Berlin; artmagazine.cc, Vienna; Artist, Bremen and has written catalogue texts on, amongst others, Monica Bonvicini, Peter Friedl, Thomas Hirschhorn, Michel Majerus, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Silke Wagner, Johannes Wohnseifer and Stefanie von Schroeter. He curates exhibitions on climate change and post-democracy.

*Renée Thorne
Renée Thorne is an author and artist based in Basel, Switzerland. Her work spans from lyric essays and literary journalism to texts rooted in a performative practice. Renée recently finished an M.A. in Transdisciplinary Studies at Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and will begin teaching Creative Writing at Franklin University in the fall.

Eurydice, Alive
Author: Renée Thorne
Publisher: art&fiction publications

Fusing essay, poetry and provocative prose, this hybrid work is an emotionally complex portrayal of loss and resurrection. The book ranges from memoir through myth to the overlapping lives of past artists in a fractal narrative traversing interior and exterior landscapes. In a brisk and unflinching account of the death of the narrator’s mother, the reader descends into the subterranean realms of grief as the loss unfurls into interconnected and unexpected stories of the underworld. From Eurydice’s indifferent return to Orpheus to a poet`s regret for the ghost that haunts him, each story is rich with the resonances in-between. Written in simple yet elegant prose, it is a story about emergence and the struggle to come alive. The result is a text as intense and urgent as the heartbeat the author is seeking.

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For Zitkála-Šá. Raven Chacon. Art Metropole; New Documents

Posted in art, books on July 24th, 2022
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For Zitkála-Šá collects a series of scores by artist and composer Raven Chacon.

Paying tribute to Yankton Dakota writer, musician, and activist Zitkála-Šá (b.1876), this publication is structured through a series of scores for thirteen contemporary female Indigenous performing artists: Laura Ortman, Cheryl L’Hirondelle, Suzanne Kite, Barbara Croall, Jacqueline Wilson, Autumn Chacon, Heidi Senungetuk, Ange Loft, Joy Harjo, Carmina Escobar, Olivia Shortt, Candice Hopkins, and Buffy Sainte-Marie. The book is supplemented by texts by each artist and a contextualizing essay by Chacon.

Raven Chacon is a composer, performer, and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A former member of the interdisciplinary art collective Postcommodity, Chacon’s work has been exhibited and performed at the Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, the Borealis Festival, the 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center.

Habibi Funk 015: An eclectic selection from the Arab world, part 2. Various Artists. Habibi Funk

Posted in music, vinyl on July 23rd, 2022
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This compilation of songs is not meant as a historic reflection of popular music of the “Arab world.” It is a very personal selection of songs we grew to like at Habibi Funk. It is music that historically never existed as a unified musical genre. We think it’s important to make this distinction and to have the listener understand that the majority of the music on this compilation does not come from the highly famous names of the musical spectrum of North Africa and the Middle East. Instead, the final body compiled for this record consists of some – at least for us – nichey pearls and often overlooked artists; resulting in a diverse range of styles from Egyptian organ funk, disco sounds from Morocco, an example of the lively reggae scene of Libya, political songs from Lebanon, soundtrack music from Algeria, a musical union between Kenya and Oman, and much more.
The photo we chose for this cover somehow could be seen as an allegory of the sounds we feature on the label. It depicts Algerian composer Ahmed Malek at an ice cream bar during his stay in Japan for the World Expo in Osaka, 1970. He later said that his visit to Japan and especially the manga culture left a distinctive mark on the way he created his own compositions. With this in mind, it feels as a suiting visual representation for the mu- sic on this compilation.

