Doyenne 002: Singing To Spirits. Flora Yin Wong (Ed.). Doyenne Books

Posted in music, poetry, writing on August 28th, 2023
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Doyenne 002: Singing To Spirits is an anthology curated by artist and writer Flora Yin Wong looking to historical, indigenous rituals worldwide. Bringing together female-identifying musicians, artists and writers on the platform to explore lesser known forms of their artistic practice – the contributions for the first book are from friends & collaborators across the world including: 

Christina Vantzou (Kranky), Lisa Lerkenfeldt (Shelter Press), Lucy Liyou, YL Hooi, Lucinda Chua, Dali De Saint Paul (EP/64), Sarah Shin (Ignota Books), Cucina Povera (Editions Mego), Martyna Basta, Marija Bozinovska Jones, Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki, Ruth Saxelby (ex-Fader), Susu Laroche, Mira Mattar (Granta / Ma Bibliotheque), Heather McCalden (Fitzcarraldo Editions), Hibiki Mizuno, Hana Noorali, Rose Higham-Stainton, Sonia de Jager, Tara Fatehi, and Marianthi Hatzikidi. 

Thematically rooted around the tradition of ‘Singing to Spirits’, the notions of music being used as an ancient medium to commune with the afterlife are linked with songlines in Aboriginal animist belief as a connection to the land – featuring texts including intimate personal essays, identity exploration, photographic work and lyrics. The project will be further explored through various events of performances and excursions. 

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Atom. Fleet Ilya & Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki. SoyaPress

Posted in Artist's book, books, photography on September 23rd, 2022
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Printed in the edition of 200, Atom is an exploration of desire, beauty, loneliness, and introspection. It is also a reflection of our shifting understanding of the body and spaces we’ve inhabited in the last two turbulent years, and a project firmly rooted in the transformative power of the female gaze.

Atom captures a range of leather pieces by Fleet Ilya as tools of self-discovery, intimate connection, and collaborative creativity. The book, edited by Fleet Ilya co-founder Resha Sharma, comprises portraits of five heroines within their private spaces, still lives, immersive nature shots by Bazhenova-Yamasaki, and poetic text by Beata Duvaker.

The book is a result of almost a decade-long collaboration between Bazhenova-Yamasaki and Fleet Ilya. It combines the plurality of female perspectives and voices from the collaborators and the heroines depicted in its pages – a testament to that underrepresented point of view when it comes to photography, sexuality, and leatherwork.

Atom is a book of erotic photography that reinvents erotic photography, strips it to viscerally honest corporeality, deep-rooted intimacy, and irresistible beauty of the small details, be it a flower or a leather strap. It offers a sensory journey through photography and writing – alongside the pleasure of an exquisite object to hold or have at home.

Edition of 200, numbered.

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