Accordingly, the compilation you are holding in your hands offers a much wider range of music than just funk influenced sounds. Sure, it brings back Fadoul, who we have already dedicated a full length album to. He was the mystical Moroccan singer who – influenced by the sounds of James Brown- created his own musical vision full of energy but also still very intimate. Another artist we have featured before is Ahmed Malek, the grand Algerian soundtrack composer, whose music is largely connected by a distinct feeling of melancholic beauty or Hamid Al Shaeri, the Egyptian hit producer whose track “Ayonha” was probably the most widely appreciated track off our first compilation. But we have also learned that this format of a compilation can serve as a medium to introduce artists to our audience, who we are planning to dedicate full length releases to in the near future, such as Ibrahim Hesnawi. Hesnawi is the father of reggae music in Libya – a genre still widely popular in Libya – and whose presence in the country is commonly connected to the rhythmic similarities of reggae with some form of Libyan folkloric music. Nahib Alhoush is another Libyan artist, whose musical output we will spotlight in the near future. In the 1970s, he was the co-founder of Free Music, one of the first Libyan bands introducing western influences into their music. After the band stopped performing together he started an at least equally successful solo career under his own name.

When I got into Arabic music around five or six years ago, I knew pretty much nothing about it. Realistically, I still know very, very little about it and I’m by no means an expert. I just had the opportunity to visit the region frequently, trying to learn about music I might like. Most of the bands, I happen to enjoy, were fairly obscure and therefore a lot of the music on this compilation seems to be largely forgotten. After sharing many of the old records and tapes online through mixes, I have realized that there is a huge disparity be- tween the interest in the music on the one hand and its availability on the other.

All tracks on this compilation are fully licensed, most directly from the artist or in the case of artists, who are deceased licensed from the artist’s family. There are two exceptions: Hamid Al Shaeri’s track was licensed from SLAM! as the label is still active under the name Sonar. Zohra’s “Badala Zamana” from the great Belgian label MTMU, who has reissued this track under license from the producer on 7” format before. As a European label dealing with non- western artists we try to be aware of the responsibilities that derive within the making, regarded from a post-colonial point of view by demanding on ourselves not to reproduce exploitative economic patterns. We split all of the profits from our releases equally with the artists without deducting any costs that are not directly related to the release (e.g. we pay for our research to find an artist as well as all travel costs from our share of the profit). Our agreements are licensed deals with limited terms after which the rights fall back to the artist or the artist’s family. The master rights stay with the artists, we just license them. We do not include publishing rights in our deals. We think it is important in today’s reissue market, where too many shady business transactions happen, to be transparent about our licensing policies. We are always available for any questions, requests as well as more detailed information.

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The soft invisible weight of your absence takes so much space. Aimé Dabbadie

Posted in art, books, zines on July 22nd, 2022
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“The soft invisible weight of your absence takes so much space” is a zine and an installation compiling photographs, paintings, prints, fabrics, visual poems, and texts exploring and diving in the themes of absence and grief.

Delving into what seems insignificant at first, such as unreadable notes, blurry photos, missed shots and faceless portraits, Aimé threads different multi-layered attempts to grasp the space that remains where absence begins. Haunted by the influence of writers such as Marguerite Duras, Sarah Kane, Jean Luc Lagarce and Fabrice Melquiot, they explore the different feelings tied to absence and grief relating to the concepts of identity, gender, relationships, family, the body and collective imaginaries. The result is visions of paradoxes, in-betweens and nonplaces, suspended outside of time and space, flying out of a stranger’s hands.

2nd limited edition of 40 copies

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Heartaches. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian. Nazar Publishers

Posted in art, Artist Book on July 21st, 2022
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The ‘Heartaches’ series – sculptural boxes made of mixed collages and arrangements of photographs, prints and various objects – was made by Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian in New York in the Nineties. These twenty-five intimate small-scale sculptures were primarily made after the loss of her husband, and draw inspiration from all the places, faces and paraphernalia that at some stage in her history were associated with a happy family life.

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Mista Thug Isolation (2LP) 5th Years Anniversary Reissue. Lil Ugly Mane. Hundebiss Records

Posted in music, vinyl on July 20th, 2022
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Limited 5th anniversary edition of 1,000 copies.
Pressed on 150g vinyl. Includes an insert with tracklist, credits and artwork.

Mixed under intense supervision by The Schwarz in Baltimore Maryland November/December 2011 pre-Spin Magazine exposure

All operations performed wearing black leather gloves

No sound or language were used at anytime on this recording

Layout by ST/Hundebiss

[Originally] Released 11 February 2012

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Edition Schwimmer in Motto

Posted in photography, politics, zines on July 19th, 2022
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Edition Schwimmer’s booklets, Hofter Monthly and TheSchwimmer by Sibylle Hofter are available in Motto.

Hofter Monthly and TheSchwimmer are monthly photography publications drawing from Sibylle Hofter’s work and archive.

With contributions by Wolfgang Hofter, Sophie Holz, Mania Lohrengel, Patricia Nya Njaounga, Sheney Okan, Christian Seidel, Daniel Sellek and Anna Tietz.

Sibylle Hofter is a Berlin based visual artist exploring film, text, site-specific sculpture, installation in public space, and photography, participatory and individual. She is also a curator of various projects, and co-founder with Sven Eggers, of the on-going political, media-critical semi-participatory photo project Agentur Schwimmer (Swimmer Agency), that she currently runs with Daniel Sellek. Hofter process usually includes extensive research on extra-cultural fields. Since 2011 she edits Hofter Monthly booklets and TheSchwimmer booklets on paper. She focuses on emancipatory, post-colonial, collaborative work.

The booklets are sold individually or in a special edition box set.

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PARECÍAMOS ETERNAS. Romina Reyes. Hambre Hambre Hambre

Posted in illustration, writing, zines on July 18th, 2022
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Second edition of the short story by Chilean writer Romina Reyes about female love and friendship in a public school of Chile during student protest. Includes drawings by Chilean artist Violeta Cereceda.

Hambre Hambre Hambre is a lesbian initiative from Santiago, Chile, that amplifies the work of women and dissidents in Latin America. We experiment from a feminist perspective with economic publications, unconventional formats and propaganda. Each fanzine is a unique recipe, cooked intimately with its collaborators. Our editions include similar interventions that value manual trades. Among the authors are the artists and writers Oni88, Fernanda Ivanna, Lucia Reissig, Romina Reyes and Paz Ortúzar.

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Dolce Stil Criollo – Border Theatrics. Christopher Rey Pérez, Gabriel Finotti (Eds.). Sometimes Always

Posted in books, writing on July 17th, 2022
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Dolce Stil Criollo is the sweet, creole style. Its 4th issue, published between New York and Berlin, is about “border theatrics.” The issue dramatizes the ways interpretation and performance create, destroy, sustain, and even entertain a border. Works of poetry, theater, essay, illustration, photography, and more comprise the publication in Spanish, Portuguese, English, and Arabic. Martinica especially collaborated on the design. Our fourth issue is our largest issue yet at 380 pages in an edition of 450.

Dolce Stil Criollo 4 “Border Theatrics” features the remnants of a play on Caligula that never was; a visual essay on salsa album cover art and the Puerto Rican imaginary of space travel; thoughts on Frantz Fanon’s medical and revolutionary work; an original script for a docu-play on a queer bloco in Brazil illustrating micropolitical camps and artistic organizing; poems on Brazil’s genetic modification of mosquitoes and questions of gender, plus much more.

Along with the publication of our “border theatrics,” Dolce Stil Criollo is also launching a new website, where a visitor can draw and deface several captured, live streams of borders between Brazil and Paraguay, the United States and Mexico, the U.K. and Spain, and Russia and Poland, by using specially-designed stamps that are based on the visual iconography of our 4th issue. We invite visitors to rethink and remake what takes place at borders by illustrating what else can be staged at them. At our new website, you can also find information about our previous issues and find a link to purchase our latest issue.

Contributions by Andrea Cassatella, Andrés Paniagua, the late Barbara Ess, Deena al-Halabieh, Eduardo Kac, Gabriel Carle, G Paim, Ícaro Lira, jjoaoapaes, José Acosta, Lucía Hinojosa Gaxiola, Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, Pedro Koberle, Pedro Neves Marques, Rolando Hernández, Tony Cruz Pabón and Varias Tatu
Designed by Martinica.Space, Gabriel Finotti
Design assistance by Ian Scheufler

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